Page 9 - WS109

This is a SEO version of WS109. Click here to view full version

« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »

7 S LAVERY : A MER I CA S F ATAL C OMPROMI SE

Slavery:

America’s Fatal Compromise

J ohn Locke, the philosopher who moat influenced the founders of America, stated that a man’s life, liberty and estate were all his property, and that governments were founded for the preservation of property. “The state of Nature has a law of Nature to govern it,” he said, “which obliges everyone, and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”

On June 12, 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, was adopted by the Colony of Virginia. Its Article I held “That all Men are by Nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent Rights, of which, when they enter into a State of Society, they cannot, by any Compact, deprive or divest their Posterity; namely, the Enjoyment of Life and Liberty, with the Means of acquiring and possessing Property, and pursuing and obtaining Happiness and Safety.”

And yet we now live in an age in which a popular political play has as its supposedly

Page 9 - WS109

This is a SEO version of WS109. Click here to view full version

« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »