Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Six-The Consequences of Poverty and Debt (Part Two)

In Part One, the previous post, I explained why I turned the prodigal band’s drummer, Tom, from being born into an impoverished family into being the son of an indentured servant and explained what an indenture is. Now I will post snippets beginning in Chapter One of Battle of the Band, the first novel in The Prodigal Band Trilogy, to set up the scenario of consequences of this indebtedness on not only the one whose father was indebted but also the owner of the debt, who would pay a huge price should the debt be paid off.

The first of several snippets begins with someone among a group of very powerful overlords within the secretive Novordo Club discussing using the prodigal band, Sound Unltd, for their nefarious purposes of debauching youth culture. After ‘Mr. Y’ states why singer Erik, guitarists Jack and Mick, and keyboard synthist Bry would do anything to achieve fame and fortune for their own purposes, drummer Tom is mentioned.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Controversial Topics Series: Episode Six-The Consequences of Poverty and Debt (Part One)

As with Episode Five about the controversial topic of Evolution vs. Creation and Intelligent Design, this episode, Six, will be in two parts. This post will discuss how indentured servitude, stemming from poverty and debt, plays into the trilogy. Part Two will feature snippets about the consequences of indentured servitude from the trilogy.

Throughout history, neither poverty nor debt has been controversial, and poverty and debt can happen by being born into it with virtually no way out, or through bad fortune, or through theft. Billions of people on Earth are poor and even more are in debt of some kind.

What makes poverty and debt controversial within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, however, is the legally binding document called an indenture, which by definition binds one party into the service of another party for a stipulated period of time. The document is called an indenture based on a legal meaning of an ‘indent’ which is a legal contract drawn up in duplicate or triplicate. Thus, the notion of ‘indentured servitude’ means that person doing the service does so for a stipulated period of time; mostly in history it has been used to pay back a debt. Historically, that period of time tended to be seven years.

Along with slavery, indentured servitude was abolished in the US by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

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Happy Thanksgiving! And a New Snippet Series Coming Soon

Happy Thanksgiving to all readers, followers, friends and relatives!

As the turkey says, “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”

Starting (likely) next week will be a new snippet series featuring “controversial topics” within The Prodigal Band Trilogy…and some of these subjects, I guarantee it, will ‘offend’ some readers for sure. For instance, one of my band characters, keyboard-synthist Bry, born into an atheist-Darwinian-evolutionist family, tries to debunk his parents’ belief system. And, while I have been taught evolution in public schools from the get-go, I never truly bought into this theory (and, if evolution is true, why isn’t it called the LAW of Evolution, as Newton’s Thermodynamics claims are called LAWS, not Theories?)–doing the math, so to speak, one cannot DIVIDE BT ZERO! So where, evolution proponents, did the “thing” that began to so-called “Big Bang” that began life come from? Nothing? I don’t think so! So that until evolutionists can prove that the ‘something’ that brought about everything exists, I cannot believe in evolution!

By the way, folks, “Creation” is NOT science either! That is why scientists that believe in Creation call it “Intelligent Design.” Ben Stein, who is Jewish, made a really good movie called “Expelled” about what Intelligent Design is about. Stein as himself is the main character. His debate with Richard Dawkins is priceless! But, is Intelligent Design actually science?

Another one is indentured servitude. Another band character, drummer Tom, grew up in an indentured family in extreme poverty. Does this still exist? According to an English woman I met in the early 90s nearby, it still exists. She claimed many folks in Cornwall, a Duchy by the way, are indentured. So, based on her claim–and I have no proof it does still exist, just her word–I made this character indentured. According to William Hoffman’s book, “They Were White and They Were Slaves,” many whites from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Scots-Irish as well, came to what would become America as indentured servants. This means they had to work off the debt they incurred to come across the ocean, or other debts. According to Hoffman and others, some dirt poor folks in large cities were simply kidnapped and brought over as slaves. It is up to the reader to ‘believe it or not.’

And other controversial topics….

Blessings!