Slovenian Guest: Speaking of slavery, people should read James LaFonds recently released book Stillbirth of a Nation and the companion volume America in Chains. I didn’t even know that “black slaves would be sought directly from Africa, so that their lack of English language ability—and ability to understand one another’s tribal languages—might prevent their conspiring with each other and white slaves to turn on their mutual oppressors” to prevent things like the Powhatan uprising...
Graham: Not for the first time, I marvel at the combination of ambition, genius, and naïve idiocy that was the Dulles-era CIA.
Slovenian Guest: Now we know why Captain Kirk was bedding all those alien chicks, NASA studies!
X-Ray: So truthful as to never see the light of day in our present world. Other than you, Ise, bringing it up. With a small smattering of rewrite it could also apply to your later post here of “Diversity is Our Vibrancy”. Same disease. OT – How would you prefer to be addressed? As you deserve a proper such.
Axel Mckibbin: I love this. Do more of this. I love brutal sardonic absolute truth with no remorse delivered through the screen. Makes for high comedy for the highly intellectual. Awesome. Well done, sir.
Mike in Boston: Man for man, the neolithic farmers were physically inferior to the paleolithic hunter-gatherers, but they outnumbered the HG and displaced them everywhere. If we’re talking about a tribe that’s inferior in many ways adapting to particular circumstances and displacing a tribe that’s in many ways superior, Fred Reed told that story best.
Hammerbach: They understood it just fine — the characters in it didn’t. The rest of the book makes your point.
Bob Sykes: Niven, Pournelle, and Land simply do not understand evolution. Civilization merely constructs a new environment with new selective pressures, and new genomes evolve. Evolution never stops. Also, it has no direction. Adaptation is always to the present situation. Go read Harry Harpending (RIP) and Gregory Cochrane’s The 10,000 Year Explosion, Basic Books, 2009. Man for man, the neolithic farmers were physically inferior to the paleolithic hunter-gatherers, but they outnumbered the HG and...
Faze: This book was assigned reading for a course I took in College in 1980. It had a big affect on me then, and last year I bought an old copy from Abe Books to see if it was as good as I remembered. Re-reading it, I could see that part of its power derived from the way the argument was structured: as a series of stark, numbered points — a clear and effective mode of presentation that should be widely copied. Anyhow, I got the impression that the book had fallen into obscurity. Then I see it...
Lucklucky: Well. the Managerial State: “Paul Gottfried, in After Liberalism, defines this worldview as a “series of social programs informed by a vague egalitarian spirit, and it maintains its power by pointing its finger accusingly at antiliberals.” He calls it a new theocratic religion. In this view, when the managerial regime cannot get democratic support for its policies, it resorts to sanctimony and social engineering, via programs, court decisions and regulations.”