Shannon Love9 months ago
Air compressor seems to be over heating in the hot little corner I am working on. Had to rig a cooling system so while that cools the unit down, I'll take a chance to get bite to eat and explain why Democrats were and are still, the party of racism.
But first, a brief history of the concept of Race and Racsim.
Firstly, you have to understand why anyone bothered to come up with the concept of racism at all. People conquered and enslaved each other just fine with no such elaborate rationalization as race, racism or racial superiority. Although it is a big problem today, the distant past sucked so bad that racism represented and actual moral improvement in how people treated each other.
Prior to racism, the vast majority of humanity lived in societies ruled by a class of warriors who owed their positions in society solely to their ability to kill better than anyone else. In almost all cases, the warrior class originated as external invaders from an entirely different culture e.g. Saxons v Normans. Monguls v Chinese, Rashputs v Hindus, Aztecs v Mayans. In each case, the victors became the new "nobles" and the loser got either wiped out or pushed down a rung.
The killer class developed the ethos that the farmers were either subhuman or at the very least vastly inferior and that they owed little or now moral obligation to them in the least. It was the universal pattern that the killer classes felt far more identity with distant killers than they did the farmers working right outside their window. Artisans were tolerated as necessary and merchants actively despised as the worse social glass of all.(Usually they were an actual external ethic group e.g. Jews in Europe, Armenians in the Middle East etc)
The killers of every locality saw themselves as an extended family usually all coming from some divine ancestor or mandate to rule over everyone else. Of course, the entire structure of every unit of society from kings down to beggars was family based.) Lineage, not location, physical appearance. wealth, intelligence, education etc was all that mattered.
Because of a confluence of events, literacy, blackpowder warfare and mass armies, mercantilism etc, the killers suddenly found themselves needing the actual active loyalty the farmers, artisans and merchant traders. Eventually what happened was they created the concept of a "race" which really just a type of extended family. Originally, "race" belonged to specific ethnic groups within Europe itself. Buy creating an ethos that everyone in the polity from the most poor and powerless to the wealthiest and most powerful were all part of kin group, they extended the implicit moral obligations of family to the entirety of the society. Now wars and other forms of competition weren't just between a thin layer of killers on the top of a polity but increasingly the entire population. That's how a small population like the Dutch Republic could take on almost the whole of the rest of Europe and win.
Note that racism wasn't actually involved in the reintroduction of slavery in the western world. For the first two centuries that Westerners bought slaves from Africans, they did so solely because they had the money and power to do. The Portuguese and Spanish treated their own peasants like cattle so treating some vastly different people like cattle didn't require any moral leap. (It was also at that time that the Catholic Church became the first organization to even pause and consider whether enslaving vastly different people was okay. Unfortunately, money won out but at least they considered it might be wrong. No one else in any civilization prior had.)
Conversely, slaves were the primary trade commodity in Africa because Africans only saw moral obligations only in terms of lineages. You were had moral obligations to your actual extended family. They didn't think that the people over the river were in anyway related so they captured them and sold them. That was actually the normal pattern across the world outside of Northern Europe.
Running kind of long Well, back to work. To be continued.