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  • Simon Norton
    Extract from the latest issue of the New Internationalist. An article about slavery quotes Adam Hochschild, author of the book Bury the Chains . (Anyone heard
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      Extract from the latest issue of the New Internationalist. An article about
      slavery quotes Adam Hochschild, author of the book "Bury the Chains". (Anyone
      heard of it ?) He says: "If you had proposed in the London of 1787 to change
      [the slave trade] 9 out of 10 people would have laughed you off as a crackpot.
      The 10th might have admitted that slavery was unpleasant but said that to end it
      would wreck the British Empire's economy. It would be as if, today, you
      maintained that the automobile must go."

      In 1792 350,000 people signed a petition against the slave trade and the House
      of Commons passed a bill abolishing it. It was blocked by the House of Lords,
      which in those days had much more power than it does now, so that we are only
      this year celebrating the bicentenary of abolition.

      What would be a reasonable target for "burying the chains" of a car dependent
      society ?

      Simon Norton
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