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Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom.

It is a very strange thing, the slave trade was abolished with the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act by the British Parliament in 1807, however it took until the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act to end slavery itself. [1]. This was achieved by giving slave owners £20 million compensation (about £16 billion today) for the loss of their property. Ex-slaves, of course, received nothing and continued to be exploited in slavery in all but name for many years. Eventually ex-slaves became what we now call wage slaves, landless, oppressed and paid a pittance. What is astonishing is that the amount of money borrowed to buy off the slavers was not finally paid off until 2015. [2]. Just like the damned bankers bail-out we’ve also still been paying off slavers. The people always pay, of course. In what follows I am not attempting to draw any…

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