Perverse, Racist, Enslaving Anglo-Saxon Philosophers
Ever wondered what John Locke, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, Thomas Jefferson have in common? Well, they are all highly regarded pillars of philosophy, in the United States. They are drilled in the minds of naïve students, and presented as the very definition of what makes the Anglo-Saxon more “rational”, “empirical”, “pragmatic”, and eminently moral. Left unsaid, but truly the fundamental reason for the admiration directed at them, is that they were theoreticians, partisans and supporters of racism and slavery. Not only that, but they showed how to manage with dexterity the exploitation of most men by a few evil lords.
As Uber-Racist David Hume put it:”Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few… Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad… The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster.”
I guess, if human beings are oysters, we may as well roast them in an oven… Hume’s statement is superbly idiotic, except if one wants to devour, or, let’s say, enslave people.
Many an American philosophy professor extoll those racist enslavers as paradigms of rational, empirical thinking. It works this way: Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father of the Bill of Rights and the like, lifted directly his texts from John Locke. So Locke, this way, is viewed as a very great thinker, yet, of more significance was the fact that, contrarily to all Western tradition, contrarily to all Western intellectual, constitutional, moral, philosophical and historical tradition, Locke was a master racist.
Anglo-Saxon Enlightenment master thinker John Locke was instrumental in codifying race-based chattel slavery into the United States Constitution. Sir Leslie Stephen charged Locke with personal racism for inserting section CX: “Every freeman of Carolina shall have absolute power and authority over his negro slaves, of what opinion or religion soever.”
Locke formulated the sections on religion. Locke was involved over the years in amending the Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas right up to the time at which he was writing the mellifluous “Two Treatises of Government”. The clause about negro slavery perdured. The Second Treatise account of slavery is intended to justify the institutions and practices of Afro-American slavery.
“Slavery is so vile and miserable an Estate of Man, and so directly opposite to the generous Temper and Courage of our Nation; that ’tis hardly to be conceived, that an Englishman, much less a Gentleman, should plead for’t…”
So how come Locke invested in the Royal African Company (= slave trade)? And wrote enslaving constitution? Simple: he taught hypocrisy, and the greedy empire as the highest good. What Locke actually did and some of the documents with which he was involved, show he supported slavery and wanted to promulgate slavery. Locke was actually a pillar, a theoretician, the way to construct the racist, fascist, enslaving empire.
Anglo-Saxon imperial Enlightenment thinker David Hume the “Abolitionist”:
“I am apt to suspect the negroes and in general all other species of men (for there are four or five different kinds) to be naturally inferior to the whites. There never was a civilized nation of any other complexion than white, nor even any individual eminent either in action or speculation. No ingenious manufactures amongst them, no arts, no sciences…. [T]here are NEGROE slaves dispersed all over EUROPE, of which none ever discovered any symptoms of ingenuity; tho’ low people, without education, will start up amongst us, and distinguish themselves in every profession. In JAMAICA, indeed, they talk of one negroe as a man of parts and learning; but ‘tis likely he is admired for very slender accomplishments, like a parrot, who speaks a few words plainly.”
Hume, of course, was an ignorant idiot: Black Africa developed its own steel manufacturing, using its own proprietary technology. Why are American universities teaching ignorant idiots? To create another generation of ignorant idiots? (African steel is why the Europeans could not penetrate the Black continent until close to 1900s. Even then, the French used mostly native soldiers, led by a sprinkle of French officers…)
Kant, in Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime, stated: “The Negroes of Africa have received from nature no intelligence that rises above the foolish.”
Thomas Jefferson penmanship is all over the American Declaration of Independence, a document that lauds human equality. The crux, though, is in how “humanity” is defined. In Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson wrote: “I advance it, as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.”
Jefferson: blacks were “pests in society… as incapable as children of taking care of themselves.” Jefferson wrote that he sold slaves only as punishment. Yet he sold at least 85 humans in a 10-year period to raise cash for wine, art and other luxury goods. Hypocrisy again.
Destroying slave families didn’t bother Jefferson, because blacks came short in basic human emotions. “Their griefs are transient…” their love lacked “a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation.”
Jefferson had “never seen an elementary trait of painting or sculpture” or poetry among blacks and argued that blacks’ ability “to reason” was “much inferior” to whites’, while “in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous.” Blacks were brave, because of “a want of forethought, which prevents their seeing a danger till it be present.”
Thinkers like that are ready to sink the world. Thinkers for the few who sink most. Yet, they have led and presided over generations of American leaders, educators, legislators, senators, congressmen, businessmen, presidents… In turn this double faced, forked tongue, exploitative attitude has been institutionalized.
So if one wants to know why Anglo-Saxon “civilization” has deviated from standard civilization, there it is. Part of it. Part of the other part being The Bible, of course.