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7THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IN A DIGNITARIAN SOCIETY

POVERTY IS THE NEW SLAVERY.

—REVEREND JIM WALLIS, GOD’S POLITICS

THE EXCLUSION OF one group of people or another has been the rule through most of history. Men without property could be denied the vote in revolutionary America. Quotas were placed on Jews in many universities and professions until the midtwentieth century. Women were denied the vote in many countries well into the last century, and still are in some. Likewise, the segregation of African Americans was widely sanctioned in the United States until the 1960s. At one time or another, most societies have rationalized relegating certain subgroups to second-class citizenship.

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