Slavery still exists even in the year 2021
Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold or forced to work and it still exists in 2021, only it's called a job.
There you have it. I rest my case.
End of Hub.
Only joking, please read on.
Picture The Scene.......
21st Century Britain.
Workers in 2021 scared for their jobs are being forced to work long hours with very few breaks in order not to be made redundant or even fired proving that slavery still exists in 2021.
Add to that the terrible year we have been through with the C word and people are in a state of high anxiety as well.
People in Britain are working longer than ever, some going on beyond retirement age because the state pension is not sufficient to live on. 45 years of paying in to a system which gives very little back in retirement.
Now tell me that slavery no longer exists.
Why Is This You May Well Ask?
For one thing people are living longer, much longer, due to better diets and living conditions as well as better healthcare in terms of advances in medicine.
With approximately 3 million unemployed in Britain it means there are less tax payers paying into the system so the Government has to borrow money to pay for future pension payments.
This is partly why the country is in such a state. A deficit of £Billions and not enough tax revenue's being collected from companies and private individuals because there aren't enough working to pay contributions.
It has been in the news of late that the Inland Revenue has been doing deals with struggling large scale companies who can't afford their tax bills that they will reduce the tax burden or liability to pay and after 10 years they will write off what is unpaid.
This is happening while private individuals are being targeted who owe tax from self employment and are struggling to pay small amounts in comparison to the large companies. These people are being subjected to daily harassing phone calls, debt colloector visits and seizure of property to cover the amount of tax owed. One rule for one and another rule for the others.
It just doesn't make sense.
This is why I believe that we are living with slavery in 2012 because we are being forced to work against our will in some cases to pay for others who avoid paying their way. Tax evasion in my book is far worse than someone struggling to pay their tax liability because they have every intention of paying what they owe. Tax evaders have no intention to pay.
Every man and woman should be allowed to be a free agent and not be shackled to the tax system. They should have the right to choose what he or she does with his or her life.
Freedom To Choose
How can you have the freedom to choose when we are forced to work these ridiculous hours and in conditions which should have disappeared a long time ago.
Europe has a 35 hour working week. In Britain if you work less than the 47 hours working time directive you are lucky.
Most people I know are working 60+ hours per week.
At the end of the week you have nothing left to give. When working all these hours you are no longer effective and I have said before in other articles, you are just going through the motions
The problem is, I don't know what the answer is and I am sure many millions of other people think the same. Day after day they just do the same thing and it goes on. Working like slaves for companies and Governments who only look out for themselves. The rest of us are just numbers on a clock card.
Imagine how people now feel having worked through the current situation and all it's restrictions.
Stands for just over broke
— Steve Mitchell
Daily Job Losses
Company closures and redundancy threat is big on the agenda at the moment. Large, once profitable companies are hitting the wall everyday. Workers are put under threat of redundancy because of Government measures and cut backs.
Local council services are disappearing, children and elderly along with the most vulnerable in society are suffering. Like the old adage says ' The rich get richer and the poor get poorer'. How true that is today.
You will agree that it is now even harder and will remain that way for some time. World economies will take a long time to return to normal after the pandemic.
What about the future
I can't imagine what it is going to be like for our Grandchildren. The debt of this country now, will still be being paid for in 50 years time and if the recession and cut backs continue, who knows what will happen. Countries and Governments are, in all honesty Bankrupt, but they are allowed to continue in this farsical way riding the waves in the boom times and saving nothing for the down times or the bust in boom and bust!
We Should Be Upbeat
It is difficult to be upbeat when writing about such dismal times, but good times will return. The only problem with that is nobody will do it for us. If we want the good times back we will have to create the good times. Authority is seeing to it, along with the media that we all feel down and miserable. You never hear about good news in the news.
The media thrives on gloom and despondency. The time has come to shift that thinking and concentrate on talking the economies of countries up. A shot of positivity is what's needed. I for one am going to do my best to challenge the negativity.
2012 was the year of the London Olympics and was a fantastic spectacle. The world saw how good Britain is at hosting the big events and this should be seen as a major factor in talking up the country.
2012 was also our Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. 60 years as Queen and still going strong.
What an achievement.
See, you feel better now, right?
It just goes to show that if I can talk things up then everybody can. You just have to want to.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2012 Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on December 30, 2012:
Emma, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I know the feeling about counting the small change. Thank goodness for Hub Pages, end of the month means payday and boy do I need it this month. One day it will be extra money, not survival money.
Emma from UK on December 30, 2012:
We know only too well what it is like to be a "wage slave". Even when you do get time off, you can't afford to do anything. Usually some fool tells you to go somewhere free, like a country park, yet that is owned by the Trust and it costs £3 to get in plus the same in fuel to get there and back. When some of us say we are broke, we mean we are counting the 50 pences and less.
As a parent it is even scarier. I left home at 16, average age then was about 20, yet I can't see these kids getting their own places until they are well in their 30s.
Mary Strain from The Shire on May 03, 2012:
Posh, you are so right. They're called "wage slaves." The terrible economy is making all workers vulnerable, but when I think of wage slaves, I think of illegals. I once worked for a man who openly admitted he hired and loved illegal workers because, and I quote, "They'll work all day, they never complain, and they know that if they get out of line I can have them thrown out of the country. I can do anything I want." What scared me was my sudden realization that he'd do the same to me, if he could. I left the company soon after.
Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on February 06, 2012:
Thanks everyone for your comments and constructive thoughts.I didn't realise that there could be so many different opinions on this subject. Well done to you all!
Steven Jay from Goose Creek South Carolina on February 05, 2012:
My take on this issue is a bit different - debt is really the cause of 'job slavery'. Here in the states, people can't seem to live without debt - it's pervasive. A car payment or even two, a mortgage, student loans, credit cards, etc. You get the idea. And when the boss expects you to work unlimited unpaid overtime, you can't stand up and say - sorry, buddy but I have my kid's soccer game to go to. Because, if you do, your job goes away and then you can't make your payments and you lose your house and your car and everything that's important to you.
But, if your car was 8 years old and paid for, and you lived in an apartment, and you didn't use credit cards for cash - you could stand up to that boss of yours. And if you got fired, so what. If you didn't have any debt, think of how little you would need to earn to make ends meet.
Drtruthman from Harlingen, Texas on January 23, 2012:
Yes Steve, I agree all, its tough out there for all.
I have a PhD, work 4 jobs, 60+ hours a week and barely scrape by. Genuine hard core slavery however, as tamarawilhite states does exist only TOO REAL. Most of us are "slaves to the system" rather than a "master" per se'. The type of slavery most of us encounter in the west is the result of decades of socialistic push and a desire by some to redistribute wealth and tax to the hills what we do make. Maybe it is true as some of my psychologist colleagues often say, we are a "slave race" always wanting someone to tell us what to do. Indeed, they use to come to me and pay $90.00 per hour to hear me say, "hmm" or "ah-ah" or "How do you see the situation?". You could be right, "slaves all" but maybe "slaves we desire to be". OK, unless someone is going to put $90.00 in PayPal, that's enough with the free therapy...LOL Good article Steve, I voted UP, useful,interesting and awesome.
Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on January 22, 2012:
We have real slavery today, from Phillipina and Indonesian maids who are trapped in Arab oil sheikdoms with their passports confiscated and paid only what the boss permits to debt slavery in India with children and even adults bound to work to pay back debts at often insane interest rates. Working for a job when you have the right to leave is the opposite of slavery. While you face many masters like the rent bill and water bill, you are not a slave to your boss unless you are physically trapped, can be harmed for leaving and risk working without any compensation.
Rob from Oviedo, FL on January 21, 2012:
Well done hub. The "Occupy Wall Street' movement would love it.
Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 21, 2012:
Human Trafficking Posh - is alive and well also! But I do see your point - lol - and you are right too because I pay lots and lots of taxes:(. Trickle down.
I am all for dumping the negativity from 2011 too - I do have high hopes for 2012 and good work with the 30/30!
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 20, 2012:
You made quite a lot of good points and made me want to begin singing nobody knows the troubles I've seen... lol Can't wait for the London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Sounds exiting. You don't even want to know about the job situation in Latvia. Mostly it's like being flushed down the toilet literally. Long hours, a lot of bad places to work and loooow pay. Of course there are great jobs too only few have them.
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on January 20, 2012:
The job market is hard in so many countries right now. Some people who have jobs are working serious hours to try to get ahead without making very much per hour. It's so hard to get ahead, and hard to stay upbeat. A very timely subject matter for your article.
Marlena Oechsner from Wisconsin on January 20, 2012:
Also, many people take jobs that they are over-qualified for, not to make the pay that reflects that. I have a BA in Communications and am working jobs that don't even deal with my field because it's slim pickings. And I need to pay my bills somehow! But that also means that there are people working jobs they hate or have no passion for. They are slaves to the system, punching in and out like zombies without a care for what they do. Sad.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 20, 2012:
Good hub. I also like what Cagsil said. But, it's true: here in the States, many, many people have two jobs just to make ends meet and they're lucky if they have health insurance. They are also lucky if they get two weeks' vacation per year. Granted, there are still plenty of good companies, but since 9/11, it's rather alarming how it seems like our freedoms are slipping away, little by little. *sigh*
Audrey Howitt from California on January 20, 2012:
Most people that I know on this end of the pond are work 60+ hours a week as well and just scraping by--good hub!
Raymond D Choiniere from USA on January 20, 2012:
Hey Posh, I guess since you put this under "creative writing" it doesn't really mean what you're attempting to convey? I mean otherwise it would go under politics and social issues- economy and government-? I understand what you're saying and I addressed in a hub I wrote about America. In that hub I asked the reader if Slavery was actually dead? It doesn't seem as though slavery is dead because the rights of the individual are continually suppressed by government and laws. The rights of the individual are extremely important and governments all around the world continue to deny people their right to choice and right to life(right to live their life how they want to). It seems as though as days pass by, my hub on Why World Peace isn't happening continues to show it's ugly face. The domination of the people via government is the atrocity people should notice, yet some are completely unaware of it. How? Who knows. Good hub though. :)
John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on January 20, 2012:
Very Hegelian concept about what freedom really is?... I did enjoyed the article! Thanks
William Elliott from California USA on January 20, 2012:
thanks for an interesting hub.
I think that I would disagree with the use of the word slavery. Slavery implies that a person is property, then the owner of that property has an obligation to the property to take care of it, even if only to maintain the value of the property, out of their own self interest.
Your use of the word is coupled with the idea that people, slaves, are as disposable as a soggy paper cup.
Errr. Wait I take my point back. Voted Up and interesting. :)