RAND PAUL MAY BE AN OAF, but slavery isn't dead.
In Cuba, work is mandatory and the government decides who will produce what and at which salary under threat of punishment. This is sufficiently analogous to the institution of slavery –for example, as practiced in the Antebellum South. Some people (the government, slave owners) have the legal right to tell others what to do and when to do it. They also unilaterally determine the amount of compensation, if any, and punishment for disobedience. Restricting the term “slavery” to the situation in the Antebellum South while refusing to apply it to Cuba is symptomatic of discourse failure, that is, political statements that are not based on a desire to be truthful but on other reasons (posturing, for example.)
But … but … the slaves in Cuba have free health care and 100% literacy!