Fascinating history lesson from a pseudonymous friend:
People often ask why Europeans profited so much from the slave trade but not the African princes who sold Men like cattle**?
The reason is that it took our princes more than two and a half centuries to accept developments in the theory of money and for these theories to proliferate. Thus, even as the world changed around them and the competition for slaves broke the Portuguese and then Spanish monopsony’s over the trade, the prevailing theories of money on the Guinea Coast barely felt a dent. The African princes preferred not coin or gold but exchanges in kind. They battered ivory, gold and humans for technology, fabrics and beverages. These exchanges obeyed certain ratios that endured for more than two centuries. Attempts to convert some of the more influential princes to coinage and the like failed. In any case it was not in the interest of the Europeans who subscribed to an entirely different theory of money to disabuse these princes of their traditions. (Here I must add that those Europeans who attempted to pay slave traders not in kind, i.e according to the established commodity ratios were often rebuffed or met with suspicion). In this manner, items that were almost worthless in Europe due to improvements in technology and production could still command very high “prices” in Africa because our princes preferred to batter.
If you are thinking that the Africans were thus cheated, you know nothing. In fact you re less than a fool. (Have you perhaps been reading too many marxists and afrocentrists?) The real looting and “underdevelopment” began the day the Europeans convinced Africans to accept fiat (i.e. to work and pay taxes in a coin controlled by Europeans).
** The alternative to slavery under some circumstances was human sacrifice.
Can we sort ideologies between those justifying the strong (“right wing” / imposing karma / marketplace for competition), and those justifying the weak (“left wing” / demand sharing / not leaving anyone behind).
Why is it that the ideologies that justify the weak always attempt to deny and destroy heritage?
From economic Marxism to cultural Marxism to Pan-Africanism. What is it about appealing to the weak that requires the left to destroy everyone’s heritage?
friend of mine:
—“Execution of Americo-Liberians (descendants of freed American Slaves) who imposed tyrany and slavery on the autochonous groups in Liberia.
Pan-africanists have never learned from this brutal lesson. You may read the histories of modern west Africa and nevrr learn why the seria leonians and Liberians fought brutal civil wars.”—
Did blacks sell blacks?
I will give you a truly remarkable example.
In the 1930s the True Whig Party – a party composed almost exclusively of the descendants of freed American slaves – sold hundreds of Africans to the island of Fernando Po. They also voted to reinstitute the institution of forced (indentured) labour.
This was more than a century after the abolition of slavery in England.
Let that sink in.
A Zimbabwe deadline for all firms to transfer most of their shares to black Zimbabweans has passed, but it is not clear how many have complied.
The government had said that companies should meet the requirements of a 2008 indigenisation law by the end of March.
Theoretically, non-compliance could lead to a company losing its license.
People have no idea how bad the world can be, and their decisions and expectations are based on the assumption that most people are similar to them.
Alphas and Betas among African intellectuals
Differences between Alphas and Betas. Where alpha means African intellectuals educated in Europe (excluding france) and Beta means African intellectuals educated in the USA (excluding those who have studied US law).
1. Alphas are almost invariably fiscally conservative, classically liberal and wealthy whilst Betas are not.
2. Beta’s are almost invariably preoccupied with race, racialism and inequality whilst Alphas are concerned with justice and law.
3. Alphas tend to be Agnostic about the pan Africanist idea or to oppose it outright whilst Beta’s love it. As a corrollary Beta’s almost always embrace the Afrocentric idea.
From a friend in S. Africa:
Farmers who responded to an emergency call after another farmer was attacked, killed the two attackers.
4 farmers were arrested; this was filmed outside court today
(They are singing ‘kill the Boer’.)