Economic slavery takes many forms. It isn't always just about keeping people at the lowest possible wage to keep them in poverty and easy to control. It's also about restricting vital resources. Overprice something people MUST have and you can reduce them to poverty, even if they are "wealthy" with the fruits of a lifetime of hard work and careful savings. It doesn't matter if it's food, water, gasoline, or life-saving medications. It's all part of the same process. Elderly man kills wife because he couldn’t afford her meds Notice the statistics at the bottom of this article. Those are the costs to the average person. A few are much worse off, and a few are still a little too healthy. But eventually the trap will close on everyone, if they don't die first.