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Forum Post: "Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors."

Posted 9 years ago on Oct. 19, 2012, 12:10 a.m. EST by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL
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The wisdom of Charles Bukowski:

I don't think it hurts, sometimes, to remember where you came from. You know the places where I came from. Even the people who try to write about that or make films about it, they don't get it right. They call it "9 to 5." It's never 9 to 5, there's no free lunch break at those places, in fact, at many of them in order to keep your job you don't take lunch. Then there's OVERTIME and the books never seem to get the overtime right and if you complain about that, there's another sucker to take your place.

You know my old saying, "Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors."

And what hurts is the steadily diminishing humanity of those fighting to hold jobs they don't want but fear the alternative worse. People simply empty out. They are bodies with fearful and obedient minds. The color leaves the eye. The voice becomes ugly. And the body. The hair. The fingernails. The shoes. Everything does.

As a young man I could not believe that people could give their lives over to those conditions. As an old man, I still can't believe it. What do they do it for? Sex? TV? An automobile on monthly payments? Or children? Children who are just going to do the same things that they did?

Early on, when I was quite young and going from job to job I was foolish enough to sometimes speak to my fellow workers: "Hey, the boss can come in here at any moment and lay all of us off, just like that, don't you realize that?"

They would just look at me. I was posing something that they didn't want to enter their minds.

Now in industry, there are vast layoffs (steel mills dead, technical changes in other factors of the work place). They are layed off by the hundreds of thousands and their faces are stunned:

"I put in 35 years..."

"It ain't right..."

"I don't know what to do..."

They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. I could see all this. Why couldn't they? I figured the park bench was just as good or being a barfly was just as good. Why not get there first before they put me there? Why wait?


That letter reminded me a lot of Days of War, Nights of Love.



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[-] 2 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 9 years ago

Wow, what a way with words.

I think the evil 1% who rule our world are both racists and machaevellians. What they plan to do to all of us, they first do to blacks. Inner city dwellers were deserted during Katrina. 1%ers: 'But don't worry 'those are only black folk', whites are honorary 1%ers.' But they had to hide the photos of New Orleanean drowning victims -- too many white bodies.

We're all dogmeat to the sky people. We're fodder for the cannons, worker units for the factories, cows to be milked to the last cent worth.

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5909) 9 years ago

Slavery was never abolished, period. It was simply restricted to the condition of incarceration which still targets the same people.

When you are taxed on your income, you are being charged on the labor you provide for sustaining yourself making the labor you provide the property of the state.

When you are taxed on property with the penalty of losing the property if the tax isn't paid, you are merely renting the property from it's real owner, the state.

When you can be told by the state under penalty not to consume alchohol, not to smoke particular substances, not to inject whatever you like into your own body, not to involve money and your body in a sexual interaction, not to risk money you earned in games of chance, etc., you have no freedom to do as you please with your own body and possessions.

When you, the people, cannot repeal the laws of elected officials, cannot have those elected officials recalled, and cannot initiate the laws you would like, you are subject to those elected officials and anyone to own their political agendas.

Slavery worked because the vast majority of the slaves were never willing to either escape or revolt. Had that been the case, the system would have been too expensive and dangerous to maintain. Modern Americans are only different in one respect; they don't even acknowledge that they're not free. So, they don't seek to organize their own worker-owner cooperatives. They don't seek to organize their own credit unions. They don't seek to organize their own mutual health insurance companies. They don't seek to either escape or revolt ( http://occupywallst.org/forum/free-democracy-amendment/ ).

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 9 years ago

"Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors." CB

Yes, slavery was extended to all colors and expanded to all labor. The bean counters realized it would be more profitable to cut the costs to keep, care, room and board slaves and merely pay slave wages. And it has an special benefit, they can call it "FREEDOM."

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 9 years ago

Buk was that rare individual who got a second wind after 50 years of life. I wonder what he would say about what's going on now.

[-] 1 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 9 years ago

My favorite American writer.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 9 years ago

Good Post