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The Middle Class Game Is Up: We're Heading to a Slave Labor Planet


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Cal
- 1552 days ago - alternet.org
Thanks to globalization, the American, Australian and European promises of middle-class prosperity are on their way to extinction.



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Judy C. (106)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 1:26 am
You know what they say, "Poverty is the new slavery". I would blame journalists other than Anderson Cooper, however. I read his book, and he's a pretty compassionate, decent person.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 2:44 am
,Slave forced labor for who, the Elites? TY CAL.
 

Monica D. (580)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 3:03 am
I think that John Cobb and Herman Daly might haved warned of this in 1989. I think that trade and labour laws need serious attention, to prevent large scale and unnecessary suffering.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 1:10 pm
It took labor unions many hard years to raise the living standards of blue collar workers. Now that achievement is slipping away. Corporations now move their production to wherever labor is cheapest and standards are lowest.
 

John M. (6)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 1:20 pm
Hey,We still got the $1 fast food menu and dancing with the stars and american idol..........like duh!
 

June Gibson (2)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 4:43 pm
Tell us in the UK about it! The multi-nationals take blue collar jobs to anywhere else in Europe where an item can be made 20 cheaper, and white collar call centre jobs have gone mostly to India. No offence to ordinary Americans but the take-overs are often from your direction, the latest being Kraft buying a long-established confectionery firm. Within a month of the deal "No job cuts" translated into "job cuts within 2 years, to Poland". We have the global mega-rich buying our best properties, only to leave them empty most of the time. They cleverly arrange their finances so that they don't pay tax anywhere. Our own aristocracy seem quite benign in comparison. Even now that we are broke the world-and-his-wife enters UK to take what jobs we still have. Our education is in tatters unless a parent has the money to go private.
Does anyone remember a U.S. film called "Rollerball"? The current state of the world points towards such a situation. The global rich have done really nicely, thank you.
 

Cary Mostly-Away (94)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 5:06 pm
We're already there Cal.
 

. (0)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 5:11 pm
labour laws need serious attention, to prevent large scale and unnecessary suffering.
Yes, let's start with employment at will where an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason. It is the most capricious, mean-spirited employment law in the books.
 

sue M. (184)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 5:36 pm
I still don't get why people still do not believe that this happening. People have been warned for decades. What will it take I wonder/
 

pam M. (98)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 6:47 pm
We're fed at fast food troughs like cattle for $1.00, spoon fed cheap horrid reality fair on tv, cheap clothes at Walmart, we'll all be renting in a couple of years it's not slavery, but close to it. We bring it on ourselves, because we don't seek the truth. We listen to anchor heads on corporate media stations, sprewing garbage to an uninformed populace and we swill it down without question. We can't seem to get it through our collective thick skulls that our big corporate and political dawgs don't give a damn about you or I, its all about the benjamins in their pocket. You should be able to see this as fact after the raucous over healthcare. You and your children could die on the street tomorrow and none of the wealthy would care. The wealthy do a lot of lip service, but they only shuffle money to each other. We live in a "let them eat cake" society.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday April 22, 2010, 9:36 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

sheila l. (110)
Friday April 23, 2010, 12:04 am
wake up America, lets get on track and vote out the fat cat politicians who only line their pockets and not work for the people in November
 

Linda J. (0)
Friday April 23, 2010, 8:55 am
Thanks.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Friday April 23, 2010, 12:28 pm
I seriously do worry about this.
 

Edward Riordan (53)
Friday April 23, 2010, 2:51 pm
Until the lobbyist payoff problem has been addressed this is what we have to look forward to. The corporations can buy whatever politician we elect.
 

Greg D. (0)
Friday April 23, 2010, 6:13 pm
This is not new, we just becoming like the rest of the world that has been exploited for our benefit. Now our lifestyle is affected because we have become an obstacle to company profit. Money owes no loyalty.
 

Marilyn K. (51)
Friday April 23, 2010, 6:48 pm
This has been going on forever. It was only a matter of time before the haves did not have enough and our government, inlcuding the Supreme Court, are in the thick of it.
 

Jonathan B. (14)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 3:54 pm
The "Slave Labour" premise is just a part of the larger picture.

The power elite have planned a much more horrible fate for the human population than just the general old style enslavement of humanity.

First, the expanding prison systems are the true force of slavery in the world, since the galaxy of laws have expanded beyond the human ability to comply, so ANYONE can be imprisoned, and forced to do hard labor indefinitely if one of the infinite number of felonies occurs.

Second, there is the company town concept of slavery, birthed in the 1800th century in the U.S. where the company owned all land and property in a town, including the company store, and the town people were debt slaves, forced to work at very low wages to service the debts from the rents and store costs that wer always more than the monthly wage.

The constant change of the bankruptcy law to make escape from debt difficult is a part of this new wage slavery.

Finally, the open border concept and illegal alien work system create a sweat shop slavery that means that wages are paid without legal protections, since illegal aliens are in theblack market work force, and safety concerns and illegally low wages and endless work hours are allowed.

Our society is drowning in various forms of classic slavery in the private prisons, company town and sweat shop slavery in the general populace, and the white slavery in the criminal sector, where people, and even children are actually shackled in buildings and worked into exhaustion, with barely enough food and water to survive, and no pay.
 
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