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  •  As long as we're nitpicking... (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, ahumbleopinion

    Slavery would require them to at least keep their employees fed and healthy.

    The 1% and their GOP supporters want to return to "indentured servitude".  This keeps employees completely dependent on their jobs just to survive.  I just read an article about a 20 yr MacDonalds employee who was making $8.25/hr, and wasn't even getting 40 hrs a week.

    Probably to no-one's surprise, it's the same model that big companies like WalMart and Staples use on their suppliers to get the lowest possible cost on goods.  If 1300 people die in a factory collapse, well that's just the cost of doing business.  

    It's also the model used by human traffickers, where at least it's largely agreed to be wrong.

    I'd also argue it's used to a slightly lesser degree by the credit card companies.  People who can only afford to make the minimum payment quickly become indentured by their crushing debt load.

    •  Actully when there was slavery in the South (0+ / 0-)

      The slaves were often expected to farm to feed themselves, and build their housing out of whatever they could scrounge up.

      So, really, owners were not expected to keep the slaves fed and healthy. Some were fairly decent, for slave owners, and did so, but there was no expectation that they would.

      The house slaves were generally taken care of, to keep the owners healthy and to look better. They also were more likely to be related to the owners, being the offspring of the white male owners with  black slave girls/women, so they got better treatment.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 11:04:14 AM PDT

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