We all believe nowadays that slavery is wrong. People own themselves, and they have a right to their own life, liberty, and property. To forcefully take that away from someone is wrong.
But when slavery still existed in many countries like the U.S., England, and Brazil, many people argued against the abolition of slavery. Here are a few of their remarks:
Slavery has always existed because there cannot be a strong society without it. In this argument, they are saying that there are some things that have to be done that a normal person will not do without force. Without force, the slaves’ lives and the slave owners’ lives would fall apart.
Slaves are not capable of taking care of themselves and without a master, they would die off. This was actually a pretty popular argument. But now there are many blacks whose ancestors were slaves who are now quite well off with a good education and everything. People are smart, and this applies to all races. They will figure it out.
The abolition of slavery would inspire bloodshed. Slaveholders would resist. When the American Civil War took place, there was a lot of bloodshed. Many people believed that this confirmed this argument, but most countries abolished slavery peacefully.
Slaves are uncivilized, and freeing the slaves would allow them to run around causing mayhem. Again, we see that there many blacks who have jobs and places in society. A master was not necessary to control them.
Abolishing slavery is far-fetched, uncalled for, and altogether impractical. So what if they are treated unfairly here? The world is not fair, and it’s really a lesser evil to deal with. Perhaps these slaves will have a better fate in the afterlife.
See, it may seem strange and kind of an exaggeration to compare slavery to government, but if you think about it, many of the arguments against slavery abolition applies to the arguments against the abolition of government. To paraphrase, people say that yes, government can be oppressive sometimes, but that oppression is a lesser evil that we will have to deal with in order to have protection against invasions, terrorists, and even ourselves. But what if, like the slaves, we figure it all out? We don’t need slavery, and neither did the slaves. Perhaps we don’t need government as much as we think we do.