Originally Posted by Solipsist
Yes, all of which, of course, justifies the slave trade completely.
There have always been slaves though. As long as humans have occupied this planet they've used other people to get their projects built or made. It's like everyone wishing for world peace when war is a part of man's nature. People exploit other people. That seems to be how human operate. It's ugly as hell, but that's part of us. It's shameful from one point of view and logical from the point of view of kings and rulers. How else would they ever get anything done?
Humans are inventive. They like to invent new things and create stuff, and someone has to build and make the stuff once it's invented. It makes sense that the more people making the stuff, the more stuff gets made and the quicker it gets made too.
Slavery sucks, but without slaves we never would have gotten as far as we did. Unless we can all start learning to consume less and build things for ourselves, slave trade will never be abolished.