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The Father of Capitalism and the Abolition of Slavery

It has become a common trope that slavery and the slave trade is responsible for the industrial revolution, if not our entire modern prosperity.

Slavery is often called capitalism’s “dark side.”

  • Matthew Lesh
  • Quillette

A recent column in the Guardian claimed the slave trade “heralded the age of capitalism” and Guardian columnist George Monbiot said on Twitter: “The more we discover about our…

It meant extracting stolen resources and the products of slavery, debt bondage and land theft from other nations.”

The same line has been taken by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who tweeted: “It’s a sad truth that much of our…

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