"Wherefore We must interrupt a silence which it would be criminal to prolong, that We may point out...as they really are, men who are badly disguised." Pope St. Pius X, September 8, 1907, Pascendi Dominici Gregis

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Slaves in Southern U.S. Enjoyed Free Health Care, Low Crime Rates and Low Unemployment

In an effort to address the concerns of many Americans about the costs of health care and housing and ensuring full employment, ActualAnarchy has begun a search for economic systems that solved these problems. Our first recommendation takes us to the economic system that prevailed in the pre-Confederate South.

In the American South, Wikipedia reports, "slaves were fed, clothed, housed and provided medical care." Slaves were even paid "small bonuses at Christmas, and some slave owners permitted their slaves to keep earnings and gambling profits. One slave, Denmark Vesey, is known to have won a lottery and bought his freedom."

Americans with similar concerns about the availability of housing, food, and medical care should be relieved to discover that not only has a system which permanently resolves these long term concerns been tried in the past, but it has historical precedent in their own country!

We think contemporary American conservatives will most be drawn to the zero tolerance, one strike and your out misbehavior policies, drug prohibition, the emphasis on hard work and profit sharing programs. While the cradle-to-grave provision of basic necessities by the governing authorities will appeal to Americans of the left-wing persuasion.

American conservatives will likely be quick to point out that it is no longer necessary for the federal and even state governments to provide food stamps, Obama-care, lottery-tickets, and subsidized housing as local institutions can do this far more effectively and actually produce cotton as well. While left-wing Americans will reply that slavery and its accompanying institutions should not be instituted for "private gain," states cannot provide fully comprehensive coverage, and thus slavery should be instituted by government at the federal level. Regardless, recent concerns over the growing federal deficit may force some if not all of the responsibility for organizing slavery out of the hands of the federal government.

Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the debate, we are fully confident that the economic regime of the pre-Confederate South will appeal to the majority of Americans, relieving them of the necessity of securing their own futures and providing plenty of time for TV.

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