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The Morally Obnoxious Comparisons of Evil: American Slavery and the Holocuast

By Laurence Thomas


The essay discuss the issue of comparing the American Slavery and the Holocaust, and the extent to which the ideology of the American dream has fueled invidious comparisons between the two peoples. Just as murder and rape are wrongs to be understood in their own right, I argue that a like claim holds for American Slavery and the Holocuast. The essay further points out that we should be weary of supposing that wrongdoing is the sort of the thing for which compensation is at all possible

Topics: Ethics
Publisher: Yearbook of the Fritz Bauer Institut, 2002
Year: 2002
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