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Kind Slave Master

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Once upon a time in the Confederacy, a benevolent slave owner named Orrin noticed some of his property acting...restless. When I say benevolent I mean he recognized that a well-fed slave, one with decent housing and a mattress would be more productive. So Orrin went the extra mile to provide certain amenities, certainly more than his neighbor the Cruel Slave Master, who had a different business philosophy. This Cruel man starved his chattel and then whipped them to extract as much labor as possible before they perished. The Kind Slave Master thought this foolish in the extreme. Like leaving a perfectly good tool out in the rain.

Still, he was nervous about his slave's grumbling and the hard looks they would at times send his way. So he came up with a brilliant plan. He called them all together one Sunday after Church and announced that he had decided to let them vote! Not on everything, of course, but on minor decisions. For instance; whether to have grits or oatmeal for breakfast, when to plant the corn and cotton, or which mule to use for the day's plowing. He let them elect a representative who might visit the Big House on occasion. He even began to address the slaves as "associates" so they might feel invested in the operation.

All this accommodation was looked on as madness by the other slave owners but it proved itself to be a brilliant stroke of...well, you hate to use the word, but yes, genius. Where the other slave holders faced violent revolts, the Kind Slave Master found his property deciding to build a soccer field. Where cruel Slave Masters had to spend all their profit chasing runaways, the Kind Slave Master just threw in a Bingo Night! Where the cruel Slave Masters were slaughtered in their beds, the Kind Slave Master found his property arguing among themselves. They fought over who was corrupt, who was extracting a few more favors. They fought over their various identities, they fought over religious differences, they fought over Outsiders and Rights and morals and such. They argued over whether it was better to vote or to pray. ( Both equally effective, it turns out)

What they never argued about, however, was over who was the most cruel; the Slave master who treats his property poorly or the one who treats them nice.

Discussion 7 Comments

  • Alex of... 2nd Jan 2019

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

    • Alex of... 2nd Jan 2019

      related: STOP SLIME NOW

    • Irie Zen 6th Jan 2019

      "If there is no struggle there is no progress."


      "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation.. want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."


      "This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."


      "Find out just what a people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted.. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."


      Frederick Douglass (1857) [1] [2]


       


      http://www.iopsociety.org/blog/quotes

    • Irie Zen 6th Jan 2019

      STOP SLIME NOW: STOP THE ACCELERATIONIST XD

    • Alex of... 6th Jan 2019

      ideology... A MORAL STRUGGLE?

  • Irie Zen 6th Jan 2019

  • Boulder Dash 7th Jan 2019

    I mean, when you say to someone,

    “From each according to ability, to each according to need.”

    People probably think that’s what we have now. And if not, after pointing it out, they can’t get round imagining anything real different from what we have.

    If that pithy maxim is not elucidated in terms of how it can be achieved, it doesn’t really mean much.

    Douglas’s quote needs similar elucidating in terms of demands otherwords, yeah it sounds kind of cool, inspiring, but that’s about all.