Definition of Slavery –
Google defines slavery as:
- slav·er·y /ˈslāvərē/
- Noun The state of being a slave.
- The practice or system of owning slaves.
- servitude – thraldom – thrall – enslavement – serfdom
The definition shows there are two parts to slavery; the state of being a slave and the practice of owning slaves.
Definition of slave:
- slave /slāv/
- A person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.
- Work excessively hard: “slaving away for all those years”.
- noun. thrall – helot – bondslave – serf – bondservant – bondman
- verb. drudge
Again there are two parts to interpret, slave as a noun and slave as a verb.
The slave is a person – used as a noun
They slave – used as a verb
This shows there is the act of being a slave and the perception of the action of being a slave.
One is a slave. One experiences slavery.
By general knowledge it is known that the definition of slave has more meanings. In addition, the definition of slave also is more complex.
It is even clear by the simple definition that google gives that there must be a more complex meaning. The verb of slave does not match the noun slave. The assumption that being owned and force to obey is excessive work is not proven.
Therefore the proper definition of the verb slave is forced. Not any force, but force in the context of legal property and obeying.
This is a very shallow definition, which needs expansion.
As is shown 3 parts define slave: legal property, forced obeying, and personhood
Definition of person:
Google defines person as:
- per·son /ˈpərsən/
- A human being regarded as an individual.
- Used in legal or formal contexts to refer to an unspecified individual.
- man – individual – personage – character – figure
The act or condition of being a person is called personhood.
- per·son·hood /ˈpərsənˌho͝od/
- The quality or condition of being an individual person.
What makes a person?
Where it is more than simply a synonym for ‘human being’, ‘person’ figures primarily in moral and legal discourse. A person is a being with a certain moral status, or a bearer of rights. But underlying the moral status, as its condition, are certain capacities. A person is a being who has a sense of self, has a notion of the future and the past, can hold values, make choices; in short, can adopt life-plans. At least, a person must be the kind of being who is in principle capable of all this, however damaged these capacities may be in practice.”
– Charles Taylor, “The Concept of a Person”, Philosophical Papers. Volume 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985, 97.
What is legal property?
Google give us this definition:
- legal property
- Web definitions
- Property is any physical or intangible entity that is owned by a person or jointly by a group of persons. ….
So persons owned by another person ( and business in America ) that are forced to obey.
Definition of owned:
Google’s definition is way too vague at this point.
Dictionary .com gives this definition:
- verb (used with object)
- to have or hold as one’s own; possess: They own several homes.
When looking up possess it is a very complex term . There are many ways to possess something or someone.
Who are slaves?
Slavery is not new. Slavery is rare among primitive people. Thus is was 11,000 years ago during the agricultural revolution that slavery became viable. Mass slavery requires in some form or another social stratification, an economic surplus , and a population density.
Social compartmentalization in relation to an economic standards in populations is the breeding ground for mass complacent slavery.
Racial slavery does not hold a significant time period along the timeline of slavery. Moreover, racial slavery is a uniquely United States of American phenomena
From Indentured Servitude to Racial Slavery
We sometimes imagine that such oppressive laws were put quickly into full force by greedy landowners. But that’s not the way slavery was established in colonial America. It happened gradually — one person at a time, one law at a time, even one colony at a time.
Global empires , specifically certain global conglomerates , manipulated law and public opinion to increase profits for an already wealthy class by artificially creating a racial slavery as chattel slavery. The short lived 150 years that racial slavery was practiced by USA ‘s ruling business regimes created a class system that would leave lasting scars and manipulation tools on the USA citizens all the way into contemporary history.
Contemporary slavery is just as complex and potentially dangerous as slavery ever was. Places like Qatar that have an open secret of slavery to gain citizenship to corporate conglomerates have a tier system of debt bondage at a globally obfuscates direct conversations about economic explorations in relation to a controlled and manipulated population that produces and consumes to enable profiteering minority.
- The secret history of the Bill of Rights (salon.com)
- Scott on the Definition of Slavery (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Brazil’s ‘dirty list’ names and shames companies involved in slave labour (guardian.co.uk)
- Slavery is a $32bn industry so why aren’t we following the money trail? | Lady Mary Goudie (guardian.co.uk)