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Friday, 29 March, 2002

It's always someone else's fault. Our litigious society says that there is always someone to blame for our problems and they should pay for it. Whatever "it" is. From Yahoo:

Earlier this week a class action lawsuit was filed against three large U.S. companies on behalf of black Americans descended from slaves, the first-ever class action seeking reparations from firms for profiting from slavery. Aetna, CSX and FleetBoston were named, with the suit stating that "The practice of slavery constituted an 'immoral and inhumane deprivation of Africans' life, liberty, African citizenship rights, cultural heritage' and it further deprived them of the fruits of their own labor."

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, the appointment of an independent historic commission, restitution of the descendants' slave labor, disgorgement of illicit profits and compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial.

The complaint did not contain a monetary damage figure, but did estimate the current value of slaves' unpaid labor as $1.4 trillion. The gross domestic product of the United States at the end of 2001 was $10.25 trillion.

Is it JUSTICE to hold these companies - and more importantly