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Dale Eastman:

--- Quote ---Is the question "Liberty or slavery" a false dichotomy?
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--- Quote ---The question "Liberty or slavery" can be viewed as a false dichotomy, as it presents only two options, which may not fully capture the complexity of the issue. It suggests that there are only two extreme options available: complete freedom or complete subjugation. In reality, there are often multiple options available, and a nuanced approach may be required to address the issue effectively.

For example, in the case of individual freedoms, it is not simply a matter of having complete liberty or being a slave. There may be limits on individual freedom that are necessary to maintain social order and prevent harm to others. Similarly, in the case of political systems, there are a range of options between complete freedom and complete subjugation, such as various forms of democracy and authoritarianism.

Therefore, while the question "Liberty or slavery" can be a useful rhetorical device to draw attention to important issues, it is important to recognize that it is often an oversimplification of complex problems and that there may be more nuanced and effective solutions available.
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--- Quote ---The question "Liberty or slavery" can be seen as a false dichotomy because it presents only two extreme and mutually exclusive options. In reality, there are often many shades of grey between the two extremes, and there can be other options that are not being considered.

For example, in the context of political systems, a society may have some degree of individual liberty while still having some government regulations to protect the common good. Similarly, in the context of personal relationships, people may have some degree of personal autonomy while still being bound by some social norms and expectations.

Therefore, while "Liberty or slavery" can be a powerful rhetorical device to emphasize the importance of personal freedom, it is not a complete representation of the complex realities of human experience.
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--- Quote ---Please assess this treatise: "You're for liberty or you're for slavery" has been called a "false dichotomy".

A quick search finds a definition for a false dichotomy:

A false dilemma (sometimes also referred to as a false dichotomy) is a logical fallacy, which occurs when a limited number of options are incorrectly presented as being mutually exclusive to one another or as being the only options that exist, in a situation where that isn’t the case. For example, a false dilemma occurs in a situation where someone says that we must choose between options A or B, without mentioning that option C also exists.

Those that claim liberty or slavery is a false dichotomy fail to present an option C to support their claim.

One is either for slavery or against slavery. To be scholarly on this issue, I will acknowledge one can be neither for nor against something at any given time. However, such a third position is totally without any merit. To sharpen the focus and prove my claim, what changes if you or another are being enslaved?

Without empathy, you can be indifferent to another's plight. On the other hand, you wouldn't be indifferent to your own enslavement.

You should understand that if something can be done to another, that same thing can be done to you. The logical result should be that if you don't want to be enslaved, you must defend others when they are targeted for enslavement.

Liberty or slavery is an issue of what is moral. Logic dictates that a person neither for nor against slavery has no moral compass. I suspect and submit that humans missing moral compasses are humans capable of doing great evil and great harm to other humans, to include enslaving or killing among other actions.

If you are not 100% free of your owner's demands on your life, liberty, or property, then you are a slave. This is an all or nothing dichotomy. If you feel you must, amuse me by attempting to logically refute enslavement.

Now on to the other choice: Liberty.

The author is almost 200 years dead. I have found few have awareness of the author's words; "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."

If you are not free to do anything that does not harm another, then you are not at liberty. Malum prohibitum (plural mala prohibita, literal translation: "wrong [as or because] prohibited") is a Latin phrase used in law to refer to conduct that constitutes an unlawful act only by virtue of statute, as opposed to conduct that is evil in and of itself, or malum in se.

Mala prohibita are rules the owners give to the owners' slaves.

Since being a slave is absolutely antithetical to being at liberty, the claim that "You're for liberty or you're for slavery" is NOT a false dichotomy.
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--- Quote ---The treatise argues that the choice between liberty and slavery is not a false dichotomy because there are only two options: either a person is for slavery or against slavery. The author suggests that if someone claims that there is a third option, they fail to present it. The author also argues that slavery is an issue of morality, and that a person who is neither for nor against slavery lacks a moral compass.

While the treatise presents a compelling argument, it is important to note that the issue of liberty versus slavery is not always a straightforward dichotomy. For example, there are situations where a person may have limited freedom or autonomy, such as in a society with certain government regulations, without being considered a slave. Additionally, the treatise does not fully address the complexities and nuances of the issue, such as the historical and systemic factors that have contributed to the existence of slavery and its lasting effects.

Overall, the treatise presents a strong argument in favor of choosing liberty over slavery and highlights the importance of having a moral compass. However, it is important to approach the issue with an understanding of its complexities and to consider alternative perspectives.
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--- Quote ---It seems that you and I are not in agreement as to the definition of slavery. What, specifically, are the traits, properties, attributes, characteristics & elements of slavery?
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--- Quote ---Slavery is a system in which individuals are owned by others, and their labor and services are extracted without their consent, often through force or coercion. Slavery is typically characterized by the following traits:

    1. Ownership: Slaves are treated as property, and their owners have complete control over their lives and labor.

    2. Lack of freedom: Slaves are not free to choose their own work or their own path in life, and they are often subjected to severe restrictions on their movement and behavior.

    3. Exploitation: Slaves are often forced to work under harsh and degrading conditions, with little or no pay, and are subject to physical and psychological abuse.

    4. Lack of legal rights: Slaves are often denied the right to own property, the right to marry or have a family, and the right to seek justice for abuses they have suffered.

    5. Inherited status: Slavery often involves the intergenerational transfer of status as a slave, meaning that children born to slaves are automatically considered slaves themselves.

These are some of the key characteristics of slavery, though the specifics can vary depending on the particular historical or cultural context. It's important to note that slavery is universally recognized as a violation of human rights and is illegal in all countries.
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--- Quote ---Please assess this definition: A slave is a human whose owner's free will overrides the slave's free will. Pick cotton or get the whip.
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--- Quote ---The definition you provided is an oversimplification and perpetuates a narrow view of what slavery entails. While it is true that slavery involves the ownership of one person by another, it is not merely a matter of an owner's free will overriding that of the slave.

Slavery also involves the exploitation of one person's labor by another, often through violent means, such as the use of physical force or coercion. Additionally, slavery involves the denial of fundamental human rights, such as the right to freedom, the right to own property, and the right to participate in political and social life.

Moreover, the phrase "Pick cotton or get the whip" reinforces a specific and limited view of slavery, primarily in the context of American chattel slavery, where enslaved people were forced to work on plantations, picking cotton or other crops, and subjected to violent punishment for noncompliance. While this was a significant aspect of American slavery, it is not the only form of slavery that has existed throughout history.

In summary, while the definition you provided highlights one aspect of slavery, it falls short of capturing the complex nature of the institution and the range of forms it has taken throughout history.
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--- Quote ---Please assess this question, then answer it: If taking 100% of someone's labour and free will is slavery, at what percentage is it NOT slavery...?
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--- Quote ---The question you provided is flawed because it assumes that there is a threshold percentage at which taking someone's labor and free will is no longer considered slavery. In reality, any amount of labor or free will taken without consent is a violation of an individual's fundamental human rights and can be considered a form of slavery or forced labor.

Slavery and forced labor are defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as work or service that is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered themselves voluntarily. This means that any situation in which an individual is forced to work without their consent or under the threat of punishment can be considered a form of slavery or forced labor, regardless of the percentage of their labor or free will that is being taken.

In short, there is no percentage at which taking someone's labor and free will becomes acceptable or no longer considered slavery. Any situation in which an individual is forced to work against their will or under the threat of punishment is a violation of their basic human rights.
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--- Quote ---Is forcibly taking someone's money the same as taking the labor that produced that money?
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--- Quote ---Forcibly taking someone's money is not the same as taking the labor that produced that money, but it can still be a violation of that individual's rights.

Money is a form of property, and forcibly taking someone's property without their consent is a violation of their right to own and control their possessions. However, it is important to note that money is often earned through labor, so forcibly taking someone's money can still be a form of economic exploitation.

Taking someone's labor, on the other hand, involves compelling them to work against their will or under the threat of punishment. This is a more direct form of exploitation and is often associated with forms of slavery or forced labor.

Both forcibly taking someone's money and taking their labor without consent are violations of fundamental human rights and can be considered forms of exploitation or abuse. It is important to recognize and address these abuses and work towards ensuring that all individuals are able to exercise their rights and live with dignity and respect.
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--- Quote ---If that is true, does taking someone's money against their will and calling it taxation make such taking moral?
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--- Quote ---The morality of taking someone's money against their will and calling it taxation is a matter of debate and varies depending on one's ethical framework and political beliefs.

Advocates of taxation argue that it is a necessary part of a functioning society, allowing governments to provide public goods and services such as infrastructure, education, and healthcare. They argue that taxation is a fair way to distribute the costs of these services across the population, with those who have more resources paying more.

Opponents of taxation argue that it is a violation of an individual's property rights and an infringement on their freedom to choose how to use their resources. They argue that taxation is often used to fund government programs that they do not support or agree with, and that the power to tax can be abused by governments to control or manipulate their citizens.

Ultimately, whether or not taking someone's money through taxation is moral depends on one's values and beliefs about the role of government and the rights of individuals. It is a complex issue that requires consideration of various factors, including the purpose and extent of taxation, the distribution of its benefits and burdens, and the potential consequences of its implementation.
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--- Quote ---Is a right to rule something concurrent with ownership of the thing?
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--- Quote ---No, a right to rule is not necessarily concurrent with ownership of a thing. Ownership typically implies the right to control and use a particular thing, while a right to rule generally refers to the authority to make decisions or enforce laws within a particular domain.

For example, a person may own a piece of land, but this does not necessarily give them the right to rule over others who may inhabit or use that land. The right to rule is often associated with political power and authority, which can be separate from ownership of physical objects or property.

In some cases, ownership and the right to rule may be closely linked, such as in a monarchy where the monarch may own extensive lands and property in addition to their political power. However, even in such cases, ownership and the right to rule are distinct concepts, with different legal and moral implications.
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--- Quote ---What is the difference between a right to control and a right to rule?
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