the role of forced labor

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at
Sat Nov 25 13:08:20 MST 2000

>in the 18th century slaves were still the charectertic of labor force in
>Caribbean Islands when the doctrine of laissez faire was already

The doctrine of laissez faire did not come to be put into _practice_
until later.  For instance, the Navigation Laws -- "the very heart
and core of the colonial system" (Eric Williams, _Capitalism &
Slavery_, p. 168) -- remained until _1848_.

>Slavery *coexisted* with industrial capitalism for sometime
>because it was *integral* to British industrial growth, not antagonistic
>to it.

Yes, _for sometime_....  Later, British capitalism developed enough
to bid farewell to West Indian slavery.

If not the development of forces of production (coupled with slave
resistance & abolitionist agitation, which were dialectically united
with it), to what cause do you attribute the abolition of the slave
trade & then of chattel slavery?

Only in Haiti did slaves themselves clearly overthrow slavery, and
that's because they were able to seize the opportunity to do so in
the turmoil of the French Revolution & the Anti-Jacobin War.


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