It might be reassuring to think that widespread abolition of slavery was inevitable by the 21st century. But is this true? Few historians adhere to this view.
We invite you to discuss a recent episode of the 80,000 Hours podcast with historian Christopher Brown. He believes the story of how slavery became unacceptable suggests moral progress is far from inevitable. If he’s right, we shouldn’t expect moral values to keep improving just because humanity continues to become richer.
As a preparation, please listen to the podcast episode: https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/christopher-brown-slavery-abolition/
This is a beginner-friendly event, so feel free to join even if you haven't interacted much with EA!