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HANGING NOT PUNISHMENT ENOUGH: THE STORY BEHIND PRISON SLAVERY - by Carl Watner

• Wendy McElroy
describe the history of prison slavery and to demonstrate how the image of penal servitude integrates itself into and reinforces the voluntaryist view of the State, Whether one views the origin of the State as grounded in "conquest" or "consent," historically most governments have treated their imprisoned opponents (those who have been "fortunate" enough not to have been murdered immediately) as slaves and forced laborers. This is exactly what one would expect of any organization which is criminal to the core. The "conquest theory" of the origin of the State conveys the image of a warrior class imposing its will on the populace of an alien land. Slavery and involuntary servitude follow as a consequence of conquest. Under the "consent theory" of the State, all are presumed to "voluntarily" accept State authority. Those who question the State's legitimacy are immediately killed or imprisoned as "lawbreakers," so that consent to State rule always appears "nearly" unanimous.

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Comment by Dave Wilber
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 The amendment known as the 13th amendment authorizes slavery if we are "duly convicted" of shooting unicorns, baying at the moon or of not obeying imaginary laws.


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