the benefits of Modern Slavery
In 1619, the first wave of African slaves hit the shores of North America - becoming a driving force of the North American economy that colonists were wholly ready to take advantage of. Over the next 157 years, things stayed the same for the slaves as European countries tussled for control of land across the New World. It wasn’t until a group of men, now known as the Founding Fathers, wrote these words that would be carved into the American psyche and - long after - be an ideal Americans strive towards.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
All men being created equal is a big idea and it was because of this idea that the African slave trade was impacted by The United States of America separating itself from Great Britain. Until Georgia and South Carolina reopened it in 1800, the slave trade had been closed since the revolution. Various efforts were taken by Congress over the years to stop the Atlantic slave trade but many states used slaves as a way to drive the economy. It was such a powerful economic driving force, in fact, that when President Abraham Lincoln wanted to end slavery completely, certain US states seceded to form their own government. This government would be based around a slave driven economy and they went to war to protect that driving force. The Confederate States of America eventually conceded and the era of a slave driven economy was over for good. Or so we thought.
In 2017, the world has seen unprecedented change with the advancement of technology and evolution of finance & industry. This change has affected every aspect of living and brings us to the next big idea: the pursuit of happiness. Happiness, and it’s derivatives, are one of the many parts of life affected by modern living. Media, electronics and the internet becoming a significant source of happiness for modern Americans increases the importance money has in our pursuit of happiness. It is because of this that jobs are important to every capable American.
In our pursuit of happiness, we are all slaves to employment. More important than taking home a minimum wage is earning experience through hard work and making industry connections. These are keys to increasing one’s value to an industry and, over time, increasing their bargaining power for higher wages. Certain groups in the American populace call for an artificial increase to minimum wages because it sounds like a good idea; giving people more money. What they don’t consider though, is that it gives more money to fewer people by decreasing the amount of jobs overall. Not only does it drive companies faster towards automation but it gives them incentive to hirer less people. This has an overall negative impact on society.
If the goal is to increase wages, we can do this naturally, through what I like to call modern slavery. Drop the minimum wage to zero and give every American the chance to increase their value with experience and connections even if they aren’t getting paid for it (internships, apprenticeships). Every American becoming a driving force to the economy increases the amount of competition which naturally increases wages. The best thing about modern slavery is that it does not discriminate; it gives everyone an equal opportunity for success regardless of race, religion or background.
Even though supporters of artificially increased wages are trying to make the world a better place, they’re actually having a longterm negative impact on it. Everyone becoming a slave to modern living is the proper way to increase wages naturally.