March 27, 2017
What do you call it when someone takes 100% of your labor by force? Slavery.
Slavery is being forced to work against your will for the benefit of your master, your owner. The only reason they own the products of your labor is because they own you. If you had exclusive control over what is done to and with your body, the most basic right of self-ownership, you would not owe anybody your labor.
So then a lesser percentage of forced labor is also slavery, though to an obviously lesser degree.
Whether a cent or a million dollars is taken without consent, it is theft. And if someone forces you to work for them 1% of the time, or 100% of a time, that is still slavery.
Frederick Douglass was a slave, by any reckoning. So it is interesting to read his own words, on having…
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