What was so wrong with slavery? I lived in Louisiana most of my life. I have stayed the night in a plantation owned by a slave owner. Were they really so bad? They were capitalist right? Isn’t slavery an unregulated capitalistic idea? Is slavery wrong if the slave was comfortable and did not necessarily want to leave? If the slave consented, would people consider it wrong?
In America we have employment protections such as minimum wage, overtime pay, discrimination laws, workers compensation insurance and other protections. Can an American worker opt out of those protections and agree to a lower wage or to waive the discrimination laws that protect him or her? The answer is NO and the reason is because we, as a people, spent centuries creating laws and regulations to protect American workers so that capitalistic business owners did not use slave labor or take advantage of workers in need of work. Regardless of how desperate a worker may be and how much he/she needs the job, the laws are not optional.
The abolishment of slavery and the onset of protections based on a person’s race, national origin, gender etc along with workers compensation requirements to help those injured on the job HAVE ALL BEEN CREATED TO PROTECT THE WORKERS IN A CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY.
But, for decades many business owners decided that they prefer slavery even though it was abolished after the civil war. The modern day plantation owners pay pennies to workers and do not provide them overtime or minimum wage or workers compensation protections. They argue it is capitalism and globalism. Mixing in globalism means that those living outside the borders of the United States are less human than workers inside the borders of the United States. Offshoring jobs is to save money on CHEAP FOREIGN LABOR. The business owners sell it to their board members and shareholders as savings on labor costs.
The American government has bowed down to the rich plantation owners and manipulated the laws to allow the work to be offshored with no legal consequences. The work cannot be conducted outside the borders of the USA unless all of our private data (medical, banking and other) is accessible overseas. So……our laws allow our private data to go overseas and there is no more American laws that apply to the data once it leaves the borders of the USA. The American government has blessed the business model that businesses have been using for over a decade to create slave labor through capitalistic globalism.
The rich business owners’ use of slave labor is inhuman and against America’s values. The slave labor injures the American workers who CANNOT compete with the slave employment conditions because our employment protections are required, no opting out protections. In essence, the slavery is killing our own jobs while exploiting those whose country will not protect them.
But what if the slaves overseas are happy with the penny wages? Does that make it okay for us to exploit them? What about capitalism and globalism? We cannot fight it. We have to accept that businesses are going to fire American workers by the hundreds of thousands and exploit these poor countries and its citizens. This is just part of the system. So sad for everyone but it is the future. I do not accept this conclusion.
I BELIEVE IN HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, THE UNITED STATES. I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN INDIA, MEXICO AND ASIA ARE JUST AS HUMAN AS ANYONE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES. I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A DUTY AS A HUMAN RACE TO PROTECT THOSE WHO ARE LESS ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE WOLVES WE CALL CAPITALISTIC BUSINESS MEN/WOMEN. I BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST PROTECTING AMERICAN WORKERS AND PROTECTING THE SLAVE LABOR OUTSIDE THE USA NEED TO REEVALUATE THEIR OWN MORAL COMPASS AND THEIR DEFINITION OF SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION AND ENTITLEMENT.
Modern slave owners….Executives that support hiring cheap foreign labor and terminating American workers to save on labor costs by exploiting those outside the US:
Ginny Rometty of IBM
Bob Igers of Disney World
Miles White of Abbot Labs
Karen Ignagni of Emblemhealth
Teddy Mathas of New York Life
Rick McKenney of Unum
Janet Napolitano of University of California San Francisco
Steve Easterbrook of McDonalds
Dave Brandon of Toys R Us
Michael Hansen of Cengage
Paula Steiner of Healthcare Services Corporation
SOOOOO MANY OTHERS.
AMERICA IT IS TIME TO SAY NO TO SLAVERY AND DISCRIMINATION AND EXPLOITATION OF CITIZENS OF COUNTRIES POORER THAN THE USA. IT IS TIME TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS WHO LOSE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT COMPETE AGAINST SLAVE CONDITIONS. WHEN WILL WE BE HEARD?!!!!????? WE ARE FIGHTING FOR HUMANITY AND THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN WORKERS.
“I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves WITHIN SAID DESIGNATED STATES, AND PARTS OF STATES, are and henceforward shall be free.” Abraham Lincoln. Do we only protect humans in the United States and permit slavery and exploitation of humans outside the United States?