[Marxism] Benevolent Islam and the Slave Trade
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Thu Apr 30 09:53:04 MDT 2009
In a message dated 4/30/2009 9:50:10 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
sartesian at earthlink.net writes:
>> slavery as practiced by the Ottoman's and Moors had
nothing in common with the commercial slavery based on new world production
as practiced by the French, Spanish, Portuguese, British, and US.
Yes the institution existed, but neither in its organization, volume, nor
treatment of its slaves was it anything like the Atlantic CHATTEL slave
New world slavery - commercial slavery, calls forth, help creates the
foundation for/of, and then reproduces a new mode of production as this
commercial slavery gives impetus to navigation, science and ushers in the
transition from simple manufacture, as the underlying configuration of the
productive forces, to heavy manufacture in all kinds of goods. Nails or steel
production, wood, foodstuff and water storage for voyages; docks, armaments,
insurance companies, etc. Heavy manufacture is the prelude to industrial forms
Commercial slavery for the slave as a person is radically different than
slavery for the production of use-vales and expansion of the local gene pool.
Commercial slavery is the foundation and corner stone for the emergence of
capital - capitalism, and its self reproducing logic. Slavery in the
society context of use-value reproduction, reproduces the system of which it is
a part, without revolutionizing the system by creating new needs and spurs
to commercial enterprise.
New World Slavery was all about El Dorado - the quest for gold, as a
universal medium of value/exchange, or an independent form of wealth/value.
Actually, it was gold as a movable form of wealth - "independent," that began
the breakup of the landed property relations identified in its political
aspects as feudalism. This was most certainly not a form of ancient slavery,
running thousands of years deep in our collective history.
Drugs, as in the opium wars is also a corner stone of the rise of the
bourgeois mode of production, in my opinion. This history is more complicated,
critical and runs through the mass production of sugar in human history
("Middle East"), all the way back to the production of spices and why and how
the trade in spice spurred early exchange. Spices were really means of food
preservation and important to the stability and growth of towns, as centers
of exchange - labor exchange. Capital emerges as convergence, of which I
will not pretend for a moment, I can outline definitively.
Placing events in their actual historical setting - time frame, and then
examining the environment of society reproduction, how labor is deployed,
would be the materialist approach. Marx, did in fact write much and often
about new world slavery and its role in the emergence of the bourgeois mode of
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