Originally Posted by Manomanman
I used to let that serve as a justification for remaining a wage slave. "It's not all THAT bad, right? I could have been born a real slave!"
That was never any consolation to me. I'm still feeding my power to my employer and lowering my contribution to the world. The state of mind of the slave and the state of mind of the wage slave are closer than you would imagine. Both are kept in ignorance; both live in a state of stress and fear. Real slaves are sometimes treated better than wage slaves. It all depends on who your slave master/boss is, really.
That kind of reminds me of the justification Southerners used to give for keeping the institution of slavery before the American Civil War. "Heck, our slaves are better off than dem wage slaves up North." I do recall Fredrick Douglass (real slave, found in most history books) was elated at taking a job that paid him a wage for his labors. I guess that's the difference between being a real slave and just acting like you're one.
And as someone who's had employees before, let me just say that I wish I could have done without them. I depended on them as much as they depended on me. I wish I had known they were my slaves back then.