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The Mad Witch Hunting Intensifies

I thank Andy Morriss for alerting me to this report in The Times:


With a recent parliamentary investigation linking slavery opponent Edmund Burke to slavery through his Caribbean plantation-owning brother, today’s drill of searching out and destroying anyone or anything that can be imagined to have had even the most tenuous connection to that odious institution descends to new depths (“Statue inquiry adds Edmund Burke to parliament slavery list,” August 26).

Where will this mad witch-hunting end? I fear that we who speak European languages will soon be forced, because of the ancient Romans’ custom of holding slaves, to abandon the use of our alphabet.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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