[Marxism] Benevolent Islam and the Slave Trade

J.M.P.Cloke at lboro.ac.uk J.M.P.Cloke at lboro.ac.uk
Thu Apr 30 09:38:48 MDT 2009

"There are huge differences between precapitalist slavery 
and capitalist (or chattel) slavery. Take the Ottoman 
Janissary for example. While they were slaves, they were 
also paid in cash on a quarterly basis!"

Yes... or the slaves taken by the Mexica (Aztecs)in their 
'flowery wars' against rival cities like Tlaxcala, 30,000 
at a time. Just so that they could be sacrificed in the 
Mexica temples, every living one of them, which is one 
reason why Cortes didn't find it difficult to make 
alliances against Moctezuma.

Just because capitalist, industrialised slavery was the 
worst, most intensified form of the phenomenon, doesn't 
make it acceptable to go around talking 'noble peasant' 
bollocks about pre-capitalist forms of slavery or 
non-capitalist forms.

Which kind of brings us back to the 'non-capital' produced 
by women in the 17th-19th centuries, in a way, doesn't it?

Jon Cloke 

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