Archive for December, 2008

And Slavery Returns to the USA…

by Jason Stotts

Slavery can safely be defined as one person being forced to work for another’s interests with no benefit to himself. Economic redistribution is the process of the government taking wealth from some individuals and giving it to others, whether directly in the form of cash payments (e.g. welfare) or indirectly (e.g. universal healthcare). Stripped of all of its attendant baggage, economic redistribution is slavery.

Now, slavery was allegedly abolished in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which reads:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Unfortunately for us, slavery seems to be returning to the United States!  Worse, though, is that it seems that it is the will of the people that it should be so!

Plato warned us over 2,000 years ago of the tyranny of democracy.  Aristotle further warned us that some people are natural slaves.  Never did these men consider that the culmination of these two ideas would be a state whereby it was decided by the majority that the demos should become slaves (much as what happened in National Socialist [NAZI] Germany).

The day is dark indeed for the men of the mind.

If we wish to avert the swelling tide of statism and its culmination in slavery, we must do more than merely proclaim: Laissez-nous faire! We must argue that the very policies being advocated right now run counter to the very principles this country was founded on.  Moreover, we must argue that these new governmental programs, this movement to slavery, are constitutionally illegal.

Although the day is dark, it is not too late.  However, we must strip the argument down to its true fundamentals: freedom v. slavery.