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Slavery Makes a Comeback: Eco-Activists Voluntarily Enslave Themselves as Manual Laborers
PJ Media ^ | 11/17/2013 | Zombie

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 didn’t 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 wasn’t 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 you’ve never actually grown food, so why not enslave yourself for a while to earn some political credibility?

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TOPICS: Gardening; Society
KEYWORDS: ecowackos
Love Zombie's stuff. It looks like some eco-wackos and others are merely assuaging their "white guilt" for being born with silver spoons in their mouths.
1 posted on 11/18/2013 7:25:59 AM PST by rktman
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To: rktman
I don't see the problem with this.

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.

2 posted on 11/18/2013 7:28:44 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rktman

I don’t know about slavery, but certainly indentured servants is on the rise, only now we call it “student loans”.


3 posted on 11/18/2013 7:31:56 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Agreed.

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.


4 posted on 11/18/2013 7:32:43 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: rktman
Yeah, these people never fail to entertain, do they?

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.

5 posted on 11/18/2013 7:35:39 AM PST by Kenton
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To: Arm_Bears

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’.


6 posted on 11/18/2013 7:38:54 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Kenton

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.


7 posted on 11/18/2013 7:43:51 AM PST by bioqubit
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To: Texas Eagle

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”.


8 posted on 11/18/2013 7:44:12 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: CIB-173RDABN
"only now we call it “student loans”"

Long Term Feral Gov't borrowing "for the children".

9 posted on 11/18/2013 7:46:14 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: rktman

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.


10 posted on 11/18/2013 8:01:28 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Vicious lib cycle of life.


11 posted on 11/18/2013 8:03:59 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: bioqubit

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.


12 posted on 11/18/2013 8:04:33 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Texas Eagle

Yup.

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.


13 posted on 11/18/2013 8:05:08 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: rktman

This isn’t slavery. Slavery is involuntary.


14 posted on 11/18/2013 8:07:16 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: rktman
Sad thing is that a lot(or most) won’t ever open their eyes to the idiocy.

True. But some will.

Some of the most ardent Conservatives were once bleeding heart Liberals.

15 posted on 11/18/2013 8:09:12 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rktman

***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.


16 posted on 11/18/2013 8:11:09 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.”


17 posted on 11/18/2013 8:18:12 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.”


18 posted on 11/18/2013 8:46:28 AM PST by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - Because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: rktman

Well, it’s obviously because of that new movie that just came out.


19 posted on 11/18/2013 8:46:58 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: rktman

Your not a slave if you can walk away at will


20 posted on 11/18/2013 9:01:55 AM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: rktman

I could do with some free yard work.


21 posted on 11/18/2013 9:23:59 AM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Paladin2

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?


22 posted on 11/18/2013 9:38:26 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: rktman

If you are able to walk away when it stops being fun, it isn’t slavery.


23 posted on 11/18/2013 9:40:28 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: rktman

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.


24 posted on 11/18/2013 9:41:50 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: tophat9000
"Your[sic] not a slave if you can walk away at will"

How are the makers and their progeny free to walk away from the National Debt yet stay in the country?

25 posted on 11/18/2013 9:42:33 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Texas Eagle

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!


26 posted on 11/18/2013 9:46:44 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Billthedrill

The check is in the mail.


27 posted on 11/18/2013 10:30:06 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: rktman

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).


28 posted on 11/18/2013 10:55:22 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: rktman
So how do you rate the Israeli kibbutzim on that scale of 'slavery'? Pretty much the same and lots of (even international) volunteers.

Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism.

OK, asked and answered.

29 posted on 11/18/2013 11:52:21 AM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: Texas Eagle

Insults to slavery aside, it appears P.T. Barnum was absolutely right.


30 posted on 11/18/2013 11:55:10 AM PST by DPMD
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