If you went over to Mad Genius Club you’re going to go “uh uh. Sarah is on a tear.”
Yes, Sarah is. There have been a lot of things contributing to this tear. One of them was the superannuated infantile idiot who thinks that working for money is “slavery.” (And yet I would bet you money he claps like a seal and applauds the Chinese slave camps. Because, you know, those irredeemable minorities must be brought into the glorious world of communism, somehow.)
The other one I stumbled upon this morning.
So, I’m reading almost exclusively true crime these days. (Those of you who just dove for cover have it exactly right. When I hit this point I’m profoundly depressed and having serious issues pulling up.)
Most of the true crime I’m reading though is historical true crime, because it’s usually (though apparently not nearly usually enough) free of socialism and bullshit. Though mind you, you’ll come across it in books about Jack the Ripper and the injustice of the people who lived in the East end. Which, if you read it is mostly an “injustice” in the sense that these people are alcoholics, whores and have no self control and yet aren’t given everything, hand foot and help by other people who work for it. I would like every writer of that pious nonsense to realize they are promoting for real actual injustice: that those who choose to be parasites should have the same as those who create the surplus that allows parasites. Or if you prefer, my answer could be summarized with the letters:FYTW.
But today I made the mistake of starting a book on Lizzy Borden over breakfast, and suddenly the red veil came on. This was the entire 1619 bullshit. They claimed the revolution was so that the people of New England wouldn’t be stuck working to furnish raw materials to England “in which there was no future or wealth” and so they could establish the “trilateral trade.”
Yes, I like 1776 too, but we have to remember the musical was written mostly by leftists, so yeah.
Did the trilateral trade: slaves to rum to molasses, and around again, really happen. Sure did. Trade always seeks the route of taking what one place will buy and what one place will trade.
Was it the source of the wealth in the region? Oh, for f*ck’s sake. Only a total waste of skin like Marx could think that wealth wasn’t created, just eternally distributed in a game of f*ck-f*ck. Because that was the only thing his tiny mind and smaller soul could conceive of. Grifters got to grift, and they live with themselves by pretending everyone else is a grifter too.
New England was wealthy because they worked, in a fertile world, in land no one had worked before. The noble savages living here, by and large neither sowed nor reaped. (A few did, particularly in New England.)
They worked their asses off and scrimped and saved more than you can imagine. Yes, a few opened trade routes to Africa and the Caribbean, but it was nowhere close to the main source of wealth. The main source of wealth was factories. Yes, the factories worked with cotton grown by slaves. (To be fair, probably a lot less cotton than would have been grown by free and paid labor. Which is why the North was 100% behind abolition. Smart and ruthless businessmen. Sure, Christian too, so offended by slavery. But slavery makes no economic sense, not once there were better ways to do things. It’s a net drain on the economy. All the slave societies — China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea — are far poorer than societies of free men. As it was said in the USSR “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.”
My husband comes from an old New England line. Yes, his grandparents lived very well by the time I met them, but talking to them I realized that event hey, even though coming from generational wealth, had been more provident than we were and scrimped and saved more than we did until they reached a point they could live better. And even then, his grandmother still darned the elbows of their winter sweaters rather than buy new ones, even though by that time they could afford to buy a sweater a day for the rest of their lives and not run out of money.
New England thrift is a saying for a reason. In the same way, btw, there is Yankee ingenuity. They made, they created, they worked. Which made the region prosperous. And btw, hit me if you wish, but the best thing that happened to the South was the abolition of slavery. If the iron heel of segregation and “reconstruction” hadn’t fallen on their necks, they’ve got where they’re now, because taking down slavery freed all the people. (Not that a lot of people in the South were there back then.)
But the idiots with their Marxist pap reduce everything to a round circle jerk of “I exploit you, you exploit me.” There is no new wealth and if you have more than your layabout neighbor, you obviously stole his. Only a mentally challenged infant can believe this.
As for the slaves, well, what you have to remember is that while slavery is an abomination to the Christian, freedom-loving west, it isn’t to the rest of the world. And those slaves could have been killed instead. They were sold into slavery because they had a value. Otherwise they would have treated like mankind’s defeated were, time out of mind: killed. Either for sacrifice (Hello, Dahomey) or for sport, or simply because they were in the way. And don’t cry too hard for them. They’d have done the same the other way, had they won.
But instead, they came to America, where yes, slavery sucked, but eventually freedom was earned at great cost by people of both colors, and now thanks to thrift and ingenuity, to work and the freedom to work, they can live better than practically anyone in the world. (No, I don’t want to hear it. You can take your socialized healthcare and shove it where the sun don’t shine. When Massa looks after the slaves, he chooses if they live or die, and it don’t matter if Massa is a government functionary. As we have proof daily (Hello, Cuomo.))
But what really made me see red and reach for the cleaver was this idiot writer’s regurgitated pap about how the mill workers “made workers work 14 hour days” (What? Opposed to the endless round of agriculture. Only an idiot would say that) and how they “Sowed suspicion between workers of different nationalities so they wouldn’t unite.” Holy mother of shitcakes and syrup. If this is what they teach in schools, the schools should be shut down, the school book writers whipped until the blood runs freely, and the students shaken until they can think again.
Dear idiots: Tribalism is the default mode of humanity. Nationalism is an improvement on that, because at least at times, for limited purposes, you can trust those people over the ridge, with their funny notions, because at least they’re scroladian like you. Even if they cook their Batla wrong.
Humans are tribal. We’re creatures of the band. Throughout our evolution, other bands were danger, and possibly hunters who intended to eat us. No one needs to sow discord among different groups. The miracle of America is that different groups will work together. And they do that because they think of themselves as individuals, not of classes, like that idiot Marx, who never worked a day in his life, thought they should be. Why would you have solidarity with someone else because they do similar work? Throughout most of history, that means they’re competition, not your besties.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re filling our young people’s head with bullshit, and expecting them to function. This has to stop.
There is work to do if we want to preserve civilization. Young people need to know wealth isn’t pre-existent. It’s earned each generation, sometimes with insane labor.
Young people need to learn no one gets wealth from slavery. Or rather, sure, the communist oligarchs get wealth from their enslaved people, but even they don’t get as much as they would from trading with free people. And the rest of the people are miserable and broken.
They need to learn that all of us have slaves in our ancestry. If you’re going to pay people who were never slaves by taking money from people who never owned slaves, you’re going to end up destroying the economy for nothing, because the pay offs never end. And if you’re going to beat yourself up because our society owned slaves for a brief period, do consider stopping slavery in Africa and China first. Oh, and free poor enslaved Cuba. And North Korea. Not doing that? Then stop giving yourself airs, you useless inheritor of people who bled and died to end slavery here.
And most of all, they need to learn they have to do the work. If they don’t do the work, all they’ll ever be is useless wastes of breath like Marx and his followers, who only product ever is mass graves and unending misery.