Once and Coming Age of Slavery

Slavery is Ancient and Ubiquitous in Human History

Slavery enters human history with civilization

Once people gather in towns and cities, a surplus of food created in the countryside (often now on large estates) makes possible a wide range of crafts in the town. On a large farm or in a workshop there is real benefit in a reliable source of cheap labour, costing no more than the minimum of food and lodging. These are the conditions for slavery. Every ancient civilization uses slaves. And it proves easy to acquire them.

War is the main source of supply, and wars are frequent and brutal in early civilizations. When a town falls to a hostile army, it is normal to take into slavery those inhabitants who will make useful workers and to kill the rest.

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Throughout ancient history, slaves have been used on farms, in households, on construction projects, and in wars. From Egypt to China to Babylon to Rome, slaves have been an integral component of economies of civilisation. We often reflect on the sad fate of African slaves, while forgetting about the equally sad fate of other slaves in recent history, and of the fate of contemporary slaves around the world.

Slavery Has Always Been Common in Africa

In fact, an active slave trade continues inside a number of African nations to this day — and probably always will.

Like most other regions of the world, slavery and forced labor existed in many kingdoms and societies of Africa for thousands of years.[13]… The best evidence of slave practices in Africa come from the major kingdoms, particularly along the coast, and there is little evidence of widespread slavery practices in stateless societies.[1][5][6] Slave trading was mostly secondary to other trade relationships; …

…Chattel slavery had been legal and widespread throughout North Africa when the region was controlled by the Roman Empire (47 BC – ca. 500 AD). A slave trade bringing Saharans through the desert to North Africa, which existed in Roman times, continued and documentary evidence in the Nile Valley shows it to have been regulated there by treaty.[8] Chattel slavery persisted after the fall of the Roman empire in the largely Christian communities of the region. After the Islamic expansion into most of the region, the practices continued and eventually, the chattel form of slavery spread to major societies on the southern end of the Sahara (such as Mali, Songhai, and Ghana).[1] __ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_Africa

Slavery Was an Important Source of Wealth for African Chiefs

According to one of the foremost scholars of historical slavery, Hugh Thomas, African monarchs were responsible for a lion’s share of the slave trade between the interior of Africa and coastal areas.

Portuguese and English slave traders did not have access to the diseased interior of Africa, but instead relied upon wealthy African slave traders and sometimes their Arab intermediaries, for the rich supply of African labour.

Human Slaves Could Not Compete with Machine Slaves

After the industrial revolution in England and North America, human slavery became uneconomical in the west. Without profits, the entire institution of western slavery was doomed.

By the time loud self-righteous legal abolitions of slavery were proclaimed in England and later America, the underlying economic realities had already made the issue moot.

Moral Grandstanding is Beside the Point

Modern public persons make great displays of indignation at the mere thought or memory of slavery — as if only monstrous and immoral persons could have ever stooped to the practise of slave ownership. And yet, humans of all races are essentially monstrous and amoral when it suits their needs. Posturing denial of that fact is just pathetic. And the inability to see beyond one’s own cultural frame is brain death.

Machines Not Only Make Slaves Unnecessary…

The rise of machines in the industrial revolution made human slavery uneconomical across a wide range of work environments. As the industrial and technological revolutions continue to develop, machines not only replaced humans on farms, in heavy construction, in the factories, in military applications, and in the household — machines are now replacing doctors, lawyers, librarians, professors, and will soon begin replacing government bureaucrats in large numbers.

Self-pitying modern humans like to see themselves as “wage slaves,” and in other ways as indentured persons. Machines are coming, and will soon give them something more genuine to cry about.

When Machines Stop Working, Slavery Will Rise Again

Slavery is not dead, of course. It thrives in the Muslim lands of Africa, in Russia, across China, deep throughout India, and scattered across much of the world.

And while machines have replaced slaves throughout most of the developed world, machines cannot reliably build, test, and maintain themselves over long periods of time. Human beings need to possess the wide range of skills that allows them to invent, build, maintain, and skillfully operate the machines over their lifetimes.

As skilled humans drop by the wayside, machines likewise die. No matter how sophisticated the machine, without its human enablers, it will fall apart and die. In fact, the more complex the machine, the sooner it is likely to fail.

Skilled Humans are Dying Off

Someone forgot to tell young crops of humans that some of them would need to acquire important skills and disciplines in order to keep the machines of civilisation working. They grew up playing with toys and machines whose workings they did not understand, exploiting the labour of armies of skilled tradesmen whom they thought of more as punchlines for jokes than as persons worthy of their gratitude and emulation.

And someone forgot to tell middle schools and universities that civilisation depends upon competent people with genuine knowledge and skills — not upon armies of indoctrinated activists with nothing real between their ears.

Without the people with crucial skills, the machines will die, and the critical infrastructures of modern societies will fail. As that happens, all semblance of civility and civilised mores will fall by the wayside.

As Things Grow Worse, More People Will Have No Choice but to Sell Themselves and Their Children

Humans are born at different levels of aptitude to many different skills, talents, and abilities. Most modern humans are woefully dependent upon the society around them for the gratification of their drives and needs. As society fails, they will become desperate. Desperate people do things that they would never dream of doing otherwise. Particularly when surrounded by others who are equally desperate.

Less intelligent and less savvy persons will be more at the mercy of unscrupulous persons who are willing to feed, clothe, and shelter them — at the price of their freedoms.

None of This Has to Happen

As long as advanced human societies continue to produce enough intelligent and conscientious persons to maintain and advance their high tech societies, the masses of individuals inside those societies can continue to exist as superfluous surplus, oblivious to the underlying realities that make their fluffy minds and soft lives possible.

But when high tech societies become inundated by low-IQ, low conscientiousness, low executive function immigrants and offspring, they can no longer invent, build, or maintain the machines of modern infrastructure. That is when the results of their own unwise policies of government sink them.

Slavery is not dead. It is only sleeping, waiting for the neo-nihilistic ideologies of the postmodern left to make a complete hash of everything that dozens of generations of western ancestors worked so hard to assemble.

Intelligence is in short supply, but stupidity has no limit.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

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1 Response to Once and Coming Age of Slavery

  1. JerryO says:

    Intelligence is in short supply, but stupidity has no limit…. brilliant statement! Most insightful thing I’ve heard all week !

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