Ron: Recently the issue of human slavery was raised in the AH Supporters’ forum with the posting of a letter from a Daily Mail reader on 4 May 2010 under Answers to Correspondents compiled by Charles Legge. It read:
QUESTION: Does any nation still practise slavery?
ANSWER: From Paul Donahoe, Anti-Slavery International, London.
Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807 and banned slavery from the British Empire in 1838, but this inhuman practice has remained a reality across the world over the past two centuries.
There is no country in the world where slavery is legal – in fact, the right not to be held in slavery is enshrined in international law, including Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
But across the Sahel region of West Africa, including Mauritania, Mali and Niger, descendants of abducted black Africans make up a distinctive slave caste `owned' by their masters and forced to work without pay.
In 2008, Anti-Slavery International supported 24-year-old Hadijatou Mani
in suing Niger for failing to protect her from slavery. Hadijatou is just one of the estimated 43,000 born into slavery in Niger.
The country with the most people in slavery is India, where millions, overwhelmingly Dalits or `untouchables', are trapped in `debt bondage' – they work, sometimes for their entire lives, to pay off a debt to their bosses or landowners. The debt is carried across generations and results in many children dropping out of school to work and earn money to help their parents.
India's bonded labourers work in many export industries, from garment manufacturing to stone quarrying, showing how easy it is for products tainted by slave labour to make their way to Britain.
Each autumn, the Uzbekistan government closes schools and forces hundreds of thousands of children into the fields to pick cotton. Uzbekistan is the world's third largest exporter.
In 2008, the government of Brazil rescued 4,500 people from slavery on sugar plantations and ranches across the country. Brazil's desperate and poor agree to travel far from their homes because of the promise of good wages, only to find themselves forced to endure backbreaking conditions without pay.
Incredibly, slavery was criminalised in British law only last month, meaning holding someone in forced labour is now a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
From agricultural workers to women trafficked into forced prostitution and domestic workers, slavery is alive and well in Britain's factories, farms and homes today.
My initial response was:
I wonder about the place in the global system of Paul Donahoe of Anti-Slavery International and his ilk. And regardless of the motives and funding sources for the work of Anti-Slavery International, I suspect that articles like this one are just another part of the problem in that they maintain the matrix by pretending that "slavery" is what happens to poor unfortunate black people and others in Africa and other far away, barbaric places. In my opinion that impression is not relieved by the throw away line at the end of the article which is:
`From agricultural workers to women trafficked into forced prostitution and domestic workers, slavery is alive and well in Britain's factories, farms and homes today.'
This statement appears out of the blue and is not explained or justified but is left hanging in the air with no support what so ever. Given that the previous sentence stated that `…slavery was criminalized in British law only last month, meaning holding someone in forced labour is now a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison.' the average reader is likely to think that at least something is finally being done about this seemingly anomalous situation. But is it?
The important "smoke and mirrors" aspect of this little gem of an article is that it explicitly implies that all the rest of the population IS FREE! That is, they are not slaves unless they are coerced into the slave trade or are illegal migrants et al working for peanuts. So the subliminal message is, YOU are FREE!
Guess again cobbers. IF you live in ANY country that imposes an income tax on you then, at least, you are a slave to the imposer of that tax. Human beings are sovereign individuals and imposing personal income taxation on them BY FORCE is a ubiquitous form of slavery. Typically, direct income taxes take 30% or more of the gross income earned through the labour of everyone in countries like the US, UK, Australia, Canada et al. Arguably, today average workers in those countries are forced to pay more of their income to their "controllers" than did serfs in late Medieval times.
The beauty of the matrix is that it is sooo pervasive. Almost nothing said by governments and other corporations or the mainstream media, is true and certainly whatever truth is provided is spun in such a way as to mislead the listener, as is done in this article.
The whole world is enslaved, but the mechanisms are subtle and convoluted. Nothing is as it seems. The current global matrix is a human livestock management system for misdirecting and controlling human awareness in order to limit human consciousness and hence our ability to know who we are. Since the development of organised "government" the "controllers" control systems have evolved from brutal and obvious coercion and physical enslavement (the iron fist)* of much of the human population to subtle and sophisticated psychological manipulation, propaganda techniques and devious "legal", financial, economic and socio-religious mechanisms (the velvet glove). The velvet glove is designed to mislead, misdirect and program the minds of the humans being controlled and enslaved without the use of obvious force. BUT, make no mistake, behind the velvet glove is the iron fist of the state's alleged moral and physical monopoly on force and violence.
* This anachronistic mechanism is what Paul Donahoe is alluding to for our delectation, and to reinforce our feeling that our situation is "superior". After all, we are not overtly forced to work and we have "choice" about what we do and where we work etc. BUT if we don't work (at whatever work- if any - that is available to us) we starve or are thrown on the socio-economic scrap heap. For instance poor Anglo-USans can choose to join the military and get well paid for killing people in foreign lands. Others join local police forces and get well paid to enforce the controllers' requirements on their own society. Shades of the Sheriff of Nottingham!
Arguably the whole world is a slave plantation today and each country is just a slave farm within that framework. And those who seek to say they are not slaves and that they live in a country in which they choose the government, which only taxes them to provide welfare and other services TO them* have swallowed the blue pill. Moreover, the taxes paid in places like the US and Australia, and probably many other countries, go to the IRS in the US and 'the Taxation Department' in Australia, NEITHER of which is part of the government! For instance US taxes are collected by the IRS and paid via the so-called US Treasury to the IMF which is owned and operated by international bankers.
* Without wasting time fully debunking this argument it is surely enough to say that very few Anglo-USans want to pay taxes to kill Iraqis and Afghanis and to destroy their countries. BUT THEY DO.
To cut a long story short, the Khazar Jew controlled British government realised during the Industrial Revolution that free range serfs are much cheaper, more productive and easier to operate that serfs (slaves) tied to a specific location and vocation and so before the US Civil War they decided to switch the global plantation to the free range model. This they did. Don't believe me? Have a look at this rationale for free range wage-slave workers spelt out in the Hazard Circular sent by London banksters to US banksters in July 1862, in the middle of the American Civil War. It said:
`Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power and chattels slavery destroyed. This I and my European friends are in favor of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborers, while the European plan, led by England, is that capital [the banksters] shall control labor by controlling wages. This can be done by controlling the money. The great debt (national) that capitalists will see to it is made out of the war, must be used as a means to control the volume of money. To accomplish this the war bonds must be used as a banking basis. We are now waiting for the Secretary of the Treasury to make this recommendation to Congress.'
The US Congress passed the National Bank Act of 1863 giving the banksters power to create money as debt, but not exclusively. In 1872 Horace Greeley said of the Act:
`We have stricken the shackles from four million beings and brought all laborers to a common level, not so much by the elevation of the former slaves as by practically reducing the whole working population, white and black, to a condition of serfdom. While boasting of our noble deeds we are careful to conceal the ugly fact that by our iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined, is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery.'
Those who want to understand the nature of their very real wage slavery a little better could do worse that have a look at `The Matrix, the Strawman and WHO You Are': http://abundanthope.net/pages/Ron_71/The_Matrix_the_Strawman_and_WHO_You_Are_3030.shtml
On reflection and upon being reminded that the abovementioned article was in fact a letter submitted to the Letters page of the Daily Mail and that it was given about the maximum space that replies in that feature get (as it isn't a newspaper editorial piece or an item of news) and that Charles Legge just compiles this half page section and does not write any of it himself, I modified my remarks by saying:
‘I should have been more circumspect in my "judgment" of the item.
Sorry I implied that Paul Donahoe and Charles Legge are or seem to be part of the problem. Given the nature of the newspaper space allowed them they were almost certainly doing the best they could to tell the world the truth in a very limited forum. In the circumstances Paul Donahoe did a very good job of telling some truth on this subject. This was yet another illustration of how the MSM pretends to be a genuine purveyor of information and discussion while preventing it. Fragmentation and compartmentalisation is the name of the game. Never give the suckers a comprehensive view of anything. And of course Charles Legge was just doing his job and had no real discretion. The truncated nature of the item also explains why the last two sentences didn't jell very well and why the idea of there being overt slavery in the UK wasn't explained.
No doubt, if given the space and opportunity, Paul Donahoe would have said much more about the enslavement of children as soldiers in Africa, Myanmar et al, and the corporate causes of gross "wage" slavery in sweat shops in Third World countries.
It is of course correct to say that many of the sleeping masses may be surprised that that there's any form of slavery in the world despite the fact that they go shopping every day to buy cheap products produced by slave labour in Haiti, China, Bangla Desh and many other places at prices not possible if the items were produced in the UK and US et al. There seems to be a disconnect between the brain and the average Western World humans' shopping and consumption instincts. Out of sight, out of mind … assuming they have one.