Iʼve been having a discussion around the meaning of slavery, shortly after encountering this intervew with an escapee from the Westboro Baptist Church. Iʼm not quite certain whether this kind of domineering upbringing should count as slavery. But I would think it could, unless knowing youʼre a slave from the outset is an essential characteristic – but if it were, no-one could ever have been born into the condition.

I find it interesting that the underlying elements of the formative conditioning experienced by the interviewee (as described here and elsewhere) – a belief encouraged in the head of the family and their righteousness, the uniqueness of their relationship with the divine and their church, the importance of obedience, a ‘sacred’ necessity of maintaining the group and its ethos into the future, and of course, ritual assertions of group ideology at public ceremonies – are probably a replication of those experienced historically and currently in the House of Windsor, for example; only with less power and influence, and a smaller congregation; louder screaming, but less bling and guns. The latter institution may be more an example of ‘wealth is a ghetto’ ... but still interesting.

(Why, yes, I did just discern some common factors between “God Hates Fags” picketing at funerals and the recent Jubilee celebrations. That seems likely to be my high-water mark for intellectual achievement in 2012.)