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  •  Slavery vs "paid" (3+ / 0-)

    I'm not much of a "die-hard pro-confederacy asshole," but I've often thought that in some ways slavery was--I don't know if "superior" is the right word, but--in some important ways better than the system we have today of "paying" for what still amounts to slave labor. My view is more an indictment of our current system than a defense of slavery. How it looks to the slave/worker, I don't know.

    One of the main differences is that at least slave owners had some incentive to take care of the people they "owned," i.e., in some manner they fed them and housed them and, I guess, tried to keep them alive.

    Today an "employer" can demand everything an "employee" can produce with his/her life and yet not pay that employee a wage they can live on--enough to eat and have a place to stay--or give one flying fuck whether that person lives or dies.

    •  And (3+ / 0-)

      in this system the "employer" can even feel good about "providing" jobs. Fuck me.

    •  And another thing (5+ / 0-)
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      niemann, devans00, davelf2, SadieSue, Shockwave

      I've come to see the "homeless epidemic" in this same light. If it weren't doing some "good" it wouldn't be allowed to exist. So, why is it given the prominence in the media it has and yet nothing effective is being done about it?

      It is being used to drive people to take these jobs that will not support them. I think "employers" want you to see pictures and read stories of homeless people just so you understand that nobody gives a shit if you become homeless. They want to scare you so bad that you will take a job--any job--even one that won't pay you enough to live on. Maybe even more than one job like that!

      I know it scares the shit out of me. Gotta love those job producers.

    •  my ancestors owned slaves. they lynched them, (1+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave

      too.

      so much for the theory of taking care of them & trying to keep them alive.

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