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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.

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.

I'd agree with that, certainly.

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