Monday, December 14, 2009

Slavery: Alive, Well, And Perfectly Legal In Modern America

In the past I have often said that slavery and involuntary servitude still legally exists in the United States and a reader has asked me to expound on those statements. I'll have to restrict myself with just one avenue of proving my point as to cover them all would possibly take volumes. Let us first examine the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allegedly outlaws slavery.

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Note right off the bat that this Amendment contains an exception where it does not apply as a protection against government oppression over the people. If one has "been duly convicted" of committing a "crime" then "as a punishment" the convicted can either be made a slave or be forced to serve some duty he has not voluntarily agreed to do. It comes from ancient times when convicted criminals used to be made slaves of their victims as a form of punishment and forced to serve them till some determined debt was paid off.

The problem develops with how "crime" is defined and by whom. Scanning across the whole of human cultures with regards to social norms and mores while dismissing those activities simply labelled as immoral or sinful we can come to the following working definition as to what constitutes a crime as being any act whereby a person intentionally and knowingly causes direct and measurable harm or loss to another person without the second person's consent (Malum In Se). This covers those common cases of homicide, rape, and theft.

The government has a tendency to go a little farther than most people to include what it labels "illegal" to be synonymous with being a true crime. Illegal can be defined as any activity, behaviors, conditions, circumstances, or situations that are declared prohibited by a person or group of persons claiming, and that the majority of people affected by the declaration acquiesce, authority to do so (Malum Prohibitum). Not all crimes are illegal, usually depending on who the actor is that is committing them, and all things illegal are not necessarily crimes. Some activities that have been deemed illegal are within the Natural Rights of the accused to engage in and it is the enforcement of the oppressive law that is the true crime.

This opens the door for a whole lot of mischief. During the first Great Depression in the 1930's a large number of County Road Commissioners would depend on their County Sheriff to drum up some slave labor to work on the roads that were damaged by bad weather. The Sheriff and his deputies would scour the countryside in search of persons travelling about looking for honest work. If these poor people didn't have the lawfully required minimum amount of U.S. currency on or about their persons they were arrested for the non-criminal, but illegal, act of "vagrancy." Upon conviction these poor souls were assigned to work in road crews. This was all legal and Constitutional by the 13th Amendment.

Today the U.S. has the largest prison population in the world and the majority of those incarcerated have been convicted of non-violent offenses that have not caused any harm or loss to others but are against the law written by our benevolent government officials. Most of these laws are merely attempts to force the religious moral code of one group unto everyone else in violation of the Natural Rights of those who are persecuted. Other laws are written to give one group of business entrepreneurs criminal, but lawful, advantage over their competition. There are so many "criminal" laws in the United States today even those who write them have trouble remembering them so that they can comply with them (or at least that's what they keep telling us when they are caught breaking them).

By writing more laws that restrict people in what should be considered the normal activities of life the government is always out to enslave more people through the "Criminal Justice" System. One day the government might even outlaw breathing. For those who think I might be pushing the envelope of absurdity to make a point through hyperbole, remember that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has now skirted the Congress to grant itself the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions and carbon dioxide is a natural gas that we humans emit every three to five seconds during respiration.

This is just one of the many avenues that the government can lawfully take to enslave the people. There is the alternate route of using the tax code as a tool of wealth redistribution or as an agent of behavior modification instead of its legitimate purpose of gathering enough funds to finance the government as it performs its essential functions. And, of course, there is the most insidious form of slavery that the U.S. Supreme Court regularly bestows its blessing upon, military conscription.

It is easy to see that slavery has never left the shores of this country but has instead gone through a Marxist transformation whereby the ownership of the means of production - the slaves - has been forcibly transferred from the individual to the collective - the government. The worst part is that now all of us are the "means of production" and should we resist we will be breaking the law. "When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free."


  1. Excellent piece. So sad that the majority of the people don't understand or want to understand it. If it cannot extract or assimilate the crux of an article or meme from 5 lines of text it loses interest and moves on :(

    Daniel Pouzzner wrote a note on June 29 that sounds remarkably similar after the passage of ObamaCare. Definitely worth reading:

  2. Thanks for a great article with some very good insights.

    The Original Thirteenth Article of Amendment
    To The Constitution For The United States:

    "If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them." [Journal of the Senate]

    In contradiction of the supposed separation of powers and the intent of the original 13th amendment, attorneys (Esquires) occupy most of the 3 branches of Gov. Working hand in hand with their Banker buddies they've succeeded in replacing (excepting those examples you provided) physical slavery with debt slavery. It's much harder for the average man to discern and is easier to maintain and much more profitable.

    1. Nothing like being an indentured servant enslaved to a contract one did not voluntarily or knowingly sign...