Nation of Beancounters

The Kumar tautology warning

Posted in Essays by Navin Kumar on January 1, 2013

For an adequately broad definition of X, everything is X.

For example, the problem with the idea that the modern labour market is “wage slavery” because there exists economic “coercion” and therefore ought to replaced with something else, is that the something else will have it’s coercive mechanisms as well, making it a form of Y-slavery. For example, feudalism is “tradition slavery”, socialism is “slavery to the collective” etc. If any kind of coercion can be labelled a kind of slavery, the word “slavery” is useless for the purpose of evaluating alternate systems.

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