Gotta get the Marxism in there, eh?

Jackson discovers that ivory was also taken from Africa, with elephant tusks loaded alongside the human cargo to boost profits even further: a reminder that, at its heart, slavery – although underpinned by white supremacist beliefs – was driven by extreme, unchecked capitalism, rather than racism alone.

Slavery rather predated capitalism. It was a feature of feudal societies and also of the classical ones before that. Slavery also was not a feature of capitalist societies after any level of development of the capitalism. Because it was that very machine use – so promoted, invented and caused by capitalism – that brought slavery to an end in an economic sense.

But we’ve got that Marxist underpinning to the explanation of everything these days, don’t we? Capitalism is bad, slavery was bad, therefore slavery and capitalism must be the same thing.

Jackson and Hirsch travel to Elmina Castle in Ghana, the first trading post on the west African coastline,

Nope, Arguim was earlier. Elmina the first on the Gulf of Guinea, sure, but that’s not all of West Africa, is it? Pendantry to be sure but they’re making a damn history programme…..

Last word to Hirsch, though. She is told of the science that went into the positioning of the triangular sails of tall ships – a 15th-century innovation that harnessed the wind’s power, enabled the ships to sail the oceans at speed, and helped turn the looting of Africa into a business. Hirsch observes: “You think of pioneering technology as a positive thing, but it’s just heartbreaking that Europeans saw this as an opportunity to really embark on their most evil project.”

Slavery is more evil than the Holodomor? The Holocaust? An interesting claim…..

24 thoughts on “Gotta get the Marxism in there, eh?”

  1. Of course as history shows, socialism, in its various forms, is actually European’s most evil project; by orders of magnitude.

    Why do these racist fucks not give two cents for the white victims of slavery, which numerically dwarf the black figure?

  2. The creators are Simcha Jacobovici, Afua Hirsch and Samuel L Jackson eh? I’m sure they’ll thoroughly investigate their own ancestors role in the slave trade.

    ” Slavery is more evil than the Holodomor? The Holocaust?”

    Wait ’til they hear about the muslim run East African slave trade! To be fair, most of the perpetrators of the Holodomor weren’t, strictly speaking, Europeans.

  3. “a reminder that, at its heart, slavery – although underpinned by white supremacist beliefs – was driven by extreme, unchecked capitalism, rather than racism alone.”

    Oh, thanks for that, Afua. We used to think that Bernard Manning set the whole thing up just because he didn’t like darkies.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    I was wondering about why western slavery gets so much attention and Arab slavery almost none. I think its in no small part because western slaves were allowed to breed, to keep costs down and because of the end of the Atlantic slave trade, and there’s a large community descended from freed slaves living in the USA and Caribbean.

    Arabs on the other hand used to castrate the males so they couldn’t breed and then when they’d worked them to death went back for more, so no descendants demanding reparations.

  5. What’s her opinion on the slave markets of Libya? She could pop down and check in person on who is running them.

  6. Sam Vara said:
    “Oh, thanks for that, Afua. We used to think that Bernard Manning set the whole thing up just because he didn’t like darkies.”

    I briefly read that as Bernard Matthews, and wondered what turkey farming had to do with the slave trade (other than the left protest about both).

  7. Slavery flourished in societies without money. You get forced labour instead. So feudalism, the corvee, the draft can be considered a variant of slavery.
    But when force is replaced by money, you can take it or leave it.
    Capitalism makes you free.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    We’ve discussed something like this before. It was the Bermuda Rig that was used by the slave trade because of its advantage of sailing closer to the wind than other rigs and would get their live cargo across faster. The Bermuda Rig was an adaptation that used triangular sails.

  9. ‘I was wondering about why western slavery gets so much attention and Arab slavery almost none.’ I’d argue for simple racism. It’s just another means to attack those with the hated white skins.

  10. When I saw the trailers with Jackson talking about “world slavery” I did think: Ooo, at last, somebody’s going to point out it wasn’t all Atlantic, there was East Africa and Asia as well.

    Looks like if I’d been able to watch it I would have been disappointed.

  11. “Slavery is more evil than the … Holocaust?” Maybe she’s one of those holocaust denialism people, eh?

    “Lateen sails were developed by the Arabs”: are you sure? I thought they picked up the idea in the Far East. The Polynesians used them for their ocean voyages, for instance.

  12. . . . at its heart, slavery – although underpinned by white supremacist beliefs . . .

    Chinese slavery circa 2000BC = white supremacy?

    African slavery since forever = white supremacy?

    Ancient Babylonian slavery = white supremacy?

    Ancient Egyptian slavery = white supremacy?

    Islamic slavery everywhere = white supremacy?

    etcetera, etcetera

    That white people engaged in slavery is not particularly noteworthy. That white people, particularly English speaking white people, ended slavery by themselves and everybody else is especially noteworthy. And, oh my, doesn’t everybody else seem mightily pissed off about it?

  13. We shouldn’t talk about slavery as if it is all in the past. In many parts of Africa the locals still capture and trade in their fellow men and women. Some of them sell their own kids.

  14. ‘Enslaved review – Samuel L Jackson presents a brutally poignant history of the slave trade’

    Why?

    Gamecock. Presumably Morgan Freeman was unavailable.

  15. I remember that the lateen sail was one of the “connections” James Burke made in his touchstone to nuclear weapons episode.

    That was a series they should show in schools today – no concern about the race or religion of the cast of inventors covered nor their politics, just the result of their individual and collective discoveries.

  16. “Arabs on the other hand used to castrate the males so they couldn’t breed…so no descendants demanding reparations.”

    Sounds like a plan…compulsory contraceptive implants and injections while your ‘asylum’ case is determined. Any grant of leave to stay dependent on you agreeing to be sterilized.

  17. “I was wondering about why western slavery gets so much attention and Arab slavery almost none. ”

    The arabs would shrug, flip the finger, laugh in your face, wonder why this female is allowed to speak at all, and probably all of the above simultaneously.

  18. The fact they are amazed they were shipping goods as well as slaves either shows how poor American education system is or that they are attempting to make everything as dramatic as possible regardless of facts.

  19. “attempting to make everything as dramatic”

    Yeah, elephant tusks isn’t making it.

    “Jackson discovers that cheetah pelts were also taken from Africa”

    Punched it up for them.

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