Slavery Never Ended

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The truth is slavery never ended. All it did was morph into a new construct. In fact slavery is worse today than it ever has been in human history.

 

I borrowed the following metaphor from Dimitri Orlov¹. Real smart guy. A Russian expat who probably understands the econs of wage slavery better than any Princeton or Chicago School economist (that you Bernanke?). It's called the "Iron Triangle." Like a three-legged table, you remove any leg and the table collapses. To wit:

 

  1. Job
  2. Home
  3. Car

 

No car, no job. No job, no home. No home, you die. Simple as that.

 

We now have car loans that extend into the 72 month range and even into the 84 month range. Think of that. No seriously. 6 to 7 years to pay off an auto loan. That's not free enterprise. That's slavery. Miss one payment and your car is repossessed. And that's it for you. Game over. No way to get to your job, everything you have or dreamed about having is plowed asunder.

 

So for all the crybaby BLMs out there. I have four words. Can you guess? 

 

S.T.F.U.

 

You are not the exclusive oppressed class. And the sooner you recognize that and stop your bitch-fest about an institution that ended a century and a half ago, the sooner we can all get along and make some real change.

 

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1. Club Orlov

 

Comments

Mike Haluska Added Mar 13, 2017 - 11:14am
The Democratic party resurrected the Old South Plantation with an urban version and it's commonly known as the Welfare State.  Instead of producing bales of cotton for their masters, today's Welfare State "occupants" only have to do one thing every fourth year - Vote Democrat.  In return they get crappy housing, lousy schools, no jobs, subsidized illegitimate children, drug infested neighborhoods, murders in unprecedented numbers and Midnight Basketball.  It's a great deal for the Democrat politicians because they manage to get working class Dem's & Rep's to pay for it all!!!
Patrick Writes Added Mar 14, 2017 - 1:52am
Are there no longer used cars in America? Get a used car for $1000 and you have a very small loan to pay off. Or learn to fix cars and get you can one for even less and maintain it yourself. 
 
Or one can always live in the city and using public transport.
 
It's the same with rent as well. Miss a few payments and you're thrown out. 
 
Or a mortgage for that matter. Miss a few payments and you're foreclosed and out on the street. 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 14, 2017 - 9:38am
I have a friend who sells cars and the FIRST THING that 99% of buyers ask is:
                       "How much will the monthly payment be?"
They don't even ask about the interest rate, length of the loan, etc.  If people are this stupid/irresponsible/lazy/wasteful (take your pick) just exactly what are we supposed to do?  How about providing them with a practical education that includes teaching them basic financial responsibility?  Of course, you "progressives" out there would object because that would mean one less class available to indoctrinate (instead of educate) the kids with "essentials" like "Heather Has Two Mommies", LGBTQ studies, etc.
 
Janie Smith Added Mar 14, 2017 - 5:01pm
Technically, real slavery is living as someones property to be bought or sold or even killed. We are dependent, but we are not slaves.  And we still have a choice not to be dependent. 
Janie Smith Added Mar 14, 2017 - 5:05pm
                 "How much will the monthly payment be?"
They don't even ask about the interest rate, length of the loan, etc.  If people are this stupid/irresponsible/lazy/wasteful (take your pick) just exactly what are we supposed to do?  How about providing them with a practical education that includes teaching them basic financial responsibility?  Of course, you "progressives" out there would object because that would mean one less class available to indoctrinate (instead of educate) the kids with "essentials" like "Heather Has Two Mommies", LGBTQ studies, etc.
 
What does this even mean? Conservatives are funny! You guys just make shit up...lol
Mike Haluska Added Mar 15, 2017 - 3:55pm
Janie -
the fact you aren't even capable of comprehending a simple statement shows you live in a land where reality is what you think it should be.  If you think that the Democratic Party doesn't think it OWNS every single Black voter you're delusional.  The FIRST THING the Dem's tell Blacks every 4 years is "if you don't vote Democrat you're gonna lose your welfare benefits". 
 
Just because Chuck Schumer didn't pull the trigger, don't think he's not supporting to the violent environment that kids get shot in every day.  If the Democratic Party was really interesting in lifting the poor out of poverty, they would have done it by now.  Sixty plus years and over $22 trillion spent on the Welfare State and what has it accomplished??? 
 
Less poverty?              Nope - MORE poverty
Less murder/crime?     Nope - MORE killings and growing
Less broken families?  Nope - MORE (75% no father in house)
Less drug abuse?          Nope - MORE drugs than ever
 
 
 
Bill Kamps Added Mar 15, 2017 - 5:23pm
I agree with Janie, there is a VERY big difference between taking out a loan to buy a car, and being bought, sold as property by another person.   I have a car loan, but am not anyone's slave.  I am free to sell my car anytime, and pay off the loan, the company  that I owe money to, cannot control my comings, and goings.
 
However, I would agree that too many  people borrow too much money without understanding the consequences, and to that end, they are in a form of slavery, or indentured servitude. 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 16, 2017 - 9:35am
Bill - I wasn't comparing a car loan to buying a slave!!!  I was commenting on how poorly the general public is educated on personal finance and the "impulse buy" nature of consumerism being practiced by the poor today. 
 
Our "poor" have big screen TV's, premium cable, internet, cell phones, $200 Michael Jordan basketball shoes, deluxe video games, DVD players but complain they can't afford to purchase health insurance.  I understand this is not the case with everyone, but a large percentage doesn't know how to prioritize, budget and spend wisely.  You could quadruple the stipend they get and in the long run they would still be in the same position - "poor".  How many times have you read about a person winning the Lottery and then a few years later they're broke?  The same scenario happens with athletes and entertainers.
 
I am NOT blaming the poor - I am blaming the people who try and justify keeping the Welfare State exactly as it is and oppose giving the parents of poor kids the ability to send their kids to whatever school they want.  Assuming the person is young, healthy and educated - the reason they may be poor is NOT because they don't have money.  It is because our "progressive" friends have been systematically destroying the ONE MEANS of getting most people out of poverty - manufacturing jobs.  Millions of people have been condemned to poverty at the Altar of Phony Environmentalism and confined to the Welfare State plantation.
George M Brenckle Added Mar 16, 2017 - 12:55pm
Hyperbole never helps clarify anything.
 
"The truth is slavery never ended. All it did was morph into a new construct. In fact slavery is worse today than it ever has been in human history."
 
Fact.  Slavery ended in this country.  We fought a war over it and it ended.  The definition of slavery is the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.  The definition of a slave is a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bondservant.
 
Freedom from slavery means the freedom to choose your course in life.  It means you can decide what you do, that you are not "owned" by another who makes those decisions for you.  It means that you are a free standing human being with the ability to make choices.  
 
Feeling trapped in a job that you chose to take (i.e. wage slavery) is hyperbole.   Calling people slaves because they have car loans or mortgages is hyperbole. 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 16, 2017 - 2:41pm
George - nobody debates the Emancipation Proclamation.  And nobody claims that some people in the US are literally "owned" by anyone else.  However, that doesn't mean that there aren't people who are forcibly held by "chains" made of "entitlements".  The fear of not being able to make a living and feed themselves kept more slaves in the Old South on the plantation than fear of the whip.  This is exactly the same fear that motivates people trapped in the Welfare State today.
George M Brenckle Added Mar 16, 2017 - 2:52pm
That is the crux of the issue, Mike.  It comes down to whether you believe is free will or not.  If I offer you an "entitlement", are you free to accept it or not?  If you accept it and then you fear losing it, is that your problem or someone else's?  To equate personal fear of alternatives with external chains forcing you in a particular direction is incorrect.
Mike Haluska Added Mar 16, 2017 - 3:41pm
George - good point!  My question is what about the kids who are born into the Welfare State?  They get indoctrinated at an early age that their "welfare state environment" is normal.  Not knowing any better, they grow up choosing between some security by staying where they're at versus venturing out into an unknown world that they are ill-equipped to live in.  It's easy for you and I to see the obvious choice, but I am not so sure they see it that way - for good reason. 
 
It makes sense why athletes and entertainers comprise the large percentage of those who make it "out" and why people that make it out the way Dr. Ben Carson did are the exception. 
The Other Side Added Mar 18, 2017 - 6:14pm
@George. "Freedom from slavery means the freedom to choose your course in life."
 
So when the Sheriff comes to your door to evict you because you missed your third mortgage payment, is that the argument ^^^^^ you will give them? Officer, I am a free man and I chose not to be a wage slave. That's nice sir. Now get the fuck out. Hi tech workers pay $50 a night to live in backyard tents (true).
 
You pay to play in this society. And if you don't pay you die. Your dismissive rejection of my argument as hyperbole is facile, at best.
The Other Side Added Mar 18, 2017 - 6:26pm
@All. I work 50+ hour weeks. Not because I love it, but because I have to. Because in the dog-eat-dog world of high tech there is no security whatsoever. You can be fired for anything. Anything. And many American workers are fired simply for being American (the flagrant abuse of the H-1B visa program is one of the main reasons I voted for Trump). To live anywhere in a major tech hub requires a 100k+ salary. While that may seem like a lot to the person in Akron Ohio, it's chump change in high tech, and barely affords you a one bedroom apartment (if your lucky enough to find one). Being on unemployment or collecting welfare is not even an option. Two months of unemployment puts you on the street. And as for buying used cars, that's precisely what I did. The terms on a used car are FAR worse than on new cars. It makes loan shark vigs look friendly by comparison. So reading through the comments I see there are either people who are very insulated from life, or have been very lucky in life.
 
Mr. 820 credit score, good for you. I have no animus towards you. But have a little empathy for those of us a little lower on the ladder who didn't run their life so perfectly.
George M Brenckle Added Mar 20, 2017 - 5:28pm
I'm sorry you think my argument is facile.  It's really not.  And to say that slavery still exists and is worse than ever is indeed hyperbole.
 
If you are paying $50 a night to live in a tent, it appears to me that you are making some bad choices.  Just looking a average rents on line in major metropolitan areas, the range runs from around $3,600 a month (San Francisco) to around $1,000 a month (Portland, Philadelphia) or less.
 
Nothing is guaranteed in life, and everyone is born into different circumstances.  Some start out with much more to work with in their pursuit of happiness.  There is no equality the innate talents we are born with and no equality in outcome.  But we are all born with the right to choose.
 
Slavery is treating other human beings as property and not recognizing, in fact physically usurping their right to choose.  Slavery is an abomination.  Unfortunately it still exists in the world and even more unfortunately there is human trafficking in this country.  It's criminal and needs to be prevented and prosecuted.   To equate that with working in tech and with buying a house you can't afford or a car you can't afford is hyperbole.
 
If you are spending way too much living in a major tech hub working 50+ hours a week and hating it, then for Pete's sake change course.  Go somewhere else and do something else.  Something that makes you happy.