And from commenter, Kia:
Let me put my answer in the form of a question: what does civilization, or society, provide for us? The low-wage workers in this story face the choice between working for starvation wages and simply starving. In what possible sense can this be described as freedom? How does it differ from the freedom that a pirate offers me to give him all I have or get killed? Isn't society supposed to protect us from piracy and brigandage?
I thought the whole point was that we would not have to prey on one another.