"A man who is without capital, and who, by prohibitions upon banking, is practically forbidden to hire any, is in a condition elevated but one degree above that of a chattel slave. He may live; but he can live only as the servant of others; compelled to perform such labor, and to perform it at such prices, as they may see fit to dictate."
Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
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Welcome to Amerika.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Methodological individualism. The statement is true to core. Self employment instills the greatest degree of independence. Contract upon merit. Skilled based acceptance. Higher quality gives rise to success. Wishing not to create wage slaves, but instill independence of the individual, held responsible to their Liberty of contracting. The continued assault upon independence made evident by the rise of poverty and discontent among the commoner.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    I love this man and isn't his name the greatest.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
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    That's the reason banks and supermarkets do not accept real gold or silver coins -- we are not allowed to keep real capital, but encouraged to burden ourselves with a lifetime of debt. If we decide to put our debt-ridden cash into land instead, we are taxed on it -- how can people retire if they have to keep paying rent on their own home? It is a rigged game, and when there are enough people who understand it as well as they do Texas Holdem, it will bring the attention of the world as everyone tries to get in on the racket until it crashes under its own weight.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Mary, MI      
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