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Slavery: America's Fatal Compromise
By Joan K. Taylor
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This essay was first published in Persuasion, a political newsletter that Ms. Taylor edited in the mid-1960s. The publication dealt with political issues of the day, primarily the Vietnam War and the draft, from what would now be called a "libertarian" point of view. Both Joan and her husband, David Dawson, were students of Ayn Rand's objectivism, and Persuasion was the only magazine Ayn Rand ever endorsed.

The article, "Slavery,: America's Fatal Compromise", answers the following question?how could the United States, a country based consciously on philosopher John Locke's idea of the "rights of man," come into existence incorporating the institution of slavery? But it does more than this; it ties this "fatal compromise" to its fatal consequences: a gradual erosion of rights that has occurred across all of our country's history. More specifically, because of the slavery issue, the concept of "rights" was split into two supposedly antagonistic ideas: "property rights" versus "human rights". This led to a number of paradoxes that are detailed in the article.

This keepsake was published by the late Ms. Taylor's son, Michael Cook, director of an asset management fund. In an appreciation prepared by a long time friend of Ms. Taylor's, he reviews her career in the publishing industry as a writer, editor, and author. In one eulogy, Ms Taylor was hailed as a "leading woman intellectual in the libertarian movement."

Design template: This Monograph Genre keepsake is designed in the Modern Mood and is typeset in Univers LT Std with Clearface Gothic LT Std by Adobe Systems. The san serif display and body type provide the modern feeling, the classic layout and ruled box of the cover is repeated on the title page, and a geometric dingbate combined with footer rules carries the modern flavor throughout. Mr. Cook provided a jpg can of the cover and interior illustration and the author head shots.