The Modern Slave’s Guide to Modern Slavery

by 99percentspace
RULE NUMBER ONE about modern slavery: there is no modern slavery.

RULE NUMBER TWO: you work, you pay, you go to war and you shut the f*ck up. Or else.

RULE NUMBER THREE you take the test at the end of this post; if you fail, refer to Rule number two.

There is no modern slavery

In school we learned about slavery in his-story class. According to his story, slavery looked like this:

We learned that slavery in the US formally “ended” in 1865. By this was meant that “Negroes” were no longer auctioned in chains right off the boat from Gambia.

Later on we discovered that being of African origin was not a precondition to being a slave. The Romans, for example, liked their slave-meat white…

The Roman Empire was built on military might and slave labor. Rome practiced overt slavery in a rigid caste system: Senators were aristocrats, Romans were Free Men and pretty much everyone else
were slaves
. Except for the liberti, or liberated ones:

Freedmen and freedwomen, called liberti, formed a separate class in Roman society at all periods. These people
remained few in numbers
, but Rome needed to demonstrate at
times the great frank spirit of this “civitas”, and so trumpeted the
freed slaves as hopeful examples. They might grow rich
and influential
, but free-born Romans still looked down on
them as vulgar nouveaux riches.

You too can aspire to become a liberti!

Where does his story end and our story begin? His story ends when the social, political and economic cost of enslaving bodies became too high. Our story begins when the chains and shackles
were reformulated to enslave minds instead of bodies.
These bonds are not cast in iron, but in ideas. Memes. Brain chains.

These brain chains are forged from an early age. Ignorance is carefully administered during the young slave’s lives. Enslave the mind and the body will follow to its own destruction if so commanded.

Brain chains move millions. These are their bodies. Where are the chains?

The American dream is the capitalist meme: EVERYONE CAN BE RICH. Small print: except the guy who picks up the garbage,
the gal who mops the floors and the remaining 99% percent of the slaves population

We modern slaves owe our soul to the company store. So instead of money, we get debt, which is just like money except that
instead of making us richer, it makes us poorer… and we get to work for
decades to pay back for the privilege!

Mental slavery is the strongest and most pernicious of all slaveries, but it has one vital weakness: when the chains break, there IS NO GOING
BACK. The mind, once freed, can never more be cast in chains.
And a free mind makes a free human, and free humans resist against the

All that remains now is to take the test and clear your doubts. Are you a modern slave? The test is based on a quote by Mike Rivero at What Really Happened (blogroll left!):

Slaves cannot say NO

Think about that. Is there anything in your life you’d like to say NO to, but are afraid that if you do you will be excluded or even imprisoned?

Refer to Rule number two until you’re ready. For once and for ever. For real.

Photo credits, with many thanks:
slave money:

from Flickr via Creative Commons:
rush hour London:

stock drop:


child tv:


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Comment by Less Prone on July 1, 2015 at 6:59pm

Stock market is the modern slave market, where human stock are part of corporations.

Comment by Amaterasu Solar on February 7, 2014 at 5:16pm

All the power flows from the system of money; the slave masters keep the slaves poor.  Can You think outside the money system box?

Comment by music71 on February 7, 2014 at 2:52pm

 I agree,freedom  is for all of us.There is  aniamals  in our own Government that if you let then will take them away the rights that our founders put down for all of us;then we will see ''Grief'' ''Despair'' and ''Hoplessness';To me it's time for us to fight back [TOMAS PAINE] SIAD TIS =IN SET 11,1777,.WE FIGHT NOT TO EMSLAVE ,BUT TO SET A COUNTRY FREE,AND TO MAKE ROOM UPON THE EART FOR HONEST MEN TO LIVE IN.

Comment by fireguy on July 20, 2010 at 8:34pm
I said it before and I will say it again and again and again.

Galatians 5:1
Freedom in Christ

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

"Destroying the New World Order"


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