Debra Goldman's Consumer Republic

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For a brief moment after Sept. 11, the prospect of a draft seemed imminent. It quickly became clear, however, that the military neither needed nor wanted an influx of raw conscripts to fight terrorism. This reality was greeted in certain quarters with something verging on disappointment. Here we were, our outrage burning, our fear palpable and our charity flowing, ready to do our bit for our country, only to be told this war would be fought in the malls.

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