Bernard Chazelle

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Bernard Chazelle

Bernard Chazelle (born November 5, 1955) is a French-born computer scientist and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Most of his work has been in computational geometry, where he has found many of the best-known algorithms and complexity results. He is also known as a political essayist.


  • I deny any government, elected or not, the right to kidnap my children and ship them off to a battlefield to kill or be killed. I accept to pay taxes and that's the sum total of my debt to my government. In every other respect, my government owes me, not the other way around.

    Conscription is the most fundamental denial of liberty, on a par with slavery.

    I am not a pacifist and I support a professional army. But I oppose the draft even in times of war. If your country cannot find enough volunteers to defend itself when attacked, then it's not worth defending.

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