I'm just tossing around some ideas as I think about economics. I'm not sure if there's a formal study, but I'd assume so, regarding Slavery and economics. Many people are of the opinion "Slaves built the USA". See, I don't think so. I think Slavery holds back society. At least as some point it does. Which is why Rome, Persia, the Caliphates, etc... only grew to a certain level of prosperity. At some point Slavery begins to be a serious drag on development and hinders prosperity. At least I think that's the case. The USA really started doing well following emancipation. Anyway, with this is mind, I wonder: Are Americans Slaves to the Banks? I'm not saying this metaphorically either. I know a 33 year old woman working 3 jobs trying to keep up with her mortgage payment ($150,000 underwater). I keep trying to convince her to walk away. She's a beautiful woman. Very athletic. Very much a soccer mom type. Except she's single and spends all of her time working never having had the children (or good relationship) she should have instead wasting all her time working 12 hours a day 7 days a week to pay the Bank. She's a Bank Slave. IMO at least. Banker Slavery is hindering our prosperity. OK, that may seem a little much, but, for my friend, she really seems like a Slave to me.