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    clause wouldn't have been more offensive, under the circumstances.

    •  I believe that's Jackson's point. (0+ / 0-)

      Don't get me wrong, I think he's as crazy as they come. It just so happens that in this case, he is correct. If blacks had been counted as full persons, it would have been worse, politically speaking. If they had been counted as nonpersons, it would have been better, again, politically speaking. Three-fifths of a person was politically preferable to full persons, as philosophically and rhetorically disgusting as that may be. I believe that was Jackson's essential point, and insofar as that goes, I contend his analysis is fundamentally sound. That allowed, I'm sure that you and I are agreed that this bickering over fractions would be superfluous if it were not for the atrocity of legal slavery, which will forever be a stain on American history.

      Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

      by journeyman on Fri May 24, 2013 at 07:28:35 PM PDT

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