If a slave owner clothes, feeds, and provides for all the basic physical needs of his slave, do you still have a problem with slavery? If a slave owner does not beat or otherwise grossly mistreat his slave, do you still have a problem with slavery? If a slave willingly placed himself and his descendants under the ownership of another, do you still have a problem with slavery? If a slave owner promises to care for the slave once the slave is too old to work, do you still have a problem with slavery?
The legal definition of slavery is “the state of being under the control of someone where a person is forced to work for another.” One of the basic tenets of slavery is that a slave does not possess autonomy or rather, self-governance, and does not possess private property of any kind. A slave is given everything - poor quality or fine, nutritional or not, run down shack or warm housing, hack doctor or master surgeon. Slaves have no choice in what, how, where, why, or when they receive something.
Americans have a visceral reaction to slavery because deep within us we know that humans are created equal and deserve equal liberty and rights. After all this equality is a foundational principle for the United States and what we fought a bloody war to unequivocally establish. So even if a master is benevolent and a person is desperate for help, Americans denounce slavery. So how is it that at the same time as our culture demands reparations for slavery, we somehow find 43% of Americans in favor of socialism according to a recent Gallup poll? (Millennials didn’t just wake up one day and decide they liked socialism. The very government that wants to control them is educating them, so is it any wonder they view socialism favorably? But that’s a discussion for another day.) You see - socialism is slavery.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of socialism is “various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership” and “a system of society . . . in which there is no private property” (emphasis mine). Just the words “governmental ownership” and “no private property” should have images of slavery running on repeat in our minds. Not only does a person no longer own private property within socialism, but the groundwork is laid for the most private of properties - personal autonomy - to be stripped away. Socialism turns the government into a slave owner with all of the country’s citizens and their belongings willingly, or not so willingly if your ancestors or fellow countrymen sold you into it, becoming the property of an almighty, capricious master - the government. Currently, the American Left wants the government to feed you, clothe you and shelter you, etc., just as if you were the property of the government.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and company want the government to provide a higher standardized wage, healthcare, thousands of new affordable housing units, a federal job guarantee, and a college/trade school education in addition to forgiving 1.6 trillion dollars of student debt. Initially, everyone “pooling in” to one account with some putting in as much as 70% of their income and that money or product being distributed amongst us all (in other words the redistribution of wealth) sounds acceptable , especially when disguised with sagacious branding. According to the Gallup poll mentioned previously, the plurality of Americans still support the free market, so why do so many Americans appear to view socialism favorably? Dishonest branding. Losing your preferred doctor, long wait times, high premiums, subpar medical innovation, and dispassionate doctors sound appealing when we call it “Affordable Care Act.” Living in a run down, crime ridden area of town sounds nice when we use the term “Housing Choice Voucher Program.” Your company closing or moving overseas and you losing your job doesn’t seem so bad when we use the term “Taxing the Rich”. The American public is being systematically lied to.
The bottom line of socialism - that the people and all of their belongings are owned by the government - is the ultimate issue. No matter how you slice it, socialism is slavery and should strike fear in the heart of every liberty loving, private property possessing American. If slavery is unpallatable for us as Americans, so is socialism. If you don’t have a problem with socialism, then you don’t have a problem with slavery. So, tell me my socialist advocating friends, what’s your problem with slavery? You appear to be embracing it.
Samuel Adams said it well when he said, “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”
Dear God, may the chains of socialism sit lightly upon America, and may it be forgotten that we ever cradled this slavery in our greedy, lazy hearts.
Hannah R. Miller