You are still dancing around the statistic thing in a non-sensical way. There are no statistics that support that rape and violence against women isn’t a huge problem. It’s not a matter of which statistics to believe because there aren’t any countervailing ones. And if you weren’t offended or at least annoyed by the woman whose quote you posted, why did you bother to bring it up in the first place?

Then there is this, the perhaps single most absurd thing you’ve said, my friend — Why wouldn’t free labor be competitive against paid labor? That makes absolutely no sense at all. It’s well known that slaves lived in squalid conditions and since once you bought a couple of slaves, they could then make more, you didn’t even have reoccurring costs of acquisition. So, other than initial cost and minimal incidentals like cheap material for them to make their clothing and some seeds to grow their own food, you have zero cost of upkeep vs. having to actually pay someone wages on an on-going basis. Yes, politicians lie, but they only do so in their own interests. It would be stupendously idiotic to lie about something and start a war to create a new country that would make all the instigators of it poorer. That’s not what politicians do. Duh!

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