Bruce: The vikings started overfishing the cod harvest in the Baltic a thousand years ago. As the cod moved to the Grand Banks,the cod fleets got huge and went from round ships to tall ships. Thousands of ships from Portugal to the Basque to the British Isles to the Basque and Dutch and Germans and Scandinavians. Western Europe is one long lee shore- ships that can sail there can sail anywhere in the world. Hundreds of thousands of skilled sailors, millions of disposable proles who could be trained by...
Nose Picker: Wasn’t this actually the basis of an entire episode of the series “The Ascent of Man”? Let me go look up the episode name… Episode 8, “The Drive to Power” which talks about the Lunar Society in England (and Ben Franklin’s association with that whole movement), and the practical, individualistic spirit of the Industrial Revolution. But anyway, isn’t this the premise of all the hard science fiction authors?
Gaikokumaniakku: Correction: Everyone is effectively REQUIRED to carry a CIA-rooted listening device in his or her pocket and be ready to answer it when it rings. (You have read the latest from Wikileaks regarding iPhones, of course…) High tech has empowered the elites. The masses just pay for it.
Grasspunk: This misses so much darts culture! The lack of mention of treble-20 is a bit triggering, too.
Wang Weilin: Candide, I agree. Teach a good process and you get good results. The basis of Demming’s SPC.
Candide III: So the takeaway is that, when teaching a non-trivial skill, it’s better to teach the skill’s mechanics than to expect the learners to figure it out by themselves. Who da thunk it!
Bruce: “The first Civil War would not have occurred if the Articles were in force in 1860.” No, because New England would have seceded in the War of 1812, and the disunited States would have been gobbled up by the British by the 1820s. Maybe Greater Kaintuck still hanging on through the 1860s, harassing Victoria’s Railroad from New Orleans to Santa Fe to Los Angeles.
L. C. Rees: “the original plan was for the “federal” government to “tax” the states based on land value. I would suggest giving each state votes proportional to its tax contribution” The Northern states were wealth poor and people rich while the Southern states were wealth rich and people poor. Neither wanted to pay more than it had to. The 3/5ths compromise, equal representation in the Senate, and the apportionment of direct or property taxes drew on pre-Convention proposals to attempt to...
Bob Sykes: The Articles were a quintessential States’ Rights document. Cowan might not want the Articles back, but I do. The strongly centralist regime we have now is clearly trending toward a totalitarian socialist dictatorship, and the trend might give us a second Civil War. The first Civil War would not have occurred if the Articles were still in force in 1860.
Faze: Not to minimize the assholeness of the Weather Underground (I knew some of them personally), but the 1970s were very much like the 1920s when it comes to bombing. I’m reading old Time magazines from late in the decade, and they casually announce that there were 250 bombings one year in Chicago alone, most of them associated with labor violence. It seems that before the days of Islamic terrorism, bombing didn’t seem like the threat it does now. I was reading a 1940s newspaper from my...