Slavery Isn’t So Bad, Is It? – Stone Pigs undeniable underlying truths

Dare to learn a little bit about yourself and answer these questions honestly:

Do you believe that it is moral and just for one person to be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another?
If that person does not peaceably submit to being so used, do you believe that there should be the initiation of some kind of force against him?
These questions were posed recently in an essay1 by one of my favorite educators and thinkers: Walter E. Williams, Ph.D., the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. I greatly admire Dr. Williams’ ability to break down seemingly complex political and economic issues into their very essence. These questions do a fabulous job of that.

Consider these questions with regard to slavery. Do these questions not define slavery i.e. through the threat of violence, forcing one individual to work for the benefit of another? I think we would all agree that is wrong. At the same time, our government engages in this very behavior every day on behalf of a great many people in our country. Is that right? Are you in favor of that?

Consider this. I get out of bed each day and work for the fruits of my labor. Then, under threat of violence, some of that fruit is taken from me against my will and given to others. If I refuse, my government has proven that they will subject me to public threats against my home and family (like President Obama has done indirectly with a wink and a nod recently against automotive, banking, and AIG executives), criminal prosecution (unlike some folks in his own cabinet such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner), and incarceration and suspension of many of my rights of citizenship.