Re: Re[3]: POLI: Random democracy

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 18:05:28 -0800 (PST)

> What happened is that people were informed in more vivid detail about
> the conditions of life of real slaves, which convinced them that they
> didn't want to live in a state/nation/etc where those sort of things
> happen to people. Concrete facts were more persuasive that abstract
> arguments about what is or is not "evil" in principle.

Oh, come now. Do you seriously suggest that throughout the centuries
of slavery in every society in the world, that the people were just
/uninformed/ about what it was like? That argument might explain why
it took US consumers a while to catch on to child labor in the third
world, but you can bet your last greenback that everyone in Guatemala
knows exactly what goes on in a sweatshop, and they approve. Americans
always knew exactly what slavery was, just as every other enslaver in
history has, they simply chose to approve of it and justify it until
the moral opposition gained enough power to change it.

Lee Daniel Crocker <>