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It was not "blacks" who continued and enhanced the slavery
« on: October 02, 2022, 07:23:02 am »
Its "whites". See this information below about how Industrial Revolution which results from so-called "Enlightement" movement gave the "whites" and the "Eurocentrist" people a new way to enslave people :

Source : Disposable People New Slavery In The Global Economy - Kevin Bales, published on 2000

Link/URL to online reading : https://archive.org/details/disposablepeople0000bale/page/n5/mode/2up

(Accessed on Sunday, 2th September 2022)

How it works

(If you not have time to read all, just read the sentences which given bold symbol)

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The new slavery mimics the world economy by shifting away from ownership and fixed asset management, concentrating instead on control and use of resources or processes. Put another way, it is like the shift from the "ownership" of colonies in the last century to the economic exploitation of those same countries today without the cost and trouble of maintaining colonies. Transnational companies today do what European empires did in the last century - exploit natural resources and take advantage of low-cost labor - but without needing to take over and govern the entire country. Similarly, the new slavery appropriates the economic value of individuals while keeping them under complete coercive control - but without asserting ownership or accepting responsibility for their survival. The result is much greater economic efficiency : useless and unprofitable infants, the elderly, and the sick or injured are dumped. Seasonal tasks are met with seasonal enslavement as in the case of Haitian sugarcane cutters. In the new slavery, the slave is a consumable item, added to the production process when needed, but no longer carrying a high capital cost.

(Page 24 on Archive.org, Page 25 on the book)

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...Globalization means that values dominating the Western economies have been injected into developing countries. The idea that profit is its own justification, that success conveys respectability, drives new businesses, which therefore ignore the human cost. State activities that were previously nonprofit (everything from law enforcement to famine relief) are being turned into profit-making businesses. As politicians and businesspeople share the new revenue, corruption sets in.

(Page 244 both on Archive.org and the book)


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Major economic changes of the last ten years have pushed global business into greater contact with oppressed, even enslaved, workers. International trade agreements (especially the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement) have broken down barriers to trade and capital movement between countries. The overarching and compelling logic of always using the cheapest raw materials worked by the cheapest labor now drives corporation across borders. "Capital has wings," New York financier Robert A. Johnson explains. "Capital can deal with twenty labor markets at once and pick and choose among them. Labor is fixed in one place. So power has shifted." As international business now seeks to buy labor at the lowest cost, often through subcontractors, some of these contractors achieve the lowest cost by using slave labor. Meanwhile, the companies ask themselves : Why pay $20 an hour for a factory worker in Europe when one will work for $1 an hour or less in India? Why buy sugar from U.S. farmers when it is much cheaper from the Dominican Republic (where enslaved Haitians do the harvesting)? Building materials such as bricks are so cheap in Pakistan - why not build there? ... The businessperson can just say: "My job is to get the best deal, I can't worry about local problems."

Major companies around the world have been repeating that phrase. But the late 1990s controversy in the United States over child labor in swearshops making clothes and shoes for household names like Nike and the Gap has helped change this attitude dramatically.

(Page 236 both on Archive.org and the book)

How it began

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The Industrial Revolution in Europe and North America brought a population boom and enormous social change. As Greider has noted, "Some human beings were set free, while other lives were turned into cheap and expendable commodities." The same thing is happening in the developing world today. In the ballooning populations, rapid economic change is bringing some people into modern world of good medicine and technology, "Western" lifestyles, and a new sense of self and achievement. Other people are being consumed, often from childhood, by the industries driving this change. The sheer volume of people in the developing world compared to the number of new industrial jobs means that many of them are, as the English worker says he's been fired, "redundant."

(Page 234 both on Archive.org and the book)

There's some movements and its leader who tried to stop the Westernization before. See this post :

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/colonial-era/hitler-the-face-of-anti-tribalism/msg14747/#msg14747
« Last Edit: October 02, 2022, 07:24:34 am by antihellenistic »

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