One half of our brethren who fight and pay taxes, are excluded, like Helots, from the rights of representation, as if society were instituted for the soil, and not for the men inhabiting it; or one half of these could dispose of the rights and the will of the other half, without their consent.
This also is remarkable in India, that all Indians are free , and no Indian at all is a slave . In this the Indians agree with the Lacedaemonians . Yet the Lacedaemonians have Helots for slaves, who perform the duties of slaves; but the Indians have no slaves at all, much less is any Indian a slave.Arrian, in Anabasis Alexandri, Book VII : Indica, as translated by Edgar Iliff Robson (1929), p. 335
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