Insights On the Black Lives Matter Movement Part 1: Slavery and Democracy

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Human societies have always been and continue to be hierarchical. This means that intrinsically there are those with greater opportunities than others. The historical shift from early human organisational systems, like the Roman empire, that typified the most extreme hierarchies with up to 80% being slaves within their society, to today’s equivalent, if not less Draconian Russian and Chinese structures, has taken two millennia. This represents a trend of greater empowerment of the individual, that in turn increases the net productiveness of a human system.

 

The Evolution of Democracies

In parallel with the evolution of hierarchical structures , has been the growth of democracies, that by definition have flatter hierarchies and seek to maximise the trend of greater empowerment of the individual. Thus the evolution of mankind’s individual potential and manifestation, is personified by the development of Western democracy, from the state of Athens to the present day. It should be noted that the current social structures are not the final product and are certainly not perfect, but rather they are part of an iterative process over time and successive empire cycles. Thus today, within Western democratic structures which are in decline, there are massive disparities in opportunities and wealth,  in every section of society. These disparities are not just racial, but are more clearly defined as socioeconomic into which racial divides then fall.

As I have articulated in previous Murrinations, sea states tend towards meritocratic social structures, whilst land or continental power remain more hierarchical. Although cousins, America and Britain’s topography have shaped both national cultures with significant differences. Both are democratic, but Britain’s higher coastline to surface area ratio, meant that seafaring was a more integral function of society, shaping its gene pool until only recently, to favour right brained dynamics. Thus it was Britain that lead the democratic revolution in the Western world. Whilst America started as an extension of British sea power, on the margins of the eastern coastline. However as its migrated west, a large part of their population became landlocked with a tendency towards more left brained hierarchical structures. This explains to a large degree, the hierarchical nature of America and its rigidity and consequential racial fractures, now clearly apparent in decline.

 

The Path To The Abolishment of Slavery

Going back to the expansive stages of the Super Western Christian Empire, slavery was a foundation of the economy’s of many of the Western democracies, as it was in many other cultures across the world. It was only with the arrival of the industrial revolution and the end of the agrarian period, that societies could develop less dependence on manual labour and slavery could be abolished. Thus it was that Britain both lead the industrial revolution and the banning of slavery in 1833. A notable story demonstrating the widespread nature of slavery at the time, is that up to 1820, British citizens were themselves subject to slavery when captured by the Barbary pirates on and around the British coastline.  America or to be specific, the union under Lincoln, followed Britain after a similar American industrialisation process during the civil war in 1863 with the 13th amendment banning slavery. Although this did not pass into law until January 1865, two months before the South surrendered.  However, within America whilst free, the black population remained the underclass that helped to run the American empire, arguably until the presidency of Obama. But even then, they have continued their economic disadvantage and treatment within American society. A situation that has been compounded without an effective social security net and national medical care during the Wuhan pandemic crisis.

 

In my next Murrination Insights From the Black Lives Matter Movement Part 2 ; I will look at American social integration.

 

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