Saturday, April 10, 2010


In the 1800s, something truly remarkable happened. After thousands of years of existence all over the world, Great Britain and the United States largely eradicated slavery. The US didn't start it, by any means. But the US helped to [largely] end it... against the wishes of the rest of the world.

Slavery in the US was brutal, but it was worse in places like Brazil. Sophomoric types like to criticize early American figures for their part in it, but won't say a word about the Muslims, the Native Americans, intra-African slavery.

It's baaaack. People argue that there is more slavery in the world today than at any time in history. The amount of human trafficking is currently enormous.

It's time for us to rise up once again and eradicate slavery. Who will join us? It seems like the first place to turn for sympathetic assistance should be the people calling for reparations from those who indirectly benefitted from slavery 150 years ago. Something tells me that their reaction would first be dazed confusion followed by a desperate search for reasons, any reasons, to downplay the responsibility for stopping slavery today.

The last thing a victim wants is competition from other victims.

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