Lefties infiltrate business conference with fake slavery proposal

posted at 10:48 am on November 29, 2006 by Allahpundit

All they had to do was tweak the terminology a bit, and voila: instant credibility.

Clever:

Because the speaker, an impostor from a satirical group known as the Yes Men, spoke in the thick jargon of international public policy, his call for “full private stewardry of labor” seemed like just another NGO nostrum…

[I]n true Borat fashion, the audience at the University of Pennsylvania seemed to go along with the idea. The only question from the audience, apparently, was what employers would do with slaves — or, rather, stewarded labor — who were too old to work. The biotech industry would solve the problem, the speaker assured.

It took them ten years, but they finally got revenge for the Sokal Affair.

Thanks to Slublog for the tip.


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Uh-oh…their onto my scheme. Gotta go lock the cellar doors, be right back…

robblefarian on November 29, 2006 at 10:55 AM

…wait a minute!

They already *HAVE* “stewarded labor”…in New Orleans…it’s called “city services”…paternalistic care in exchange for dedicated labor…except that they don’t get much labor out of ‘em.

…performance art…for those who have no social skills, shame or aesthetic sensibilities…and still wanna be called “artists”….

Puritan1648 on November 29, 2006 at 11:05 AM

OK, I know it was a gag. But a return of slavery? They might do better to simply eradicate it first. Especially in Arab countries.

JammieWearingFool on November 29, 2006 at 11:05 AM

Especially in Arab countries.

We may want to look into curbing the human trafficking in our own backyard first. Or if you were really serious, Africa would be a good place to start – Ghana, Sudan, and Darfur all have a booming slave trade.

GregH on November 29, 2006 at 11:19 AM

Our own backyard? Some specifics, please.

BTW, Darfur is in the Sudan. If you were really serious, you would know that.

JammieWearingFool on November 29, 2006 at 11:22 AM

As a finance and economics student, banker, and father of a student in the school of accountancy at Illinois, I say good for them.

The Sokal affair was hilarious, if ultimately meaningless, and what’s good for the goose…

You just can’t slap the Academy around often enough for me.

Jaibones on November 29, 2006 at 11:27 AM

I am pretty sure we have a sex slave trade going on in the US.

EnochCain on November 29, 2006 at 11:30 AM

I think this is what GregH is referring to:

According to the attorney general, an estimated 17,500 people — mostly women and children — are forced into prostitution, sweatshops and domestic servitude every year in the United States alone.

On the subject of the joke, I thought it was funny. It’s always good to see higher ed pranked.

Slublog on November 29, 2006 at 11:32 AM

I am pretty sure we have a sex slave trade going on in the US. — EnochCain

…yupper…there’s a *MAJOR* traffic, mostly in Russian and Eastern European women, through places like the Balkans, Italy, Turkey, and a major hub in Israel. Jewish Russian “mafia” stuff.

Slavery is slavery.

I wonder, however, what GregH was swiping at? Maybe his heroes in the new Congress will look into this trafficking…the way they did when they last had the majority…or, is it reparations for their never-enslaved constituents which occupies their fitful dreams….

Puritan1648 on November 29, 2006 at 11:38 AM

There are a significant number of SE Asian women kept as sex slaves. California/west coast has lots of “Massage Parlors” that employ them. They were being used long before the European women came here in large numbers.
DoD has mandated a Combat Trafficking in People training for all employees and service people. Basically we can now be held liable for promoting slavery by going to brothels or escorts, particularly while assigned to foreign posts.
It is long overdue.

Bradky on November 29, 2006 at 11:44 AM

BTW, Darfur is in the Sudan. If you were really serious, you would know that.

I’m aware that Darfur is the western part of Sudan, thanks. They both have their own issues with the slave trade that need to be dealt with independently, that’s why I listed them separately.

And while there are more than a few examples of the sex slave trade here in the US, here’s one quick stroy – http://freetheslaves.net/slavery/reports/austin-choifitzpatrick/

GregH on November 29, 2006 at 11:49 AM

According to the attorney general, an estimated 17,500 people — mostly women and children — are forced into prostitution, sweatshops and domestic servitude every year in the United States alone.

How many of those are violated by their native countrymen in communities populated by other such immigrants as a result of deals they made to enter the country illegally?

This is not an American phenomenon, Greg H. It’s a matter of imported folks bringing it with them. Do you honestly think that immigrant illegality that affects .0005% of the population is an American shame that we should address as a priority over and above the wholesale slave trade around the world?

Is there anything America does right?

Pablo on November 29, 2006 at 11:51 AM

“I wonder, however, what GregH was swiping at?” – Puritan

I don’t think he was thinking about reparations. Rather the tendency for Americans at large to wear blinders about what is going on around them. Surf to a porn site? Likely to be using some of the sex slave trade. Call an escort service or visit a massage parlor while on a business trip? If english is obviously not their native language it is very likely they are slaves.
The old congress and the current president have already enacted measures to address this problem. And don’t worry no one is going to pick your pocket for reparations… (shaking head)

Bradky on November 29, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Is there anything America does right?

Barbeque.

Slublog on November 29, 2006 at 11:55 AM

We may want to look into curbing the human trafficking in our own backyard first. Or if you were really serious, Africa would be a good place to start – Ghana, Sudan, and Darfur all have a booming slave trade.

GregH on November 29, 2006 at 11:19 AM

Greg, hate to break this to you but Africa is not in “our own backyard”. Look on a global map, and you will see that Africa is a seperate continent. There is a big water thing, called an ocean, that seperates this continent from ours. It is almost half-way around the world

right2bright on November 29, 2006 at 11:59 AM

@right2bright – Thanks for the geography lesson. I was referring to the slave trade that we have here in the US, as well as the one in Africa.

And I am not saying that this is an American phenomenon. I was imply replying to Jammie’s comment that

They might do better to simply eradicate it first. Especially in Arab countries.

The point being that we need not cast stones at Arab countries when there are plenty of Judeo-Christian nations that have some cleaning up to do.

GregH on November 29, 2006 at 12:42 PM

The big differnece between the “slave trade” in america and elsewhere in the world is that it is illeagle here.
If, for example, one of the asian sex xlaves in california were to break out and go to a police station with her story the slave owners would be arrested, the slaves freed, etc.
As I recall that happened to a muslim couple not to long ago.
America has outlawed slavery. When it is discovered America and Americans rush to destroy it and to prevent it happening again.
At what point do people quit pointing to America as a source of all evil?
Yes, their is genocide going on in the rest of the world, but America is worse because we execute prisoners. Yes, their is institutionalized slavery in Muslim countries, but America is worse because some people break the law and keep slaves. In Thailand 5 bucks US will get a 12 year old boy to warm your bed for the night, but America is worse because some criminals exploit the young.
Truth to be told, America is one of the freest countries in the world. Legal immigrants wait in long lines to get here. Illegals risk death to get over here. We can say what we want (mostly) do what we want, think what we want. We have the freedom to pursue our own dreams, and the only limiting factor is how hard we are willing to work to achieve them. Perhaps some pin heads will read my post and call me some patriotic freak. Well pin heads, I applaud your right to say, feel, and thik so. Welcome to America, isnt this country great? And even if you don’t think so, some American Patriot is willing to die so you can continue to piss on this country.

Yes, this is a great country. Because 2/3 of the stuff you can do in America will get you beheaded or shot in other countries. Eat, pray, speak, make love to whomever you want. You can do that here.

Wyrd on November 29, 2006 at 12:43 PM

And while there are more than a few examples of the sex slave trade here in the US, here’s one quick stroy – http://freetheslaves.net/slavery/reports/austin-choifitzpatrick/

GregH on November 29, 2006 at 11:49 AM

I wonder if “Arturo” is a U.S. citizen or if he is just doing a job that Americans will not do…

brtex on November 29, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Pablo,
As so often happens, your point flew over GregH’s head like an F16. But maybe the GregH’s of America would consent to a Marine Corps sweep of the nation’s sweat shops and ghettos, looking for illegal immigrants to deport. I wager that this would eradicate the problem that Greg has properly identified!

I also repeat — ad nauseum — my proposal to let only active duty military vote in the next 8 elections, since the left has properly noted that there are 12 veterans who run for office as liberal Democrats.

C’mon, Greg! Get on board with this one!

Jaibones on November 29, 2006 at 12:54 PM

Yes, this is a great country. Because 2/3 of the stuff you can do in America will get you beheaded or shot in other countries. Eat, pray, speak, make love to whomever you want. You can do that here.

If, for example, one of the asian sex xlaves in california were to break out and go to a police station with her story the slave owners would be arrested, the slaves freed, etc.

If there were no market for prostitution, there would be no sex slaves – ditto the drug market. If the women brought here illegally were given a class on their “rights” they might just report it to the police station.

No one in this thread said America is the source of evil but if we are unwilling to to acknowledge our ownership in the problem of the sex trade and to speak out against it, we are complicit.

People of all poltical beliefs seem to bury their head in the sand when the subject of sexual responsibility is brought up.

You are spot on about the freedom we enjoy but with that freedom comes great responsibility.

Bradky on November 29, 2006 at 1:12 PM

Some 200 million slaves in the world according to National Geographic.

aengus on November 29, 2006 at 4:08 PM

As to the existing underground slave trade in the US: welcome to the world, folks. I am of the opinion that slavery is completely amoral in every sense of the word, but unfortunately there are those who do not. Every nation inhabited by those flawed creations called humans will have some form of slavery, legal or illicit, because it is unfortunately in our nature to exploit everything around us to include fellow humans. Hey, reality bites. What WE can do is A) not participate in any way, shape, or form (don’t patronize businesses who hire illegals for slave wages, stay out of the massage parlors etc.), B) enforce anti slave laws with a near religious zeal and C) encourage the passing of said laws in countries where slavery is still permissable. Although, as a prior active and current reserve Marine, I like the sweep idea, too!

On the lighter side, I laughed fit to split my sides reading about the prank. Good on them! Both the Sokal affair and this highlight that sometimes even those who use obfuscation to hide their true motives often can’t see through their own smoke screens or are so dissasociated from reality that they have become parodies of themselves. Say what you mean, mean what you say, and quit trying to hijack my language! I applaud anyone who exposes idiocy of this kind.

The biotech industry would solve the problem…

How great is that?

Militant Bibliophile on November 29, 2006 at 8:50 PM

The point being that we need not cast stones at Arab countries when there are plenty of Judeo-Christian nations that have some cleaning up to do.

GregH on November 29, 2006 at 12:42 PM

Yes, we need to cast stones, across the board. The difference is this GregH – I agree that all slavery, human-trade, abuse of women and any kind s/b eradicated – EVERYWHERE, including here. You on the other hand harp on the U.S. exclusively and give the Muslims et others a PC break. I would agree with you if you’d be truly progressive across the board.

Please answer Pablo’s question to you.

Btw. I find you to be a polite and intelligent commenter with a liberal view. I only wonder why you often post and then retreat to watch, without engaging in further dialog.

Entelechy on November 30, 2006 at 2:24 AM