Skip to comments.Slavery Makes a Comeback: Eco-Activists Voluntarily Enslave Themselves as Manual Laborers
Posted on 11/18/2013 7:25:59 AM PST by rktman
The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States but the authors of that amendment didnt take into account how to cope with people who want to become slaves as a political statement.
Absurd as it may seem, self-enslavement is now a growing fad among privileged white eco-activists, who happily volunteer to do unpaid manual farm labor, to alleviate themselves of civilizational guilt and to get in touch with the Earth.
It wasnt long ago that lower-middle-class kids would spend summers working on farms in order to earn money. Now upper-middle-class kids labor in the fields for no pay simply in order to be cool. Their parents are supporting them, after all. It feels hypocritical to spend your life as a food justice activist if youve never actually grown food, so why not enslave yourself for a while to earn some political credibility?
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Nobody is forcing them to do this. And when their eyes are finally opened as to the idiocy of what they are doing, they can simply walk away.
To call this slavery is an insult to all those who suffered brutal beatings and death in their effort to walk away.
I don’t know about slavery, but certainly indentured servants is on the rise, only now we call it “student loans”.
I’m particularly interested in seeing how long they last if the “work” they’ve taken on is ideed manual labor of the type I performed during my teen years. If it is, I give them until Wednesday.
I'd have to take issue with the term "slavery" for this though, unless you'd consider being an unpaid intern a form of slavery.
It's not slavery unless somebody else owns you; when, after a few days of hard farm labor, they decide they don't want to do this anymore, they can easily pick up and go back to just being pampered obnoxious useless eaters.
I’ve still got a bunch of projects that need to be done before snow fall. All involve labor and dirt.
Can somebody send me over about a half dozen.
There’s really only enough work for two, but I’ve seen the kids of today at ‘work’.
concur. typical commie thing to misuse words in an effort to make a point. Slavery, by definition, is not voluntary. Liberals hard at work mushing up their brains some more. - also, note the anti-educational attitude associated with choosing voluntary servitude.
If they want to take themselves out of the labor pool, and make themselves unemployable, fine. We have tens of millions who want good productive work.
Many slaves seek freedom. There may be some cycle between freedom and slavery we don’t see.
Sad thing is that a lot(or most) won’t ever open their eyes to the idiocy. They’ll “feel” better about themselves for having the “courage” to do it. To me it’s kind of like some famous “actor” who goes and lives like a homeless person for a week so he/she can “experience” what it’s like. Not the same reality when you know it’s only for a week. Then it’s back to Rodeo drive so they can tell their buddies how much it must suck to be homeless cause, “I’ve been there now”.
Long Term Feral Gov't borrowing "for the children".
Reminds me of the Hippie communes of the late 1960s and 1970s.
Kids from the cities went there to “get back to the land”. They would volunteer to work (free labor) doing the field work and gardening, building, and general upkeep of the communes for a meal and a place to sleep.
Then one day they would wake up from their dream state and realize that the RULERS of the commune were doing NOTHING but give orders, but the city kids were doing all the labor.
So they would bail out and leave. Then new kids from the cities with stars in their eyes and their heads in the clouds or up their a$$es would come in to replace them, and it would start all over again.
Vicious lib cycle of life.
A little quibble: the definition of slavery is such that continuation in a state of slavery is involuntary. However, entry into the state of slavery was sometimes, in ancient times at least, voluntary. The Church venerates some saints who sold themselves into slavery so they could give the proceeds of their own sale to the poor.
This work is likely to be hard, physically stressful and exhausting.
Sounds like a lot of things people do for “fun.”
I myself have been on some mountaineering and/or backpacking trips that were highly stressful. Weather, altitude, etc.
The whole “adventure tourism” industry is based on the idea of doing stuff that is unpleasant and/or potentially dangerous.
This isn’t slavery. Slavery is involuntary.
True. But some will.
Some of the most ardent Conservatives were once bleeding heart Liberals.
***WWOOF originally stood for Working Weekends on Organic Farms, a loose-knit organization founded in 1971 in England to help place volunteers on farms in exchange for free room and board and an opportunity to learn about agriculture.***
Anyone remember back in the mid 1960s when there were openings to learn the Motel business? TV adds, Magazine adds showed happy people LEARNING the Motel business from the bottom up BY PAYING MONEY TO WORK FREE IN A MOTEL!
I talked to a motel owner and he told me it was a way to get lots of free labor and money from those PAYING to learn and they were put to work doing the labor jobs like painting, cleaning, drudge work.
The owner I talked to wanted NOTHING to do with that scam.
LOL! Yup, I do remember that. Now folks pay big bucks to go “work” on a working cattle ranch and the ranchers pull in some extra cash to help pay the real cowboys. “Should have been a cowboy. Should have learned to rope and ride. Singin’ those camp fire songs, workin’ on a cattle drive.”
I have a family member who left Johns Hopkins Med school for a hippy comune in Colebrook, NH.
She had the follolwing talk with the Dean before she left.
Dean: Why? You are one of the best students we have had. (True - entered Med School at 19)
Hippy Wanna-Be: You really don’t want to know.
Dean: I most certainly do. Please elucidate, your place will be held for the year you will be gone, but I must know why you insist of taking this time off.
Hippy Wanna-Be: I am afraid you are training Feesycians instead of Physicians.
Note: When crainium emerged from rectum a year later, medical school had to be finished at U Cal.
Such are the wages of honesty and Hippydom.
But, as Hippy Wanna-Be said, regarding the squalor, “That’s clean country dirt.”
Well, it’s obviously because of that new movie that just came out.
Your not a slave if you can walk away at will
I could do with some free yard work.
That as well.
History teaches bad things happen to nations that ignore reality.
Socialist are attempting to create a utopia. If they all went off to some deserted island and tried no one would care or be harmed. But they have managed to gain control of our media, of our government, of our educational system and they are determined to drag the rest of us off into their “perfect world”.
Many Americans support their goals without really understanding what those goals are. In the name of “fairness” a lot of harm is being done.
We all know that outside forces can destroy a civilization but few understand that inside forces are as destructive if not more so.
In order to succeed socialist must change human nature, they do not have the power to do this, so in the end they will fail. The question then becomes will we be too weak to survive as a nation, as a civilization?
If you are able to walk away when it stops being fun, it isn’t slavery.
I was quite unaware that I spend so much time as a slave during my teen years. We used to call it “chores”. Nevertheless, I find myself with a newfound sense of moral rectitude. You guys probably owe me reparations.
How are the makers and their progeny free to walk away from the National Debt yet stay in the country?
Wholeheartedly agree!! Nothing can give one pause more than doing mindless labor for hours on end. I call it a good basis of appreciation (for life)! The only downside to this model—they can go back to THEIR home in the evening, or eventually. They need to be doing this work with an eye toward continuing to do it for months!
The check is in the mail.
Hey, nothing wrong with putting your labor where your mouth is, as long as it’s voluntary. In fact, I respect those who stand up for what hey believe (unless what they believe hurts, enslaves or kills others or ME, that is).
Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism.
OK, asked and answered.
Insults to slavery aside, it appears P.T. Barnum was absolutely right.