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Slavery was used in colonies with relatively small human populations compared to their size. In densely populated areas, the preferred method of social control was land ownership.[1]


In 1708 the British Board of Trade proclaimed it “absolutely necessary that a trade so beneficial [slavery] to the kingdom should be carried on to the greatest advantage.” [2]


Slavery, as a practice, was legally banned in Mauritania in 1981, although it was not a crime to own a slave until 2007.

Wage slavery

Full article: Wage slavery

While, officially, slavery is illegal, wage slavery is not.


Anti-Slavery International reports a high degree of correlation between nation state's foreign debt and the prevalence of slavery. They report that modern slaves are far cheaper, in real terms, than ever.


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Berlin Conference


Related Quotations

Enclosure“The appropriation, by one means or another, of lands owned or occupied by the poor continues. What was accomplished in England by legislation is being accomplished today all over the world by bank-created capital and debt-finance.”Ivo Mosley2013
MLK“He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery. Freedom is still the bonus we receive for knowing the truth.”MLK
Obedience“Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”Howard Zinn
Subsistence“The great enemy of enterprising capital is a self-sustaining life.<a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a> A family living a self-contained existence on a piece of land is profitable to no one.<a href="#cite_note-2">[2]</a> Once the family is displaced, the land can be put to profit. Dispossessed adults can be ‘gainfully employed’ (whose gain?) and the whole family can be trained up—via advertising and the rest—as consumers. Lastly, in the peculiar perversity of modern economics, the illnesses, depressions, crimes and other discontents of the dependent are of immense profit to the pharmaceutical, insurance, care, security, manufacturing, entertainment and prison industries.”Ivo Mosley2013
Yanis Varoufakis“The problem with capitalism is not that it is unfair but that it is irrational, as it habitually condemns whole generations to deprivation and unemployment and even turns capitalists into angst-ridden automata, living in permanent fear that unless they commodify their fellow humans fully so as to serve capital accumulation more efficiently, they will cease to be capitalists. So, if capitalism appears unjust this is because it enslaves everyone; it wastes human and natural resources; the same production line that pumps out remarkable gizmos and untold wealth, also produces deep unhappiness and crises.”Yanis Varoufakis18 February 2015


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