MC’s latest essay concerns a topic relevant to the current media obsession with race and reparations.
The story of civilization is the story of slavery, and the USA is a totally minor player in this story. It just happens to be rich, guilt-ridden and exploitable.
Humans have probably been a commodity from the very beginnings of human history, and young girls and boys particularly so. Young men are also prized for their strength and stamina, but are dangerous unless castrated — yes, castrated, just like an animal.
Slavery was usually a consequence of losing a skirmish, a battle or a war. The victors took their choice of loot — humans, animals and valuables. The humans were put to work, usually as laborers, servants or sex workers. They had no choice; the alternative was a hideous death.
Alternatively, one could be sold into slavery by relatives, or shanghaied by ‘friends’ and/or enemies.
Slavery is nuanced. There are those who are purposely worked to death as in Nazi death camps as a form of genocide, there are those whose needs are met and no more, and there are those who are not paid the true value of their labour, and there are those who are just bought and owned because of their own greed or laziness.
The mediaeval slavery (feudal) system collapsed mainly because the labor market was severely affected by the Black Death, and the runaway slave could consequently find remuneration for his labours elsewhere.
The wage slaves of England’s Industrial Revolution found that collective bargaining was a powerful weapon against underpayment and the ensuing slavery.
It is the Arab Islamic slave trade that changed world history, spiking the forward march of progress. Islam defines the Ummah and declares the rest of the world as ‘loot’ for the Ummah to take and enjoy. So from the middle 7th century these Islamic pirates, following their ‘religion’, shut down the vital trade of the Mediterranean Sea through their predations, and took hundreds of thousands, probably millions of Europeans into slavery, sailing as far as Iceland and Ireland on extended raiding parties. The historical blackout we call ‘the Dark Ages’ may well have been due to the cessation of normal trade and the lack of imported commodities such as papyrus.
The Vikings too may well have contributed to the Islamic demand for white slaves, trafficking people through Russia to the ’stans for onward shipment.
Enslavement has been a continuous process throughout history. We read of Joseph being sold by his brothers as an early example. It is still with us today, and may well be increasing, as Western Civilization is the only bastion against slavery. Communism and Nazism both involve the use of slaves.
The real revolution was the decision by Christian gentlemen as far back as the late 17th century that slavery was not desirable. We find the venerable burghers of Virginia pleading with King Charles II not to send any more slaves to their State.
Slavery was legal in the State of New Jersey until 1865, and one wonders how this could be tolerated by the Union (unless of course the Civil War was not about slavery after all) and just about everything to do with slavery and its perceived history is topsy-turvy (Afook in Hebrew)…
Britain enforced the suppression of the slave trade at the cost of the lives and treasure of its citizens from the early 1800s onwards. They were fighting an entrenched system where slaves were collected by African and Arab potentates and sold to the traders at the barracoons on the East and West coasts of Africa. The vast majority of slaves ended up in Muslim lands, South America, or on the Caribbean sugar plantations. The relatively ‘lucky’ ones ended up in the North American continent. But they were not alone: ‘criminals’ were also being sent to these places, and this became such a nice little earner that it led to the abuse of the British justice system to feed the demand. Of course the military, in particular the Royal Navy, needed slaves as well, and the notorious ‘press gangs’ set about the kidnapping of males of suitable age from coastal towns and villages. So we get the strange situation of the slave trade being suppressed by ‘pressed’ men.
Indentured servitude was also a vile form of slavery, seven-year men (and women) paid back their indemnity ten thousand times over, and those who survived the abuse for seven years were also vulnerable to having their servitude extended for trumped-up misdemeanors. A limited contract of slavery meant that the owner was only concerned about getting the seven years of maximum work value out of the slave. The long-term outcomes were of no concern, and many died towards the end of their contracts (and afterwards as a consequence) when they could be worked to death without mercy.
Globalism can also be looked upon as another inciter of slavery. To manufacture fashion sports shoes using the cheapest (unprotected) labour possible (including child labour) in places where one can pay a lower than life-sustaining wage is just another form of ‘justifiable’ slavery, to then sell those products as if they have been made in the West at Western prices is every bit as toxic as full-out slavery. Every day (in our ignorance) we buy the products of slavery and are thankful to do so.
For some of us, our great-great-grandparents were slaves, or maybe even part of that tiny minority who were slave owners, but that is history. That leftist groups are still trying to play the racist/slavery card against the very white Judaeo-Christian group that liberated slaves is bizarre. Most of the Africans who were enslaved were enslaved by their own kind, or by Muslim Arab slavers. Not all black people were slaves, and not all slaves were black people. So Black Lives Matter does have a point, but that point is about underachievement and criminality, not about police specifically targeting blacks. Other victim groups, notably the Irish, a major source of ‘indentured slaves’ quickly bounced back and became mainstream.
That violent black people get shot is the risk when indulging in antisocial behavior. Violent whites get shot too, and in similar proportion, the BLM problem is typified by the shooting of white policemen in Dallas, a gross and extremely violent act of so-called ‘revenge’ out of all proportion to the so-called ‘problem’, and which clearly identified an evil and malicious mindset only loosely related to historical enslavement.
What BLM really wants is preferment before the law, specifically aimed at destroying the idea of ‘equality before the law’, which is the Judaeo-Christian tradition and which uniquely led to Western Civilization and the abolition of slavery. BLM is working towards its own demise, following in the footsteps of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The failure to indict the Clintons has declared open season on the idea of one law for all, and has further justified the BLM stance that they as a group are entitled to ‘guilt’ (Jizya) payments in money or in-kind for the wrongs of historical folklore.
Further, a lack of equality before the law is at the head of a slippery slope that leads straight back to the barracoons. A slave is not equal before the law. There is not one law for all if some are slaves, and BLM’s demand for special treatment for one kind of skin color is not going to lead us anywhere nice.
Islam still wants to enslave us too, it wants to make us work for Muslims, to pay a heavy tax to keep them in comfort. To leave one’s home to travel to Europe or the US with the intention of living on state welfare payments and the proceeds of petty crime is tantamount to becoming a slave owner, I have to pay half my income or more in various direct or indirect taxes; thus I am a slave to those who receive my money in the form of unearned payments. To those who, through no fault of their own, end up on welfare then there is a certain amount of sympathy, but to those who would enslave me by exploiting the welfare system, I have nothing but contempt.
Enforced redistribution of wealth has been a disastrous policy wherever it has been implemented. It places a serious blockage on the creation of wealth, and at the same time creates a huge pool of stagnant talent. Indeed, because it is the middle classes who have to pay, it polarizes society into ultra-rich (and ultra-powerful) and the rest. This system produces a new type of slavery which one might call ‘acolyte’ slavery, where there are those who hang around the tables of the ultra-rich hoping for crumbs and leftovers. In this way the ultra-rich can buy police and politicians and their ilk, as acolyte slaves to further their lusts for power.
Slavery is essentially a state of mind where the victim becomes property, a bought man/woman/child with no control over his life and destiny. One who sells his labors in a free and open market, and gets a fair price for them, is not a slave, but unfortunately it is the former which is becoming more and more common, and it is now possible to have a slave in the highest position in the land if he takes his orders/money from above/abroad
Unfortunately, we have a stereotypical slave, that depicted in 19th century US literature, an historical illusion. The reality is different; the black African slave presents a striking (and tragic) picture, but real slavery is still with us.
Islam keeps its women in slavery. Women are property and live or die at the whim of their menfolk. Communism, too, is just a form of slavery where a political elite enforces work upon the individual according to a planned economy. If the worker complies and co-operates, he gets enough to survive. If he deviates, he gets worked to death in a labor camp. Some slaves receive payment, and the lucky one receive enough to live on; others just receive only the basic necessities of life from their employers.
There is no monopoly on slavery, but the only civilization that has ever fought slavery has been the white Christian society of the West. Yet one wonders why that same society is so conflicted by guilt, a guilt ruthlessly exploited by those who would happily re-enslave us all. The only answerer I can come up with is stupid ignorance. An ignorance and a stupidity carefully nurtured by those who would bring down Judaeo-Christianity. ‘White privilege’ is the deserved reward for a job well done, irrespective of actual skin color, a remarkable job that had a high cost to the Judaeo-Christian body as a whole. That Marxism — that gross supporter and exploiter of slavery — hates Judaeo-Christianity with a demonic venom is unfortunate, but its useful idiots and enablers, secure in their touchy-feely emotional bubble, are too ignorant to see what their eyes actually show and hear what truth has to say.
Time to grow up people, and to stand firm and to fight back:
put on the whole armour of God, for your being able to stand against the wiles of the devil, because we have not the wrestling with blood and flesh, but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, with the spiritual things of the evil in the heavenly places; because of this take ye up the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to resist in the day of the evil, and all things having done — to stand.
— Ephesians 6 v 11-13 (Young’s literal)
MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.