Have we eradicated slavery in the U. S.? Apparently not—not, at least, if you define
slavery as a condition in which people are made so dependent that they are unable
or ill-advised to try to become independent. In that case, slavery is rampant in
the United States.
The original slaves—most of them tribal warfare captives, criminals, and debtors
from Africa—were brought into America to be dependents and domesticated servants
of landowners. They weren’t confined in cages or bound in chains by and large, but
they were dependent on their owners. Any who left the plantation had no way of supporting
themselves, risked almost certain punishment, and were usually returned to a sore
welcome at the plantation. For the most part the slave owners thought they were doing
the slaves a favor by rescuing them from imprisonment, starvation, execution, or
inhumane treatment in Africa. The slave owners were guaranteeing their slaves sustenance,
health care, and employment for life and were teaching them civility. However, the
owners were guilty of playing an elitist game—keeping humans as pets and as extensions
of themselves. Like big-game hunters whose status depended on the sizes of their
trophies, the slave-owning elites had their status tied to the number and quality
of their slaves.
The Democrats in the South didn’t give up their slaves without a fight. They had
to lose a civil war before slavery could be made illegal. Unwilling to give up their
elitism, nevertheless, the Democrats fought to keep their segregation practices and
Jim Crow laws in effect through the early 1960s. But, what is an elitist to do when
he/she is no longer legally allowed to openly discriminate against a defined group
of people? Is there some other way to keep everyone but themselves in a state of
dependency? How about if the elitists were to offer everyone else sustenance, health
care, and employment for life in exchange for certain privileges to be enjoyed exclusively
by the elites? How about if these privileges would include the power to tax money
away from anyone who bothers to profit from doing something more productive or who
tries to become financially independent? How about if the elitists were to enact
regulations that would punish anyone who tries to escape dependency? They could punish
people for setting up businesses in their homes or in the “wrong” zones. They could
make them fill out all kinds of paperwork and tax forms that require an expensive
education to navigate. They could force them to pay for business licenses, and they
could make sure they are frequently subjected to frivolous but expensive lawsuits.
They could educate young people to vilify entrepreneurs and to covet the profits
of the accomplished. They could arrange it so that profits are quickly taxed away.
They could inflate the currency so that independence-seeking people’s savings would
dwindle. They could go easy on criminals who rob or murder individualists. They could
create so many regulations that people who try to become independent by conducting
their own businesses will invariably be subject to prosecution for one violation
or another. In short, the elitists could arrange things so that people would be unable
or ill-advised to break out from government dependency.
So, all of these things the Democrats and their unprincipled elitist friends in the
Republican Party did. They have managed to keep most African Americans in dependence
ever since the Civil War. Currently, they are adding illegal immigrants to their
kennel of big-game pets as quickly as possible. And at an accelerating rate they
are chipping away at the independents, the small-business people and medium-sized-business
people and employees. So now, who are the slaves but we who are not among the political
elite, and we, who are not the elite leaders of big businesses and unions that lobby
and schmooze with the government in order to maintain unfair advantages?
Welcome to the new slavery.
Your egomaniacal narcissistic politicians promise you sustenance, health care, and
employment for life—right? Before you answer that question, consider that if you,
as a business, were to make promises as ungrounded as these, you would be sued for
fraud, penalized by the SEC, and subjected endlessly to bad Yelp reviews.
Please consider that government is the tool by which elitists con the rest of us
into slavery. Conservatives attacking liberals for desiring social freedom and liberals
attacking conservatives for desiring economic freedom are all jousting at windmills.
They are playing into the hands of the elites who cunningly use these political conflicts,
along with racial divisions and class warfare, to distract the multitudes while subjugating
them step-by-step. The enemy of freedom is, as it has always been throughout history,
the elites—the political con artists—the Neros, the Hitlers, the Stalins, the Maos,
and all who would associate with them.
How can we put an end to this situation? First, we have to recognize the problem.
It is purposefully hidden by the dominant politicians in government; by the big businesses,
the big unions, and certain cunning individuals who use the government to gain unmerited
advantages; and by the entrenched media who depend on the elites for their news feeds.
What you are reading here has until now been suppressed quite effectively by the
Second, we need to attack the root of the problem with an effort that everyone other
than the elites can buy into. What could there possibly be that everyone other than
the elites can buy into? Actually, there is a very appealing answer, something that
has never been tried, but something that could be the most dramatic historical advance
since democracy: MAKE IT A CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT THAT GOVERNMENT BE SUBJECT
TO THE SAME LAWS AS EVERYONE ELSE.
Amendment 28: The Equalizer Amendment. A constitutional requirement that government
be subject to the same regulations that they inflict on everyone else.
It is difficult to be elite when you are required to obey the same rules as everyone
else. It is difficult to be elite when your organization has to obey the same rules
as does any other organization. It is difficult to be elite when others can sue you
just as easily as you can sue them.
While the opportunity to amend the Constitution still exists, we need to pass this
amendment. We can’t let elitism keep us in the dark ages forever. This is an idea
whose time has come. Let’s do history a favor and put the elitists in their place
once and for all. It’s time to abolish slavery!
"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."