This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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Racism and slavery in the theory of caste

Caste does not concern itself with race, or with the issue of slavery. We would also like to point out that, generally speaking, and even outside Hindu world, in civilizations of the Greek or Roman type, where slavery was a significant institution, the status of slave was not tied to any racial distinctions. It was rather a social status that could be acquired by anyone due to events such as defeat in war, crime, or indebtedness. At any rate, the task of the caste system is to retrace human nature, established a graduated order based on the diversity of human tendencies, which are themselves a kind of secondary determination of spiritual temperament that necessarily manifests itself in several types. The social order that is built upon caste is one that has for its goal the coordination of tendencies, giving each his due and permitting all to cooperate as one social body. Only in modern history, as we found in the antebellum United States, do we find a combination of racism and slavery, or slavery based on race, and this is very telling. It suggests to us that, since this kind of gradation based on race only reared its head and insinuated itself into a social order in the modern world, and, so to speak, in the most modern part of that world at that time, we can say that racism is one of the errors characteristic of the modern outlook: specifically, we can blame modern racism on the modern world’s obsession with evolutionism and its constant search for a ‘missing link’ between man and ape, for which the negro, to a superficial and profane eye, serves as an acceptable substitute. Within such a worldview, the ‘intermediate human form’ would naturally fit into society as less-than-human and serve perfectly as a kind of intelligent beast of burden. Another of the gifts of humanism to humankind.

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