Let’s end the 21st century slavery

Why do we let loan and credit companies enslave us? We are held to ransom purely by our own honour, a trait that the loan sharks neither have nor respect, even though they rely on ours.

It’s not just the outrageous payday loan companies but the banks and credit card companies too. They hook people in and change the rules to suit themselves. I’ve stood up to them in the past and I’ll do it again. If everyone realized that they had no moral obligation to these thieves, their corrupt empire would collapse overnight.

They sell us our own shackles and we dutifully pay up. We’re told that we should buy our own homes, but that’s only really selling us fear. Once we are on the treadmill we dare not get off or stop treading the mill. If we do, we stand to lose too much.

We are persuaded that we need the latest gizmo or whizz-wham because “it’s cool” and “everyone who is anyone has them”. It’s all utter shite of course, just fancy baubles for a modern age. Nobody who really matters cares whether you are keeping up with the Joneses or not. The real product they are selling is the whip that drives us: the mortgages, the contracts or the credit agreements.

We meekly accept our lot and dutifully sign our lives away in pursuit of the capitalist dream: to own it all, to keep pace with the treadmill, to have the latest and greatest of everything, even if we’re only on top for a week.

As a sub-species, western homo sapiens has forgotten how to survive. It has lost sight of the most basic human instincts. We are free but we have allowed the bullies and the corrupt governments and businesses to convince us otherwise.

It doesn’t have to be this way.