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  •  Student loans. (5+ / 0-)

    My generation, nobody had student loans except for doctors and lawyers.

    I do mean nobody. Student debt didn't exist.

    •  I'd probably avoid the link between student loans (1+ / 0-)
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      and slavery. As much as I dislike the way student loans have distorted the cost of getting an education, it seems to me to not help to clarify matters with a statement that could be perceived as trivializing slavery.

      Still, it's funny to think the idea of someone "working their way through college" is a cultural cliché with no resonance any more. People go to college and work, but since they're not paying their way but having to supplement it with loans we no longer use that expression.

      Generally though, people like John and Mary are far more powerless and more marginalized than students usually are. That's a really, really important aspect to this story.

      •  Then you don't understand slavery. (0+ / 0-)

        You are underestimating what our ruling class worthies have done to indenture the lower classes.

        This is extreme, of course. As described.

        Your "John and Mary" as described are in bad shape. If what you are writing is true. And kossacks are quick to help in such situations.

        •  If you think having loans (0+ / 0-)

          is the same as being physically beaten, having no legal rights of any kind, and seeing your family sold as property, you're the one that doesn't understand slavery.  

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