, , , , , , , , , ,

Harry Potter stood up against dark magic but he (and especially Hermione) also stood up for house-elves and against shoddy treatment of the elves by their owners/masters. Here’s an interesting perspective on treatment of elves in the North Pole – Santa’s workshop where tonnes of toys are produced by these elves. The question is – is Santa a dictator who makes elves work like slaves on low wages and takes the credit (and fame) for their work? Apart from the “interestingness” of the idea, the authors attempts to understand why slavery existed or exists, and what are the (economic) factors that promote slavery or reduce slavery.