Well... better off is a relative term, is it not?<quoted text>
Point on slavery is well taken.
Note that in the USA until less than 100 years ago, one was better off being a slave in the south than a factory worker in the North.
Those factory workers were worked like... slaves.. yes. But, they could have walked away, if they wanted-- and not been hounded to death for doing so, and shot down like animals.
The southern slaves? Not so much.
And that, I propose, is the chief distinction.