[Marxism] Benevolent Islam and the Slave Trade
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Thu Apr 30 11:21:34 MDT 2009
In a message dated 4/30/2009 9:50:10 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
_sartesian at earthlink.net_ (mailto: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, as the direct social consequence of
private property as wealth creation, a new mode of production. Commercial
slavery gives impetus to navigation, science and ushers in, - mediates, 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, augmentation of merchant capital, etc. Heavy
manufacture is the prelude - transition, 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
modern capital - capitalism, and its self reproducing logic. All forms of
slavery are not equal. Slavery of antiquity is the society context of
use-value reproduction and reproduces the system of which it is a part, without
the spurs to commercial enterprise founded of the production of exchange
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 commercial enterprise, as in the opium wars are also a corner
stone of the rise of the bourgeois mode of production, in my opinion. Drug
history is more complicated, critical and runs back 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. This convergence rest upon food production.
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.
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