Crazies with Guns

Gun-Crazy-1949-Cd-Cover-37413There has been a lot of talk about preventing gun violence and finding ways stop “crazy people” from getting guns and shooting up theaters, malls, schools and churches. The problem with this is that none of the people who have committed mass murders are really crazy. A “crazy” person is a person who does not know what they are doing and does not understand the consequences of their actions. An example of a truly crazy person would be someone who is continually stabbing themselves with a pencil and not comprehending¬† that this action is harming them. The people who commit mass-murders go to great lengths to plan and execute their actions. They are fully aware of what results their action will yield.¬† These are people who are fully capable of hiding their intentions and blending into society. A mental check would fail to diagnose them as insane because they are not.

Can Slavery Make a Comeback?

Roman SlavesI am not taking about modern tax slavery, bank slavery or marriage slavery. I am talking about true slavery where people are worked to death and traded as livestock. If we do not want to see a world wide return of slavery, we most consider possible hypothetical scenarios where it could return.

First lets look at all the ways that people were traditionally turned into slaves. In the Ancient world if one city/state went to war with another, the loser would be enslaved. The logic behind this was that the loser was damned by the Gods.  The thinking at the time was that such people damned by the Gods should be put to death (men, women and children). An exception was made for those to be used as slaves. In the Ancient World Slaves were considered dead people. Hence they had no rights as live human beings.