Friday, February 25, 2011

Freedom, Leisure, And Slavery

This post by Jacob Levy about the uncomfortable connection between the rhetoric of freedom and the reality of slavery immediately reminded FLG of Aristotle.

The highest goal of life for Aristotle was, and FLG is oversimplifying here, leisure. However, leisure was only available to free men. And it was only afforded free men because of slave labor. Being free from the necessity of labor is what made a person free.

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