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  •  The people of the U.S. have, from the (1+ / 0-)
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    beginning been distracted from the deprivation of human rights (a necessary condition to justify slavery) by the promise of ownership -- i.e. owning things as well as people was supposed to make them feel free. More recently it has been cheap goods that were supposed to compensate for the fact that sustenance itself has to be earned ("no free lunch"), if not by the sweat of one's brow, by being a compliant citizen. Nearly free goods are supposed to make up for a lot.
    Also, the exploitation of foreign workers generates a modicum of guilt, an instrument of intimidation and subordination.
    How can Americans complain when they're benefiting from slave labor? The truth, of course, is that imports are never cheaper for the ultimate user because of all the middlemen costs added on. U.S. manufacturing has been decimated to advantage a large and growing horde of middlemen -- the commercial class, which includes the speculators and financiers. Economics tells us about producers and consumers and conveniently leave the middlemen, the makers of the market and the identifiers of the "mark" to be milked out of the picture. We are the "marks" and the free market is where we become the targets of a free-for-all and the vultures are waiting to pick our bones.
    This is not capitalism, by the way. This is predation carried out be a creature that's endowed with the capacity to look ahead and prepare its prey for the slaughter. Survival is not the issue. The issue is to destroy without being nicked in the process.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed May 08, 2013 at 03:07:04 PM PDT

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