Opinion: A case for slavery

APR Editorial Opinion: Bring back slavery for the greater good of American society.

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.

For much of school, you probably remember being told that the southern states in the US held slaves and that it was a “bad thing”. We would 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; they absolutely were not. Their image since after the Civil War was tarnished 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 people who 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 and 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. And 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 one where everyone is on an even playing field, 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 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 stage. 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
Now just 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. Let homeless people contribute to society instead of freeloading, and let corporations/farms do what southerners were doing so long ago in American history; provide for themselves and their families in a fair environment where 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.

Obviously, 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 happens.

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 too. Not like it really mattered, but it’s a win-win.

APR Editorial Opinion: Complaining about ableism is ableist and you should stop doing it

Ableism is plaguing society at all levels and it MUST come to an end

Ableism is absolutely unacceptable, but seems absolutely rampant throughout society and it must come to an end. Has society not evolved past the point where we feel the urge to put people down based on their ability?

The biggest scourge of harassment against the disabled has gone to a level that truly makes us at APR truly heartbroken.

The issue is that talking about ableism itself is a very ableist thing to do. When you talk so inconsiderately about ableism and try to “be an ally”, all you do is further lord your privilege over those who can’t express their opinion. You’re taking away the agency of some disabled people by speaking for them. Like, for example, mute people who have no way of communicating their thoughts and feelings to the world have to sit back and listen to someone indirectly talk down to them whenever they see discussion about their disability. Or to give another realistic example; someone who has no hands surfing the internet has to sit back while they look at conversation about them. When you assert your anti-ableism stance, you are denying a disabled person’s right to be pro-ableism.

For transparency sake, we’d like to say that this topic came up at an all hands meeting. Maria Taylor, our Chief Disabled Correspondent, said this morning that she as a disabled person has felt discouraged as of recent because of the conversation around disability in our country. She doesn’t like that her disability, having no head, is a point of conversation all the time; Especially when the conversation is “so toxic,” she told us all this morning. She hates having to listen to people around her jump to the defence of disabled people in her company because she herself is very pro-ableism. She says that she frequently discriminates against disabled people who have applied to jobs for her. “I want to have the right, like everyone else, to discriminate against disabled people without everyone around me always just assuming how I feel on the issue. Why are we living in a world where I’m being judged based on my disability, and not the content of my character as Martin Luther King said? This is honestly beyond unfair and I can’t stand it. It has to just stop, guys.”

Very true. It’s disgusting to come to her defence in public or online to defend a position you hold and that you, presumptuously, believe she cares anything about. She, like the rest of us, hates the disabled and should have the right to not go through life having to constantly explain herself. She’s disabled, sure. But that doesn’t mean she fits into society’s mold. You are an ableist if you jump to the conclusion that she fits into the mold of what you think a “disabled person should be”. Maria and all other disabled people in the country should be given their agency back. Stop the ableism.