A Word in Your Ear

The situation of slavery forces people to work beyond human endurance while subsisting on resources inadequate to support life. Those who survive can work harder than anyone else, sustain worse conditions, and become innovative at solving problems with inadequate or unsuitable resources, and work smart.

So what happens when the slaves are freed? When women are allowed to go out to work? When the playing field of access to education is levelled for the working class?

Suddenly society, with its comfortable class system guaranteeing the cushy jobs on cushy pay to those born to higher status are suddenly faced with competition from hordes of previously oppressed people who can work harder and smarter and have the strongest of all motivations to lift themselves out of grinding poverty.

The last thing the privileged want is to face equal, fair competition with all-comers. To have their easy, generously financed, lazy lives upset…

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