capitalism, slavery

dmschanoes dmschanoes at
Tue Sep 30 20:08:35 MDT 2003

First, an apology for the 4 messages.  I don't intend to use that email
program again.

Nothing in the history of the plantation economy indicates that the South
could or would have adopted more technically advanced techniques.  The
history of plantation economics is the history of technical backwardness.  I
suggest you read EF Williams  From Columbus to Castro for further

But moreover, where do you find evidence for such  the "peaceful evolution"
of a mode of production as you envision it?

In plantation economies that have, under the pressure of advanced capitalism
and the world market, been forced to incorporate more technical inputs, the
result has been violent confrontation between owners and laborers, and a
multiplication of intense urban poverty.  So where do you find you basis for
such fanciful speculation?

But that's the point, isn't it?  Speculation doesn't require a basis.  It
requires confidence.


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