So what would stop a former slave from going …

So what would stop a former slave from going up into the hills where there’s plenty of land and just living happily there? They [former slaveowners] hit on the same method that everyone hits on: try to capture them with consumer goods. So they offered first teasers—easy terms, gifts, and so on. And then when people got trapped into wanting consumer goods and started getting into debt at company stores and so on, pretty soon you had a restoration of something similar to slavery, from the plantation owners’ point of view, about the same.

Hopes and Prospects from Madison to Cairo. Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamian, International Socialist Review, September 2011

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