The Judicial Case Against Reparations to Blacks

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by Gary North

This debate will not go away. There is a reason for this. First, there is a lot of money on the line. Second, the welfare state ideology is widespread.

The case for reparations is the case for the welfare state.

The case for reparations to blacks in general from society in general rests on a concept of collective victimization and collective guilt. It says that Americans in general are guilty. In this case, the reparations argument claims that all Americans are collectively responsible today for what specific slave owners in the American South did to specific blacks prior to the summer of 1865.

I reject the argument. That is because I reject the idea of the welfare state.

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