“The draft was an unfair tax on unlucky young men,” Henderson said. “Economists of the 1960s saw that clearly, and about two dozen of them worked hard to end it.”

This is from Payton Robb, “Henderson speaks about economists’ role in ending the military draft,” Daily Toreador, October 26, 2017. It’s her report on my talk last night at Texas Tech University. Thanks to the readers of EconLog who came up to say hi afterwards.

Update: A commenter asked how economists helped end the draft. Here’s my article on the topic:
https://econjwatch.org/file_download/84/2005-08-henderson-char_issue.pdf. It’s a pdf.