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Are we all Slaves for part of the year? - A Free Person Is One Who Fully Owns His Own Labor

 
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A Free Person Is One Who Owns His Own Labor
Calculate your slave status before boasting of “American freedom”

Calculate your tax rate by adding Federal, State, Local and all Sales taxes and fees. This total percentage is the amount of your labor time that you are a slave.

Paul Craig Roberts

For decades on or about April 15, I published a tax day column pointing out that working Americans in our time are as enslaved as 19th century blacks on cotton plantations. I never in 30 or more years saw any response from any economist, historian, or anyone. I think my statement was regarded as too fanciful for comment. People think of slaves as beings of highly restricted mobility who are bought and sold like commodities. In that sense, we are not slaves. But in a wider historical sense we are.

A slave is a person who does not own his own labor. He is purchased not to be abused and to have his mobility restricted. He is purchased for his labor. Slaves were brought to the New World not because of “racism,” but because resources were abundant and there was no work force.

When a person bought a slave, he was purchasing labor, not as a wage but as a property right of the slave owner. A wage earner, unlike a slave, owns his own labor. He sells it in hourly or weekly increments or not at all, whereas a slave owner purchases a lifetime of labor in the purchase price. The slave owner, not the slave, owns the slave’s labor.

Historically, the definition of a slave is a person who does not own his own labor. It is in this historical sense that people subject to an income tax are slaves for the part of the work year that it takes for them to pay their income taxes. The government does not own them (yet) and cannot buy and sell them, but it owns a percentage of their labor taken by the income tax. For various periods of our history this percentage for higher earners equaled or exceeded the tax rate on 19th century slaves. In years when I studied the economics of slavery, the estimate was that about half a slave’s labor was used in his sustenance, leaving a tax rate of 50% on the slave.

In the manorial system of early feudalism, property rights as we understand them did not exist. The manor was self-sufficient. It produced for its own use, that is, for the use of the occupants of the land. The land could not be bought and sold and neither could the serfs. The serfs had use rights in the land, and the lords had use rights in the serfs’ labor. As agricultural productivity in those distant centuries was poor compared to the 19th century, the claim on serfs’ labor could not exceed 30% without threatening the ability of serfs to reproduce. So, effectively, the maximum tax rate on labor was 30%.

When you think about slavery in the proper economic way, instead of emotionally, every working person in the so-called “free world” is a slave for part of each year. Moreover, we cannot be freed from the obligation except by death or nonwork sustained through welfare by the work of others.

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"Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."

Galatians 4:7
Genesis-Acts,Hebrews-Revelation to, you know who
Romans-Philemon to the Church
Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensational Right Division
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Pay your taxes like every other good citizen. It's your duty.
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We are slaves to the government which steals and then wastes our money. A slave indirectly to the billionaires who get the money from the government from crony government spending, money that was stolen from us, the slaves. The plantation has now expanded from the old farms of the South to the entire United States and, for that matter, the Whole World.
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Add up the interest you pay to the banks for loans and credit cards, determine the the total percentage of your take home income. This is how much you are a slave to the banking establishment (NWO).
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Yep, figured this out 30 yrs. Ago.
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I thought everybody would be tired of paying tribute the Huns by now.
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A free person is he who works for the sake of working and makes no claim to the fruits of his labor, dovetailing his efforts with the will of the Supreme.
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YES!

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