Pulchrum concilium semibestiarum!


Speaking of the relationship between ontology and politics, here’s a great advice from none other than Leibniz himself – concerning a cool army of slaves trained on an island:

A certain island of Africa, such as Madagascar, shall be selected, and all the inhabitants shall be ordered to leave. Visitors from elsewhere shall be turned away, or in any event it will be decreed that they only be permitted to stay in the harbor for the purpose of obtaining water.  To this island slaves captured from all over the barbarian world will be brought, and from all of the wild coastal regions of Africa, Arabia, New Guinea, etc. To this end Ethiopians, Nigritians, Angolans, Caribbeans, Canadians, and Hurons fit the bill, without discrimination. What a lovely bunch of semi-beasts! But so that this mass of men may be shaped in any way desired, it is useful only to take boys up to around the age of twelve, as this is better than [attempting to] transform girls and adults.

Read the rest of the text here.

3 thoughts on “Pulchrum concilium semibestiarum!

  1. Canadians, and Hurons fit the bill, without discrimination. What a lovely bunch of semi-beasts!

    Someone has finally glimpsed the inner essence of my being(-Canadian).

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