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Has Slavery gone away or just become more regulated and codified?


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An article, click here, mostly unrelated to this posting, contained an interesting paragraph on what I've been thinking of as the New Neo-Slavery:


Under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act applicants for public assistance including SNAP food stamps are required to be part time employed or commit to volunteering 20 hours per week through a community service organization. The neo-liberal ideology is delusional and arrogant beyond measure. The premise is that applicants serve as conscripted volunteers for what will amount to $2.50 per hour of "volunteered" servitude. This also lacks any sense of reality in terms of the capacity of local community service organizations to accommodate the inevitable expectation that they have the staffing to administer such an onslaught of people in need of public assistance. Either masses of people will be denied public assistance, or there will be for a time massive fraud to circumvent this requirement. The problems will be particularly massive in states where tea-party Republican Governors are in office. Very obviously no one thought this reform process through, leaving the population experiencing hardship due to the also engineered economic collapse also due to the sociopathic level of self-righteous political ideology.


I've been thinking about this a lot lately, as movements for a Basic Income Guarantee and for raising the minimum wage collide with ongoing Post-Reagan, Post-Clintonian efforts to "Put people Back to Work" - at any cost to their dignity and freedom.  When you are forced to work for a non-living wage just to survive, how is that better than slavery?  Just because the "amenities" of the plantation have been out-sourced to slumlords and a handful of government programs with barely enough "net" to ensure one's "safety" doesn't mean the idea of involuntary servitude has gone away. 

Furthermore, the subsidy meant for an employee has become a subsidy for the world's largest corporations.  They don't have to pay a living wage because Uncle Sam will make up the difference.
How is this form of socialism for Walmart and McDonald's in any way fair?
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A raised minimum wage and even a Basic Income Guarantee, which we could easily afford, would go a long way towards ending welfare for the wealthy, and get them off the backs of the semi-enslaved.

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I must admit, from day one in elementary school in... by Burl Hall on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:32:47 AM
Comment and article gritty, like nitty-gritty. Wel... by Charles Roll on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:47:33 AM
In the Catholic School I went to, my best friend ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:37:27 AM
Sorry I got sidetracked from the main article the... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:47:38 AM
This is where guaranteed income would come in hand... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:17:32 PM
Absolutely. Critical notion indeed. ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:22:13 PM
Yes, there are always and everywhere millions of j... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 4:00:04 PM
Hazel is always right, from the considerable amou... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:45:52 PM
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The March of Progress! Towards extinction, near a... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:20:04 PM
Yes, I agree, Stop blaming the poor for being poo... by Ken Wertz on Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 5:26:54 PM
I was thinking that ideally we would have a welfar... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:17:49 AM
Well, in practice, there is not much call for viol... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:55:58 AM
You didn't see where I was.  I'm talking abou... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 1:31:20 AM
I agree with all you say Daniel.  Change thu... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 5:20:24 AM
The purest communist or social systems were relig... by urb musak on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 3:18:20 PM
Examples :  actual Amish and Mennonite groups... by urb musak on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 3:25:37 PM
Don't forget the Mormons! Much as they holler oth... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:50:07 PM
As for economic distribution I like the ideas of ... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:34:40 AM
My nuns were the Sisters of St. Joseph, and they w... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:55:39 PM
...which just goes to show, we should not engage i... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:17:43 PM
To Pat and Scott, in that order: a) commendable, ... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:23:05 PM
To make you feel better - the St Joseph order was ... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:22:22 AM
I too have seen or heard the gamut. My wife went t... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 9:03:49 AM
 Sir,  The West has the habit of talkin... by Ad Du on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 9:46:28 AM
But we got thousands of people marching for Occupy... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:13:51 PM
Interesting.  I just gave a presentation to 4... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 4:04:04 PM
Yes! ... by Ken Wertz on Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 5:35:01 PM
Monetary policy, as I have mentioned before, is ab... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 6:49:05 AM
A large part of the problem, as I see it, is that ... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 7:21:52 AM
Exactly what you say ("If we create a Public Opti... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 9:27:27 AM
We don't actually need a constitutional amendment ... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 10:23:14 AM
Scott, if you read Lessig as I indicated, you wou... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 11:25:52 AM
" the Court's entire Citizens United opinion... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 12:08:40 PM
Well, you are entitled to your opinion, and to you... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Apr 6, 2014 at 2:56:17 PM
Congress will not pass the kind of law you would n... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 4:17:00 AM
i dont get it. this was passed in 1996.  so ... by Paul Easton on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:27:41 AM
Perhaps the most significant invention of civiliz... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:58:02 PM
That would be a long range plan all right! ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:10:18 PM
When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western ... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 4:07:40 PM
Surplus labor to support the ruling class, the pr... by Paul Easton on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:51:29 PM
Well Scott I think a compromise could be made on ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:03:23 PM
I'm convinced we will not solve this problem until... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 4:16:44 PM
Interesting. I haven't paid much attention to thin... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:52:35 PM
And it does nothing for the ego of a person if he ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:04:04 PM
Pal, you say " People unemployed should be employ... by Jerry Wesner on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 5:37:43 PM
With all that money we could confiscate, bringing ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:02:22 PM
Ah, but do the math, Pal.An Ethiopian peasant with... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 6:29:10 PM
I totally agree with you on that, if the choice is... by Pal Palsimon on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:28:14 AM
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Under such a money regimen, (as with Government... by Paul Krumm on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:08:58 PM
I"m in favor of Local Exchange Transaction Systems... by Scott Baker on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:31:37 PM
The issue of universal acceptance of the dollar... by Paul Krumm on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 6:43:04 PM
I realize that I did not deal with your last ques... by Paul Krumm on Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 2:29:48 PM
Well, in fact, the original Legal Tender laws revo... by Scott Baker on Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 4:19:49 PM
I would like any links that could explain to me ho... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:59:01 PM
Well, not to toot my own horn too much, hopefully,... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 7:32:51 AM
I never said I didn't like poor people.  I ju... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 3:39:28 AM
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