I would rather not have to make the exact same explanation every time someone tries this argument, so I’ll put it to bed now:
I am of the admittedly small group who believes that economic measures will be at least as vital to ending Amarrian slavery as rescuing the slaves themselves. I applaud the efforts of the many individuals and organizations who rescue slaves from their holders, or from the markets where they are sold, or any of the dark corners where slavery is still a way of life. Your efforts are both valid and necessary. All Matari know and appreciate that, including me.
So, in the very near future, when all of our sisters and brothers are free and well, these fighters will have accomplished a monumental task worthy of celebration. My specific worry is what comes after: Bereft of the free manual labor upon which Amarrian lives and economy have rested for so long, what do they do? Most likely, they get themselves more slaves. Possibly they will decide that Matari slaves are not worth the hassle. But since they see us as ‘barbaric heathens’ already anyway, I believe instead that they would simply stage another invasion of us, and we start all over again. More slaves will be had from somewhere, born out of cruelty and superciliousness as well as necessity.
That’s where people like me come in (because I’m not the only one; I’m just the loudest). I believe that creating automated processes to handle the roles and tasks that Amarr currently use slaves for will decrease, and eventually eliminate, their need for and interest in slaves. That’s my contribution. Manufacturing and research and ‘market things’ are what I’m good at. (I mean, seriously. You really don’t want me in your fleet.)
So we have two different but complementary approaches: the visceral and immediate rescue of slaves, and the implementation of viable alternates to slavery. These objectives are not in opposition. One of us is shooting Amarr and one of us will be supplying them with goods. Maybe you view this as evil, and trust me, I’ve had those thoughts. At some point I will have to work directly with Amarrians and exchange our goods for isk and all this; I’ve lost sleep over it, and it took a long time for my own clan to come around to the idea. I’m shaking hands with the enemy. Yeah. I get it. Thanks.
And to clarify, even though I’ve quoted Ms. Vuld here, I’m not speaking only to her. I’ve encountered this line of argument several times even in my short time being here. And I promise that long before any of you made these comments to me, I made them to myself.
Providing an alternative to slave labor is something that someone will have to do sooner or later. I would much rather it not be me, but that’s where my skills fall. This is what I can contribute, and little though they may be, efforts like mine don’t deserve to be dragged because we’re not shooting holders in the face.
And before any Amarr post here praising my ‘much more civilized’ approach, save yourself some time. I’m not your Magic Matari, and the only reason I’d be willing to work with any of you is for the sake of my enslaved kin. Pin any of your hopes to me, and I’ll burn you so hard that you’ll be appointing Kernher to sainthood.