The Entitlement Society is the New Slavery
NOTE: A reader on my other blog, The Road to Concord, asked me why I always cite the definitions of the words I use in my posts. I explained to him that, as a matter of sound reasoning, we should always do this: it serves to make sure everyone following the discussion has a better chance of sharing the same understanding of what is meant by the terms used. But I also told the reader that – sadly – I have found it is necessary for nothing more than the simple fact that too few Americans actually know what the words they use actually mean. This got me to thinking that I shouldn’t define fewer words, but more. In fact, I have decided to dedicate an entire series of posts to this subject as it relates to the issues of our day. This is the first in this new series.
Under the “BASIC PRECEPTS” tab in the header of this blog, I wrote a post that explains it is not what we call something that defines it, but the form and function of that object; its nature. This should be self-evident to us, but it isn’t. If I showed you a picture of a cat and said that it suddenly becomes something else when I call it a gato (Spanish for cat), you would not accept my assertion. You know it is still a cat. Likewise, if I show you five pictures of different types of cups, none of them looking anything like the other, and I told you that one was a cup, but the others were actually a hammer, a bat, a ball and a bicycle, you would not accept that, either. Even though they do not look anything alike, you still know that the five pictures are all cups. This is because you instinctively understand that it is the form and function, the nature of a thing that defines it: not the word we use to identify or discuss it. So I wonder why it is so many people cannot see that the ‘entitlements’ they seem to think they ‘deserve’ or have ‘earned’ are actually a modern form of slavery?
The 13th Amendment says:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Let’s start by looking at the word ‘servitude:’
1: a condition in which one lacks liberty especially to determine one’s course of action or way of life
2: a right by which something (as a piece of land) owned by one person is subject to a specified use or enjoyment by another
I am going to assume that we all understand that ‘involuntary’ means ‘against your will.’ So, if you happen to be one of ‘the rich’ who are being ‘taxed’ so that those who are ‘less fortunate’ can be given something they did not earn, this is involuntary servitude. It meets the precise definition on both counts. That ‘rich’ person is not at liberty to do with their property (i.e. money) what they wish, and that same property is being taken for the enjoyment of another.
In a nation of laws – where the Constitution is understood to be the supreme law of the land – the 13th Amendment is sufficient to declare any and all forms of welfare and public assistance to be unconstitutional.
But let’s not stop there; let’s go all the way to the definition of ‘slave:’
1: drudgery, toil
2: submission to a dominating influence
3a : the state of a person who is a chattel of another
b : the practice of slaveholding
Most people think of a slave as someone who is owned, and that is certainly the primary definition the founders intended when they wrote the 13th Amendment. However, look at the other definition in the bold letters. Given that the founders also included ‘involuntary servitude,’ this second definition is actually incorporated into the 13th Amendment as it means nearly the same as ‘involuntary servitude.’ In practical application, there is no difference.
Therefore, we can reasonably conclude that the 13th Amendment – written to end slavery in America – deals with the prohibition of forcing one person to work for the benefit of another. This is the very essence of the welfare or Entitlement State – otherwise known as socialism — and it is slavery by definition. Hence, those who defend and promote socialism in any of its many forms, and by any of the many euphemisms by which we call it, are essentially advocating for a modern form of slavery.
Interestingly enough, they are also trying to make a moral argument for doing so – just as many slave owners did to justify their practice when it was still legal in this country.
This is why definitions matter: because, when we understand them, they help us to see the mistakes in our logic and reasoning.