You might be a slave if…#1

You might be a slave if your labor benefits the owner way more than it benefits you.

You might be a slave if every job seems to contain the same numerical trap.

You might be a slave if when your company is sold, you get sold with it, and you lose your benefits, while the bossman does not.

You might be a slave if your employer is allowed to ask more of you while cutting your pay without cutting the pay of the bossman.

You might be a slave if laws concerning taxes and contracts are strictly enforced on you while the rich are able to avoid them.

if some of the these cases are true for you, you might be a slave…

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  1. Byron King
    November 30, 2009

    Akbar, who is not a slave?

    I think that might be a more interesting way to approach this type of inquiry.

    Everyone is a slave if you ask me. We all have our masters. If you could give me an example of someone who isn’t I bet we could reconstruct your observation to show how they are indeed slaves.

    I’m definitely one. A slave to health care. A slave to making money in order to take care of my family. And the list could go on and on.

    Maybe another way to look at this is to ask, “How do we maintain our freedom”? Even in times of slavery there are free men. Sometimes even slaves have their freedom if it’s just a lunch break or a few minutes for a water break. Freedom is a state of mind. If we aren’t free mentally it does not matter how free we are physically.

    The richest and most famous of us all know this harsh reality. After striving to reach a high level of physical freedom they continue to be trapped within their own minds.

    Quote: Free your mind and the rest will follow. -En Vogue
    http://www.lyricsfreak.com/e/en+vogue/free+your+mind_20050308.html

    I think it’s an interesting way to look at our physical constraints.

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  2. globatron
    December 1, 2009

    So I would like to make a correction on this. I would suppose that if someone is mentally free and I would suppose that would most likely coexist with some sort of spiritual life that it would be possible to not be a slave regardless of the physical chains that would limit that persons freedom.

    I would like to believe slavery is a state of mind.

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  3. Akbar Lightning
    December 1, 2009

    on one level you are right, but one would not need to resort to such spiritual ends if one was not in a very real physical state of bondage, that is what i am trying to do here, because i think most people have this image of slavery that is very ‘early american’ but because they are not physically abused, they do not understand some of the ways in which they are enslaved to a system that takes the rewards of their labor and concentrates it on a minority who controls them. this is the political form. the spiritual aspect is a necessary response, but it can also be a danger, if we use it to become comfortable with the confinement, an ‘uncle tom’ if you will.

    just some thoughts,
    akbar

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  4. globatron
    December 1, 2009

    great point. How would one then maintain physical and mental freedom?

    It would seem either way there would need to be some way to escape the oppressive nature of slavery even if it was just through meditation, prayer or drugs and alcohol.

    It would seem everyone uses some sort of escape mechanism. Even the most wealthy or the most spiritually free.

    If you aren’t a slave then you don’t have to escape. So the question remains, “Who is truly free?”

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  5. Akbar Lightning
    December 1, 2009

    g-tron, this is what this site is best at, taking overused terms and parsing them, dissecting them and clarifying what we mean when we use them.

    slavery is not necessarily the elimination of freedom. freedom is not, in my mind, a good, we are all dependent upon one another, you are right when you say nobody is ‘free.’ we all have responsibilities.

    let me put it this way. slavery is that state whereby a small number of human beings through cunning, manipulation or power increase the share of the burden of society thereby decreasing theirs. in other words, slavery is the result of an elite who are actually striving for freedom in direct conflict with the interdependence that makes democracy possible. a small number of people who want to eliminate their responsibilities coerce us to take them on. this is why i always hated that JFK saying ‘ask not what your country can do for you’, it sounds great but actually when i pay my taxes i want my country to ‘do for me.’ my paying my taxes is ‘me doing for my country.’ i expect, at least, that they do something back. instead they treat us like slaves, take the money and ask for more, for more and more. the story of the jews in egypt is similar, the task masters ask for increasing amounts of labor from the jewish slaves, until they’ve had enough.

    does that make sense?

    akbar

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  6. Akbar Lightning
    December 1, 2009

    the underground railroad might be a good metaphor, image for us to use in a future project, just a thought..

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  7. globatron
    December 1, 2009

    Thank you. That is much clearer. I like your metaphor. I feel like Globatron is my underground railroad from the state of slavery we all exist within.

    I definitely want my tax dollars to pay for services other than wars too. Love how it’s fine with the GOP to fight wars with no way of paying for the war but it’s not okay to have health care reform.

    Talking about slavery. It’s so apparent when you look how the system is set up to keep the people at the bottom oppressed and how it forces an illusion of material wealth as the end goal for all “hard working REGULAR” Americans as the only way to find their way out of slavery.

    And if someone is to find themselves homeless or unemployed they just didn’t work hard enough or they are a drug addict. There is a huge lack of empathy for our fellow man taught and preached by the very ones who claim religion as their moral high ground.

    Check out the Manhattan Declaration if you haven’t already:
    http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/

    Poor Christians always being persecuted by the far left who keep on asking for “civil rights”. How dare them. Don’t they know this is God’s country. The Christian God that is.

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