In the BBC documentary “Slavery In Jamaica,” the rise and fall of the Beckford family is used to illustrate the plantation system.
Where there is now barbarism, there used to be civilization. Where there is now a gangbanger and drug lord democracy, there used to be an aristocracy. Where there used to be fabulous wealth that promoted high culture like the neo-Gothic Fonthill Abbey and the Beckford collection, there is now nothing but crushing poverty.
Where there used to be industrious slaves producing the world’s most valuable commodity, there is now dreadlocked, ganja smoking Rastafarian savages squatting on public property and subsisting off bananas, quite possibly the laziest and most worthless people on the face of the earth.
Note: The documentary portrays William Beckford as a moral degenerate. This only proves that great luxury often produces the corruption that leads to the downfall of dynasties and the rise of new ones.