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Old 09-04-2019, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by bump View Post
And at any rate, conscripts are paid and have a lot of rights that slaves don't have. Pretty much the only possible abridgement of rights involved is requiring you to serve in the armed forces, which is considered a duty of citizenship at any rate, not forced labor.
Tomato, tomah-to.

A "duty" that is imposed on you without your consent that requires you do work, that deprives you of freedom of movement, that allows food to be withheld and corporal punishment...

The primary problem with historical American slavery wasn't that slaves weren't well-paid.

But, again, we're into semantics. Do conscripted soldiers have it better than 18th-century African slaves? Sure, obviously. Do both fall under the umbrella term of slavery. I think so.