June 12, 2011

The Story of Owe

41ySeF%2BVddL._SS500_.jpgHot, very hot, off the Kindle press , it's... Emily's Debt

"In the very near future, where failing to pay debts was a crime, Emily is in big trouble. She has a large student loan and no job. She's heard, of course, that debtors weren't sent to jail. Instead, they're rented to corporations and businesses so that their work can help pay off their debts. But renting becomes purchasing, and crafty lawyers and greedy companies turn debt bondage into slavery with hardly anyone paying attention. Now, sold to a former classmate, a sadistic lawyer eager to test the boundaries of the law, Emily is a non-person, purchased property. And if her owner wants her to be nude in public, wants to walk her on all fours on a leash, well, it's not like she's a person any more. Not according to the law. And if he wants to whip her in public, well that's all right, too."
Well, you can't say it's not topical. Practical too.

HT: Volkh & Fourth Checkraise

Posted by Vanderleun at June 12, 2011 7:34 PM
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Damn, Gerard. My Emily just graduated from, gulp, ART FRICKIN' ART COLLEGE....has a small load of debt, and the cover of that Kindle book looks just like her. I want the royalties to go to paying off Emily's education. It's only fair, in a world where class envy rules.

Posted by: Jewel at June 12, 2011 8:49 PM

I believe the term is repossessed. For chattel, a Writ of Repleven is all that is necessary.

Then rent her out to the geriatric ward at the Home for Wealthy Retirees. Cash RULES! Just ask the Plunderer in Chief.

Posted by: Peccable at June 13, 2011 5:25 AM

Oh, how I am now kicking myself again for not thinking up the pun in the title.

Posted by: Ilkka Kokkarinen at June 13, 2011 6:25 AM

If you read the Volokh Conspiracy, you'll see that I posted that title in their comments and got credit for it in the body of their post on the book (linked by InstaPundit). But I don't have the time at which I posted it so I don't know if you beat me to it. I will take refuge in the idea, as my late mother used to say, "No one has a monopoly on ideas." And it's brilliant wordplay.

Posted by: BlogDog at June 13, 2011 8:01 AM

Hey, I'll give the credit to whomever it is due. First or last, it sings.

Posted by: Vanderleun at June 13, 2011 8:08 AM

With or without the Volokh Conspiracy, it is crystal clear that "anything goes" in the Leftist rule book. The more twisted and perverted, the better. Morals, values, ethics needn't even be in the vocabulary as far as The Left is concerned. As if human rights don't have enough challenges in a general sense, along comes the long arm of the U.S. Education Department.

Posted by: RedCarolina at June 13, 2011 10:17 AM

RedCarolina I believe it is "along comes the 'longarms' of the U.S. Education Department." They seem to preparing for "confrontational" education.

Posted by: Peccable at June 13, 2011 11:07 AM

And just wait and see what the IRS has in store for us when we choose to opt out of Obamacare.

Posted by: RedCarolina at June 13, 2011 2:14 PM

Of course the IRS has no clue what is in store for them when we chose to opt out of Obamacare.

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