A New Birth of Slavery? Perhaps, and if so. clearly from the left!

A New Birth of Slavery

· Lars Walker

· The Sunday Spectator August 21, 2016, 12:25 am

How easily we forget who first opposed slavery.

Someone posted one of those memes on Facebook recently. A picture with a quotation. I didn’t write it down verbatim, and I don’t remember the name of the person quoted, because, to be perfectly honest, I have no wish to give him publicity. (Also, Facebook memes are generally wrong.) But I thought the quotation was as elegant an exercise in question-begging as I’ve ever seen.

The gist of the thing was this: “You tell me the Bible is the Word of God. But the Bible never says that owning slaves is a sin. If the Bible can’t get that question right — the easiest question in the world — why should I believe what it says about anything else?”

Note how the author manipulates the pea among the shells: “Slavery is the easiest question in the world.” That proposition slides right past us, comfortable inhabitants of the 21st century that we are. It’s self-evident, after all. Axiomatic.

But it wouldn’t have been axiomatic for most people throughout human history. In accusing the Judeo-Christian Bible of being strangely neutral on slavery, the author of the quotation conveniently overlooks the fact that every other scripture — every other religion and philosophy in human history — got the question wrong too. That’s an interesting consistency if we’re talking about “the easiest question in the world.”

In fact, the real question — the actual historical anomaly — is why, after everybody else had got the question wrong from the beginning of time, the Christians suddenly figured the answer out, and abolished slavery. Nobody else did that. Not the Egyptians. Not the Chinese. Not the Aztecs or the ancient Greeks. I understand the Greek Epicureans rejected slavery, but one of the distinctions of the Epicureans is that they never tried to build a civilization.

And building a civilization is the precise nub of the historical problem.

Because when you study history with a view to this particular issue, one thing becomes uncomfortably clear. Everybody kept slaves, but civilized people kept them more. In fact, generally speaking, the higher the civilization, the more slave-intensive it was.

Love Egyptian antiquities (I know the pyramids were built by free people, but there are plenty of other antiquities)? Thank slaves. Love Greek philosophy and drama? Slaves again. Roman poetry? Slaves.

In the old days — by which I mean all times everywhere, until about the 19th century — slaves were the only labor-saving convenience available. If you want to do science, or write poetry, or carve statues, you can’t waste time cooking for yourself, making your own clothes, raising your own crops, and caring for your own livestock. You need somebody to do that for you, and you need it done cheap. That’s where slaves come in. Slaves carried rocks and tilled the soil, so their masters could contemplate the heavens.

Until James Watt and the Industrial Revolution. Beginning with the steam engine, society began to figure out ways to get the scut work done by non-human mechanical servants. And in the unprecedented leisure introduced by this technological progress, people began to think a thought they’d never dared frame before — “You know, this slavery thing — it’s not really consistent with the Golden Rule.”

And that insight began to undermine slavery as a social institution.

But we’re done with all that now, aren’t we? Ask any of your neighbors whether slavery will ever make a comeback, and they’ll probably tell you, “We’ve outgrown all that. We’ve evolved as a species.”

Frankly I’m not so sure.

There’s a powerful movement in the world today that aims to reverse the very historical development that killed slavery — the Industrial Revolution. The Green movement views pristine nature as the greatest good, and industry as the abomination of desolation. They put great hope in “sustainable technology” to replace fossil fuels, but what if (as seems likely) that technology proves inadequate to the task of sustaining our standard of living?

Why wouldn’t they bring some kind of slavery back? People are the problem, after all, in their view. Too many of them around, and they demand energy-intensive comforts. Why not make people pay the price?

I even see a plausible, though speculative, means they might adopt.

There’s already a class of human being which enjoys no legal protection whatever. Non-persons. An untapped resource for the Green technocrat of the future.

Those people are the unborn. For generations, Science Fiction writers have speculated about the coming of the android, the humanizing of the machine. I think it more likely that humans will be mechanized.

Soon, I expect, the technology will be available to harvest fetuses at an early stage, through some kind of surgical extraction. Potentially a fairly minor procedure. These fetuses could be brought to term in artificial wombs, surgically or chemically altered to make them stupid and docile, and then exploited as labor. This would even be marketed as a victory for the Pro-Life movement, since the babies would be allowed to live (after a fashion) rather than being “wasted.”

Pro-Lifers, I’m pretty sure, won’t like the program. And journalists and intellectuals will excoriate them for their “hypocrisy.”

After all, we are constantly told that we have to open our minds to different kinds of morality proceeding from diverse cultures.

And let’s face it — abolitionism was an idea we got mostly from dead white males. Enlightened Third World cultures around the globe still embrace slavery with enthusiasm. What could be more culturally diverse — that is to say, enlightened — than to reinstate it in the West?


Class Over Crass: Taylor Swift Calls Out Kanye West in Grammy Acceptance Speech (Kayne, you are an asshole, we boycott you, and everything you do)

Class Over Crass: Taylor Swift Calls Out Kanye West in Grammy Acceptance Speech

By Walter Hudson February 16, 2016

Class Over Crass: Taylor Swift Calls Out Kanye West in Grammy Acceptance SpeechPhoto courtesy AP Images.

Among the many lowlights in the career of rapper Kanye West, one of the most famous was his crashing the stage at the 2009 Video Music Awards to interrupt a Taylor Swift acceptance speech. In his most recent album, Kanye takes credit for Swift’s fame with the crass lyric, "I made that bitch famous."

Swift responded while accepting her recent Grammy for Album of the Year. From The Hollywood Reporter:

"As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," said the singer. "But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you some day when you get where you’re going — you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world."

It was a classy response to a crass buffoon. West made headlines earlier in the week after taking to Twitter to announce that he and wife Kim Kardashian are $53 million in debt.

Gender Unicorn: Uhhg, what can we say? STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM OUR KIDS, THATS WHAT!

Gender Unicorn

Posted on December 12, 2015 by The Political Hat

You thought the “Gender Bread Man” was bad when it came to “teaching” the brave new world of how gender and biological sex were totes not the same thing, then get a load of the “Gender Unicorn“:

Note that not even one’s actual biological sex is important, but just “sex assigned at birth”.

This ain’t even Tumblr.

Yup, we’re doomed.

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