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Daemon
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To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)
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Comfortable minimum: outwit, outfox your master or employer.
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I have no idea what this man said, 'a contented slave' sounds like an oxymoron, but I assume it is the Stockholm Syndrome?
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Unfortunately some kind of slavery inevitable: sex, drugs, rock & roll etc.
PS Is it make contented slavery?
Tovarish
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 3:24:24 AM
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Wouldn't that be self imposed slavery?

I have heard women say 'I am a slave to my house', well stop it!, pull the curtains, and anyone that comes to your

house and white gloves the shelving is not your a friend, repeat, is not your a friend.
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In some mysterious way all human troubles (at least partially) self-inflicting/self-made, beginning with Adam's apples.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-Made_Men
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"To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason."

From Constitution of the Peoples Republic of China
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A drone
pedro
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 7:51:01 AM
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The first time my eyes set upon this quote I thought it must have come from Machiavelli's 'The Prince' but it is seemingly coming from the other end of the moral spectrum. Has anybody on the forum read his work?
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"To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason."

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

I think this is a brilliant statement; and I think Frederick Douglass was a brilliant man.
jcbarros
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 9:20:11 AM

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Was there TV at that time?
pedro
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Slavery preceded TV by some time. The earliest prototype TVs preceded FD's demise by a decade or so but I doubt that there were enough around to pacify slaves. Twelve hours of cotton picking is roughly as mind-numbing as two episodes of 'Blankety Blank'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_slavery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_television
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 9:43:09 AM
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This is a great quote. Look at all the responses...

I've often thought that general "commoners," good folks content living check to check, qualify as slave-like drones. Patterns, rituals - they satisfy us enough.
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Tovarish wrote:
A drone

Horror movie: Frederick Douglass and Mao Zedong is the founding fathers of the People's Republic Of China.
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Taking this literally in terms of slavery, it is intersting this is the same time as the theory of how to make a 'contented slave'

Quote:
Cartwright described the disorder – which, he said, was "unknown to our medical authorities, although its diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers"[4] – in a paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisiana[2]:291 that was widely reprinted.
He stated that the malady was a consequence of masters who "made themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating them as equals".[5]

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If treated kindly, well fed and clothed, with fuel enough to keep a small fire burning all night--separated into families, each family having its own house--not permitted to run about at night to visit their neighbors, to receive visits or use intoxicating liquors, and not overworked or exposed too much to the weather, they are very easily governed--more so than any other people in the world. If any one or more of them, at any time, are inclined to raise their heads to a level with their master or overseer, humanity and their own good requires that they should be punished until they fall into that submissive state which was intended for them to occupy. They have only to be kept in that state, and treated like children to prevent and cure them from running away.[6]



Expanding that to a wider definition in modern society (TV and all) may be the modern undiagnosed malaise...
RuthP
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Tovarish wrote:
I have no idea what this man said, 'a contented slave' sounds like an oxymoron, but I assume it is the Stockholm Syndrome?

That's a pretty good interpretation.

You must take away personhood to make a slave contented. Anyone thinking for herself would not be contented as a slave. Fredrick Douglass was talking about the horrors of slavery. PBS: Fredrick Douglass
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Daemon wrote:
To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)


Best way to do that, let the banks give him revolving credit so he can stay indentured and always let him believe he is free to pursue happiness.
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