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PostWage Slavery; Three Archived WAIS Posts (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 06/22/12 4:51 am)
Here are three old WAIS posts about slavery or slave wages:
1.) Illegal Immigration (Ronald Hilton, USA, 08-01-99)
"Jaqui White, who now lives in Texas on the Mexican border, spent some years in Saudi Arabia, where her husband was Professor of Medicine. She makes a comparison between the two countries:
"'The bottom line here is that when people cannot make a living and support their families in their own countries they naturally go to a nearby country where they can obtain work and send money home. This is certainly true of the Mexican nationals who are without papers here on the border.
"'A similar situation exists in Saudi Arabia. Workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines are allowed to enter the Kingdom on a contract basis--usually one to five years. They do all of the "labor." They sweep the streets, are nurses in the hospital, are shop keepers, nannies, and in general do work the Saudis prefer not to do. Their living and working conditions are not very good. In the case of domestics they are often mistreated. In all cases, they are underpaid, but again, this is not slavery--they choose to work in Saudi Arabia, as the Mexicans choose to work in the United States as a means to an end. They would all far prefer to stay at home with their families if they could support them.'"
2.) Brazil: Slavery today (Ronald Hilton, USA, 01/13/07)
"Only in 1888 did Brazil abolish slavery. The Emperor Pedro II lost the support of landowners, and he abdicated. Brazil became a republic. It is now charged that forced labor, the equivalent of slavery, still exists in iron mining communities in isolated locations of Brazil. Much of the iron ore is exported to US corporations. 'US Congress to probe slave-made goods from Brazil,' Greenwich Time (12/19/06) gives details."
3.) Philippines: Spanish Colonization (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines, 10/23/06)
Bienvenido Macario writes:
"Let us look at the socio-political development in the Philippine Islands from the time the aging conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi successfully established a colony in Cebu in 1565, 44 years after Magellan landed in the neighboring island of Limasawa in Central Philippines. Legaspi is said to have been a minor Basque aristocrat.
"Comparing the Western conquest of the Philippines and that of the New World, the natives and aborigines of the Philippines did not suffer exactly the same injustice as the Native Americans. Yet today's descendants of the various tribes of America, or what's left of those tribes, are a lot better off than both the natives and aborigines of the Philippine Islands.
"I have to mention again the green slavery in the Philippines, where OFW's (Overseas Filipino Workers) work in distant places to provide for their families and loved ones with their children growing up and reared by single parents or someone other than the parents. This differs little from the 19th-century African slave families who were auctioned off separately to different masters and thereby breaking up the families.
"My question would be this: If the [US] Native Americans had been assimilated with the various European settlers, would we have the America of today?
"Maybe we have to have a fatalistic view, and Darwin's theory of evolution comes to mind with his 'survival of fittest' theory of evolution. Those who are fit to live will somehow manage to survive."
JE comments: Bienvenido Macario does a great job of scouring the WAIS archives for interesting old posts. Few topics come up on the Forum that haven't been addressed before in some way. With over 27,000 postings since the late 1990s, we've discussed just about everything--but there's still a lot more to say!
Bienvenido reminds me of how much I miss Jaqui White, who passed away in 2010. She opened her South Texas home to Aldona and me on two occasions. Both times she drove us to Matamoros in Mexico, where she was known by nearly everyone as "La Jueza." (Jaqui had served as a judge in her town of Laguna Vista, TX.) She was a generous, classy and unforgettable lady.