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Harsh Tutelage: Justifying slavery across time and ideology

6 May 2015

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Because the work that I do is somewhat unusual (or possibly interdisciplinary), I at times make observations that I don’t find anywhere in the secondary literature, which in time may prove to be novel and worthwhile or else just wrong (so far my track record is about 50-50). One recent such observation, the worthwhileness of which I’m still trying to work out, is a consistency of temporally and ideologically distant justifications of various varieties of colonial and American slavery. This family of ideologies coalesces around the assumption or assertion that enslavement is a necessarily harsh curative for the reprobate state of the enslaved, through which they will be, in some way, redeemed…

Continued at The Molinist


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