Game of Thrones is coming to an end. Thank god.
HBO has decided to replace it with a new show called Confederate.
HBO has given a straight-to-series order to Confederate from Emmy-winning GoT creators, writers, and producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss.
The show “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.”
On behalf of Southerners and those with a modicum of understanding about economics, FUCK YOU.
Let’s be honest. This show is about beating up on the South for being a bunch of racists.
Let’s forget the moral argument against slavery for a minute. Let’s forget that just about every Western nation abolished slavers in the mid to late 1800’s.
Let’s focus entirely on the practical issue of slavery here.
For their show to make sense, they have to throw out EVERY economic textbook and craft a shittier premise than Bernie Sanders’ understanding of single payer healthcare.
Slavery exists today only in third world shit-holes. Why? Because it is economically unfeasible in a technologically advanced world.
This is a modern John Deere cotton picking machine.
Ask yourself this question: how many slaves would you have to have and how hard would you have to whip them to get them to pick cotton by hand that fast.
The answer is: it’s not humanly possible. The return on investment of slaves would be orders of magnitude less than any modern industrialized agricultural equipment. The US is the 3rd largest food producer in the world, with less than 2% of the population actually engaged in farming. In 1860, 53% of the population was engaged in agriculture. That decrease is entirely driven by technology, not beating slaves into doing more labor.
Today, we are seeing robots replace migrant farm workers. They are faster, don’t damage the produce, and they don’t shit in the lettuce fields and cause e. coli outbreaks.
But J. Kb. What about manufacturing, heavy industry, mining?
Well, I work in manufacturing. Robots have taken over for the same reasons.
Even when you have to have stuff hand assembled, slaves are a poor choice. One of the biggest issues we have is low skilled workers. We need skilled people to run the equipment, know what they are doing, and build quality products.
It used to be against the law to teach a slave to read and write. So tell me how you get an educated workforce that knows how to read machine drawings and import CAD files into a CNC and can’t read or write?
The industrial revolution ended the economic viability of slavery in large scale production.
But the writers of this show wont think about that.
This is Trump’s America, and they just want to beat up on the South. They will be as cruel to us as they are to the illegal immigrants they hire as nannies, housekeepers, and gardeners.