At the threshold of eliminating slavery early modern capitalism induces regression…

The long centuries of christianity had come close to eliminating slavery in the occident, islamic societies apart, but then the onset of modernity shows a regression based in capitalist exploitation…

Marx, like generations of socialists, saw the particularly capitalist character of the New World’s slavery — and the inextricable link between the emancipation of the enslaved and the liberation of the entire working class.

Source: What Marx Understood About Slavery

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