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We're nowhere near Wage Slavery. As the Wikipedia article correctly points out, "Wave slavery" refers to a situation where people are paid so little that they cannot escape from their situation.

Certainly most of us on HN have the ability to work jobs where we earn enough to save money - whether we have the discipline to do so is, of course a different matter. Wage slaves were commonly paid wages such that there was absolutely no way for them to leave their job even for a few hours to try and do something else.

Today's economic systems, in the west, make wage slavery practically impossible.




Today's economic systems, in the west, make wage slavery practically impossible.

That's a little misguided. For the uneducated, the mentally or physically disabled, or the financially burdened "wage slavery" can easily become the reality.

It takes being at a certain level in society to realize that you can create value in a way that is both competitive and creates a stronger bargaining position. It takes a level of understanding and confidence to do this that many people lack.

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Ok, fair enough, that might have been an overly strong statement - but I maintain that it is true for the vast majority of the people on HN.

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I'd agree with that, certainly.

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