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Was slavery so bad? There was free health care. The standard may have been low, but at least it was equal. Everyone had a “right” to housing. They also got “education,” though slaves were only taught what their betters judged appropriate to their color and status. You could not pass on wealth from generation to generation, but that kind of inherited wealth was bad anyway – it made people unequal. You didn’t have to worry your pretty little head making life decisions; all the indecision and tension was taken out of your life by your Master. You had to mind your tongue, of course: preaching sedition or liberty was a crime, and slaves were told what to think, and be ever-grateful for everything that came their way. Best of all, if you attracted undue attention of any kind, then the Master might come down from his Big House and “help you” by violating your person.
Did I say “slavery?” I should have said, “liberal government.”
With the exception of the requirement to actually work, I find the parallels between the modern liberal state and being slaves on a plantation to be eerily similar. Am I wrong?Published in