Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Education for Liberty
Slavs, Slaves, and Slavery
Spring 2014 - Digital
2014年春季 - 数字网
March 18, 2014
Have you ever had one of those etymological epiphanies? Youknow, where two words you had never thought of together are discovered to berelated? Maybe you noticed “literally” and “literature” with their related meaningsfor the first time?
These types of discoveries are entertaining, but there isone linkage that should be shouted from the rooftops. What relation merits suchattention? The words “Slav” and” slave”. Specifically, the Latin root for“slave” also had a direct relation to the “Slavic” peoples.
Moreover, this linkage between the people group and the termfor forced servitude is not only related in English but also in Arabic andseveral other languages.
This derivation came from the fact that for centuries, theSlavic peoples were the most readily available source of slave labor forEasterners and Westerners alike.
On slavery more generally, the PC（ politically correct） narrative is that slavery was thefault of Westerners. Your professor will never say this outright, but just takea glance at your Afro-Studies Department courses at your college and you arevery unlikely to find accounts of the North African Barbary slave traders.
However, I promise you that there will be no shortage ofcourse on European slavers. This is one of the biggest intentional oversightsand cover-ups propagated in modern academia. To discuss one of the mostubiquitous human evils as if it was the distinctive province of onecivilization is shockingly dishonest. Here are just a few facts to give yousome perspective:
Slavery occurred in virtually every observed society inwhich it was viable, but Arabic world was the unequivocal leader in sheervolume of slaves captured and sold.
More Sub-Saharan Africans were sold to the Islamic worldthan to Europe and the Western Hemisphere combined.
There were more Europeans enslaved by North Africans thanthere were Sub-Saharan Africans enslaved and sent to the Western hemisphere
Have you ever heard that in one of the interminably inaneseminars on “race and slavery”? No. Because the left cannot bear to lose itsbludgeoning tool of choice as it seeks to disfigure Western Civilization. TheWest did its share of evil, but it was also the only place where a significantmovement arose to abolish slavery. If any civilization has a right to claim anymoral high ground on this matter it is most certainly the one which almostsingle handily fought to destroy it.