From Open Source Ecology
Slavery as an Involuntary Relationship
- There are 400,000 slaves in the USA according to Wikipedia, and 40 million worldwide 
Chattel or Property Slavery
- The person is considered property by the perpetrators
- Think Work Camps or Corrupt Western (cough cough USA) Prisons
- Person not considered property, but threatened under threat of violence or other threats
- Can be considered a form of sex slavery, and domestic slavery
Other lesser, yet still important forms, typically on the societal level
- Wage slavery may be considered voluntary
- "Some criticize wage slavery on strictly contractual grounds, e.g. David Ellerman and Carole Pateman, arguing that the employment contract is a legal fiction in that it treats human beings juridically as mere tools or inputs by abdicating responsibility and self-determination, which the critics argue are inalienable. As Ellerman points out, "[t]he employee is legally transformed from being a co-responsible partner to being only an input supplier sharing no legal responsibility for either the input liabilities [costs] or the produced outputs [revenue, profits] of the employer's business." Such contracts are inherently invalid "since the person remain[s] a de facto fully capacitated adult person with only the contractual role of a non-person" as it is impossible to physically transfer self-determination. As Pateman argues:
- OSE promotes entrepreneurship as the route of true self-determination
- Labor relationships other than open source social enterprise are at risk of loss of self-determination
- Tools such as open source product development, open source microfactories, and automated open source Manufacturing Execution Systems provide clear and scalable solutions to right livelihood
Questions on Slavery
- What efforts are currently going on to address the issue of slavery?
- What things can be done to eradicate slavery directly?
- What things can be done to eradicate slavery indirectly?