in the arsehole of diogenes

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Slavery never ends.

On the one hand
competitive and compulsive consumption,
requiring employment;
on the other
unregistered domestic labour.

2 comments:

Marcus Billson said...

Your list is rather limited. The first two instances you cite are voluntary servitude to desires, prized, although benighted existential states, hardly slavery. The last is, well, something we who live in border states of the US often engage in. I do not demand green cards or immigration status from gardeners, or house cleaners. I do not want these people deported. Those desiring employment from me and speak very little English are omnipresent, their labor reliable and well done. They have bank accounts. They are hardly slaves. My worst gardener was a blond ex-surfer, a citizen, a slave to alcohol. I hired him so my wife could give him instructions and be understood. He was very good at digging holes, spreading mulch, but when we would leave on our travels for months he was paid in advance, I would return to find a quarter of my plants dead. There is child slavery and sex slavery. Don't these fit the definition of slavery, i.e., involuntary, unpaid, and undesired servitude, far better than your examples?

Alma Kaselis said...

There is a real slavery: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/16/528515935/in-lolas-story-a-journalist-reveals-a-family-secret

I believe also we need to agree upon the term *slavery*.