Surprise: slavery was universal

This blog is of course focussed on global warming, but recent raucous attempts by internal saboteurs to shame us into apologising for and abandoning our noble Western achievements, ancient virtues and hard-fought freedoms must be crushed, else more than just this blog will vanish. Sowell here totally deflates the logic of the Black Lives Matter campaign against the causes and mementos of UK and US slavery and surprises me with the magnitude of white slavery.

Thomas Sowell explains in a video:

Slavery is a very big subject. I have in my home an entire bookcase of nothing but books about slavery in various parts of the world and various times in history.  The sad fact is that slavery has been a universal institution for thousands of years, as far back as you can trace human history.

What we’re looking at is as if slavery is something that happened to one race of people in one country, when in fact the spread of it was around the world. In 1776, which is when Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations, as well as when the United States got started, he said that Western Europe is the only place in the world where there is no slavery. Even the Western European had vast numbers of slaves in the Western Hemisphere, but not in Western Europe itself.

So if you’re going to have reparations for slavery, it’s going to be the greatest transfer of wealth, back and forth, and between … and cross-hauling, as they say in the railroads, because the number of whites, for example, who were enslaved in North Africa by the Barbary Pirates, exceeded the number of Africans enslaved in the United States, and in the American colonies before that, put together.

But nobody’s going to North Africa to ask for reparations because nobody is going to be fool enough to give it to them. Here [in the US], we have intellectuals who can imagine a different history from the rest of the world, even though it’s so similar to the rest of the world.

One Thought on “Surprise: slavery was universal

  1. Brett Keane on October 28, 2020 at 10:22 pm said:

    Yes it was quite nomal here too. Eye-witness accounts tell of how they never knew when they might become dinner before Christianity took hold…… Brett

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