Sunday, December 4, 2011

10 Signs You Might Be a Slave

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The definition of slavery is not nearly as clear as it used to be when we could see the physical chains and whips that shackled human laborers.  Therefore, it's more vital than ever to identify the abstract ways in which humanity is confined.  Here are ten signs you might be a modern-day slave:

You might be a slave if...

1. You hate when your alarm clock buzzes: If you don't wake up everyday with fantastic anticipation to be alive, you might be living under someone else's command. In fact, if you have to wake up at the same time every day, you're probably someone's slave.

2. You're forced to pay for causes you vehemently oppose: If you're a peaceful person but are forced to pay for wars done in your name, you might be a slave.  Likewise, if you're forced to pay for corporate welfare of failed institutions while you struggle to stay healthy, you're surely a slave.

3. You expect someone else to take care of you: If someone other than yourself takes care of you, then you're likely beholden to them in countless ways. Be careful, you might be a slave if you demand that the government give you something other than freedom.


4. You must follow laws that your Master may break:  If the rule of law only applies to you and your lowly peers, while the Masters get away with murder, you're clearly a slave in an unjust system.

5. You think mob rule is better than personal freedom:  If you believe that majority rule is always better for you than free will, then you're most certainly a slave.“Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” -- Mahatma Gandhi.

6. You condemn beliefs of others: If you're taught to hate the beliefs of others who have never harmed you, then your mind has been thoroughly confined by your Master's implanted beliefs.

7. You believe people should be caged for consuming a product: If you believe that it's okay to cage humans for consuming a product in private, then you probably love your enslavement.

8. You sit in traffic for more than one hour a day:  If you waste over 360 hours a year (10,800 hours over a 30-year career, that's 450 days) commuting to a job you despise, your time and life belongs to someone else.

9. You're forced to wear a uniform: If you're forced into a dress code of any kind, including a suit and tie, you're a show clown with someone to impress in order to receive your daily bread.

10. You watch over 20 hours of TV per week: If you occupy your amazing mind in front of a glowing box in the room for 1,040 hours a year (43 days), then your unlimited creativity is impossibly chained to a lifetime of mindlessness.


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42 comments:

J.G Vibes said...

WOW...this has to be one of the most succinct and spot on articles ive ever read...i may post this everyday...

its a real shame you didnt post your name along with this...MAJOR props to the ghostwriter here

Anonymous said...

Only #4 applied to me, so I guess I'm pretty much free.

Lili said...

Um...then you are a slave.

Slaves are afraid to speak up because they are afraid of persecution.

You are anonymous lol! Put your name to a work like this if you want to be taken seriously.

For all we know someone told(or paid) you to write this for them.

Amazing.

Activist said...

This article was written by the co-editors of this site, Eric Blair and Michael Edwards, but why is the author more important than the words?

Anonymous said...

#11- if you are afraid; afraid to walk down the street, afraid to go out at night, afraid every time you see a stranger, afraid of people you've never met who live an ocean away, then you aren't free.

I'm always amazed at how many people go through the day jumping at shadows.

Sorry for posting as anonymous, but I don't have any of that other stuff (wordpress or aim or whatever)

-Grover Lembeck

Activist said...

Yes, good point Grover. If you live in "fear" you're probably a slave...

Anonymous said...

Great article Michael and Eric. I live in total fear. I have 6 months of emergency food in my house and now, according to our scumbag Senate, I am a terrorist to be confined indefinitely. Finally, the FEMA camps will pay off Cheney, et al. jan

Anonymous said...

You forgot the international one, "TAX SLAVE"!

Anonymous said...

Yes..my kid's school starts way to early
Yes
No
I don't really know, or care for that matter. I do what I do.
No
No
No
No
I actually make others wear a uniform (suit-tie), and I do too??
Gosh, I really wish I had the time for that

So, am I a slave?

Anonymous said...

Anon @658

You should be in good shape, but I bet your staff would be thrilled to wear less formal attire.

Question: What are they teaching your kids at school? To answer the bell everyday and wear neat little uniforms?

Another question: Do you spend more time getting your bread or enjoying with your family?

I know it's just the society we live in, but something to think about...

Anonymous said...

I think TAX SLAVE was referenced in #2

D.L. said...

According to these definitions of who a "slave" is, number three makes every single oligarch a slave! Why? Because they will not take care of themselves (they have servants taking care of them, even wiping their own butts in some cases.)

also, don't they condemn the beliefs of others, and don't they think people should be caged for consuming a product (even if they make millions off that product? I'm thinking illegal drugs here...)

And, I forgot...most oligarchs are living in some kind of fear otherwise they wouldn't be quickening their police state programs. I really don't think Jamie Dimon was overjoyed at having Occupy folks right outside his doorstep back in October.

Everyone on this planet is a slave...either to God or to Satan, either to money or to truth.

Please do not tell me the oligarchs are not slaves! They are, just differently than the rest of us.

Paul Panza said...

Belief is slavery in a time of science and accountability!

Jeff Simpson said...

And if you have to buy permission to exercise fundamental human entitlements eg express yourself publicly, meet with others publicly, use your property, earn a living, get married, acquire the means to defend yourself properly etc.,
and if you have men with guns come after you every year if you don't pay them off, you might be a slave

Jeff Simpson said...

Oh and let's not forget if you not only have your money taken from you at gun point every year but then have that money (stolen from you) spent on things to which you don't consent... you might be a slave

Jeff Simpson said...

Forgot article's point #2. Disregard my second submission

Anonymous said...

If the job you work for does not provide the opportunity to improve yourself (ie get a better job etc) then you are a slave..

You should atleast make enough to start a savings to do something like take time off to get a better education etc.

Also if you are a slave at work that doesn't always mean the boss is your slave master...

Anonymous said...

Its rubbish really. If you have the choice to walk away from this and become a street bum then you are not a slave.

Anonymous said...

"Its rubbish really. If you have the choice to walk away from this and become a street bum then you are not a slave. "

This. Sorry but slavery means lack of choice. A person is not a slave simply because they make choices the authors disagree with.

Anonymous said...

Hong Kong kids are slaves,as their parents forced them to take as many as 6 lessons in weekend !
The parents are slaves , as they are doing the poor to the kids for their own good .

Christoph Rebner said...

I think that if you expect government ot geive you freedom you are slave to relativism. Go for innate rights!

Anonymous said...

11. You might be a slave if your congress passed a bill declaring your country a battlefield in a fictional war on terror, so that anyone can be falsely accused and indefinitely imprisoned without charge.

Anonymous said...

good article!!!!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't point 6 contradict 7? You are condemning the beliefs of people who believe people should be caged for consuming a product. Point 6 does not fit in at all.

Anonymous said...

When the people work for the government instead of the government working for the people tell me they are not salves. 59% of America's citizens depend on the government for some type of assistance.49 million on food stamps. Image ,our founders had the ridiculous notion that the government should serve the people.

Anonymous said...

1. yes but by choice. i work at 2 pm to 10 pm

2. isnt everyone?

3. no


4. doesnt mean i like them or accept them at all.

5. no

6. no

7. no

8. thank god no. work five minutes from home

9. security. and i do look like a clown. blue blazer, grey pants, and a red/white tie with a white undershirt. NOTHING on me matches, its horrid.

10. nope. stopped watching the tube long ago.

johnnymagnet said...

What a bunch of shite this article is!
Like something I might read in Yahoo news before I check my mail, and have a wank.
Editor- the supposed 'slavery' in your article goes much deeper and is more complex than your Women's Weekly bullet points. WTF!

Z said...

I just have to ask, is there any society without slavery?

By number three, not even the family is an institution without slavery for the simple reason that a 6 month old baby expects to be taken care of by someone else.

The question I have is that if even being part of a family is slavery, what do you reccomend? It seems kind of silly to say that a child is inherently a slave to their mother because she take care of them, and yes, I may work a job that I don't really like, but if everyone could do exactly what they wanted, we'd have maybe 5 janitors in the whole world and we'd be drowning in garbage. And I'd be homeless.

And if you hate what you're doing so much, you can live on the street. After all, you do have that choice.

nickhowdy said...

EVERYONE IS A SLAVE..

Our system is based on dependencies, where the people on top say "play along" and we will make life better for you..

It's kind of ingrained in our "belief" systems..Something, "God" or whatever, will take care of you or cares for you.

I hear phrases like: "Leave it in the hands of God". "Let go and let God." It abdicates personal responsibility. I'm not saying "belief " is wrong I'm saying don't be dependent on hierarchy or belief in people who ask you to believe..Use your rational mind.

From the beginning our systems are set ups of dependency. Starting with our religions.

Does anyone have a dog or cat? Maybe the elite see you in the same light as your cute little animal who is dependent on you..You'll take care of it until you feel the animal has become burdensome..

If the elites see you as some sort of "thing" to be "taken care" of, we are in trouble. I think about what they will do when the "dependent" become overly burdensome.

"Z" is correct in that we are born into and raised as dependent..The people who see themselves in role of our Mommy and Daddy are politicians and psychopaths at that.

Where the authors of this article are correct is that we should have more choices than feeling like we need to "get a job" instead of trying to capitalize on our innate talents.

..::dartigen::.. said...

I do 8 sometimes, but I mostly enjoy driving. It's the other people that ruin it for everyone. (Sometimes, rules are bad. I get that. But road rules? They are there to make driving safe and enjoyable. I do not enjoy almost dying because someone pulled out in front of me. That's not fun, and it generally means a shitty start to my day, which by extension ruins my day - and I can't imagine a near-death experience would make anybody else's day particularly enjoyable either.)

And I do 1 sometimes, but it's usually my own fault for staying up ridiculously late at night knowing full well I have things to do tomorrow. (I take it as a reminder that hey, maybe you should go to bed more than 6 hours before you have to wake up.) I don't have many excuses for staying up late.

2 I hate, but there's little I can do. Sure, I'd love to give some of the politicians a piece of my mind - but they don't generally let random people into Question Time for it. And while I do vote with the people I actually support every year, seems I'm in the minority of either people who actually check out the candidates or people who care enough to not just donkey vote or vote the same way every election, because the party I was backing usually doesn't get far. (The day after the election announcement is usually a day to avoid me because I'm likely to either hit something or burst into tears, or both.)

3, well, to a degree - I do my work well, and I expect those in higher positions to also do their work well. Through high school, I found that not to be the case, which is still why I handle a lot of stuff myself. Rather not leave it to chance. (Where I am now though, it seems that lecturers understand that they have a job to do too. But it's hard to shake that level of distrust.)

4, well, I'm a student. The lecturers are allowed more freedoms than us, but we are largely expected to manage ourselves. They just handle marking and grading. And that's really only for the subjects that need it; mostly, it's automated.

6, well, some things I will simply never see as acceptable in society - genocide, for example. Nor do I particularly want to understand it. There's rarely any good reason to kill anything, so I'm not going to accept any one group's belief that another group should die because of what that other group thinks or looks like.

Anonymous said...

"Slave to God"?! "God take care of you"?? lol Please don't use the name of God if you have no true understanding .. do some Knowledge, learn some Truths

Chris said...

If anything what you're calling "slavery" (a gross misuse of he term, and disrespectful to anybody whom the term has actually applied to) is nothing but our own damn fault. It's like Steinbeck said in Grapes of Wrath, "The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."

Anonymous said...

It seems the underlying point of the article is that, beneath all the fluff, we're all sort of slaves.

Unknown said...

The most pitiful form of slavery are those who think they are actually free.

Anonymous said...

I feel bad because i have to work minimum wage for four years without paid vacation without benifits not being able to spend anytime with my family or have the choice not to do this and me and my family be a bum on the streets that dont sound like much of a chioce to me. I guess i will stay a slave. But things change when it get like it was in the old days because if im forced to work with chains and whips i would not make it. Just saying!!! Hint Hint....

Anonymous said...

Partly contradictory, this all sounds inspiring until you stop & think. We all conform to nearly all of society's conventions. We wear clothes, obey laws, etc.. Otherwise, we're sociopaths. "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." If you want to live on a mountain and eat twigs you don't have to obey anyone.

Anonymous said...

The Feral(sic)Reserve said their system works (us) "only with credit." This is admission that no one pays any taxes and that our misleaders
pay no one for anything since taxes cannot be paid with credit. Our misleaders need no money
when all of us are risking our lives for credit.
We must be disarmed before too many google morpix.biz Why do we have the Imaginary Revenue Scam? You should see the answer there. Get this to known gun grabbers that need it but deal out quean(sic)Hillary and her ilk out. A headline in 1999: "Hillary Clinton lauds those trying to curb population." Also deal our Bill Gates who plans to depopulate with vaccines. www.morpix.biz/gates

Anonymous said...

For 30 years, I offered 100 pounds of money to each person who just describes the money that our misleaders spend. I have had no takers. WHY should they spend money when all of us are risking our lives for strips of paper that have nor promised payment for 45 years? Mass mind control was an art in old testament times when their only means of mass communications was a trumpet! How many means are there today?

ShadowCII said...

"Partly contradictory, this all sounds inspiring until you stop & think. We all conform to nearly all of society's conventions."
Conformity is much different than Coercion.
We live in a society that is occupied by a militant entity that forces us to obey or... die.
It is the only entity on earth that asserts the power to injure others with impunity.

Anonymous said...

You might be a slave if...

1. You hate when your alarm clock buzzes:
Actually, no. I hate waking up regardless of if the alarm clock is buzzing or if anyone wakes me from my warm and cozy bed. I know that I have to wake up every day to work. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. If I don’t get paid, I don’t eat, have a place to live, car to drive, ect. Those who don’t live by their alarm clock, are the ones you should worry about.

2. You're forced to pay for causes you vehemently oppose:
I oppose drug dealer/criminals, yet we as taxpayers pay for them to be in jail. What make you a slave in this regard?

3. You expect someone else to take care of you:
If you expect someone to take care of you, you are a bum or too rich to care. People should be self-reliant.

4. You must follow laws that your Master may break:
… My master? My boss is not allowed to get away with murder. Hypocrite leaders are hard to follow, and they never make it far.

5. You think mob rule is better than personal freedom:
Define “mob rule”. Some people need to have these simplistic laws. Why do you think warning labels and Darwin’s rules come in? Look at the dumb lawsuits. McDonalds coffee may be hot!

6. You condemn beliefs of others:
Okay, I fully believe in this one. Hate is a learned thing.

7. You believe people should be caged for consuming a product:
I am not sure about this one? Okaaaay.

8. You sit in traffic for more than one hour a day:
You are not a slave in this aspect… People need to learn to drive! I wish soooo many people learned to use turn signals and proper passing techniques, ect, ect, ect. I hate you large city driving.

9. You're forced to wear a uniform:
Not a slave if you wear a uniform. Military, police officers, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, ect… They earned their uniform. You earn your rank, you earn your pay.

10. You watch over 20 hours of TV per week:
OMG, who has time for that?!?!

Anonymous said...

"Be careful, you might be a slave if you demand that the government give you something other than freedom."

Really? Show of hands: how many out there demand that the government provide health care? Or food? Shelter? Education? Do you think of yourself as a slave?

But if you say, "No, the government shouldn't provide ME with health care, just poor people," then aren't you demanding that the government enslave the poor?

Chris Meadows said...

Good stuff. I was once a slave, but then one day I woke up. I use my creativity as a means to make a living. I get paid money just like everyone else only because I need it to function in the present society. However, as a musician I go to work when I want. I don't have an alarm clock telling me to get up in the morning and I don't have anyone to answer to but myself and the bar/club owners that hire me and my group. I can tell you that I don't drive a luxury car (I have an old beat up mini van), I don't wear the latest trendy clothes (I shop at yardsales and thrift stores), I don't have cable TV (It's mindless entertainment that in general serves no purpose but to dumb people down) besides PBS is free. I live in an apartment with my girl friend and her son and after 20+ yrs working for someone I realized that working for someone else doesn't make much sense. Meaningless jobs that help no one.

So, I play music. I don't pay a dime in taxes and I don't intend to. I don't let the public opinion sway me in who I am or what I do. The public thinks I'm mad. I do some freelance writing for some local newspapers about local music and some political or rather, anti-political commentaries. I have food stamps and I go to a local free clinic. To most I am a useless blight on society. I'm not. I am a writer and artist and if my hoe state feels the need to feed me then I'll take their money which is public money anyway and I am still a member of the public. Believe me I can get by without it, but it does make things easier.

Slave? Not anymore. I realize a few short years ago what is truly important in life, my family and my art and I am growing every day in the right direction. I will not be controlled any longer. I educate my step son daily. "Follow the rules and go to school, but only because the law requires you to do so. You need to understand that public education is just a preliminary course in enslavement. DO NOT believe any of it.

I will not allow him to be what society calls "a productive member of society". Productive indeed. He is a smart kid with a infinate mind and I will not let public education train him.

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