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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Stardreamer View Post
    And if it was the Indians who had developed faster and arrived in Europe to find stone age tribes do you think it would have been any different? There is one common trait in the Human race, the ability to abandon 'humanity' when it is convenient. I'm in the middle of an interesting sci-fi novel at the moment, imagining an alternative world where the Japanese and Mayan empires encountered each other first and joined to become the dominate world power. Europe is the third world in the world that emerged.
    I really dislike the "human nature" argument, because it is mostly used to basically exonerate the ones who actually did conquer and destroy other cultures. Yes, history would probably be the same, had the roles been reversed. But in this world, they weren't, and the ones who did obliterate an entire continent's culture and most of its population, were the White Men. Just because it is "human nature", doesn't change that fact.


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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    I really dislike the "human nature" argument, because it is mostly used to basically exonerate the ones who actually did conquer and destroy other cultures. Yes, history would probably be the same, had the roles been reversed. But in this world, they weren't, and the ones who did obliterate an entire continent's culture and most of its population, were the White Men. Just because it is "human nature", doesn't change that fact.


    Also, what book is that? Sounds cool.
    Yup. People who fall back on some "it's universal, all humans from all backgrounds would have done the same thing" overlooks the fact that the whole reason tribes in North America were disjointed and not any one big united imperialist entity similar to kingdoms or nation-states in Europe or elsewhere is precisely because there was no widespread tradition of conquest and subjugation in the sense of an expanding empire. Those existed in Native American history, for sure, but it was BY FAR the exception to the rule and not the norm.

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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    So I'm trying to find some way this addresses the part of my post that you quoted other than interpreting this as you saying it was "their fault" that they weren't in a better position to drive back a genocidal onslaught aided by disease?
    Not so much 'it was their fault' as much as they didn't stand a chance.

    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    I'm sorry-- I find this way of looking at it stupid. No offense. It's like saying "oh well if Jews had controlled Germany you don't think THEY would have put Germans into ovens?" It's pointless conjecture at best and it's historical revisionism to say every horrible act in history would have just been done the other way around if the guy who did it hadn't done it first. It's apologism.
    It is unrealistic and ignoring the majority of Human history to think otherwise. If you believe biblical history the Jews engaged in quite a bit of genocide in their time.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Actually, the natives' history does kinda disprove your theory. There is a reason why they DIDN'T become a dominant expansive power.

    So the book?
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    Also, what book is that? Sounds cool.
    Wasteland of Flint by Thomas Harland.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    Actually, the natives' history does kinda disprove your theory. There is a reason why they DIDN'T become a dominant expansive power.

    So the book?
    Not really, the Amerind cultures were largely not that much different any other culture in the world, some were peaceful enough and some were not. They warred with each other, traded with each other and enslaved each other which ever worked best for them much as all the other Human cultures have done throughout history.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Stardreamer View Post
    Not really, the Amerind cultures were largely not that much different any other culture in the world, some were peaceful enough and some were not. They warred with each other, traded with each other and enslaved each other which ever worked best for them much as all the other Human cultures have done throughout history.
    Except they never tried to expand, or build permanent things.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    Except they never tried to expand, or build permanent things.
    They built quite a few permanent things and confederacies and empires on the scale they were able to. What ever makes you believe they didn't?
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Stardreamer View Post
    Not so much 'it was their fault' as much as they didn't stand a chance.
    Actually scholars have written at some length about how for the first solid century or so of white colonialism on the east coast... the nearby Natives were in a position to eradicate them at virtually any time.

    They didn't. That simply wasn't the way they first-resorted to conflicts and they weren't in a centuries old mindset of exploit, conquer, subjugate, expand.

    It is unrealistic and ignoring the majority of Human history to think otherwise. If you believe biblical history the Jews engaged in quite a bit of genocide in their time.
    Their history doesn't bear your theory out. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardreamer View Post
    They built quite a few permanent things and confederacies and empires on the scale they were able to. What ever makes you believe they didn't?
    There were only two North American "empires" worth mentioning in the entire history of the continent. Confederacies as in loose alliances or affiliations of tribes that sometimes came together for common cause, or the democratic Iroquois Confederacy, were never based on forced membership or coercion.

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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    There were only two North American "empires" worth mentioning in the entire history of the continent. Confederacies as in loose alliances or affiliations of tribes that sometimes came together for common cause, or the democratic Iroquois Confederacy, were never based on forced membership or coercion.
    I never intended to imply they were all blood thirsty savages, just that they were Human.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by JockBoy87 View Post
    No argument.

    Jews or Germans, it doesn't matter. The capability of committing atrocities is genuinely and universally human.
    Okay guys look.

    Agreeing that humans are capable of atrocities is something no one has denied and has not been the point of discussion here.

    Saying "well it's okay and understandable the history of the American settlement happened the way it did because, well, it would have just happened the other way anyhow had things been different!" is a fundamentally different thing from the first statement. Massively so.

    You're going from saying "anyone can do something bad" to "anything bad I do to you-- you would have done it to me, I just did it first."

    I'm sorry-- no. That logic doesn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JockBoy87 View Post
    No argument.

    Jews or Germans, it doesn't matter. The capability of committing atrocities is genuinely and universally human.



    Book of Joshua. Read all about it.
    That the human condition allows for developing the urge and capacity to commit atrocities in now way means that all cultures have developed those. One doesn't follow from the other.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by xbuzzerx View Post
    Okay guys look.

    Agreeing that humans are capable of atrocities is something no one has denied and has not been the point of discussion here.

    Saying "well it's okay and understandable the history of the American settlement happened the way it did because, well, it would have just happened the other way anyhow had things been different!" is a fundamentally different thing from the first statement. Massively so.

    You're going from saying "anyone can do something bad" to "anything bad I do to you-- you would have done it to me, I just did it first."

    I'm sorry-- no. That logic doesn't work.
    You building a straw man argument, yes not all the Amerind cultures were warlike, nor were they all peace loving innocents. They weren't Angels or Demons, they were Humans and in the clash of cultures that occurred they were doomed from the start by numbers, technology But most importantly nature. The BIGGEST most significant factor in the downfall of the Amerind cultures was disease, entire tribes and nations died off often before they ever saw a white man. If Columbus and other explorers had done nothing more than shake hands and left never to return, the native populations would still have been largely destroyed.

    The European settlers largely arrived to find empty lands and abandoned villages. They didn't arrive with plans on eradicate Native populations, in fact most hoped for support and trade with them. There little evidence of intentional plans of genocide in the history.

    That being said though they did look down on the natives as primitives and not equals and conflict was bound to develop particularly when the French and English starting recruiting tribes to fight proxy wars. Those conflicts were bound to go badly for the natives in the end due to all the reasons I highlighted. The American policy towards the native population tended to alternate between various degrees of isolation and assimilation. Neither worked very well, were poorly planned and executed, and numerous atrocities both intentional and unintentional came out of it. But most of those atrocities came of the local conflicts and not part of some larger plan of genocide.

    Would the world have been a better place if European nations had not gone through colonial periods? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, explorers and traders would have eventually met up with the Amerind cultures and those cultures would not have survived the encounter intact.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by JockBoy87 View Post
    The point in declaring the distinct difference between nature and culture has to do with where you place blame. You can blame culture, but not nature.
    I wasn't the one who blamed 'human nature.' Human nature came up entirely as a justification on the part of Stardreamer

    Don't put words in my mouth, and do not conflate "would" with "could."
    I'm not putting words in anyone's mouth. I'm addressing the air of "shrug" and the implication towards inevitability in the last 2 posts from each of you.

    Perhaps if you don't want to be misunderstood as attempting to justify it you should rephrase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardreamer View Post
    You building a straw man argument, yes not all the Amerind cultures were warlike, nor were they all peace loving innocents. They weren't Angels or Demons, they were Humans and in the clash of cultures that occurred they were doomed from the start by numbers, technology But most importantly nature. The BIGGEST most significant factor in the downfall of the Amerind cultures was disease, entire tribes and nations died off often before they ever saw a white man. If Columbus and other explorers had done nothing more than shake hands and left never to return, the native populations would still have been largely destroyed.

    The European settlers largely arrived to find empty lands and abandoned villages. They didn't arrive with plans on eradicate Native populations, in fact most hoped for support and trade with them. There little evidence of intentional plans of genocide in the history.

    That being said though they did look down on the natives as primitives and not equals and conflict was bound to develop particularly when the French and English starting recruiting tribes to fight proxy wars. Those conflicts were bound to go badly for the natives in the end due to all the reasons I highlighted. The American policy towards the native population tended to alternate between various degrees of isolation and assimilation. Neither worked very well, were poorly planned and executed, and numerous atrocities both intentional and unintentional came out of it. But most of those atrocities came of the local conflicts and not part of some larger plan of genocide.

    Would the world have been a better place if European nations had not gone through colonial periods? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, explorers and traders would have eventually met up with the Amerind cultures and those cultures would not have survived the encounter intact.
    This is bullcrap.

    Simple variation of the "There were hardly any Indians and they weren't doing anything with the land ANYWAY.." argument that's been around for centuries.

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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Benvolio View Post
    Since it hasn't penetrated your brain when I said it nicely let me say it not nicely. Listen idiot. You are the only person with this hardon for "the only thing that changed was they went from not having modern conveniences to having them." You. No one else.

    You are a liar. I did not say that. You lack the intellectual capacity to understand what I did say.
    Before it disappears, I want to highlight that while you can say that someone's opinion may be idiotic....you are not entitled to call them an idiot.

    If we were all allowed to express this kind of opinion of one another.....you would come out far the worse for it Benvolio.

    Trust me on that.

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    You have it wrong, rareboy. The "listen idiot" was someone else calling me idiot. The paragraph "Since................No one else" is a quote from an earlier post by someone, I forget whom, which has apparently been deleted. It was part of a larger post, and when I trimmed it down it no longer appeared as a quote. He accused me of saying "the only thing that changed.......", but that quote was a complete fabrication. I said neither those words nor that substance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    Material condition isn't everything. And if they didn't want it, then they didn't need it. They took what they wanted when there was relative peace between the two peoples.

    And, let's get this straight - White Americans are not accused of destroying their way of life. They DID destroy their way of life. This is a proven historical fact that nobody with any credibility has ever tried to deny. Whether YOU - as a recent immigrant in White America - think that they then replaced it with a better one, matters not one bit to anyone.
    And whether you think White Americans did something wrong in making a better life available to the Native Americans matters to no one. Most of the destruction was the inevitable result of the immigration of a people with new technologies. The single biggest change to their way of life was the horse. Whites did not impose it upon them. Steel tools were a big change, also not imposed upon them.
    Much of the conflict and change resulted from the immigration itself. The xenophobic and racist Native Americans objected to the Whites immigrating to their land.

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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    Quote Originally Posted by Benvolio View Post
    And whether you think White Americans did something wrong in making a better life available to the Native Americans matters to no one. Most of the destruction was the inevitable result of the immigration of a people with new technologies. The single biggest change to their way of life was the horse. Whites did not impose it upon them. Steel tools were a big change, also not imposed upon them.
    Much of the conflict and change resulted from the immigration itself. The xenophobic and racist Native Americans objected to the Whites immigrating to their land.
    You're using modern day terms do describe previous era events that have nothing to do with them. "Immigration" implies legally or illegally - but also peacefully - moving from one country to another. There were no countries in North America to move to. This was conquest, not immigration. And White Americans DID something wrong "in making a better life available to the Native Americans" - they eradicated most of them, destroyed their culture and confined them to prison-like camps.

    To call Native Americans "xenophobic and racist" is in itself an absurd revisionist xenophobia and racism, and I really hope you finally get banned for good, because this sort of rhetoric is just not in any way ok on any forum where normal people communicate.
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    Re: Colonialism = Slavery

    When Americans object to immigration they get called racist and xenophobic, even in this forum. How was the Native American objection to the white invasion different. Most of the whites came as peaceful immigrants looking for a better life, and believed they were merely defending themselves from wild and unreasonable savages, much as they defended themselves from wild animals. I am not saying they were right, but the notion that they came as conquerors is wrong. They were no different from other immigrants, and present day Native Americans continue to be victims of continuing immigation of people competing for opportunities.

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    Immigration is not the same as invasion. However the white folks saw their conquering of the North American territory, the end result was extermination and genocide. You can spin that any way you want, won't change that. And immigration is just about the LAST problem NA have today.
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    Lack of economic opportunity is the biggest problem NA have today, and that has been true for generations. It is the direct result of the massive scale of immigrationn of excess workers.

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