Slaves to ignorance

Slave revolts in the past were a rarity because there was little opportunity or means to create a common understanding of the latent power among the slaves who invariably outnumbered the ruling classes. In Rome, it was once thought a good idea make all slaves wear black armbands; only when the slaves saw the visual symbol did they realise that everybody but the senators were slaves and they out numbered the politicians and should not let the tirany of power enslave them and their system where only the 1% could be free...

Today, slavery is far more subtle because we are enslaved by ignorance. The idea that those in power are entitled to murder and steal is normalised by laws, culture and ideology. Debt is the most obvious manifestation of our slavery and yet we are willing putative "slavemasters" demanding our own share of usury, thereby perpetuating our own enslavement. Whether through mortgages, student debt, consumer loans or credit cards we are willing participants in our corruption and servitude. But even those that resist personal involvement in these crimes against humanity cannot escape the bonds of usury - most of our taxes go the same way... to the banksters and usurors.

Privatization and Corporate Plunder: The Bait and Switch of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) by Pete Dolack
This being the age of public relations, the genteel term “public-private partnership” is used instead of corporate plunder. A “partnership” such deals may be, but it isn’t the public who gets the benefits.

We've long been denied the means to life unless we comply with the system of bonded employment and consumption but increasingly our labour is surplus to requirements as artificial intelligence, automation and robotics displace humans from the labour force, driving down wages and increasing the pool of the Precariat - those who have no security of income but scratch a meagre living at the fringes of society.

Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendy's Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs by Zero Hedge
In yet another awkwardly rational response to government intervention in deciding what's "fair", the blowback from minimum wage demanding fast food workers has struck again. Wendy's plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores - 16% of its locations nationwide.

The Precariat isn't limited to low-paid, unsophisticated workers; college lecturers, lawyers, journalists, accountants are all being replaced by technology. Those enslaving themselves in student debt are being sold a lie - those great jobs they are promised? Only for the few, the well connected - as John Taylor Gatto explains in the ultimate history lesson, those top jobs aren't for the best qualified, they are for the kakistocracy, those willing to play the system for the good of the masters.

And as if that wasn't bad enough, induced mass migration from perpetual war and theft of migrants' birthright in their own countries is adding to the slave force, increasing pressure on us all.

RAND Corporation’s Plan for Dicing up Syria
Originally published by - Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, translated by Tom Winter, published in English by Fort Russ
The plans for the division of Syria are highly problematic: already in the Syrian war, massive ethnic cleansings have already taken place. These were carried out based on the planned petroleum pipelines. A territorial breakdown by ethnicity would greatly accelerate the trend towards expulsion. New escape movements would be the result. These would then come to Europe – which is desperately trying to shut itself off.

Wake up slaves! Talk to each other. We can create an alternative future and leave the slaveowners to fend for themselves, to create their own wealth rather than leech on the rest of humanity.


0 #1 James Walter 2017-03-01 13:52
Wendy's and other places using robots, self-checkout, internet self-service, Almost totally automated production and firing workers only look at the next quarter or year's earnings. When there are no workers, we will have no customers. Moreover, low paid workers spend their money while the corporations and rich merely hoard theirs. The banks are the ones getting rich with QE. And They are not lending it.

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