MRBLOCH SALT ARCHIVE
collected material relating to salt [NaCl - Sodium Chloride] and its
catastrophic influence on Ancient civilizations, its place in
curtailing man's development up to the Industrial Revolution, and
the historically unexplained behavior of some of today's regimes
reflecting on our own lives.
The purpose of the SALT Archive is to collect evidence to
support the theory that Common Salt and its periodic short supply from the then known
had catastrophic influence on the development of ancient civilizations.
- Traditionally, the study of man has been based on the study
of his tools and artifacts, ideas and religion.
It has failed to take into account those items essential to
man's survival. Such an item is Salt, neglected almost totally by both historians and
The establishment of early settlements, the rise and decay of
civilizations, demographic shifts of populations and the development of agriculture, were
intimately related to the immediate availability of salt.
- Erratic eustatic sea level changes, particularly in the
Mediterranean, prevented some of these civilizations from attaining consistent salt
supplies from flooding sea shore evaporation pans, causing them to
migrate or decay, conquer or succumb.
- The OSTIA salt bed evaporation complex originally built by
the Etruscan kings, for example, was initially Rome's supplier of salt, and its eventual
flooding caused Rome to look elsewhere for its salt.
- The power to control a population's salt supply was power
over life and death. It also became decisive in the valuation of its
minted means of exchange. Salt monopoly whether once controlled by benevolent democratic
regimes, autocratic fascist regimes or even socialist regimes was the scourge - the
triumph - and finally the corroding corruption of all these regimes.
Antitrust legislation is only now
coming of age and is the only institution with a capability of
rescuing our western regimes - still very imperfect democracies.
The so-called "Silk road" regimes and tribes from the Levant coast
to the Chinese Wall are still locked in the hierarchical militant model
that has molded the patriarchal governance of those tribes for thousands
of years. Their monopolizing of these mainly salt distribution routes
forced them to live off simple protection earnings. These
qualifications have ironically helped them and enabled them to
monopolize present day Middle East oil sources.
- If we in the West wish to
"democratize" these peoples , it can only be by showing them how
to successfully implement Antitrust
- THE LEVANTINE SALT SUPPLY DURING THE BYZANTIUM
PERIOD [ CAPPADOCIA] which was developed by Christianity and replaced
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