Entanglements

Debt Slavery

One tactic to control and dominate others is to maintain an endless system of debts. The one indebted is not free to take risks or initiatives, not free to choose leisure or study, but must work in an often highly controlled situation for wages that are then turned over to the debt holder.

The use of debt to control others is a practice that goes back to antiquity. The Old Testament warns against usury. Roman Law put a time limit on dept. The Catholic church for centuries forbid the charging of interest as does Muslim practice today.

Wage Slavery

In wage slavery, the profits of a workers labor goes to the business owner. The continuation of the workers income depends on the approval and permission of the business owner. The wealth created by the workers labor is owned by the business owner. The conditions of labor are decided not by the individual, but by the business owner.

Domination

While it may seem counter intuitive, the domination of others harms the one who dominates as well as the dominated. Setting aside arguments about who is hurt more, the subjugation of others diminishes both. Emotionally, one who dominates will become angry and bitter.

Religion

A belief in the supernatural unsupported by empirical evidence is a part of most religions. Maintaining faith in contradiction to evidence is labeled a virtue. Enforced ignorance is used to diminish and control.

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