Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Islam Conquest Brought Prosperity

The Prophet Muhammed was a merchant and the Koran and the accessory documents of Islam are full of free-market-based ideas and ethics.  You have to dig deep to find out that in fact Islam spread not by the sword but by North African Christians escaping the chaos of the aftermath of the Fall of Rome to the anarchy (no+king) of Islamic free trade, peace, prosperity.

In a free market by specialization and division of labor, what is rare, expensive, not so good, and slow in coming becomes more better cheaper faster.  This is so basic to humanity that even Chairman Mao made it central to his Communist regime, but not able to achieve it within Communism.  It took right-deviationist Deng Xiao-ping to get the ball rolling.

Let’s look at the evidence that what was precious under the Romans was commonplace under Islam, a tribute to the free market ethic of Islam.  (email me if you want a .pdf of the article...)
We see a clear temporal increase in the number and range of species, with six present in the Roman deposits, but a further six in evidence during the medieval Islamic period(11thcentury onwards). The extensive excavation and sampling programme at Quseir al-Qadim and Berenike suggest that the spices recovered from the Roman period are representative for what was traded through the ports, but this should not be taken to mean that the spices absent in the Roman samples (e.g.gingerandcardamom) were not traded during the Roman period in archaeology we never argue from absence. The ancient texts do, in fact, mention spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Rather, the archaeological evidence provides an indication of the scale of the trade, and, together with context (in what type of locations and deposits the spices were found), shifts in usage. For example, the larger the quantities of a particular spice transhipped at the ports, the more likely the chance of spillage and thus the chance of some remains being lost and entering the archaeological record. In contrast, the smaller the quantities and the more precious (and therefore expensive) the commodity, the more effort would have been exerted to avoid accidental loss. Thus, the archaeobotanical evidence suggests that black pepper was traded in larger quan- tities than any of the other spices, something confirmed by textual evidence, while, in contrast, spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and ginger were in Roman times far too valuable to be spilled or consumed in the ports... 
Read on for the entire paper, pretty interesting work by archeologists on early world trade.

That ISIS is largely the product of Western intervention is clear by the violence of ISIS.  That ISIS spread so fast is just a replay of the common folk embracing the liberators who stand up to a country whose male generals marry men, whose most talked about story is a man who is attempting surgically reassign himself to the other team, and desires to solve its debt problems by generating more debt.

During the Crusades, a failed project, Crusaders on the way to the Holy Land, according to contemporary Jewish sources, attacked Jews for blaspheming Jesus and Mary.  The attacks were lethal.  For fun we have “insult Mohammed” drawing contests.  We have also executed 1 in 7 Americans so we can have better lives since the early 1970s.  Who would want our system imposed on theirs?

Along with history and economics, we are not allowed to study the bible, or in any way that might be accurate.  For example, we act as if falling towers and murderous actions are unprecendented, but Jesus himself was asked directly about both and He said “don’t worry about their souls, worry about what is in store for you.”
Luke 13 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)Repent or Perish13 There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus? I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Silo′am fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

The most authentic place to be is self-employed, or working therapeutically towards that estate.  Whether times are good or bad, you are in the right place.  If you were employed tha last 40 years, you were lulled into thinking you were accumulating personal wealth which in fact you were getting bupkus.

Self-employed you are contributing to wealth defined as the widest range of goods and services accessible to the widest range of people by the means they themselves can generate.

If and when our system comes down, you’ll need to know free-markets, something radical in both Christianity and Islam.  You can see working examples of this in places like Hong Kong, where radicals from all religions work harmoniously in peace and prosperity.  We could get there too.

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Luke Avedon said...

Very interesting. Merchants and free markets in religion seems to be a taboo topic. Perhaps, wildly off topic but your post reminds me of the merchant Citta in Buddhism. If I am remembering correctly, He had a debate with the leader of the Jains who did not believe a simple merchant could reach states of deep meditation (from: SN 41.8 and Great Disciples of the Buddha by Nyanaponika Thera).