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Slavery versus Civilization

 by Rolf Witzsche - Nov. 13, 2007

the elegant solution and its harmonizing principles

 Slavery, the scourge of the ages.

The history of the USA has been a turbulent one. Of all the threads that we find interwoven in its national and economic fabric, slavery is probably the blackest and longest, second to none. Huge political battles have been fought over this single issue throughout much of the nation's first century. The southern slavocracy of course, the legacy of the British Empire's colonial policy, had created a few pockets of wealth in the South amidst a sea of human exploitation. The wealth gained thereby supposedly justified slavery. It was even said that it made the USA rich.

But is this concept true, that slavery makes a society rich, or mankind as a whole? America's own history indicates that the opposite is true. The USA became the wealthiest nation on Earth only after its fascination with slavery was abolished. And now, that the USA has become the leading slave master of the world under globalization, free trade, and out-sourcing, and similar practices, its prosperity is dropping like a stone. 

Universal history tells us that slavery and prosperity have an inverse relationship in which they are mutually exclusive. But why is this so?

The reason for this is best evident in the difference between a service economy and an industrial economy. A laborer working in a coffee shop who brews coffee and serves it to individual customers is fulfilling a task that society values. However, in less than an hour the benefit to society from that labor ends. The beneficial power of this type of labor is thereby extremely low, which is typical in a service economy. An industrial worker, in comparison, produces products that provide more enduring benefits, like an automobile for example, or a cooking pot. It becomes plain to see that a well-functioning industrial society becomes far more self-enriching by the products of its labor than a service society. A slavery society falls into the service society category. In fact it leads the category. A slavery society operates the ultimate form of a service economy.

In a well-functioning industrial society the high productivity that is achieved is reflected in a high social income, which in turen affords the building of a lot of infrastructures that are essential for a developing society, such as efficient housing, clothing, food, transportation, health care, education, cultural entertainment, relaxation, and so on. All of these infrastructures are necessary for efficiently developing the human potential, which is society's greatest assets and thereby also the chief corner stone of any industrial society. None of this is possible in a slavery oriented world, even if the slavery world utilizes industrial processes. The key here is that a slavery society doesn't create sufficient resources for itself to provide for human development. A slavery society is a terminal society. It grinds itself into dust. No one is benefited by this process. The poor of India and China, for example, that have been offered as slaves to the West export their products at prices that are barely sufficient for them to survive on, much less to develop, while their products are consumed in the West in a process that doesn't provide any income benefits whatsoever, but becomes an income drain. The once rich industrial centers of the USA are thereby collapsing into poverty, hunger, starvation, crime, and brutality.

While the world isn't that black and white, the trends are definitely visible, and in many cases glaringly visible and  ever more so. The trend of collapsing world is most visible in the great financial and economic collapse that is ravishing the nations today, which will likely lead to the greatest disintegration of civilization in human history if the present trend of the imperial world-slavery is allowed to continue. 

Even if the present trend was miraculously reversed overnight, it would take at least fifty years for society to recover itself to the level of prosperity that it should be at today, or would be at if the modern trend into the hell-hole of slavery had not been unleashed in the early years of the postwar period.

Right now the Western society lives in a fairy tale environment. Typically the value of a nation's currency reflects the productive power of a nation's industry. If the productive power is high, the combined value of the currency is high, because its purchasing power is high. But if nothing is being produced, the effective combined value of the currency is zero no matter how much currency is printed, because nothing can be purchased with it. This black and white example illustrates a principle, which should have raised quite a few eyebrows by now, because the American dollar at present is 'infinitely' overvalued, maybe by as much as 90% or more. With most of America's vital industries gone, exported to the slavery world, very little is still being produced by the nation in terms of value for its dollar. The currently perceived value of the U.S. dollar may some day be recognized as one of the greatest delusions of all times. It has even been suggested that the delusion should be maintained at all cost as its collapse would destroy the world-economy. It has been said that the delusion should be maintained in the hope that the USA can recover its productive capacity over the next fifty years sufficiently so that its dollar reflects a real equivalent in value once again. The same is probably true in essence for also many other national currencies, although their impact on the world as a whole is far less.

The economic recovery in the USA, of course, cannot happen, or even begin, until America's fascination with slavery ends and the imperial forces that demand it. So we are back to where we started from, aren't we? However, are we more committed today to ending slavery in the world than America was in the mid 1800s? Are we even desiring it? The answer remains in the wind. However, we can be certain that if the conflict of slavery versus civilization is not resolved soon, civilization, which now hangs by a thin thread, will disintegrate and society itself will collapse with it more severely than it did in 1345 when the Lombard's imperial financial system collapsed that had looted the Old World to the bone, and this with a much lesser base of slavery than we have today. Today's onrushing crisis is further overlaid by the devastation of imperial war and the potential holocaust of nuclear and biological warfare, as well as the erosion of education and science, which are altogether barriers carefully erected by the forces of empire to protect the numerous movements of slavery in the world.

Thus, the obvious solution to the greatest onrushing crisis in civilization possibly in the entire history of mankind, is a simple one, and an extremely elegant one. The solution is to end the process of slavery and with it the forces of empire that 'inspire' and demand slavery. The footsteps of course won't be easy and simple, though they are essential, especially with a new Ice Age on the not-so-distant horizon. Overturning the world's fascination with empire and slavery will be hard. The goal is revolutionary.  Indeed, the challenge should be taken up in the spirit of President Kennedy's call for landing a man on the moon that started the greatest humanist achievement of all times. He said in essence that the commitment shouldn't be made because the task is easy, but because it is hard, and that by accepting the task society would be inspired to dig deeper into the riches of its humanity and discover a strength there that by its achievements gives a new meaning to what a human society is, and with it open up a new era of prosperity.

Well, the forces of empire at the time assassinated President Kennedy and with it killed his dream for mankind. But his dream was not his dream alone. It was an ageless dream that began millennia ago when the 'specter' of empire and slavery rose like a dark shadow over mankind, immortalized by such terms as the "whore of Babylon." The whore still rules, and the dream of mankind to gain its freedom from it still remains, and with it remains the obvious and elegant solution, to banish the whore. So far mankind has failed itself on that count. It failed itself in that it aimed to fight the forces of empires at the level of the 'sewer' where the empire rules and has power, where mankind always became defeated in the resulting inhuman confrontation. Doesn't it ell us that the whore can only be banished from the world when society itself rises above the sewer whereby the whore becomes banished from the hearts of mankind? Against that, the empires have no power, and with it a new age for mankind is assured.




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