- US economists promote trickle-down economics.
- Let us check the Arab countries to see how well trickle-down economics works in reality.
There are an enormous number of books and movies and overall coverage of the abolition of slavery in the US. However, the question of the abolition of slavery in Arab countries, where most people are unaware that slavery persisted for over a thousand years.
See our references for this article and other articles on slavery at this link.
The Compensation for Migrant Workers in Arab Countries
“Qatar’s labour laws are ruinous for workers. All the government has done is to codify slavery. Employers can now even lend out workers to another employer without the workers consent for up to a year.”
It is estimated that more than 40 percent of the world’s top 250 international construction contractors are participating in projects in Qatar. Shareholders with investments in fourteen different stock exchanges are exposed to the profits using modern day slavery under the kafala system,” said Sharan Burrow. – International Trade Union Confederation
Trickle Down Economics?
£101,406 Qatar’s average per capita income, according to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, making it the richest country in the world.
£475 The average monthly salary for Indian construction workers doing 60 hours a week, according to the International Labour Organisation.
£262 The average monthly salary for a Nepalese working about 70 hours a week. – The Guardian
And the Arab construction firms are looking for more slave labor, now from Africa.
While continued international pressure on the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar has managed to improve the working conditions of many South Asian and Southeast Asian migrants, recruitment agencies are now moving on to Africa. Detailed labor statistics are hard to come by in the region, but data from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs suggests that there are more than 636,000 Sudanese migrants in the Gulf, as well as up to 300,000 Kenyans.
There are several factors behind this trend, not least of which is the sky-high rate of youth unemployment in many African countries. But according to Sophia Kagan, from the International Labor Organization’s regional office for the Arab states, the main cause is growing demand. “Employers are looking for the cheapest possible labor,” she says.
A Primer on Trickle Down Economics
The Long Term Results of Slave Societies
Slavery can be considered a short term strategy for economic development. If one looks at the countries that received slaves from The Atlantic Slave Trade, only one, the US became a wealthy society. In the Caribbean, Brazil, and other parts of the Americas that received large quantities of slaves, slavery retarded development. Slavery creates conditions where is very little investment in human capital. The US today is an entirely divergent economy from the other recipients of slaves in The Atlantic Slave Trade, and it has little to do with its legacy of slavery. The US followed the pattern of development that all of the Europe based countries followed, similar to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Of these countries, only the US had any sizable slave population. When one visits the US or Canada or Australia or New Zealand, they are roughly similar in infrastructure, laws, and other primary features, and notably different than Brazil, Latin America or the Caribbean. The least economically thriving part of the US is the Southern Region, which is where most of the slaves were sent, and where a large percentage of the descendants of slaves still live.
If we look at the modality of slavery in the Arab countries or regions before they are the countries they are today, extensive slave trading and uses of slaves did not make the Arab countries into economically successful entities. Arab countries are wealthy because of their oil resources and the small populations of these countries versus the oil resources they possess. These oil resources are what allow them to import enormous quantities of low skilled migrant labor — which is the new term for modern slaves. However, none of the Arab countries are known for offering anything of substance to the rest of the world. Their trade item is oil. We cover this topic in more detail in the article Is the Wealth in European Based Countries Based Upon African Slavery?
There are only a few books written on Arab slavery, and the slavery that occurs in Arab countries today is denied. The Arab countries are now slave states where vast numbers of significant labor from the poorest regions of Asia are treated as slaves, although they are paid their work. However, the pay is so low, and it is little different from slavery.
If Arab countries can’t come to terms with the slave conditions of vast quantities of slaves that labor today in Arab countries, they are not going to come to terms with the Arab history of slavery.
The Response from Some Blacks to the Article
We received the feedback from some blacks that they did not like this article because it proposed someone other than whites were involved in taking and trading slaves. Many blacks prefer that the Arab slave trade never be discussed. We cover this in the article How Making False and Selective Claims is Part of a Scam by Black Americans.