Recently, there has been chatter about reparations for slavery, which made me look at the Civil War. The short version is this: Americans like Holy Wars, and the Civil War was a prime example of a completely pointless, and extremely destructive conflict fought for purely SJW reasons.
Now, there is endless debate on whether or not the Civil War was really about slavery. Below, we will prove that it was not. First, some facts:
- Fact 1: In they year 1860 (so just before the War) there were just under four million slaves in the US (source: US census of 1860: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/1860_United_States_Census )
- Fact 2: The average selling price of a slave was $800 in 1860, so a gross overestimate of the total price of all the slaves in the country was $3.2BN (an overestimate, since it is unlikely that the very old or the very young came to market frequently, and their cost would be substantially lower).
- Fact 3: The total number of war fatalities was 620000
- Fact 4: The total direct cost (that is, government expenditures) of the Civil War was around $6BN for the North and around $2BN for the South. However, the cost of the Total War (invented for the occassion, and practiced by Generals Sherman and Sheridan) is likely an order of magnitude higher.
So, ignoring the cost, the equivalent of 1/6 of the total slave population was slaughtered. Imagine, for a second that the slaves were polled, and were given the option of remaining in their dismal condition, or have every sixth person chosen at random) killed so that the rest may be free to practice sharecropping or some such other lucrative occupation. I think we know what the answer would be. Now, consider that for a small fraction of the cost of the war (at most 1/2, but really more like 1/10th) every single slave could be bought and freed.
We are not quite done. Huge fortunes were made on war profiteering in the North (largely by selling substandard food, clothing and armaments to the army), and while there was a draft, a person of reasonable means could hire someone to serve in their stead. So, the rich made money, the poor lost their lives in the North, while the South was completely obliterated. All in the name of Social Justice. Seems pretty familiar, doesn’t it?