[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  
trade. <<
 
 
Comment 
 
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 
of production. 
 
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 
production. 
 
 
WL. 
 
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