Are You A Slave?

If your boss says you will be immediately fired without severance unless you lick a toilet bowl, would you do it?

Are you worried what would happen to your credit score if you miss a student loan or credit card payment?

Are you scared of getting sick?

Are you paranoid of leaving comments on web sites for fear that your employer or friends might find out about them?

At work are you tagged like a dog with an identification badge?

Are there things you want to do with your life but can’t seem to find the time?

Do you withhold your real views from people so you don’t damage your “reputation”?

Is the reason you are not starting a blog or writing a book because your identity might get out and hurt your employment status?

Do you believe it’s important to have professional and social responsibilities just for the sake of having responsibilities?

Think of something you bought in the last year. Was one of the reasons for making the purchase to impress other people?

Do you tell people what they want to hear?

Do you defend groups or organizations that do not defend you?

When you travel to foreign countries, do you withhold your whereabouts for fear that the authorities will come after you and your attempts to write a sex guide?

If you answered yes to any three questions above, you are a slave. Other people are living your life and thinking for you. Your existence is merely to serve them.

I see too many men who are house slaves but think they are free. They get a few crumbs from the master, get a little time off to go to the beach, and are even allowed to eat at the master’s table. They are happy not to be working on the fields, but they are still controlled and owned.

If you are a slave, can you think of ways to escape from the plantation, from the clutches of your master? What is one thing you can do tomorrow to put you closer to gaining your freedom?

What do you have to do to become your own man?

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  1. Traveller April 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    “Are you paranoid of leaving comments on web sites for fear that your employer or friends might find out about them?”

    Employer or friends, no, government and police state, sometimes I thought about that.

    1. splooge October 24, 2016 at 2:24 am

      this…Last thiing you want is the police to come crashing through your door cuz they have your ip address.

  2. Mark April 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The feudal serf worked thee days for their master and three days for their own land and a day of rest.

    Why are people shocked that someone says you are a serf or slave working five and a half days for their boss?

  3. Tampa April 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I understand this whole “being slave” persona….but being poor sucks worse. And the mind likes routines and stability. I honestly think that’s far more what a job provides than the actual monetary income deposited in your bank account. Ask anyone who has retired later in life, it’s boring as shit sitting at home all day. And how many trips can you take? Traveling gets old. The human mind likes routine and stability. Too much influx and tension is not good for the health.

    There is a weird piece in being a drone. People won’t admit it, but there is def some truth to it.

  4. Invictus III April 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

    @3 Traveling never gets old IMHO. I’d visit a new country every week if I could.

  5. Zorro April 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I would have given a fucking kidney to have written this post.

    I am 51.

  6. Tampa April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I’ve been around a lot of rich retired people in my short lifetime.

    What really brings a person happiness is quality loving companionship, financial security, and an activity they love to do to keep their mind occupied.

    Give a man those three things and that’s where pure happiness is found.

    In short; enough money to keep the lights on, your stomach full; some quality pussy to fuck and hang out with; and an activity, hobby or job to keep the mind sharp.

    Traveling might very well be that activity, but traveling alone will not bring happiness. I think you need all three.

  7. Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    “The American religion wants you to believe that corporate safety is here, that its going to protect you and your white picket fence and your framed college degree. But its a lie. The government doesn’t care about you. Your bosses don’t care about you. And when the desert that rises up to claim you back into its dust, you’ll disappear and nobody will wonder about your accomplishments and the things you are most proud of.” – James Altucher

  8. The Glee Manifesto April 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    You are the Harriet Tubman of Game

  9. FSK April 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Taxation is a type of slavery. If you pay 50% of your income in taxes, then you’re at least a half-slave. (In addition to income taxes, there are many other direct and indirect taxes.)

  10. Obstinance Works April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Right for the most part but remember Bob Dylan said it best “You may be a pauper or you may be a king; you gonna serve somebody.”

  11. Samuel April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I am quite free of these restraints and chains… and the trappings of life as you describe are indeed that- ‘trappings’…

    But the big swing I need, to really get free, is to get out of the states.

    I do indeed have constraints that keep me in a bit of bondage, but not for much longer. Kids are almost grown, and my care for them is a ‘responsibility’ I don’t mind at all.

    But time makes you bolder, and even children get older….

  12. Anon.Corporate.Manager April 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    What happens when you wake up at age 50 and realize you’ve been a bum your whole life and have nothing to show for it? No money in the bank, nobody who loves you (except your mom), and no future?

    The same thing that happens to guys who get married in their early 20s and suddenly wake up at age 50 and realize they’ve never had a 3-way, they’ve been screwing the same woman for decades, and they’ve never seen a foreign land except for that one cruise to Mexico.

    Roosh, posts like this are interesting and useful, but be very careful about making absolute statements. A career in corporate America, a concern for one’s credit score, and discretion in espousing certain opinions does not make a man a slave.

    It’s possible to strike a balance between the two extremes.

    [Roosh: Some slavemasters convinced their slaves that they would be happier as slaves than as free men.]

  13. Giovonny April 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm


    Freedom is the greatest joy!!!

    1. freedom
    2. financial stability
    3. sex with young cuties

    Are my priorities fucked up?!?!

  14. Sam Diego April 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    “When you travel to foreign countries, do you withhold your whereabouts for fear that the authorities will come after you and your attempts to write a sex guide?”

    Roosh, in “Industrial Shithole,” are *you* still a slave?

  15. Neil Skywalker April 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I guess i’m not a slave since i have a travel blog and i’m writing a book about some rough traveling.

    Free as a bird 🙂

  16. muc April 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    So far I have been unable to separate my (very good) income from my hometown, so all I can do is take the occasional trip abroad (Im currently traveling) but I have to return after a short while each time. Once I figure out how to get that freedom (while still keeping my income) I will probably go away for a year and try life in other places.

    Last night for instance I was talking to girls and making friends completely alone in a country where I don’t speak the language, don’t know anyone, and it was a blast. I scored the number of a stunningly hot 18 year old and in two hours I will meet her for drinks.

    My friends are awesome, they are like brothers to me, but what did they do last night? Last week? This year? They went to work and were told what to do. Then they went home to their girlfriends/fiancees and were told what to do. (At least they probably have to coordinate with their girls one way or another.)

    This blog and the forums are a source of inspiration for me. Roosh, should we ever cross paths then drinks are on me.

  17. DoesNotMatter April 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I’m outta here in couple months bro. Got my advanced country PR. Now I’m gonna fill my passport with tourist Visas. After that is done, Bye bye corporate jobs for a year or two. Hello to macking, body sculpting, travelling. See, I’m indian. Foreign countries don’t want us to visit them. Breaking free off the chains , that bind is a lot more complicated for us than it is for you. I envy you guys. All you need to do is say, “screw this shit, Im outta here. For us, we first need to shake of the Indian citizenship or else get a PR to an advanced country first. While we are waiting for the PR, the employer gets to screw us six ways to sunday. WE’re desperate see? If we want to live the Roosh lifestyle, this is our preparatory practice. We spend six years slogging dreaming about out own Roosh lifestyle. It’s either that or organized crime. There is a reason India does not have a Roosh, yet. I’m starting late, but I’m hoping to be the first.

  18. muc April 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    @Tampa: Good point. I think this is a question of character though. Some people like routine and stability, others it bores to tears. Some enjoy to walk into a shady street in a country 10.000 kilometers away to see whats going on, some prefer the nice hotel near the beach where they can chat with other tourists.

  19. Boheme Chinois April 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    We also forget that we’re often slaves to sex and women. If we can be masters of our dicks and women, along as masters of our financial destiny, a man would be invincible.

    If more men acted that way, we’d never let feminism run as rampant as it is now.

    Men of the world, unite!

  20. bobbb April 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    i eagerly await roosh’s ten point guide to becoming a true sociopath

  21. Phinn April 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    >>> “Taxation is a type of slavery. If you pay 50% of your income in taxes, then you’re at least a half-slave. (In addition to income taxes, there are many other direct and indirect taxes.)”

    In addition to the usual form of direct, labor slavery (forced agriculture, etc.), there was a form of slavery that was popular in the US before it was (supposedly) abolished.

    A slave-owner would allow a literate or domestic slave to work for someone else in exchange for wages. The slave-owner would legally own all of the slave’s income, but in practice would give a portion of it back to the slave so that he could maintain himself (room and board, clothing, transportation, etc.).

    There is no functional difference between this form of hired-out slavery and income taxation.

  22. dice3510 April 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Everyone does thing to impress others. It’s rooted in our genes.

  23. MadMav April 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I read Harry Browne’s book “I Found Freedom In An Unfree World.” It is a red pill eye opener on how gaining personal freedom is entirely up to one person: YOU! Take care of your own individual liberty and tell everyone else to quit being so dependent on you.

  24. DoggyDog April 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    “tagged like a dog with an identification badge?” … jajaja, I used to be when working as a software developer in a mayor corp. in USA. Now I have found pussy paradaise and live much happier with less money (anyways, who needs a stupid BMW?) … And nope Roosh you haven’t been in this city, (by the way is in South America 🙂 … hmmm, but I know you can trace my ip address, If you figure it out don’t disclose it, I want it just for me … cheers!!!

    [Roosh: Your city has been discussed a bit on the forum actually. Would like to check it out.]

  25. Government Drone April 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    A very distant ancestor of mine once wrote in his diary- “All (a man of my family) needs is coin in his pocket, food on his table, wine in his belly and a woman in his bed.” Over the long years, this saying has taken on a kind of mantra-like raison d’ etre. After reading this article (and similar ones to this on Freddom 25 and other blogs) I realize that I kind of abandoned this mantra for a much more boring (and less fulfilling) existence after my hitch in the armed services. Yes I did travel (un soldat va où il est volontaire) while I was under arms, but that was usually to various shitholes of the world. Now I sit in a cubicle all day, and file forms. Sigh. Yes, I have all of the above things, but now I realize that something is missing, that there should be something else added to the list. Adventure, or at least doing something worthwhile. Something that stirs the blood and soul, no? Maybe I will add that to the family motto.

  26. Tony D April 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    This is why I teach pickup bootcamps. I make just enough to keep me out of the restaurant industry. I work on my blog and my book (40% done) all day and then go to the gym. I coach about ten hours a week. My biggest fear is that I’ll have to work for someone else if I can’t find clients. Soon, when my book is a smashing success, I’ll travel the world like you do.

  27. YOHAMI April 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm


  28. Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    By that definition, it’s better to be homeless. Then you are slave of no one.

  29. torchbearer April 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm


    Your third-to-last paragraph sounds a lot like Malcolm X.

    Lately I’ve been thinking about a big career shift, and right as I was thinking about whether it’s a good idea or not, I came to your site and saw this post. It’s like I was meant to read it.

  30. jumbo April 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I’m a “slave” with a mil in the bank in my 20s. This is a lazy hedonist justifying his choices.

  31. Brandon April 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

    It takes dedication to sleep with tons of women.

  32. Sine Wave Killer April 14, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Gmanifesto said it best on twitter a few days ago – “I’d rather starve like a man who’s alive then end up like a man who’s dead.”

    Thats what you have to do to escape.

    great post Roosh.

  33. Sine Wave Killer April 14, 2012 at 3:54 am

    @ 12

    “What happens when you wake up at age 50 and realize you’ve been a bum your whole life and have nothing to show for it? No money in the bank, nobody who loves you (except your mom), and no future?”

    Thats bullshit

    There’s a lot of us who are in our 20’s and waking up being made to feel like bums with nothing to show for it. No bank, and barely any love from mom at that. We’re told day by day we won’t have a future if we don’t buy a piece of shit paper worth lots of debt to work some piece of shit job where you have to bend over backwards to HR cunts and guys who agree with “manning up”. If that’s not slavery then you might need someone to remind you what a ball and chain looks like.

  34. Yahyaa April 14, 2012 at 4:49 am

    The only correct thing to be a slave to is God. He is the one who controls the Universe. There is God, and there is His creation, which is us. The only correct and intelligent choice to be a slave to is to be a slave to God. It impossible for a human to be not be a slave to at least one thing.

    Either he is a slave to other than God, such as a slave to the Universe, his whims and desires, or other than that. Or he is a slave to God. Being a slave to God is the only way to earn happiness, because it is not possible that God is pleased with us being a slave to other than Him.

    Since there are atheists out there, I would just like to prove the existence of God right now:

    Some Atheists present Virtual Particles as evidence that something could come out of nothing. I have no problem with Virtual Particles. However, this is not a valid argument as it is well known that Virtual Particles only occur under very specific circumstances, while there is no possible circumstances to have created the Big Bang other God.

    There, no one to date has ever disproven this argument of mine.

  35. Yahyaa April 14, 2012 at 4:51 am

    my comment had mistakes, the following is the correction:

    The only correct thing to be a slave to is God. He is the one who controls the Universe. There is God, and there is His creation, which is us. The only correct and intelligent choice to be a slave to is to be a slave to God. It impossible for a human to not be a slave to at least one thing.

    Either he is a slave to other than God, such as a slave to the Universe, his whims and desires, or other than that. Or he is a slave to God. Being a slave to God is the only way to earn happiness, because it is not possible that God is pleased with us being a slave to other than Him.

    Since there are atheists out there, I would just like to prove the existence of God right now:

    Some Atheists present Virtual Particles as evidence that something could come out of nothing. I have no problem with Virtual Particles. However, this is not a valid argument as it is well known that Virtual Particles only occur under very specific circumstances, while there is no possible circumstances to have created the Big Bang other than God.

    There, no one to date has ever disproven this argument of mine.

  36. Izzo April 14, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Not true Yahyaa.

    Not God, YOU have to make that bang happen, especially a big bang, bro.

  37. weta April 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Yeah ok Roosh that sounds good in theory if you are in your 20’s 30’s (40’s?) but what happens later in life when you need some stability and security, we have to bend over to some of your ‘slave’ examples …
    I travelled in my under 50 years and had all the stary eyed feelings that you put forward, but its not forever … sure do as Roosh says in your first half of your life (I did) but realise it will not be forever … (unless you can get that passive income for your freedom!)
    Hey love your site, wish I was travelling in my early days again with your help would have been great! 😉

  38. Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Are you a member of society? Do you drive on the right side of the road in the U.S. when you really want to drive on the left side? If so, you are a slave.

  39. Rudebwoy April 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I would rather be running around Europe (Roosh style) than working my lifeless corporate job. I know in my company you would have to lick the toilet bowl and other things to get ahead.

    People put too much value in material goods that bring you happiness for maybe a week, if your lucky.

    Who cares what age you are, question is are you “living” today or dreaming about the future.

    1. Roosh April 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

      A lot of people here sure think they are going to live a long life into elderly age. I wonder how they can be so sure of this.

  40. DiamondEyes April 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Grab ten homeless guys off the street randomly, and I guarantee you that at least five of them will be guys who played by the script, worked hard, got married, etc, and were used up and discarded by women and society anyway.

    When they are done with you, all that money and equity you use to justify the past 30 years of your life can be taken away almost overnight. It can be done by disaster, outright theft, by divorce theft, by taxation, or by inflation.

    Whether you sit on your ass all day, travel the world, or bust your hump for the man, you still only have a 50/50 chance of enjoying your golden retirement years. May as well do only what brings you happiness.

  41. pilgrim37 April 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”


  42. seeker of truth April 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    @Roosh: Most people can’t handle the freedom that you are talking about because their identities are so intertwined with “work” and “social” and “familial” obligations. If they had developed creative interests of their own, independent of the aforementioned obligations, they would have the clarity of mind to see what you are saying. The only purpose that I see in “working” is the need to earn money to support yourself. If you have some kind of inheritance that can tide you through life, there is no need to work, and your time is better spent nurturing your creative side and finding genuine happiness in doing things you love, rather than what you have to do. Since most people have not invested much time in developing that side of themselves, outside of work, their lives would appear to be empty and purposeless.

  43. seeker of truth April 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    even if its a job which involves a lot of things that you “love” to do, if you have a large enough sum of money saved up, there is no need to do that job. You can do the work that that job would require of you, since you love it, but do it on your own terms, without the 9 hour/day grind, and dealing with a boss and other related politics, etc. So, all in all, what I’m saying, is that there is no need to work if you have enough money saved up to not have to.

  44. Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    most people are slaves. indeed, many of you readers would be destroyed by the freedom roosh has become accustomed to. it takes courage and a very strong project to do what he’s doing.

    anyone making a single excuse for wanting to do what he is doing and not doing it is a slave.

  45. Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Roosh, you show us the box, can you show us a way out?

  46. Here Here April 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Roosh, could put together a post on how to get off the plantation? It is easy to say that you need to find a way to become independent, but I think you should lay out how it can be done.

    I mean, I would love to quit my “House Slave” job, but then I would be living in the streets and feeding on scraps.

    Break it down, Uncle Roosh.

  47. Anonymous April 15, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Roosh, I don’t think you can teach a Master’s mindset to a slave…It like taking great LSD, it is experiential and cannot be explained.

  48. Anon April 15, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Roosh, you are still a slave, because you cannot tell us where you really are. “Industrial Shithole” slave.

    And I suspect you have HIV, which is why you have such a disdain for society, male and female alike, sociopath. That’s why you wrote this:

    A lot of people here sure think they are going to live a long life into elderly age. I wonder how they can be so sure of this.

    by Roosh

  49. Smart Duck April 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Yes, there are slaves, and much of what Roosh say is true.

    But staying in bars after you are 30, with retarded conversation, silly immature buddies, listening to retarded girls, is a vision of Hell. One must be pathologically horny to stand that.

    Roosh lived in a rathole near a favela in Rio, and went to forros, a place where only trash goes. I can’t imagine myself 15 minutes in one, not even to score Adriana Lima.

    I enjoy Roosh’s books and the blog, but one must understand that the man is an addict. Check his interaction with his Danish buddy, it is childish. Most people would not have the patience for the superficial shit he enjoys. That’s the kind of thing you do when you are twenty, and get over it. No pussy is worth listening to euro pop in bars four times a week.

    There are other alternatives to being a corporate slave: start your company, volunteer in something valuable, help others.

    Roosh will grow tired of this life in a couple of years. Wait and see.

  50. zarzuelazen April 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

    >If your boss says you will be immediately fired without severance unless you lick a toilet bowl, would you do it?

    What boss? I answer to no one! And if I did have a boss and he told me to lick the bowl, I’d boot him up the arse, grab his head and shove it down the toilet, then flush 😉

    I’d say the vast majority of people are indeed slaves, and the 9-5 life of a corporate drone is basically tolerable.

    “Humans were not evolved to be confined to a fixed space day-after-day and to do boring and repetitive work which is usually personally meaningless, and is done on the orders of others who are also omnipresent to supervise its execution. That is the working definition of hell for hunter-gatherers and they are uniformly both horrified and disgusted to to see “civilized” man behave in this way.”

    “The alarm clock goes off. You must get out of bed and start your day. You wanted to stay up later the previous night and catch that late TV program, chat a little longer with friends at the pub, but you couldn’t… You are sleepy and you really want to turn the alarm off and go back to bed. Of course, you can’t do that, because you must go to work. For the vast majority of people that is not a prospect that fills them with joy or anticipation. Your work is OK, or at least not “bad,” but you have to go to the same place every day and you have to do what one or more other people tell you to do…”

    “Then there are the other people you must necessarily interact with. Several of the people you work with are complete monsters, in fact, they despise you and they go out of their way to make your job and your hours at work more difficult. And the customers! Most are OK, but some are horrible – encounters with them leave you shaking, and sometimes fearful for your job…”

    “Others whom you work with are better compensated, and those that own the enterprise you work for are getting rich from it, and that rankles. But, beyond these concerns, this isn’t what you really wanted to do with your life and your time. When you were fifteen, you wanted to _______________, to travel, to see the world, and to meet interesting people and do interesting things. Instead, here you are. And every day you are a little older and a little more run-down…”

    “You had such high hopes for your marriage and children. But instead of being something that greatly amplified your joy, they have proved a source of frustration, and in some cases, almost unbearable irritation and grief. The sexual spark that enervated your relationship with this current wife scarcely survived the third year of marriage. Now, sex is desultory, clinical, and rarely offers much satisfaction. You feel guilty watching people on the Internet have what looks like really fantastic sex…”

    “Your sphere of options is incredibly narrow. You don’t see it that way, but that is the reality. Except for 2 weeks a year, and scattered holidays in between, your life is mostly the same – and it isn’t exciting and you don’t enjoy being told what to do all the time. In fact, if you didn’t need the money, you’d beat your boss senseless, or at very least, walk out and never come back.

    …And that is the reality that most people, the world over, labor under almost every day of their lives.”

    The only way to be free of this, of course, is

  51. Dins April 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

    No, no, no, no, no, maybe, def no.

    … We’re all slaves in some sense, though, unless living the life of a hobo, walking the streets and fields.

  52. codebuster April 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I’ve just stumbled on Roosh’s site for the first time. I’ll never accept the pua philosophy, but I see that there is much more indepth, probing stuff going on here than just pua game. Outstanding observations on the relationship between culture, women, alpha/beta, etc (e.g., Not All Women Of The World Want An Alpha Male, Western Culture Poisons Women). Concurs with everything that I also experienced in Europe and the west. There is really good, thoughtful material on this site that shows potential… but the childish pua stuff needs to be shed before this potential can be realized.

  53. Anonymous April 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    good, succinct reminder. best post in a while

  54. Philosophia April 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    A good post Roosh! and it´s true, we are slaves indeed. I guess the basic reasons are laziness and fear. The way to be free of this is courage to live dangerously and work hard on yourself. Some of us are ready to go this way some are not. It´s painful but simply too.

  55. Anonymous April 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    This post is fucking stupid.

    By this definition, everyone is a slave. From Bill Gates to Obama, they are all a slave.

    1. Ergeniz April 14, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Bill Gates and Obama are slaves. What makes you think they aren’t? Because they have the illusion of power and money?

  56. bobbb April 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    lol at roosh’s hamster wheel whirring away to rationalise away his worries about the choices he’s made.

    displays a total lack of awareness of his place in history, and the unique opportunities afforded us to be irresponsible bellends

  57. DistinguishedGentleman April 16, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Agree with the mindset…but fact is you gotta be a little bitch for a while. Not everybody can crash on their parent’s couch for 3 years while they figure out how to make money.

  58. Ethical April 16, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I’m a big fan of Roosh’s writing. But while this article was as entertaining as usual and I totally get where he’s coming from, it did fall short of making its point.

    In this world we are all bound by our own circumstances. Yes I agree with Roosh that it IS liberating to free ourselves from fear. Yes it IS empowering to make choices that neutralize the capability of others to do us harm. But sometimes it’s just as important to accept compromise in our defenses. No one can tell us our deepest personal goals are not worthy, and we know when our objectives are more important to us than remaining invulnerable.

    It would have been useful if the post distinguished between being enslaved by unjustified fears and having a free mind but doing one’s best to enjoy as many liberties as are afforded by our circumstances while prudently avoiding chaffing against our confines in the areas where we’ve strategically allowed our freedoms to become compromised.

    Just as refusing to live with constraints is a freedom in itself, so is the choice to accept some constraints in return for certain benefits. Avoiding pointless martyrdom to keep those benefits is not the same as being mentally enslaved by our need for them.

    For example if someone asks you if you’re from one political party or another, and tells you they’ll shoot you if you give the wrong answer, they’re not really asking what political party you belong to, they’re asking whether or not you want to die. Whenever someone has the power to harm you and you know they’ll use it, then you’re under duress and you are obliged to lie or to do whatever else you need to.

    All this gets me back to Roosh’s question of whether I would I lick the toilet bowl? I probably wouldn’t do it for myself, and if the principle was high enough I would be proud to die resisting being forced. But if I had to lick the bowl to prevent someone from hurting my children I would be proud to be strong enough to lick the bowl clean.

    Perhaps I just proved the most important part of Roosh’s point in saying that. Being a SLAVE is a relationship between us and the circumstances of our lives, it’s not a birth defect that can’t be changed. Whether in relationships with significant others, with work, or with society, Roosh has consistently encouraged all his readers to take steps towards freedom where those relationships put unwanted chains on us with no reward. That’s a message we can all wholeheartedly endorse.

  59. Father Marker April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Licking the toilet bowl is a trivial reason to get fired. If I were extended such an offer I’d make sure that I was getting fired for a much better reason.

  60. Dan April 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    This year I became self-employed, sole proprietor. So I don’t have 1 “job,” I have 20-20 clients whose payment adds up to a good amount at the end of the month.

    A good way to look at it is like data storage. If you have one hard drive (job), when you lose it you lose everything. But if you store small amounts of information across a bunch of drives, it’s not a big deal if one goes. Same with work. If a client isn’t working out, I can drop them without really feeling it.

    After 5 years of butting heads with bosses I realized self-employment was really the only way I could make money and not hate my life.

  61. redacted April 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    i answered yes to a few of those things, but i do them because i choose to. i keep my identity on the down low just because i don’t want to deal with ignorant people starting trouble, and i sometimes DO buy shit to impress people. sometimes it’s just ‘grease’.

    it bears mentioning that i’m self employed and have been for a while. i often make decisions that could be construed as social slavery, but they are always conscious and deliberate choices.

    does that make me a slave to society? maybe a bit. but i’m OK to play by the rules now and then to keep the wheels greased. contrarianism for its own sake achieves nothing.

    if you want to break out of it, accept that it’ll be a long time before you really get momentum. SO START NOW. blog, write, paint, whtever you love and do with, make sure that your talents are as visible to the universe as possible and aggressively seek out those who can help you grow.

  62. Psychotic April 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Roosh is right about what he says. So many people are slaves to their bosses and it’s why they end up in dead end jobs. Good job roosh.

  63. Leap of a Beta April 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Just want to shoot you a quick thanks Roosh – I was about to edit and delete a few things on my own blog. I had even gone as far as editing and saving the post without publishing it. While thinking about that choice, I read this. It was EXACTLY what I needed to hear and when I needed to hear it.

    Thanks man. You’re making changes, impacting people, one post at a time.

  64. John matthewson April 17, 2012 at 4:29 am


    It’s called civilization. Some people have to be part of the 9 to 5 to maintain it. I don’t know how many travel writers the world can support like you….it’s a limited market. If you want to start a family, a stable income is damn important.

  65. K-Man April 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I got a 9-5 job but I don’t feel a slave. It’s just a business transaction – my time in exchange for cash.
    I want meat, but rather than go hunting, I go to work and then with the cash buy my meat.
    I want a house, but rather than pressing bricks out of mud, I go to work and paid a builder to build me a house.
    And so on.
    Would I put up with licking a toilet bowl? Hell no, I’d quit and get another job – there are many out there, because people want my services – just like I want theirs. That’s how the market economy works.

  66. Combichrist April 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Best comment to this post was made by Lenny:

    Don’t need no television
    Don’t need no movie stars
    Don’t need no custom private planes
    Don’t need no politicians
    Don’t need no stocks and bonds
    Don’t need no cars or boats or trains
    There ain’t nothing you can give me
    I’m already there
    I got love
    I got love love

  67. Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    [Roosh: Some slavemasters convinced their slaves that they would be happier as slaves than as free men.]

    You’re slave to your libido, Roosh. You’re just too obstinate to realize it.

    It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

    ~ Epictetus

    [Roosh: Being a slave to your own desires is better than being a slave to someone else’s.]

  68. xsplat April 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Being self employed and earning your money through the internet can be a great freedom. For those interested here is a copy of my recent blog post on how to do that.

    How to be a succesful location independent net-preneur

    I’ve had a number of businesses. Some were a waste of time, some moderately successful (35 k/year), some quite successful ($400/day and up), and a few spectacular ($1000/day and up). I’ve been involved in electronics manufacturing, software creation, porn website development, bootleg DVDs, the health industry, and several other ventures.

    The first step in any business is to identify a general market. For me that usually happens when I personally need something. I look around for solutions to my personal problem, and discover that either the problem is not adequately addressed by the market or that there is a high markup for the products sold in it.

    Another way to discover opportunities is to look at what is selling on ebay. Often it’s not difficult to spin off a similar product. Those businesses are often flash in the pan, but for some personalities the change is part of the fun.

    After identifying a demand, the next step is to research your product. Ideally you’ll want to do the manufacturing yourself. If you can import the product, that can work but it means that there is already some manufacturing and a degree of market saturation. Spend a few months in research and hire experts the field to design, program, or engineer your product. Grad students and even professors can be hired for cheap engineering – just walk around the campus and inquire. A new trend in designing is crowd-sourcing, where an online community of experts is approached with the project and people collaborate to finish the design stage in return for product, shares, or money. Manufacture in house if you can – keep your trade secrets close.

    Outsource the design of your packaging and then get your packaging labels, boxes and inserts printed.

    For creating a website, choose some open source ecommerce software. I recommend Zencart. Make the basic site yourself, and then hire a designer to clean up your work and spruce up your logo and graphics. Write your ad copy yourself. To do this, copy and paste all the ad copy from similar sites, paste it into your page, then re-arrange the best parts of that, and then re-write what you have left over.

    The next step is marketing. Adwords, seo, renting banner ad space, and commenting on blogs and forums will go a long way. Try to create a word that can get famous so that when people search for that word they will find your website. For instance if you are selling a new type of butane powered laptop battery, pick a name for it, like “butebat”. That makes your SEO work easier as ranking for butebat will take about 5 minutes. For some products you can hire a call center to do cold calls to a targeted list, and some products work well with offline ads.

    For order shipping, use a fulfillment service.

    For customer service, use auto-reply emails with a FAQ. Outsource what customer service you can, but for purposes of keeping your proprietary secrets, don’t let too many people know what you do. So you may need to handle some customer service yourself. Limit your time spent on customer service, even if it means losing sales. Email is a killer time suck. But use your customer service queries to tighten up your ad copy and auto-reply.

    It’s possible, though very difficult, to have all of your income anonymous. I won’t tell you how.

    Don’t tell even your best friends your business. And certainly never, never tell your girlfriends. No matter how close you are, one day she’ll suggest to her new beau that he duplicate your efforts.

    Automate everything you can. To do that simply identify the problem, break the solution down into manageable parts, and then hire people to write the code for your automation. Hire a freelancer on elance or getafreelancer or odesk or similar. If you can only come up with a vague notion of what you want automated, some programmers will still be able to come up with solutions, however I’ve found they work best if you give them very detailed tasks.

    And learn to focus on the businesses that are doing best. I know it’s appealing to diversify your revenue stream, but it’s usually the case that focusing will yield a higher return on time invested. It is for this reason that it’s not a good idea to get involved in businesses with only moderate income potential; they will keep you from doing proper work on better projects.

    If you think a new project will take little time, even to outsource, multiply that time by 5 and then divide the available time you think you have by 5. It’s not a bad idea to test the waters for other ideas while you develop your main one, but generally it’s better to pass by opportunities and excel at one solid business. Entrepreneurs often are the worst at gauging the limits of their time, and can stretch themselves too thin. Being eager and optimistic are not character traits you want to develop. Limit your enthusiasm and be steady.

    If you find that very rare employee who is a creative problem solver, pay them above standard wages and do your best to keep them. Consider bonuses and even profit sharing. Good employees come rarely. Treat them as family and consider them as lifetime allies.

    And finally, the number one most important part of developing a business is being able to pay your expenses while it is still in the development stage. Therefore your number one business skill will be none of the above. It will be living cheaply. This is easiest in developing countries.

  69. 20th Level April 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Would you rather earn a million dollars from working hard or would you rather win a million in the lottery?

    Me? I would rather earn it. (but I would take it either way)

    I actually LIKE working. I think of it as not being able to have good without evil. You can’t get away if there’s nothing to get away from. The real key though is to be doing something you actually like.

  70. Silas Stone May 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I jumped ship, quit my job and went overseas for 3 years. I traveled, laid on beaches, fucked lots of drunk Australians, etc. But seriously I was bored as hell a lot during that time. You can’t just sit around all day then fuck all night. When I came back, my friends were all married and in careers and now compared to them I’m behind.
    Remember when you were a kid and at the end of summer vacation, you were almost happy to go back to school?
    For me at least, it’s about balance.

  71. Rick SK October 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I started my own business about 8 years ago. The first 5 years were brutal. I was putting in 84 hours per week. (My first contract I worked 103 out of 108 days, 12 hours per day, night shift) I did take time off between contracts (usually a month or so) but it was mostly to recover physically and mentally. But I had a plan/vision/goal and I stuck to it. 3 years ago I went to SE Asia (the location isn’t important, it could have easily been South American or any place warm) for 4 weeks in November/December and loved it. After Xmas I went back to Indonesia for another 5 weeks. I was hooked. I worked all summer at my contracts and when Autumn rolled around I got on that big old jet airliner and left. I am currently sitting in a warm city in Asia as we speak. I still have to work hard in the summer but not nearly as hard as I did and I can see light at the end of the tunnel.

  72. practicalh February 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Great and inspirational article, except when we make choices of being a slave or not, we have to consider reality and the price that we might be paying for not being a slave, especially when it can be easily avoided.
    For example, when leaving comments on blogs, it’s easy to avoid trouble with the employer by setting a separate e-mail account with a false username/name. Then, you don’t need to worry about the consequence.
    Pride is great to have an show but there is no reason to pay for it by hurting yourself if it can be easily avoided.

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  74. Jonathan Roseland June 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    The slave analogy is pretty inaccurate and a lot of the same things apply to Entrepreneurship… First 2-4 years of being self employed:
    You work really hard, long hours (You’ve probably heard people brag about working 18 hour days, wait until you actually have one…)
    Are stressed out all the time (I had gray hairs coming in at 22).
    Get screwed over a lot
    Are under compensated for your work.
    You have to play politics with partners, clients or vendors.
    If you had a time machine and where able to travel back in time to experience the life of a slave, you would understand how absurd it is to compare it to the life of a guy who has a 40 hour job.

  75. SlickyBoy March 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    “Are you worried what would happen to your credit score if you miss a student loan or credit card payment?”

    There’s more to this number than being a mindless consumer. Credit score is the quantified value of your reputation, at least in part. You need to do what you can to protect it.

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