Re: [OPE-L] Inter-species slavery

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu Nov 23 2006 - 12:11:00 EST

>>Primitive communism and slavery are modes of production, I think, which
>>are possible for other species.  Feudalism and capitalism, I think,
>> aren't
>>... for a variety of reasons.
> This is just racism--so called primitives and slaves aren't really
> humans; serfs, dependant peasantries and formally free wage workers
> are. Such an idea is only possible on the basis of the invidious
> distinctions built up by racist Euro-American culture.

This is just laughable.  The concrete, historical circumstances
having to do with why feudalism and capitalism can't be imagined
as existing in non-human species have to do with specific forms of
property relations, ownership, money, markets, etc.  There doesn't have to
be money or markets (including a slave market) for slavery to exist.
Capitalism, however, _requires_ monetary exchange, etc. -- conditions
which are specific to a certain period in human history.

In solidarity, Jerry

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