How to Make a Slave – Commentary by Frank Gillispie
How do you make a slave? There are two ways to do it. You can make a slave with
chains and whips. If you punish the slave enough he or she will finally be obedient just to avoid the pain.
But making a slave that way is never permanent. If the slave ever gets a chance to fight back, or to flee, he
will do so. You may break his will, but you will never end his desire for freedom.
The other way to make a slave is far more insidious. It does not involve whips
and chains. It is done by keeping him ignorant and totally dependent on his master. This kind of slave never
knows the satisfaction of freedom. Thus, he is far less likely to seek it.
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves
with the power which knowledge gives." --James Madison
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and
never will be." --Thomas Jefferson
The chain and whip method was used in the sugar fields of Haiti. Plantation
masters there worked on the principle of buying slaves from Africa and working them as long as possible, then
leaving them to die and purchase replacements. Eventually the slaves rebelled, killed off all the whites and
set up their own government.
In North America, the other system was used. Slaves were born and raised on
Southern plantations. They were taught from infancy to be obedient, but little else. It was against the
law to teach a slave to read, because once they have gift of literacy, they would naturally seek out the
knowledge they needed to seek freedom. Southern slaves were in general, well cared for. After all, they
were the source of most wealth in the South. They were given adequate food, clothing and shelter. They were
even allowed to marry and have children who were automatically the property of their masters. When slavery was
all they knew, they were unlikely to rebel.
Today’s history books teach that the War Between The States was fought to
end slavery. That is not true. It was fought to extend federal power over the states. And as soon as it
was won, the federal government began a gradual program of drawing the citizens of all states into ever
greater dependence on government while keeping us ignorant of the real purpose of that war and subsequent
Now the new Obama administration is making a concerted drive to finish the
program. If they succeed, we will all become slaves of the government.
We will all be ignorant of the history of the founding of this nation, of
the form of government intended by the founders, the true causes of the bloody “Civil” war. And with more
and more welfare programs, we will all soon become totally dependent on government for our basic needs. Once
we reach that point, we will be afraid to vote the slave masters out of office, because we will fear
starvation, freezing, or other degradations.
Ignorance and dependence will make slaves of all of us, and the program is
rapidly approaching success. If we hope to escape this slavery, we had better start opposing it NOW!
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of
freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and
it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy
ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted
them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation,
enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be
cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."
Copyright © 2009 by Frank Gillispie
email@example.com, Hull, GA
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