Tuesday, January 6, 2015
How Bad Slavery Was
We accept today an appalling lack of historical instruction in our classrooms and even what there is is terribly misleading and far too often serving perceived national interests. That bias has led to a different form of bias. We need to understand that history is bias, but get over that and teach enough to allow the diligent at least to find alternative narratives in his library.
The slave machinery put in place in the USA was awful. It was worse in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Can you believe that that is possible? My point is that slavery meant no rights even over life and death. What protected the slave was his monitory value. This is what today protects our domesticated animals.
Recall that in the Aztec world and the Amazon, that the economy was far more primitive and there the value of a slave was as the main dish for a feast. This held true in other equally primitive societies.
The great achievement of the Enlightenment was that rational thinking was applied to Christian ethics and slave economics while fiat currency finally succeeded in monitising labor. That made swlavery a progressively worse deal for the owners. This it ended in the West and was suppressed elsewhere. It still exists in serious numbers amoung the poor though.
Alabama Senator Teaches Charles Barkley How Bad Slavery Was In Epic Open Letter