Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

Peter da Silva peter at baileynm.com
Thu Sep 24 16:27:38 EST 1998

In article <y6u31xr16o.fsf at tweedledumb.cygnus.com>,
Craig Burley  <burley at tweedledumb.cygnus.com> wrote:
>(It's my impression that it's fairly easy to eliminate slavery,
>especially my legislative fiat, once the major task of building
>is completed, the population is relatively stabilized, and the
>available land relatively well-colonized.  Otherwise I'd assume
>there'd be difficulty convincing people to stay and work on
>building infrastructure or doing the hard work of feeding those
>who did, when freedom permitted them to find their fortunes

It's my impression that most of the infrastructure building was done
by free men in the course of their finding their fortunes. The main
reason slavery hung on was because cotton production was so labor
intensive, and too many people were running off finding their fortunes
in the process of extending the infrastructure.

In hoc signo hack, Peter da Silva <peter at baileynm.com>
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