For too long, many who believe in individual freedom have been intimidated about asserting the morality of one simple truth: Nobody has the right to forcibly take things from another person — even if the majority decide it’s a good idea.
For centuries, slavery has existed in this world. Ever since one man discovered the ability to force other men and women to do his will, people have been enslaving each other. It wasn’t an issue that affected just one race or nationality or religion. At one time or another, people of every group have tried to enslave people who they deemed unworthy of being free.
For most of human history, nobody much questioned this barbaric practice. Even in the Bible, it was routinely accepted as the natural course of life. The practice wasn’t condemned or praised. It was merely a natural fact of nature, as far as anyone seemed to understand.
It wasn’t really until the 19th century that things started changing. Until that time, a few slaves had escaped, of course. Brief (and largely unsuccessful) slave rebellions weren’t terribly uncommon. What happened to change everything, so much that there are remarkably few people today who would defend the practice?