In one of the great ironies of history, we find socialists and anarchists on the side of the new generation of slave-holders. The workers and wage-slaves of the world are being delivered into the hands of the overlords of the globalist future. These socialists and anarchists, obsessed with the slavery that was, sell us into the slavery that is and the worse slavery that is to come.
Slavery is an abomination. It is a gross violation of the dignity of the human person. It is no surprise, therefore, that Christians have been at the forefront of the fight against slavery throughout the ages. The ending of slavery in Europe had a great deal to do with the rise of Christianity, and the ending of the African slave trade was primarily the work of Christian abolitionists.
The force behind the African slave trade was not white supremacism, as critical race theorists claim, but human pride and greed, irrespective of skin colour, aided and abetted by technological “progress.” Black tribes enslaved neighbouring tribes and then sold them to the white slave-traders. Such wanton wickedness tramples on human dignity and is a stain on human history. “Generations have trod, have trod, have trod,” laments Gerard Manley Hopkins:
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell….
Thanks to Christian abolitionists, it is now illegal to buy and sell human persons. This Christian interventionism was truly revolutionary in its infusion of fundamental Christian principles into economic life. This must be stressed. The removal of slaves from the market was revolutionary; it was a restriction of free market forces in the interests of human freedom. Slavery, in this sense, is a thing of the past because of the revolutionary power of Christianity. Thanks be to God, literally!
The problem is that slavery comes in other guises.
If slavery is defined in the narrow sense of the ownership of one person by another, it can be said to have been abolished; if, however, it is defined as the absence of freedom, it is evident that we are living in an age of increasing slavery. We live in an age in which the rights of individual conscience, the rights of the family, and even the right to life have been lost or are being taken away. We live in an age in which government keeps getting bigger and bigger and further and further away from the people, an age in which local government is weakened and in which national or international government is strengthened. We live in an age in which the democratic process is being controlled by unelected plutocrats; the super-rich using the power they possess in Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Finance to manipulate the market in ideas, as well as the market in goods and services. We live in an age in which global corporations employ their financial power to pillage the resources of Africa, riding roughshod over the indigenous peoples of the continent whom they consider to be primitives for their failure to practice the sterile principles of the culture of death.
Powerless in the face of plutocratic and technological imperialism, the African people are as exploited today as they were by the plutocrats of the past. They are not owned but they are dispossessed of what they own. This is the slavery which is—and, truth be told, it doesn’t smell much better than the slavery that was.
And then there is the slavery that is to be.
There is little doubt that the global corporations, aided and abetted by technology, are tightening their grip on the world, blurring the distinction between economic and political power. Their allies include the Chinese Communist Party, which has the blood of tens of millions of its own civilians on its hands, and the “progressive” ascendancy in the United States and the European Union. These strange bedfellows will work to ensure that the much-vaunted Great Reset will move the world towards much more global integration. The global economy and global politics will be controlled by elites who are not democratically elected and who are beyond the control of any national government, answerable to nothing but their own self-interest, and pursuing that self-interest at the expense of the political and economic freedom of the increasingly powerless people of the world. Is this not a new generation of slave-holders, immeasurably more powerful than the slave-owners of the past?
And where do the socialists and anarchists stand in the face of the slavery that is and the slavery that is to come? In one of the great ironies of history, we find them on the side of the new generation of slave-holders. They do not oppose the globalist drive towards the free movement of capital and labour but, on the contrary, they oppose all anti-globalist efforts to protect local economies through restrictions on trace and immigration. They do not oppose the unholy and unhealthy alliance between global corporations and the Chinese Communist Party. Instead, like stormtroopers of globalism, they make war on the forces of localism and nationalism. They seek to cancel mathematics and classical music for being “systemically racist” but are silent in the face of the real systemic racism being carried out by global corporations on the people of Africa.
Considering the role of the socialists and anarchists as the stormtroopers of globalism, we might be pardoned for being puzzled by their alleged support for the poor and downtrodden. With “friends” like these, the workers and wage-slaves of the world are being delivered into the hands of the overlords of the globalist future. We should keep this in mind as these socialists and anarchists, obsessed with the slavery that was, sell us into the slavery that is and the worse slavery that is to come.
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