12 Dec 2014

How Did the West Abolish Slavery?

Secession 7 Comments

This is a neat interview Tom Woods had with Jim Powell:

7 Responses to “How Did the West Abolish Slavery?”

  1. Joseph Fetz says:

    Of topic, but I would predict that Tom is absolutely livid about the octaves of a 60Hz tone that is prevalent in this interview.

    In logarithmic sequence:

    Of course, there are also harmonics of these frequencies …

    x2 log 10:

    x3 log 10:

    x4 log 10;

    • Joseph Fetz says:

      The simple fix, of course, is to have them use a landline. They’re then grounded to the same thing that Tom is (i.e. the Earth), thus the cycles will tend to be in sync.

  2. Delphin says:

    The greatest western abolitions were the ending of serfdom in Russia and the destruction of the Nazi slave empire. Each is a counter example to Powell’s main thesis.

    • skylien says:

      What should this mean? That if serfdom in Russia was ended by a civil war, that that would have been better?

      And the Nazi slave labor was taken up during WW2, it wasn’t a publicly accepted and intitutionalized thing for generations during peace time before. You know most people think (I do not, but I guess you do too) that during war things are different and you can do basically whatever you want with your „enemies“. So projecting actions during war time on peace time does not work and vica versa, else wars weren’t nearly as terrible as they actually are. And by the way, what the Germans did during WW2 actually didn’t win them any friends in eastern Europe. However their luck was that some other bully turned up the red heat on eastern Europe for a few decades. Remember the iron curtain?

  3. skylien says:

    Great interview.

    Wow up to now I have never thought about the long term consequences of how you abolish slavery. However now it really makes sense why it is especially the US where racism is still much more of a problem than in the rest of the western world. I always wondered how that was possible.

    • skylien says:

      And in short you can just call it Blowback, although not recognizable for most people (including me up to this day).

  4. Ivan says:

    I listened until he said that the English levellers developed the ‘first liberal program’, which Locke ‘picked up “…Poor Woods, who knows little something about Western history and history of philosophy, and the contribution of the medieval world to human liberty, had to endure that for 30 minutes and be polite…

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