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Montesquieu, in Paul Rahe's excellent book on Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty: "The French hardly ever speak of their wives . . . because they fear speaking of them in front of people who may know them better than they do."
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I like what M said about the "savages of Louisiana": when they want fruit, they cut down the tree.

His short chapter on how "I would defend black inferiority" is a marvel of writing, an ironic depiction of the stupidity of such prejudices. Students are astounded that someone in those benighted ages could think so subtley--so they deny that irony could be behind what he was saying.

The brief Montesquieu chapter "justifying" slavery I referenced in Comment 1 is here, in the Nugent translation: http://www.constitution.org/cm/sol_15.htm#005

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