Arguments on Slavery

Arguments on Slavery
Slavery is a system that represents a human (slave) in the property of another person (master, slave owner, the owner). The master owns the person on the rights of property. Being the property of another, a servant does not belong to himself and cannot do what he wants.
From the twenty’s century slavery is officially banned worldwide, but forced labor in slave-like conditions informally or semi-officially continues to exist.

The emergence of slavery helped to achieve the production efficiency of the vital division of labor. The organization of this division is hard (especially physical) work is the least attractive. At a certain stage of social development of prisoners of war, who had previously been killed, were deprived from freedom and forced to work hard for their master. People, deprived from their liberty and converted into the property of their master, have become slaves. The defenders of slavery had history, religion, social aspects, humanitarianism and economics in their arguments. Sometimes in a history the slave labor was the only clue to the foundation of their economy. There was a complete reliance on a slave labor. Defenders of slavers also argued that if all the slaves were freed, there would be complete chaos and unemployment. And they supposed that all that will lead to the anarchy. Also arguments on slavery included the facts that the slavery was the natural state of mankind and that it existed throughout the history. Arguments for slavery also included that the owners of slaves protected the slaves and assisted them when they were sick and aged.

It is believed that a man is forced to work, if it was in the following three conditions:

- its activity is controlled by other persons using violence or threat of use;
- it is in this place and engaged in this activity against their will and denied the physical possibility to change the situation on their own;
- for his work, he does not receive any payment at all or receives only a minimum payment.

Arguments in different times for slavery include:

- It is cheaper to employ slaves that to pay the workers;
- The slavers feel more confidence and more superior;
- Slavers can claim that only they can give the slaves such life, as it could have been worse;
- Free labor;
- Quicker growth in the economy of the country;
- The guarantee of the right of freedom;
- Slaves always have work, no unemployment;
- Slaves are never homeless or starving;
- Basic needs of a person satisfied;
- In some countries these people will not find any better proposition than slavery;
- Some slaves were even given an education.

Considering the above facts and arguments, it is humiliating that there ever were the facts and the past of slavery, as it reflects a very sad reality of the whole concept of society and relation to the poor people, which is still relevant.


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