I enjoy sharing information that I come across. Yet, I enjoy evaluating the interpretation of the information to find if it is logical to me. My main focus is studying the economic system. So I often present information about the communal, feudal, mercantile, industrial capitalism, socialism, and this new international revolution system. I have found several things that are common, regardless of the name used to explain them.
One of the similarities is negotiation. Have you ever heard of the McMahon–Hussein Correspondence or the Hussein–McMahon Correspondence that occurred during World War I? If not let me give a brief history. The British were attempting to take over the area, which we call the Middle East. It was ruled by the Ottoman Empire. The British military skills were weak compared to the Ottoman Empire, but they eventually beat the Ottomans. How did they beat them?
A statement can be used here, “the strong beats the weak, but the smart beats the strong.” The British negotiated with the local Islamic Sharif. The negotiation happened between Sir Henry McMahon, the High Commissioner to Egypt, and Hussein ibn Ali, the Sharif of Mecca appointed by the Turkish Committee Union (a progressive Islamic movement). The British promised that if the Muslims assisted them, they would receive more power in the Middle East. The Sharif agreed to do an uprising from the inside. This ultimately weakened the Ottomans’ strength because they fought on two fronts. An inside uprising is always the worse. Again this was called the McMahon-Hussein Correspondence.
Around the same time the British secretly made a deal with the French for the area called Syria today. It was called the Sykes–Picot Agreement. The Muslims didn’t know about this deal. After the Ottoman Empire was defeat, the Muslims assumed the whole area was under their control. Soon, they found out this wasn’t the case. They attacked the French, in the Syrian region, and defeated them. The British stepped in again and negotiated an agreement between the Muslims and French. This has a lot to do with what is currently going on in the Middle East. We find negotiation after negotiation throughout history.
During the Civil War there was a negotiation that changed the lives of blacks in America. We have been taught that the reason for the Civil War was to free the slaves. This is slightly true. The real reason it was fought is because of the economic struggle between the north and south. The south was dominating the north because they had free labor (slaves). They could charge cheaper prices for their produced goods such as textile goods. So yes, the war was fought to free the slaves. The Civil War occurred during the switch from the Mercantile Era and the Industrial Revolution (Capitalist) Era (this is a very important part of history). President Abraham Lincoln and his party attempted to negotiate with the south. The south refused to make any changes.
So, they went to war. As we read in history, the north was losing. Then by some miraculous event, they began to win. This miraculous event, I call the LINCOLN-NEGRO Compromise. The compromise was this: if black men joined the North’s military, they would become US citizens. Sounds like a good deal right? Well, 186,000 black men joined the military. The north eventually won. Although Lincoln was assassinated, the compromise was honored. The black men who survived received citizenship. The citizenship agreement went even further by including all black men, women, and children who were in the US at the time.
If it were not for the black men volunteering their lives for the north, black people would not have citizenship today. It was all about the negotiation. These black men leveraged their power. We still have the capability to leverage our power by way of economics. It’s been reported that African-Americans have a $1.2 Trillion US dollar purchasing (buying) power. This would make us the 16th richest country in the world, if we were a nation. Think about this for a while, as I stop at this point.