Liberals used to decry the company store, often rightfully so, since so seldom did the workers have an alternative and the store succeeded in binding them to the company, sometimes for life. Even when meant to “assist” the workforce, it eventually became a form of economic slavery. Without the company granting them “credit” most of their workers could not buy food or have a place to live. Tell me, how is the current welfare, food stamp, extended unemployment, and all the other “safety net” dependancies fostered by the government “store” any different? Doesn’t this version of “assistance” also breed subordination to “the man” who this time is a government bureaucracy?
I guess things look different when you are the one who controls the dependency.