The idea is so bad that it is self-contradictory. Yet the managing editor of Time writes an entire page about it in this week’s magazine.

Three quick reasons why mandatory volunteering is stupid:

It’s inefficient – professionals can do these jobs far better than untrained volunteers can.

It’s probably illegal – given the recent ruling that unpaid internships are illegal.

It’s slavery.

And for extra credit: think about what this would do to the labor market.

-JD Cross