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  •  Dear Meteor Blades, sorry but... (1+ / 0-)
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    WB Reeves

    ...we did not "end" the slavery. Through struggles and laws we made it difficult for it to have power in our society, is more like it.  Like cancer, slavery is always with us, looking for the right climate/ environment to strike. That's why vigilance and continuing struggle of humanism is more real than the idealist notion of "ending" such human ills for good. It feels good and mighty gratifying to think that we are capable of such clear cut victories but what we win is only for a short time. If not "watered" by each generation it would die. What was for past civilizations can easily be real for us if we did not have the memory of their horror and the learned lesson to be on guard against any.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 11:54:11 AM PDT

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    •  It's further arguable that humans didn't end (1+ / 0-)
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      slavery, the steam engine did.  Not to diminish the courage and tenacity of those who fought slavery, but in general its abolition followed industrialization.  Where slaves could be replaced with less expensive machines, they were.  

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