The concept of slavery has shifted.
Besides the well-known horrific crime of international sex trafficking,
there is another, more common, form of slavery.
This is a life routine, a life style, where a person is forced to work
two minimum wage jobs just to make enough income to survive,
often while going to school to try to achieve more,
to move up, out of their hole, to a place closer to the mythical American dream,
an aspiration that has become more myth than reality.
One American college student writes a clear description of this lifestyle.
This was written as part of a longer essay, in April, 2014:
Everyday someone somewhere is headed back to a dreadful job with no benefits and very little pay. Statistics shows that it takes two incomes to maintain the average size household. Providing for a family now requires a hustle just to maintain the minimum necessities that’s needed to keep a home at bay. Within a matter of hours, a perfectly well adjusted human being can be transform to a walking, talking, motorized robot. This type of hustle requires maneuvering thought and concentration, but most importantly patience...
The underpaid and overworked souls are the millions of average Joe workers fighting just to stay afloat, turning individuals into part-time students and full time hustle...
The daily set schedules of juggling several 9 to 5 jobs will carry a burden to many individuals; houses will never become fully functional homes. The hustle will get harder, and the chains that stop many from reaching certain heights will get heavier. Juggling will no longer be an option to many. Crime rate will indeed increase, after robotic individuals have exhausted all possibilities. This is slavery at its peak...
We must break this cycle and regroup. Houses should be homes, and families need not to struggle and become mechanical robots. This is our country—let’s take it back.
If indeed we have the Right to Liberty, if we are to be truly free,
where is the public debate to counter the tightening chains and shackles
many people live with every day?
The original post on Right to Liberty can be read here.