: The social mobility of slaves does not make slavery ok, anymore than the sharpening of knives making stabbings ok. One does not justify the other. Slavery of that nature is an attempt to say "you pay yer dues and you can get on" but it is all at the behest of another, the slave is owned as is the person under totalitarianism. Actual slavery and so called 'wage slavery' are not like and like.
SDF: No, wage slavery is slavery. The social mobility of a few token wage slaves does not make wage slavery OK, any more than the sharpening of knives makes stabbing OK. One does not justify the other. Wage slavery is an attempt to say "you pay yer dues and maybe we'll give you a chance to rise within the system," but it is all at the behest of another. As NJ pointed out, slavery in many countries is not totalitarianism, and neither is wage slavery.