After reading The myth of the good slaveholder, I’m left wondering why on earth didn’t the white men just pick their own cotton. Or develop machinery to do it….like the cotton gin.
As we all know, after the cotton gin was developed, strongly reducing the need for slave labour, demand for slaves collapsed as poor white men were now chosen to do the work… NOT.
The invention of the cotton gin caused massive growth in the production of cotton in the United States, concentrated mostly in the South. Cotton production expanded from 750,000 bales in 1830 to 2.85 million bales in 1850. As a result, the region became even more dependent on plantations and slavery, with plantation agriculture becoming the largest sector of its economy. While it took a single slave about ten hours to separate a single pound of fiber from the seeds, a team of two or three slaves using a cotton gin could produce around fifty pounds of cotton in just one day. The number of slaves rose in concert with the increase in cotton production, increasing from around 700,000 in 1790 to around 3.2 million in 1850. By 1860, black slave labor from the American South was providing two-thirds of the world’s supply of cotton, and up to 80% of the crucial British market. The cotton gin thus “transformed cotton as a crop and the American South into the globe’s first agricultural powerhouse”.
White Americans just refused to pick their own cotton. They also point-blank refused to bring in poor white Englishmen, Irish, Poles, Russians, or any other immigrants to do the work. Only more poor black slaves from Africa would do the trick, for some mysterious reason.
“Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.”
Now from the article The myth of the good slaveholder, we get this:
While McDonogh may have been a relative improvement over his peers, he was hardly laudable. He was not freeing his slaves so much for their benefit, or out of principle, unless that principle is the same racism that the rest of the South (and indeed much of the country) shared. He stated his true opinion:
[W]ithout separation of the races, extermination of one or the other must inevitably take place. The two races can never inhabit together in a state of equality in the same country. They may for a short time, even in the capacity of master and slave; as equals and brethren, never.
Well, extermination is off the table… but no nation lasts forever. Then again, I have little interest in continent-spanning liberal secularist empires.
I am reasonably sure that, at the end of the story of the United States, there will be white-dominant nations, and black-dominant nations: but the winners are going to be Christian-dominant nations, where the Mosaic principle of One Law for All is applied. Not genetics, but ethics, will separate winners from losers after the fall of the Empire.
Like Lincoln, too, McDonogh was a strong supporter of the ill-fated but powerfully deceptive American Colonization Society (ACS), which raised tons of money to end slavery gradually, but only on the condition that all freed slaves be shipped back to Africa. Since anti-black sentiment was so pervasive and so strong in both North and South, this was widely seen as the most viable alternative for ending the blight of slavery.
But it was also highly expensive and therefore ineffective. Some savvy slaveowners soon saw it as a means to unload their aged and infirm slaves, or more rebellious, troublesome subjects at government/society expense. Thus, it freed such slaveowners of the burden of paying for unproductive or retired slaves, and freed capital for owners to buy younger more productive ones. Thus, the ACS indirectly only subsidized slavery.
Racism is cheap, but expulsion is expensive.
Perhaps in due time, the white American racists would decide that bullets and poison gas is cheaper than expulsion, just as the white European racists decided. I am confident that if you put good money on the bet that the genocides will shout to the heavens about how kind and civilized and Christian they are, you would make a bundle.
(And if they dumped the Christianity, took up Marxism, and called upon some useful quotes from Marx and Darwin, they would have tons of academic defenders to this very day.)
To continue the article:
Among the most important lessons is the correction of the commenter’s suggestion that McDonogh is one of “many cases” that dispute my view. Not only do we have to scrape the history books in order just to find one McDonogh, the fact that very few whites even attended this most wealthy and famous of plantation owners’ funeral attests to how popular his example really was. (Hint: it wasn’t.)
If this image alone does not persuade you, be aware that there is scant evidence at all of southern slaveowners who either bought slaves out of altruistic motives or who freed them under such plans. Even the self-interested and compromised form of McDonough is a rare outlier of extraordinary means and execution.1
And when you hold up the tiny handful of McDonoghs in the records against the superabundance of evidence that demonstrates widespread rape, torture, murder, and abuse of slaves which not only occurred but was protected or overtly sanctioned by law, in the thousands of cases, you can see what a pitiful objection it really amounts to.
Far from proving that my omissions portray the case worse than it was, the rarity of a John McDonogh, and the regrettable nature of even his case, rather prove the thesis of my book and my approach to this topic to be all the stronger and more solidly confirmed.
And there you go.
And afterwards? After the bankruptcy and (thanks to identity politics and the fall of White America into permanent minority status) the eventual breakup of the United States, various new tales will be written. It is unlikely that there will ever be again a unifying ethnic group with the US, or a single national narrative.
I’m a Christian Postmillenialist, so I’m sure there will be a single religious story for all humanity: but Christ is King, and the Kingdom of God favours numerous small competing nations in the political world, not one single empire – or even a few large empires.
God does not care for Empire, and it’s generally unwise to put must faith or money on such things.
The European Supremacy is over, as much from abortion and a collapsed birth rate and perversions both financial and sexual, as for costly, self-destructive wars and a longing for the care and protection of the State (as opposed to the care and protection of God.)
Sure, some will repent of their sin, and live to shape the future… but most won’t, preferring to die in their defiance of God and His standards. Much like their European brothers, facing their Arabic and African future.
(Black Americans could inherit the US… but won’t, preferring to leave their children in ignorance, and seeking only to be more dependent on their new, pointedly atheistic, yet solidly collectivist Democratic masters. So the baton goes to the Hispanics instead.
Tear down Confederate statues if you must – I have no problem with that – but better yet to abandon the inner-city school system and drug emporium, teach your kids at home, and get off the welfare payroll.)