“Who came up with this system?” – Bubblehead43
“Which system? Legal slavery? The Government!” – Diktator_J
“There is no such thing. International law is clear, No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” – Shadowbark
“Dude, human trafficking is the largest industry in the world today. Figures vary, but around 620 million people worldwide are officially classed as economic slaves.” Diktator_J
“It is still outlawed by every single government in the international community.” Shadowbark
“In Arctica, debt bondage is legal. A person becomes a slave to work off a debt, in which the length and nature of work is never defined, so it becomes a never-ending cycle with the debt being passed down to the children thereby enslaving offspring. That’s 80% of the world’s population.” – Diktator_J
“That does not define slavery. Free will is at play here.” – Shadowbark
“Contract slavery! A homeless, starving person these days can sell themselves into slavery. You work for some bastard corporation without pay, and in return, you get food and shelter. Where is the choice in that?” – Diktator_J
“Having one human being working for another in order to live is slavery. Shouldn’t basic necessities in life be free?” – Bubblehead43
“We have to work in order to get money in order to buy shelter and food to live. If we don’t work, we don’t get any money to buy food and we die.” Shadowbark
“We have the technology if we really wanted to.” – Bubblehead43
“Bubblehead, you’re a fucking idiot.” Shadowbark
As we envision the future of our society, it is crucial to recognize and address the potential challenges that lie ahead. One concerning aspect is the emergence and perpetuation of economic slavery. This essay delves into the concept of economic slavery in the future and highlights the profound impact it could have on individuals and society as a whole.
Economic slavery refers to a state in which individuals are trapped in oppressive economic systems that exploit their labor and limit their freedom. While not a traditional form of slavery, it shares similarities, as individuals find themselves trapped in cycles of poverty, dependence, and limited upward mobility.
In a future marked by economic slavery, structural inequalities become deeply entrenched. A small elite class controls and monopolizes resources, capital, and means of production, while the majority struggles to access basic necessities and economic opportunities. Exploitative labor practices, such as long hours, low wages, and limited workers’ rights, become normalized, perpetuating a system of economic subjugation.
As technology continues to advance, automation and artificial intelligence may replace a significant portion of the workforce, leading to widespread job displacement. In this scenario, economic slavery could arise when individuals are forced into exploitative labor arrangements due to limited employment options. They may find themselves trapped in precarious, low-paying jobs, lacking autonomy and the ability to improve their circumstances.
Another manifestation of economic slavery in the future could be through debt bondage and financial manipulation. Individuals burdened with crippling debt are beholden to lenders, perpetually trapped in a cycle of repayment, unable to escape their economic obligations. This form of modern-day indentured servitude restricts personal freedom and perpetuates economic inequality.
The consequences of economic slavery extend beyond the individual. A society plagued by widespread economic subjugation experiences a range of adverse effects. Social mobility stagnates, perpetuating generational poverty and limited opportunities for upward advancement. Economic disparities deepen, leading to social unrest, increased crime rates, and a loss of social cohesion. The overall well-being of society suffers as a result.