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Even an argument from "common law" is considered weak. An argument from "an innate obligation towards one's fellow man" would likely be seen as laudable but laughable in a US or UK court. Such arguments were certainly useless in and of themselves as a remedy for slavery or race based denial or restriction of civil rights in the US. They required laws and/or amendments to the US constitution.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 01:51:36 PM EST
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