They say action speaks louder than words and to prove that nothing could more true, all you have to do is look no further than the American slavery system.
The Emancipation Proclamation, the notorious speech by Lincoln that freed slaves, was just words. What a great premise: free the slaves, give them rights and citizenship, create a better society. Awesome. I like those things.
In practice though, the slavery system was never “emancipated”, rather, it was “expanded” - to include people of all races and make the slave market cheaper for the rich sleezy owners.
It also became cleverly disguised and branded as “The American Dream”
Ah, the good ole American dream, where if you work *just* hard enough, and suck up just good enough, you’ll maybe, just maybe, get a chance to live in luxury. Ya know, if your boss approves of your raise or promotion or whatever.
The dream is cake and the cake is a lie. It’s nothing but an imaginary incentive to keep you working and trying hard for the benefit and profit of the few elite owners of the country.
The slavery system has transformed from a race struggle into one of class; the poor versus the rich.
Think about this: in a typical 9-5 situation, you rely on a wage to pay your bills so you have a roof over your head and food on your table.
You must earn your pay check, otherwise, you die. You can’t feed yourself. You can’t protect yourself from the elements. You can’t quench your thirst.
If you rely on someone else’s time and approval for survival, you are not a free man (or woman for that matter). You are a slave.
If after working your ass off at your job but at the end of the day spend all your money on food and shelter, then your labor efforts are no longer an "opportunity for economic advancement" but a means of self preservation.
By definition, that is slavery and you are a wage slave.
It gets crazier, if you account for inflation, in America, the average cost of a slave was MORE THAN the annual salary of a minimum wage worker.
Let that sink in for a second here...
That’s a lot to absorb.
Slaves were worth more than modern day minimum wage workers!
But that’s just the surface of the insanity.
Not only were they worth more than modern day workers, but they were also treated better. A lot better. In most cases.
While there is no denying the corrupt, demoralizing, and disgusting nature of slavery in itself, the system of how slavery worked in America was fair compared to other slavery systems across the world.
I mean granted, that’s like saying “it was less smelly shit than other shit,” but I digress.
There were of course power hungry repugnant psychopathic human beings that completely treated their slaves like cattle, whipping them for misbehavior and having them sleep on straw and feeding them scraps from the table
But for the most part, the American slavery system worked sort of like an advanced feudal type system.
A slave, under the American slavery system could, believe it or not, own property and even open a business, under of course the approval and authority of their owner and rent/fees paid to him/her.
They also received voting rights as 3/5 of a person.
You can supposedly "own" property, but not really own it and your vote barely counts... just like a slave.
Even after you pay off that HUGE 30 year mortgage, you still don’t own your property.
You have to pay something called “property tax”. Property tax? Wait what? But you own the property right?
No, you rent it.
You can’t own the land, the property itself. If you did own the property, you wouldn’t be paying anyone anything. The whole idea of ownership is that you don’t pay anyone any sort of rent or fee. If you pay any sort of fee (eg. property tax), then you don’t in fact have ownership. That's the way ownership works by the very definition.
Furthermore, you’re basically 3/5 of a person in voting power compared to lobbyists.
Since Congress basically said “money is free speech”, well, with less money, you have less free speech.
The people with money, your owners, can promote the policies they want by sponsoring politicians that are corrupt enough to put them through. You on the other hand are given the illusion that your vote actually counts for something, but unless your wallet is the size of a literal bank, you’re vote ain’t worth shit.
This clip from George Carlin perfectly summarizes this idea:
“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations that've long since bought and paid for,”
You can “own” a business or a house, but guess who’s taking part of the pie? Your master. You pay taxes to a government, a government that gives write offs to the rich and creates policies that benefit the rich -- the rich people that own you.
The point here is not to diminish the severity of slavery and its gruesome, horrendous nature at all, but to draw the conclusion that it never really disappeared, and if anything, has become more intense.
The slavery system hasn’t really gone away. It’s just evolved, but let me run this by you:
The slaves of the past were treated better than the modern day corporate slave
Now hold up! Before we go raising arms, hear me out.
You see, back in the day, they wanted their slaves to be healthy. They didn’t want a weak or diseased slave. They needed to be in tip top shape to pick the cotton or do the house work or whatever. An unhealthy slave was a bad slave.
So the slave owner paid for doctor visits and medical bills. That’s right, fam: SLAVES RECEIVED FREE HEALTH CARE BACK IN THE DAY.
Meanwhile, now in America, you’ve got a lady form Massachusetts bleeding out on the subway screaming not to call the ambulance because she can’t afford it (Source)
Similarly you also have people with epilepsy carrying notes warning people not to call the ambulance.
And God I can’t even count how many stories there are of children dying because their parents can’t afford the medical bills.
There’s literally a tax write off for private jet owners (Source). They can literally get a tax break for the fuel and expenses of their own “personal aircraft”. This clearly doesn’t benefit society in any way and is nothing but a Christmas wish list for the elite.
Seriously, I don't care how liberal or conservative you are, you can't tell me that tax breaks for jet owners is beneficial to anyone or anything except private jet owners.
Then most of the spending, if it isn’t tax breaks for their luxury lifestyle, is on the military
Of course it’s military spending they prioritize, ‘cause they want to protect their ridiculous amount of accumulated precious resources and wealth. We even spent a trillion dollars. Trillion, with a freaking T on a stealth jet (Source)
...that DIDN’T. EVEN. WORK.
So here we have all this money to throw around that enhances the elite’s luxury and protection of said luxury but can’t give a goddamn pill to some kid who is sick.
That is disgusting. They see people, not as humans, but as something to trade, just like the stock market.
The number of slaves have increased (the population has grown) and they see us as even more disposable than ever. We’re easily replaceable to them. Supply and demand. The supply of slaves is up, so the demand is down. Cost is down for new corporate slaves.
In their sick minds, they just see it as “well, gotta cut losses”and refuse to keep the sick alive because it cuts into their profits.
Sure, there are limited resources in the world that can only support a set amount of population, but right now, we are far from reaching that point of finite resources.
Again, TRILLION dollar jet. Let’s look at that. I mean really look at it: a T-R-L-L-I-O-N dollars!
That ALONE is enough to cover health care for everyone in the country for at least a few decades and then some...and we’re not even counting the other waste of taxes that could be used elsewhere.
The modern corporate slave is basically a cheap disposable commodity in the eyes of the owners of the country.
But getting back to how slaves were treated better back in the day: they needed to be well rested and well fed because they were burning a lot of calories out in the field and needed the energy. They were given a room or sometimes even a house on the slave owner’s property as well as free meals.
SLAVES RECEIVED FREE ROOM & BOARD.
You, on the other hand, have to pay for these things. You’re not provided a place to live or food to eat. This comes out of your own pay check, an expense you probably struggle paying.
78% of Americans say they are living pay check to pay check and worry about how to put food on the table or keep the lights on.(Source
Expensive health care, rent, and food. You almost seem to have it worse than a slave back in the day.
And I know. You’re about to shoot me with the comments of “but slavery back in the day WAS worse. It was more brutal. They were whipped and beaten.”
To that I say: Look at police shooting and beating innocent civilians?
Are they not just like the slave whippers using physical force to keep the slaves out on the field in line to remind them who’s boss, that you have no power?
Plus, if you watched the documentary 13th (which is on Netflix), you’ll know that people (especially black people) are being arrested for petty crimes, put into prison, and forced to do work for slave wages, and how it’s tied up to racism.
All for the sake of profit - the jails themselves make money for each inmate they have, the food/catering companies that serve in the jail cafeterias, the telecommunication companies that provide the “one phone call”. Companies even use the prisoners for labor to make clothing products and other consumer goods for pennies an hour.
Go watch it. 13th. That documentary covers way more insight and information about the corrupt modern day slavery we have today than I could ever cover in this blog post.
So where do the procrastinators fit into this? What can you do as a lazy person?
Well, we use laziness as a weapon to fight back.
We must all free ourselves from this slavery system they’ve so tactfully built.
If you want freedom from slavery, you have to be lazy and refuse to work on the fields, refuse to go to your desk job.
All this “work hard” mantra is said to try and pull you back into the plantation. Don’t fall for it and free yourself. Be a procrastinator.
Don't go to work. Quit your job. Take control of your life and do what you want instead.
Until next time, take it reeeal easy.