The Story of Your Enslavement

Posted by M ws On Monday, March 18, 2013 1 comments
Have you watched The Story of Your Enslavement by Stefan Molyneux?


Alternatively, you can read the transcript AT THIS LINK.

Excerpt:

This is the story of your enslavement; how it came to be, and you can finally be free. 
Like all animals, human beings want to dominate and exploit the resources around them.
At first, we mostly hunted and fished and ate off the land - but then something magical and terrible happened to our minds. 
We became, alone among the animals, afraid of death, and of future loss.
And this was the start of a great tragedy, and an even greater possibility... 
You see, when we became afraid of death, of injury, and imprisonment, we became controllable -- and so valuable -- in a way that no other resource could ever be. 
The greatest resource for any human being to control is not natural resources, or tools, or animals or land -- but other human beings. 
You can frighten an animal, because animals are afraid of pain in the moment, but you cannot frighten an animal with a loss of liberty, or with torture or imprisonment in the future, because animals have very little sense of tomorrow. 
You cannot threaten a cow with torture, or a sheep with death. You cannot swing a sword at a tree and scream at it to produce more fruit, or hold a burning torch to a field and demand more wheat. 
You cannot get more eggs by threatening a hen - but you can get a man to give you his eggs by threatening him. 
Human farming has been the most profitable -- and destructive -- occupation throughout history, and it is now reaching its destructive climax. 
Human society cannot be rationally understood until it is seen for what it is: a series of farms where human farmers own human livestock. 
Some people get confused because governments provide healthcare and water and education and roads, and thus imagine that there is some benevolence at work. 
Nothing could be further from reality. 
Farmers provide healthcare and irrigation and training to their livestock. 
Some people get confused because we are allowed certain liberties, and thus imagine that our government protects our freedoms. 
But farmers plant their crops a certain distance apart to increase their yields -- and will allow certain animals larger stalls or fields if it means they will produce more meat and milk. 
In your country, your tax farm, your farmer grants you certain freedoms not because he cares about your liberties, but because he wants to increase his profits. 
Are you beginning to see the nature of the cage you were born into? 
There have been four major phases of human farming. 
The first phase, in ancient Egypt, was direct and brutal human compulsion. Human bodies were controlled, but the creative productivity of the human mind remained outside the reach of the whip and the brand and the shackles. Slaves remained woefully underproductive, and required enormous resources to control. 
The second phase was the Roman model, wherein slaves were granted some capacity for freedom, ingenuity and creativity, which raised their productivity. This increased the wealth of Rome, and thus the tax income of the Roman government - and with this additional wealth, Rome became an empire, destroying the economic freedoms that fed its power, and collapsed. 
I'm sure that this does not seem entirely unfamiliar. 
After the collapse of Rome, the feudal model introduced the concept of livestock ownership and taxation. Instead of being directly owned, peasants farmed land that they could retain as long as they paid off the local warlords. This model broke down due to the continual subdivision of productive land, and was destroyed during the Enclosure movement, when land was consolidated, and hundreds of thousands of peasants were kicked off their ancestral lands, because new farming techniques made larger farms more productive with fewer people. 
The increased productivity of the late Middle Ages created the excess food required for the expansion of towns and cities, which in turn gave rise to the modern Democratic model of human ownership. 
As displaced peasants flooded into the cities, a huge stock of cheap human capital became available to the rising industrialists - and the ruling class of human farmers quickly realized that they could make more money by letting their livestock choose their own occupations. 
Under the Democratic model, direct slave ownership has been replaced by the Mafia model. The Mafia rarely owns businesses directly, but rather sends thugs around once a month to steal from the business "owners."
CLICK HERE for the rest of the transcript.

1 comments to The Story of Your Enslavement

  1. says:

    modernlifeisrubbish Hi MWS,

    Very relevant post in this day and age. i'd taken the liberty of reposting it with a slight expansion. It will not do anything to change anything but it's the fastest post i'd wrote in a long while.

    Sigh i'm getting very lazy these day. Cheers...

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