Slavery/Servitude: Antiquated Relic?

Ask any student of history, and you’ll be told that institutionalized slavery has been outlawed for lifetimes here in the Occident. Posit an idea to the contrary, and you’re sure to receive a sharp rebuttal.

The demarcations of the West and what defines it (psst, it’s a function of culture and demography, not geography) aside, one needn’t look too hard or too far away from the shores of the Atlantic coast of North America before encountering what are undoubtedly slavery-like conditions. Whether you’re talking of the child servant in Haiti performing domestic duties for a modicum of payment and a cornucopia of abuse, or the field worker in Mexico toiling under the scorching sol and periodically wetting his soiled hands in a peroxide solution, the exploitation of the human being as a factory is difficult to avoid. And while these ‘workers’ are (generally) free of any physical shackles or official masters, it cannot be convincingly stated that they are living and performing of their own free will.

The debt-money systems that operate within their nations — really a supra-national, transnational, global meta-system of financial enslavement — is what indentures these folks to their means of constructing and maneuvering their personal economies. I hazard to guess that the morally high-minded individual needs no persuading about these matters. Where I imagine there exists a schism in understanding is in the examination of the rest of us, who happen to be comfortable…

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