The Chinese slavery story is making the rounds with little analysis or thinking about slavery in general. In the USA, people have been and are being enslaved: illegal aliens. In China, the vast excess of labor encourages attempts at exploitation. In the rich oil kingdoms, there are many literal slaves, the push to free the child jockeys came only from Europe, it was barely mentioned in the USA. And then there is a typical story about Chinese slaves from our own dark past, one that few Americans know or want to remember.
China has pledged to bring to justice traffickers who enslaved hundreds of children and adults to work in brick kilns in two provinces.
As it prepared to send investigators to Henan and Shanxi, the government said that all captives would be freed.
Some 550 people have been liberated in recent weeks and families believe up to 1,000 children were enslaved.
The story made national headlines after parents of some of them launched an internet campaign for their freedom.
The history of slavery is very interesting and focusing on the enslavement of Africans loses sight of the fact that slavery has along history going back to the beginnings of human society. Early human warfare was concerned with capture of women, eating other humans and pushing other families out of desired hunting and then farming areas. The desire to make people work for free and to be able to beat them so they work is very strong.
The colonization of the USA would have gone much slower if it wasn't for slavery. The wealth of Europe that could then suddenly spend much more on military technology so they could invade Asia, was based 100% on the enslavement and looting of both African and New World stone age peoples. The decimination of the New World as the slavers from Europe worked the natives to death, the endless demands for gold, silver and farm products coupled with diseases and starvation destroyed 90% of the population, an astonishing number.
The natives of nearly all the Caribbean islands were annihilated and African slaves were kidnapped and shipped by the millions to work the now deserted islands producing indigo and sugar. The deaths of these slaves during the first 100 years was so ferocious, the need to import more was an ongoing enterprise. Once that shameful business was terminated, the condition of the slaves improved slightly because there was some small incentive to keep them alive, barely.
The Irish and Scots made bad slaves for the British slavers but to control them politically and to cement the power of the British slave state, the Crown would deport, chase out or displace huge populations of peasants not only in Ireland and Scotland but inside the Kingdom itself. After the Great Plagues of the 14th to 16th centuries, there was a period when there weren't enough peasants but as that faded, the peasant population was too high to control politically, indeed, much of Australlia and the USA were populated by quasi-slaves shipped over in chains or forced to go by other means. These people also suffered the whip and loss of liberty that the Africans endured only unlike them, there was a means towards ending enslavement.
Heng Tinghan, who trafficked the 31 slave laborers to the kiln in Hongtong county, was formally arrested along with four accomplices on Monday on charges of illegal detention and mayhem, Xinhua news agency said.
Police have detained the supervisor, but Xinhua did not say if he was one of the five receiving the arrest warrants on Monday as well. Another three are wanted, Xinhua said.
The scandal has emboldened local media to bluntly demand answers from the usually unassailable ruling Communist Party and to demand official heads roll.
The communist party is a dictatorial organization which is somewhat more unrepresentative than the US system and just as corrupt. Getting them to investigate themselves is very difficult but not impossible. In the USA, we investigate each other in a limited degree but note how, after it became clear there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and thus, our invasion was totally illegal, not one soul who lied us into that war has been arrested and put on trial.
So the finger pointing and the sneering is badly misplaced. Until the USA turns and faces its own crimes, we cannot wear the mantle of legitimacy. The Jews who invaded Palestine have successfully demanded and recieved huge funds that are not charity nor aid, to pay for the enslavement of the Jewish population of Europe by the Nazi Germans.
But no one in Europe or America is paying reparations for the enslavement and looting of Africa. When China reached out to Africa recently, all the media in the former slave states of the West wailed and howled like banshees but the minute any African or former slave leaders asked for reparations if the West is so concerned about Africa being exploited by the Chinese, suddeenly the ears were plugged and the faces went blank.
Chen Liangyu was the top political figure in China's richest city, Shanghai.
Following his public sacking on Monday, he is now the most senior head to roll since President Hu Jintao took office in 2003.
Mr Chen is accused of being involved in multi-million dollar scandal, in which money from the city's social security fund was illegally invested in a road toll project and in Shanghai's wildly speculative property market.
The Chinese do go after high party officials and they are concerned about corruption. Just as in the USA, nearly all politicians have their hands in various tills, seeking wealth and power, it is the same in China. Pentagon appropriations are the main fountain of wealth as these people work with men and women who bribe them, to spend like crazy on hopelessly useless projects, schemes and invasions. Cleaning out DC is now a herculean task and I see no progress there at all.
Indeed, things are obviously getting much worse because everyone makes money on corruption and slavery and tapping into the giant pool of labor of China is a top priority of the men and women over here who want to be very rich off of value-added labor. If our ruling elites are so concerned about the enslavement of Asians they would be investigating themselves. They would be demanding strong unions in China and other innovations that we barely have here.
And then there is the flood of illegal aliens here who are semislaves. They pour into the USA with the connivance of our government because they have no rights and are easily controlled and their mass keeps wages down in many industries. If we could totally enslave them, our profit-seeking elites would be overjoyed.
From the above article:
A statement from the Communist Party's central committee said: "Whoever it is, no matter how high their positions are, anyone who violates Party rules or national law will be severely investigated and punished".
Party members can be sentenced to death for corruption, although senior figures often have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment or shorter sentences.
And how many politicians have we executed? I would suggest the Kennedys. But aside from them, has a politician ever gone to prison for more then 10 years for any ECONOMIC crimes? Let's look at the record for prison time for bribery: when was Reagan arrested for collecting $2.5 million from the Japanese a month after leaving the White House?
Last month while roaming the web seeking information about an earthquake, I came across this interesting story about American slavers and the Chinese:
The railroad management fretted over all delays in forward progress, including building the spur. Complete the road and then build the spurs, they ordered Totten. To their way of thinking, early completion was merely a matter of persistent work and flooding the project with laborers. The arrival of 360 more Irish in January 1854 was the beginning of that flood. By the end of February over 9,000 workers were busy on the 18-mile stretch between the Obispo River and Panama City. The dire warnings of the perils to be faced in Panama from climate and malignant disease issued by Vanderbilt and his colleagues dissuaded many Americans from coming, but other nationalities - Irish, Hindus, Chinese, English, French, Germans, Malays - responded to the call. Workers died in large numbers, but the railroad company did its best to discredit the notion that this death rate was in any way out of the ordinary. The company’s attitude inspired such statements in the Star & Herald as follows:
“As to all the nonsense about malaria, fever, pestilential swamps and the thousand other ills that are charged to the Isthmus, we report again, they exist no more than in any other tropical climate, and that prudence and ordinary precaution is all that is required on the part of unacclimated newcomers to our sunny shores.”
First of all, note how the American media was used to lie for the capitalists. As usual, the complicit criminal actions of the media owners in collusion with the people seeking to profit off of some venture is classic. Far from investigating the conditions of the workers and exposing the lies used by labor recruiters and showing the world how despicable this all was, the media was recruited to help these monsters get more workers to replace the ones who were dying at such a ferocious rate. Also note that the natives of the region ran off or refused to labor under these inhuman conditions.
The railroad owners should have been arrested and executed. Instead, they were celebrated as heroes. When the rails were built from California to the Midwest midcentury, the vast bulk of the dangerous work in the Sierras was done by semi-slave Chinese labor and every mile of every road and canal in the New World was lined by anonymous graves, unmarked and unremarked. To this day, not once cent of reparations have been paid to the families who lost sons and fathers in this fashion. On top of this, the survivors were deported and the workers were forbidden to bring over women of any kind for fear these semi-slaves might stay and have children.
From the railroad history:
Early on the morning of March 30, 1854, the sober, right- thinking Argonauts who chose to stroll on the sea wall at Panama City rather than spend their time in saloons and card rooms were rewarded for their virtue by the sight of the clipper Sea Witch entering the harbor. The Witch, owned by Howland and Aspinwall, was 192 feet long with towering masts and a black dragon as figurehead. Launched in 1846 for the China trade, by 1854 she was a famous ship. The Sea Witch was the first vessel to sail from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn in less than 100 days. Twice she had broken the speed record from Canton to the United States, and neither of these passages has ever been equalled by a sailing ship.
Many of the sea wall strollers, eager to relieve their boredom, rowed out for a closer look at the beautiful vessel and thereby suffered disillusionment. The Witch was filthy and stank like a slaver. She had made the run from Canton to Panama with her holds packed with Chinese coolies. Soon she was joined in the harbor by two other sailing ships, equally filthy and odorous, also loaded with the Orientals.
The railroad company had purchased the services of the coolies from a Canton labor contractor under a system similar to that of the British indentured servants sent to Virginia and Georgia during the seventeenth century. The company agreed to pay the contractor $25 a month for each man sent, and then the contractor made his own arrangements with the individual coolie - generally doling out four to eight dollars a month in wages and retaining the remainder as payment for ocean passage and food. It was a slave system, but the Panama Railroad Company was not averse to using slaves if they would help complete the road.
The railroad barons knew of this exploitation. Just like we know of the exploitation of illegal aliens who are brought in to break unions and drive down wages of native workers. This shameful business is part of the revolution in China: Mao and his sorts got legitimacy from their opposition to this business! Of course, all revolutions end in new slavery which is intresting since humans have been enslaving each other since the dawn of humanity.
I will also note how the Holocaust industry makes lots of noise about that event but there are no memorials to the Chinese coolies who died building our empire. History books barely mention them. Our complicity in their exploitation is seldom broached. The Chinese are very proud people and they don't want to harp on this dreadful history but it must be faced.
The government agents responsible for enslavement should be vigorously opposed and exposed. But hark, I do see another enslavement story that got zero force from the entire USA media. It was only covered in the very last days.
The Pakistan’s renowned human rights activist Ansar Burney has said that some fourty thousand innocent children mostly from Asian countries including Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are working on slave labour as ‘child camel jockeys’ in miserable circumstances in UAE and Middle East and Arab countries.
I covered this story back when it broke. It took forever for it to make it into the American mainstream media. This is because the need to portray the evil, corrupt kings and lords in the Arab world, the oil pumping pimps of the Gulf, as 'moderates' who are supporting 'liberty' meant this would clash with the propaganda and clue people in to what was going on. So it was simply ignored just like we ignore the history of exploiting Chinese labor here in America.
When my parents were stationed in Saudi Arabia in the 1970's, slavery was totally legal and practiced by all the richer families. Due to exposure in the European, not American, media, the British strongarmed the Saudi royals to end slavery which they did with tremendous reluctance. To this day, stories of enslavement by these families rises to the surface occassionally such as the tendency to take slaves to America and keep them under wraps as they are whipped, made to work long hours and starves. One such slave managed to escape her mistress and flee but the State Department and the Saudi royals conspired to sneak the criminal who enslaved the servant, home where she is probably beating slaves every day in her palace there.
Which takes me back to the Chinese government officials enslaving people: people in glass houses built by slaves have no right to throw stones.