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What is the new slavery in America?

February 26, 2012

I’m reading Toqueville’s Democracy in America.  It’s amazing that a Frenchman can have such a clear explanation of slavery in America in the 1830’s, and how it affected the population in general and the future preservation of our union of 24 states.  Toqueville explained that while the initial importation of slaves from Africa was human bondage that denied physical freedom, over time, the captors’ mental capacity for liberty and freedom disappeared as they were totally dependent on their slave masters.  When your food, shelter and life sustanance are all provided to you, in time you lose the skills and capabilities to be self-sufficient, and indeed the will to be your own master.  Slavery is dependency – , not just physical bondage.

Toqueville said

“Slavery…dishonors labor. It introduces idleness into society, and with idleness, ignorance and pride, luxury and distress. It enervates the powers of the mind and benumbs the activity of man.”

While slavery in America has been officially abolished for over a century, a new kind of slavery has been created.  First, almost half of the people in the United States are dependent on the federal government for some or all of their means of support, and they are unable or unwilling to be responsible for their own and their children’s well being.  This is slavery.

And, according to the website:

The sad truth is that debt slavery has become a way of life for tens of millions of American families.  Over the past several decades, most Americans have willingly allowed themselves to become enslaved to debt.  These days, most of us are busy either going into even more debt or paying off the debt that we have accumulated in the past.  When your finances are dominated by debt, it makes it really hard to ever get ahead.  Incredibly, 43 percent of all American families spend more than they earn each year.  Even while median household income continues to decline (now less than $50,000 a year), median household debt continues to go up.  According to the Federal Reserve, median household debt in America has risen to $75,600.  Many Americans spend decades caught in the trap of debt slavery.  Large numbers of them never even escape at all and die in debt.  It can be a lot of fun to spend lots of money and go into lots of debt, but it can be absolutely soul crushing to toil and labor for years paying off those debts while making others wealthy in the process.

America itself is quickly becoming a global “slave” to lender nations such as China, which holds most of our national debt.  Our federal government now spends more than it takes in in revenue, and shows no sign of stopping soon… fact, just the opposite unless we put the brakes on now.

The Tytler Cycle below shows the pattern that civilizations go through roughly every 200-250 years.  America, I feel is either between the “Dependence” and “Bondage” stage, or more likely fully in the bondage state now.

Our path forward is to end the bondage of dependency that exists now in America and to move into a renewed era of morality and “spiritual faith” that first brought the colonists here to our shore to seek religious freedom.  We can do this through understanding our history and educating and preparing ourselves for the new leadership and era of founders that lies ahead.

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  1. James Nealley Stapes permalink
    March 16, 2012 6:36 pm

    IF THE ROOT OF MAN FORBEARS THE PATH OF MATERIAL AND KNOWLEDGE HOSTILITY TO SPIRIT IN AMERICA being JESUS and just Jesus, then this cycle will remain a continuum. Bjut there is dissention today whether the root of humanity in America is strong enough to define for alienated youth of today what is th only course for survival of our nation, being Biblical truth and no other, because the truth and God and Christ and the Spirit are all one and cannot be predictable now as to our aderance with such intellectual hostility, such senselessness, never before deferred to as today. Young people are truly strangers due to judicial decisions against the Lord involved in public organizations involving youth and in scenarios at large. We all see this. I just put i into words. Is the end near? Or will God intervene with His well known compassion.

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