And this would become a problem.
Thanks for this Julia. I will assign this reading for my students.
For there to be a “crime” of “kidnapping” requires that a law exists to define it as such and characterize it as an offense. That law would have to be backed by force in order to be valid, which runs counter to the voluntarist non-aggression principle that is at the source of your position. If you advocate a system that is naturally free of harm to others and overcomes the need for a state apparatus that has the right to use force, then you should not need recourse to one law in order to get around another.
I enjoyed reading the post and have some thoughts to follow-up:
Really you can’t see the connection? If slavery was not permitted by law, than people would have been committing the crime of kidnapping, false imprisonment. Even without the law charging and trying them, individuals which were many, who disagreed with slavery would have been able to combat it without fear of being charged themselves.
Slaves: The Capital that Made Capitalism | Public Seminar
Capital and capitalist constituted one another at auction. At auction, slaves were stripped and assaulted to judge their strength and their capacity to produce more capital or to gratify the sexual appetites of masters. Perceived markers of docility or defiance informed the imaginative, deeply social practice of valuing slave-capital. In this capital market, , slaves shaped their sale and masters bought their own selves.
Slavery | A Glasgow-West India Sojourn
From about 1790 until the Civil War, slave-traders and enslavers chained 1 million Americans of African descent into coffles and marched or shipped them down to southeast and southwest states and territories. They were sold at auction houses located in every city in the greater Mississippi Valley.