>Tale of a Slave

>From Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia, pp. 290-292: “Consider the following sequence of cases, which we shall call the Tale of the Slave, and imagine it is about you.”

Worth chewing on this one! At which point is it no longer slavery? From my perspective as long as there was no consensual relationship than it is slavery. No matter how “free” (or democratic) – if I cannot choose, and do not have the power to or the means to, end the relationship, then it is slavery, no?

There is much we are slaves to. Some quite willingly we enter into contract, and as long as it gives us benefits (pleasure, security, etc) then we will continue enthralled. But the moment the requirements of a contract are distasteful (or even detestable) to us, then we will look for ways to break the contract.

Where does that leave us?


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