When I was in Texas a few years ago, I was struck by the fact that almost all businesses had signs in their doors or windows reminding people that it is illegal to traffic in human beings. I thought, “Maybe if they’d call it slavery, folks would remember from their schooling that it was made illegal some years back.”
The answer is pragmatically obvious, I guess. If we were moral enough that we didn’t need the warnings, we would be moral enough to not have the problem... Perhaps we should just say, “If you engage in the slave trade, you will be lynched in your own guts.”
HT to Jenny at Cradle of Liberty.