, ScanIAm wrote

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You are probably right from the states vs. federal point of view, but that whole economic prosperity through people ownership thing can't be one of the Libertarian ideals, can it?

lol, exactly. But if you believed that slaves were property and not people (as some Southerners did back then), then you'd protest the government telling you what to do with that property. Basic Libertarian idea is "I can do what I want as long it's not hurting anyone else". Of course, determining whether it's hurting anyone else or not is sometimes very difficult.