Friday, August 31, 2007
the first millionaire
I found out today that the first ever millionaire was in Britian and was one of the chief benefactors of the transatlantic slavetrade... as a matter of fact - England became the world's superpower on the backs of african slaves. It got me to thinking about the worlds current superpower - the states has more individual billionaires then ever before - Australia is also full of the 'mega-rich' who lead corporations that get rich on the backs of the worlds largest ever slave trade... then it was sugar and cotton... now it's coffee and chocolate and sex. It took a century for England to build the trade and less than 50 years for a few committed Christian abolitionists to dismantle it. Let's do it again.