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Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 07:58:27 -0700
From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Subject: (urth) chem slavery and bio slavery


Interesting post on Bio bias and the potential of disguised chem slavery.
Very meaty.  The situation of the chems at points comes close to "wage
slavery," but even then, the term slave is firmly in place.

Moving along . . . Once the Cargo got to the world of Blue, we know that
real, no mistaking it, bio slavery started up almost immediately.  (IIRC it
was "early bird" colonists seizing late bird colonists.)  Do you suppose
that the chems on the Whorl "kept slavery alive" and thus facilitated the
adoption of bio slavery (that is, the colonists express a learned
institution), or is bio slavery an inherent part of the human condition
which would have come up even if there had been no chems (in which case
chem slavery is a blessing in the sense that it moves bios away from bio
slavery: allowing bios to treat bios as non-slaves)?


P.S.  Olivia an adultress?  Roy, you surprise me again!  I had not thought
such a thing was in your no-nonsense reading of PEACE . . . I hesitate to
even guess who the party or parties might be, nevermind the complicated
ramifications.  Please tell!



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