Opinion: A case for slavery

We received a letter today that peaked our interest and that we would like to address today.

Dear APR,

My friend and me were arguing about the good of slavery but we hit a wall in the conversation. We both agree that slavery would be great to bring back but we were struggling to agree on why it would be a good thing. Can y’all maybe talk about slavery and why it would be good to bring back?

Have a good one

Studly, 36

Thank you so much for your question, Studly. Slavery is an issue that has a lot of weight, but we ask that you set your biases aside for a moment and consider the benefits of it.

You probably remember being told in school that the southern states in the US held slaves and that it was a “bad thing”, but we agree with you, Studly. Slavery is pragmatic and reasonable to bring back.

First, it’s important to dispel the notion that slave owners were bad people. Their image  has been tarnished since the Civil War by northern states who were just trying to pander to blacks, which they’re still doing to this day. The people in the south who owned slaves were trying to provide for their families in the most sensible way that they could for the time.

Not paying people is a very sensible way to make money for your family if you’re competing with others for resources, especially so when the economic system around you encourages it. If I pay my servants $100 and my neighbor pays his servants nothing, my neighbor has a competitive edge when it comes to obtaining resources like food. On the flip side, if I’m a servant getting paid $100, I can lord my privilege over someone who makes nothing. It’s a lose-lose.

But that isn’t how the world is right now. Our economic system doesn’t actively encourage slavery, so why bring it back? To further level the playing field. A truly fair society is not one where some make more than others and can later lord that over others. This isn’t anything too radical; it’s not even suggesting a move to a fully slave based society.

Studly, it’s a fairness thing. Obviously we can’t pretend that everyone is going to be on the exact same level when slavery is introduced, but we’ll get close. Quite honestly, it just makes economic sense. If we relegate an already lower tier of citizens —the homeless— to slavery, the boom the economy would experience would be unprecedented and everyone can be a bit more competitive with each other and the rest of the world. And all homeless people could all be on a same playing field as each other, as opposed to fighting amongst themselves for limited resources. It’s fair and economical for all involved.

The homeless have a problem right now. There are only so many bridges to sleep under and only so much generosity we can give them. But just imagine the problems that would be solved by registering them as slaves. They include:

  • Providing shelter for the homeless
  • Providing food for the homeless; You’re not just going to let your slaves starve!
  • Give a homeless life meaning
  • Stimulate the economy; free labor will drastically boost and speed up economic growth
  • Cheaper goods; now that input costs have been reduced so much, the price to make goods goes down
  • Allows farmers to expand their farms, get new equipment, etc.
The Homeless, Paris
Imagine if, instead of being ignored on the street begging for money, he was being ignored on a field producing products for us all?

A homeless life in America today is worthless, and everyone knows it. But we can flip that and make the homeless life priceless by making them contributing members of society. Instead of letting them freeloading, let corporations/farms do what southerners were doing so long ago in American history: provide for themselves and their families in a fair environment. This way laborers and managers alike don’t need to compete with each other for workers and money; they just now have to compete for customers. An elegant way to refocus the priorities of corporate America that has for so long neglected the consumer.

As mentioned before, slave labor can’t takeover the entire economy. But if menial labor is done by the lower class, society as a whole can elevate itself to higher paying jobs and more specialized fields that our country is going to need after this boom in economic production.

It would be disingenuous to pretend that we care any amount about homeless people, because we don’t, and just ignoring them has just cluttered out streets and increased crime. We vastly improve our economy and, on the side, we give the homeless what they want. Not like it really mattered, but it’s a win-win.

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