Principles of the Civil Code

Jeremy Bentham

Part 3, Chapter 2, Footnote #01
A danger in this method

This method might give the slaves a temptation to employ murder to accelerate their emancipation. This is is a very weighty objection against this lottery. It must, however, be observed, that even its uncertainty would weaken its danger. Few would be led to commit a crime of which they were not sure to reap the profit. But this temptation would vanish, if emancipation were not allowed to take place when the master had been poisoned or assassinated, either by one of his slaves, or by a person unknown. This means of liberation would thus become a source of security to the master.

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