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Old 09-04-2019, 05:03 PM
Little Nemo is offline
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Originally Posted by bump View Post
I always thought it had to do with the ownership of people. In other words, slavery involves forced labor, but that's not the defining characteristic.

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. It's pretty clear when you read/hear the citizenship oath that naturalized citizens take.
I think this is a good distinction. In forced labor or involuntary servitude or conscription, you may own a person's labor. But the person still retains their legal status as a human being with a set of rights.

In slavery, you own the person himself. The slave is legally your property and no longer has the legal status of being a person nor holds any rights.