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Statists vs Pro-Slavery Advocates



The following is from Larken Rose.


Plantation Owner (1815): "This whole 'abolitionist' movement is just another silly, impractical, idealistic fad that will pass. Show me one successful example of a country functioning without slavery! Sure, there are problems with it, and there are abuses, but to think that humanity will ever exist without it is utopian and ridiculous! This is just human nature-this is how things are, and how they will always be, and the whining and complaining of these abolitionists isn't going to change that!"


Statist (2023): "This whole 'voluntaryist' movement is just another silly, impractical, idealistic fad that will pass. Show me one successful example of a country functioning without government! Sure, there are problems with it, and there are abuses, but to think that humanity will ever exist without it is utopian and ridiculous! This is just human nature-this is how things are, and how they will always be, and the whining and complaining of these voluntaryists isn't going to change that!"


Pro-Slavery Advocate: “Well sure you can say that slavery is bad and all, and that people shouldn't be forcibly robbed of the fruits of their labors, and I don't necessarily disagree but I mean we can't just do away with it with nothing to replace it. We have to gradually transition from slavery to no slavery and I wouldn't even go for that unless and until you can describe for me just how every aspect of society will work without slavery. You can't just say it's wrong and suddenly end it. I mean, who will pick the cotton? You have to ease into these things; maybe we can start by petitioning slave owners to allow their slaves to have more free time and maybe ask them to not whip the slave so hard or so often but we can't be extreme, we can't just say ‘it's bad so end it right now.’ Think of the chaos that would ensue if tomorrow there was suddenly no slavery. You know, just because some slave masters are really nasty, yeah I guess it's pretty much all of them, but it still doesn't mean that slavery in and of itself is inherently bad, yeah we definitely need rules limiting how nasty the slave owners can be to their slaves but that doesn't mean that the institution has to be done away with entirely. I mean no slavery? Come on, that's that's kooky and extreme, it's utopian, I mean just think of slavery as a necessary evil.”


Statist: "Well sure you can say that government is bad and all, and that people shouldn't be forcibly robbed of the fruits of their labors, and I don't necessarily disagree but I mean we can't just do away with it with nothing to replace it. We have to gradually transition from government to no government and I wouldn't even go for that unless and until you can describe for me just how every aspect of society will work without government. You can't just say it's wrong and suddenly end it. I mean, who will build the roads? You have to ease into these things; maybe we can start by petitioning congress to reduce or eliminate certain taxes and to repeal unjust laws but we can't be extreme, we can't just say ‘it's bad so end it right now.’ Think of the chaos that would ensue if tomorrow there was suddenly no government. You know, just because some governments there's a really nasty, yeah I guess it's pretty much all of them, but it still doesn't mean that government in and of itself is inherently bad, yeah we definitely need rules limiting how nasty these governments can be to the people but that doesn't mean that the institution has to be done away with entirely. I mean no government? Come on, that's kooky and extreme, it’s utopian, I mean just think of government as a necessary evil.”

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