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Single Idea 20003

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

Full Idea

What civil law could prevent a slave from running away? Since he is not a member of society, why should the laws of society concern him?

Gist of Idea

Slaves are not members of the society, so no law can forbid them to run away


Baron de Montesquieu (The Spirit of the Laws (rev. 1757) [1748], 15.02)

Book Reference

Montesquieu,Baron de: 'Selected Political Writings', ed/tr. Richter,Melvin [Hackett 1990], p.202

A Reaction

Hm. Does this apply to children, who can't vote or stand for office?