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Slavery is when a person is forced to work and can not quit, at the same time being treated as property. While officially abolished, it is continued as forced labor to this day.


Historically, enslavement was a typical outcome of military defeat, and a reason to join or support an army. Slavery was often a feature of civilization and legal in most societies; now outlawed in all countries of the world except as punishment for crime.


Slavery, as a practice, was legally banned in Mauritania in 1981,[1] as the last country in the world (although it was not a crime to own a slave until 2007).


Slavery was used in colonies with relatively small human populations compared to their size. In densely populated areas, the preferred method of social control was land ownership.[2]


In 1708 the British Board of Trade proclaimed it “absolutely necessary that a trade (slavery) so beneficial to the kingdom should be carried on to the greatest advantage.” [3]

Wage slavery

Full article: Wage slavery

While, officially, slavery is illegal, wage slavery is not.


Anti-Slavery International reports a high degree of correlation between nation state's foreign debt and the prevalence of slavery. They report that modern slaves are far cheaper, in real terms, than ever.


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Related Quotations

George Carlin“It's the old American Double Standard, ya know: Say one thing, do something' different. And of course, this country is founded on the double standard, that's our history! We were founded on a very basic double standard: This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free. Am I right? A group of slave owners who wanted to be free! So they killed a lot of white English people, in order to continue owning their black African people, so they could wipe out of the rest of the red Indian people, so they move west and steal the rest of the land from the brown Mexican people, giving them a place to take off and drop their nuclear weapons on the yellow Japanese people. You know what the motto of this country ought to be? "You give us a color, we'll wipe it out!"”George Carlin
Enclosure“The appropriation, by one means or another, of lands owned or occupied by the poor continues. What was accomplished in England by legislation is being accomplished today all over the world by bank-created capital and debt-finance.”Ivo Mosley2013
MLK“He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery. Freedom is still the bonus we receive for knowing the truth.”MLK
Obedience“Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”Howard Zinn
Subsistence“The great enemy of enterprising capital is a self-sustaining life.<a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a> A family living a self-contained existence on a piece of land is profitable to no one.<a href="#cite_note-2">[2]</a> Once the family is displaced, the land can be put to profit. Dispossessed adults can be ‘gainfully employed’ (whose gain?) and the whole family can be trained up—via advertising and the rest—as consumers. Lastly, in the peculiar perversity of modern economics, the illnesses, depressions, crimes and other discontents of the dependent are of immense profit to the pharmaceutical, insurance, care, security, manufacturing, entertainment and prison industries.”Ivo Mosley2013
Yanis Varoufakis“The problem with capitalism is not that it is unfair but that it is irrational, as it habitually condemns whole generations to deprivation and unemployment and even turns capitalists into angst-ridden automata, living in permanent fear that unless they commodify their fellow humans fully so as to serve capital accumulation more efficiently, they will cease to be capitalists. So, if capitalism appears unjust this is because it enslaves everyone; it wastes human and natural resources; the same production line that pumps out remarkable gizmos and untold wealth, also produces deep unhappiness and crises.”Yanis Varoufakis18 February 2015
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