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1 CriticalDragon1177  Sep 9, 2014 7:42:45pm

FemNazi,

Emailed skepchick about this. Maybe they’ll link to the story in one of their Quickies.

Thanks for alerting me to this important commentary on the darkest aspect of American history.

2 lostlakehiker  Sep 9, 2014 11:09:45pm

There may have been other factors at work in declining cotton productivity. Absent modern inputs such as pesticides and fertilizer, cotton grows better in the first few years of cultivation on a given plot of land, and after that, as nutrients become exhausted and pests established, productivity falls off.

The early history of attempts to farm the south really tells us more. Those attempts foundered as white workers sickened or rebelled. Or maybe first sickened and then rebelled. In any case, it turned out to be pretty much impossible to keep them at work and get crops in.

Maybe a simple technological fix such as the straw hats Vietnamese wear would have made the thing possible. After the civil war, and to some extent before, there were white sharecroppers working in some of the fields of the south. But perhaps only in areas somewhat removed from the deepest and most hostile climates. What actually happened in the heyday of slavery was that the south prospered by stealing the labor and the lives of the slaves it sent into those fields. Lincoln had a point about the civil war when he speculated that divine justice might not be satisfied with the cost of the war until treasure and blood had been sunk into it sufficient to balance the cosmic scales. Whether one believes in such things is beside the point; he had to convince the Union to carry on and his point was that they shouldn’t expect victory to come cheap.

3 FemNaziBitch  Sep 10, 2014 7:23:19am

re: #1 CriticalDragon1177

FemNazi,

Emailed skepchick about this. Maybe they’ll link to the story in one of their Quickies.

Thanks for alerting me to this important commentary on the darkest aspect of American history.

Thank You. Though, I have to admit I have no idea what you did.

:0

4 FemNaziBitch  Sep 10, 2014 7:32:36am

I will say that history proves that obscene wealth is only possible with obscene exploitation of workers.

I’m not sure, however, that Progress (as we think of it it—science achievements, art or a chicken in every pot) requires exploitation.

I think we achieve our greatest works (great meaning never before thought possible-the atom bomb or a space station) when we work together for the benefit of all).

I also have to admit that the concept of the corporation has benefited humanity. I’m not sure the common man would have the freedom of movement to the extent that we do if Cornelius Vanderbilt had not redefined the corporation to allow for mass transportation, for one example.

I guess there is always bad with the good and vice versa.

5 CriticalDragon1177  Sep 10, 2014 7:43:13am

re: #3 FemNaziBitch

Thank You. Though, I have to admit I have no idea what you did.

:0

I sent skepchick an email with a link to the original Salon article.


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