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  •  the evil motive side worked to delay abolition (14+ / 0-)

    not setting it up in the first place... all situations in the present are the result of a lot of previous steps and decisions that followed the path of least residence and the largest return... once headed in a particular direction accidental and intentional additions to the landscape and the decision making and moral justifications tend to keep things heading in the same direction... usually long past where the original reasons work any longer or the balance sheets add up or the increasing moral and economic destructiveness far outweighs the now obsolete justification.

    Labor shortage, labor force unwilling to migreate... slavery is a solution as well as convict labor. Slaves bought in Africa (Or kidnapped by traders cut out of the "legal" sources)were cheaper originally... transport costs were a  bigger part of the expense... But as the wholesale cost in Africa kept going up year after year... keeping most the "cargo" alive became more and more of a priority ... faster ships marginally better "care" on legal slave ships... but the costs just going up anyway. The energy and effort kept going in the direction of extending the age of slavery not as much abolition and finding alternatives... (like fossil fuel today vs. renewable, existing investment, moneyed interests and denial are powerful things... but in comparison slavery did have other perverse payoffs for some)

    Once importation of new slaves from Africa was made illegal... the whole market in the US turned to breeding the domestic supply and the laws of supply and demand and the entrenchment of the use of slaves and the dominance of the landed gentry in economics and politics of the South meant they could drag their heels on any changes that might go with the inevitable flow of history and make sure laws favored keeping slavery "forever"...

    And part of the whole keeping of it the way it was does link up to the sadism, exploitation etc by at least a sizable percentage of the enablers and benefiters of slavery... they could have been a minority of those invested in it but they would have had extra dimensions of motivation... and higher levels of enthusiasm and activism... Those who get extra buzz and  or have more secret guilt over their sick abuses...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:50:48 AM PST

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