For almost the entire history of the human world, slavery has been a staple industry. And apparently, in half the world it still is.
India has the highest number of slaves in the world at 18.4 million slaves. This number is higher than the Netherlands‘ population and is approximately 1.4% of India’s entire population. All forms of modern slavery exist in India, including forced child labor, forced marriage, commercial sexual exploitation, bonded labor, and forced recruitment into non-state armed groups.
China has the second-highest number of slaves at 3.4 million, which is less than a quarter of India’s. Other countries with significantly high slave populations are Russia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Egypt, Myanmar, Iran, Turkey, and Sudan.World Population Review
In half the countries of the world, slave owners are not committing a crime. There is no talk of “reparations” for descendants of slaves in those countries — that category would take in far too many of their people, past, present, and future.
It is safe to say that slavery has been the way of the world as far back into the human past as can be historically documented. It is also highly likely that human slavery will continue to exist until economic and technological factors make the institution non-viable. And that point is not likely to be reached for a long, long time.
The video below takes a quick and superficial look at modern slavery:
According to the map in the video above, most modern slaves are from south and east Asia. Next most common are sub-Saharan African slaves. Next most numerous are European and Eurasian slaves. Slaves in the MENA and in the Americas make up the balance.
But of course, a true census of modern slaves is impossible, since very few modern slave owners would willingly cooperate with such a census — for reasons of raising international disapproval which might interfere with business.
The fuss being made in US political circles over “reparations” to descendants of long-dead black slaves seems more than a little gratuitous and opportunistic, given the ongoing stark reality of slavery around the world — and the likelihood that as the populations of European peoples decline in Europe and the Anglosphere, it is highly likely that the institution of slavery is almost certain to make a resounding comeback in most parts of the world. A cursory study of the past history of slavery as an economic institution makes it clear that such practices were never widely considered as immoral or inhumane until post-Enlightenment European Christianity encountered the great technological and scientific revolutions of the 1700s and 1800s and the resulting widespread prosperity which followed.
In the future, with the coming decline of the European populations and their religion, the greater bulk of humanity is likely to revert to earlier historical attitudes toward slavery.
Slavery was an accepted part of society in ancient cultures such as Greece, Assyria, and Egypt, and at one time, the Roman Empire’s total population consisted of 25% slaves, with Italy’s slaves comprising 30% to 40% of its total population. By 500 B.C., slaves comprised upwards of a third of the population in some Greek city-states. In Sparta following several slave revolts about the year 600 B.C., the Spartans restructured their city-state into an authoritarian regime, for the leaders decided that only by turning their society into an armed camp could they hope to maintain control over the numerically dominant enslaved population.
From the pre-Christian era up to colonization of the New World, slavery was an accepted part of daily life in countries and cultures across the globe, and whether or not a particular culture was enslaved was generally determined by their weakness in warfare. To the victors go the spoils, which in this case were the indigent peoples of the conquered lands. Slaves consisted of Irish, Turkish, Chinese, Arab, Persian, Greek, and many other cultures, and was not restricted to one particular race, ethnicity, culture, or country. __ History of Slavery
In his journal, Christopher Columbus predicted that the native “Indians” that he confronted in the West Indies would ably serve as slaves, being both strong and “simple.” He anticipated that much of the economic work in the new lands would be done by these native slaves. But he was wrong. Native “Indians” did not make good or willing slaves, at least not outside of the accepted rules of slavery which native Americans followed before the Europeans came. Native Americans had ample slavery of their own long before Columbus — it was merely of a different nature.
Take briefly for instance, the Carib tribes who had widespread institutions of perpetual slavery, captive mutilation, and even villages dedicated to the sexual exploitation of captured Taino women forced to produced children which their masters then ate. Facts stand in stark contrast to the “more egalitarian” fabrication of Zinn. Such horrors do not show a “more beautifully worked out” society in the slightest—in fact, it does quite the opposite.
This context of the ignoble savage (to turn a popular phrase) places Columbus as one offering an actual advancement in civilization when compared to the atrocities discovered by the explorers. Charles Sumner, the renowned abolitionist Senator from the mid-1800’s, explained that the context of comparative cultures allows the historian to ascertain whether or not interactions and exchanges were beneficial or detrimental to the overall cultivation of morality. Even practices which all today condemn might have at an earlier time represented a significant advancement. He uses slavery, the very institution he spent his life fighting, as an example:
The merchandise in slaves will be found to have contributed to the abolition of two hateful customs;…eating of captives, and their sacrifice to idols. Thus, in the march of civilization, even the barbarism of slavery is an important stage of Human Progress. It is a point in the ascending scale from cannibalism.[vii]
Such a point is self-evident. In the age of conquest victorious groups had limited options concerning the fate of defeated opponents. In the ancient world, and more recently in less developed areas, the only conclusions for those on the losing side of a conflict were slaughter, sacrifice, cannibalism, or some other similarly unfortunate end. Once civilization reached a point of sufficient stability nations could support allowing captured warriors and civilians live as slaves or tributaries. Instead of killing those who did not die in the conflict, they were used to pursue economic advancement through either forced labor or trade with other nations. Thus, Sumner rightly notes that even atrocities such as slavery at least marks a step up from the greater depravity of murdering, sacrificing, or eating the captives.
The “noble savage” myth of Rousseau and many modern leftist fabricators of history leaves modern persons unprepared to acknowledge the far harsher reality of life that existed for native Americans before the arrival of Columbus.
And so it has always been around the world for all tribes and peoples who inevitably came into conflict over hunting grounds, water supplies, agricultural land, profitable trade, and rich rivers, ports, and fishing grounds. War leads to conquest, which leads to slavery and genocide.
Among the great genocides, when the Turks, Tatars, Mongols, and other tribesmen came for Finnish, Swedish, and Russian slaves, there was no “White Lives Matter” chapter of activists agitating for freedom of the slaves or for reparations to descendants of European women and children carried away to serve their new masters. When the Barbary Pirates ravaged the European coasts and shipping for European slaves and other booty, there were no international NGOs pushing for the cessation of the inhuman treatment of the slaves. On a historical time scale, European peoples tended to suffer as much as any other existing peoples of the world. But few modern historians seem concerned about those particular past injustices.
If modern westerners truly wanted to end slavery “once and for all” they would get at the root causes of slavery — poverty, technological incompetence, and political oppression in the Communist and third worlds. Real political oppression, not the phony oppression proclaimed by leftist political activists in the west. The kind of political oppression that will, for example, imprison large numbers of people for political, ethnic, or religious reasons, then rip their vital organs out of their bodies without anesthesia so that wealthy and politically connected people can live a few more years of their corrupt lives.
That type of barbarism is not seen in modern Europe or the Anglosphere, but is reminiscent of the kind of society in existence in the Americas before Columbus came. We are likely to see more of that kind of thing — and worse — as the influence of Europe and the Anglosphere declines under the present crop of weak and corrupt western leaders.
And of course, there are populations with large numbers of persons with low IQ, not suitable for training as engineers, technicians, medical professionals, skilled bureaucrats, or any other position of responsibility which a modern society requires. What can such persons do?
Low IQ is not the only prerequisite for potential slaves. Persons who cannot control themselves and who cannot make intelligent decisions may also make it into the pool for slaves of the future. Addicts of all kinds will be easily recruited into slavery.
On the mean streets of tomorrow, there will be many ways to become a slave — but increasingly few ways to remain free and independent. A wise parent will make sure that his children learn the skills they will need to call their own shots. Making productive use of childhood for development of essential skills has never been more important.
Historically, slavery has been the result of war and conquest. This will continue to be the case, but political slavery — as we see in North Korea and other nations ruled by oppressive regimes — is more and more common. Don’t let your government do that to you or your loved ones. If they move slowly enough, with stealth and under the cover of a complicit media, you may not even see it coming.