Will the democrats bring back slavery?
Posted by rantingkraut on November 14, 2008
Well, it is safe to presume that they won’t revive the 18th century version. However, if slavery is defined generally to cover any case where ownership rights are claimed over another human being then the answer may well be yes. Obama is reportedly planning forced labour schemes for school children and for college students as a precondition for receiving a grant.
Of course, if you want to be nice about Obama, you could classify the former as an educational measure –a kind of extension of compulsory schooling. The latter is, strictly speaking, part of an essentially voluntary exchange (unqualified labour services in exchange for an education subsidy). The same can not be said about the forced labour program favoured by his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel wants a non-military forced labour scheme for all Americans aged 18-25 without even the pretence of choice –an American version of the Reichsarbeitsdienst.
Obama’s government may well be too busy fighting the economic crisis to waste time and energy on daft dystopian missions. Still, it seems ironic, that the party fielding the first black president should also plan a revival of slavery, albeit in a post-modern form.
[Edited for accuracy (15 Nov. 2008) in reflection on the comment below. The second sentence in the second paragraph originally took the form of a sub-clause beginning “…, and the latter as part of an essentially voluntary…”.]
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