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Single Idea 19775

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / a. Slavery]

Full Idea

It is impossible to enslave a man without having first put him in the position of being incapable of doing without another.

Gist of Idea

People must be made dependent before they can be enslaved


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Discourse on the Origin of Inequality [1754], Part I)

A Reaction

Ah yes. The key to running a slave plantation is not the threat of violence, but control of the shelter and food supply.

Book Reference

Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.59