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    I am reading a book from the 1850's Lectures on the Philosophy and Practice of Slavery, (available free from Project Gutenberg) a book which attempts to justify slavery.

    It's a load of crap, filled with logical fallacies and sophistry. He calls those opposed to slavery "socialists" and "communists". Sound familiar? I picked up this book to try to understand what was going on in the minds of slavery apologists. But it is striking how similar this book is to current conservative ideology.

    Then there are the works of Anti-Tom literature, books published in response to Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Anti-Tom literature attempts to persuade readers that slavery was good, that slaves were happy and better off under slavery.

    Apologists for slavery will at times point to the Anti-Tom literature as if it mutters the waters. "Who can tell what view is right?" they will ask. But we can tell. We can go back to what the slaves said and did. It's clear they weren't happy with slavery.

    And another point: the happy slave is a contradiction. If the slave was happy being a slave, there would be no need to enslave them.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Sun Oct 14, 2012 at 08:11:42 AM PDT

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