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  •  I don't think so (2+ / 0-)
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    After the Civil War, many Southern blacks lived in abject poverty. And yet several who were interviewed about it said they would still take that to going back to slavery, even though many of them had it better in slavery, economically speaking. Institutionalized discrimination and oppression of that nature, I think, is far worse. It dehumanizes people in a way traditional economic inequality does not. It also causes the people who are part of the oppressive class to treat you far differently than they do when it is not enshrined in law.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 12:44:20 PM PDT

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    •  I agree of course that legalized slavery (0+ / 0-)

      and apartheid were dehumanizing and utterly evil institutions. I am not squabbling over whether it was worthwhile to fight to end these institutions and in the case of S.Africa, seek to heal and forgive. It was. My concern is that true revolution was not carried over to the economic realm and that is threatening to overshadow everything else.

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