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