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Re: random slavery question

Posted by Misha Kavka on November 5, 2000 at 08:49:32:

In Reply to: random slavery question posted by lauren ruffin on October 30, 2000 at 17:08:11:

For a person to be a slave to an institution, rather than to an individual, then the person would still have to be
chattel. In other words, that person would have to be owned by the institution (say, the government or the Church),
and subject to being treated in all ways as property. For this political status as a slave to translate into an
economic slavery the person would also have to be exploited as a productive piece of chattel, that is forced to work
producing valuable products for the institution that has enslaved her or for some other person or institution that
the slave owner rents her to. I don't think this definition fits Francis or any of the other characters you're
referring to. Lets not try to muddy the waters here. We have a clear sense of who was a slave and who was not. I
don't think it works to try to blur the lines and pretend that everyone suffered in the same way. That's sort of like
saying that the prison guards at Buchenwald were just as enslaved as the inmates.




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