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The Insight: The genetics of Native Americans
Native Americans from the Americas are descended from a population descended from Siberia, probably 20k years ago. Three waves came in, with the Navajo and the Eskimo iniuts coming later. Three waves total.
genetics  natives  History  Insight  podcasts 
3 days ago by HispanicPundit
Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography - Econlib
Andrew Roberts discussing his recent book on Churchill, and misc facts about Churchill.
Books  podcasts  EconTalk  Britain  History 
5 days ago by HispanicPundit
The Age of Napoleon Podcast - Bonus Episode | Listen via Stitcher for Podcasts
The evolution to capitalism and the evolution to race based thinking in the French Revolution era.
capitalism  Racism  History  podcasts  Napoleon  france  Slavery 
6 days ago by HispanicPundit
South Korea and Japan: A Mutual Loathing the U.S. Can’t Fix | The American Conservative
The basic problem is that Japanese and Koreans are highly nationalistic. And nationalists don’t always like each other.

In this case, residents of South Korea have better historical reason to be angry. Japanese traditionally viewed Koreans as inferior, having seized control of their peninsula after defeating China in 1895 and Russia in 1905. Five years later, Tokyo formally colonized the Korean Peninsula, during which it attempted to suppress Korean culture, even pressing Koreans to change their names and religion. The first presidents of South and North Korea, political activist Syngman Rhee and military guerrilla Kim Il-sung, respectively, worked for independence.
Korea  Japan  History  americanconservative 
16 days ago by HispanicPundit
The Rich Can’t Get Richer Forever, Can They? | The New Yorker
In the “liberal meritocratic” world, inequality arises from the way capital is accumulated. The rich are able to save more than the poor, and thus come to own a disproportionate share of the capital and the wealth in the economy. Since the return on capital, a major source of income for the rich, tends to be higher than the growth of wages, the rich become richer. Almost as potent is the way the benefits of education are distributed: rich people tend to be more highly trained, and can earn higher salaries; they are also able to earn higher returns on their capital, since their wealth gives them greater tolerance for illiquidity and risk. In addition, they tend to marry other rich, educated people and are able to pass on more capital to their children, thereby perpetuating inequalities from one generation to the next.

The “political capitalism” of China has its own inequality-generating dynamics. Although China has become capitalist to the core—almost eighty per cent of the country’s industrial output is produced in the private sector—the commercial classes are under the thumb of a highly disciplined, autocratic bureaucracy. The rule of law is attenuated, decision-making can be arbitrary, property rights are not fully secure, and corruption is endemic. China is essentially going through a hugely accelerated version of the industrial revolution and the Gilded Age rolled into one. Add in the insidious impact of cronyism, and a very unequal society results. Income distribution in China, it turns out, is even more skewed than in the United States, approaching the sort of levels one finds in the plutocratic republics of Latin America.
capitalism  Socialism  Inequality  History  newyorker 
16 days ago by HispanicPundit
(89) Tom and Stefan Molyneux on the Catholic Church, Western Civilization, and Other Forbidden Topics - YouTube
Molyneux and Woods talk about the persecution of Christians, the historical atrocities against Christians by communism, French Revolution, the Churches stance against tyranny historically. Also discusses the impact on immigration on culture.
Catholic  Woods  Molyneux  History  podcasts  Immigration  culture 
26 days ago by HispanicPundit
134 - Thaddeus Russell and the Horrible Truth about WWII • Isaac Morehouse
The politically incorrect history of WWII. Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan influence on Roosevelt and Roosevelts obsession with war with Japan, the German view of Jews pre, the real reason to go to war with Germany (Autarchy). Hitlers warning to FDR that if attacks Hitler will kill Jews.
worldWar2  History  wars  ThaddeusRussell  Jews 
4 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Raj Chetty’s American Dream - The Atlantic
On his national atlas, the most obvious feature is an ugly red gash that starts in Virginia, curls down through the Southeast’s coastal states—North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama—then marches west toward the Mississippi River, where it turns northward before petering out in western Tennessee. When I saw this, I was reminded of another map: one President Abraham Lincoln consulted in 1861, demarcating the counties with the most slaves. The two maps are remarkably similar. Set the documents side by side, and it may be hard to believe that they are separated in time by more than a century and a half, or that one is a rough census of men and women kept in bondage at the time of the Civil War, and the other is a computer-generated glimpse of our children’s future.
Chetty  mobility  maps  USA  History  Blacks  AtlanticMonthly 
5 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
Why is English becoming the default world language? Why did people from Europe conquer the people on the other continents--in the Americas, in Oceana, in Australasia, in Africa, and even in large chunks of Asia. Over all the globe only China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ethiopia avoided a permanent European conquest that destroyed their previous political regime. (Moreover, Ethiopia was occupied by Italy for five years; Taiwan and Korea were conquered and occupied by Japan; and for the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century Chinese independence was a near-run thing.)

Why? Why did Europeans conquer Peru, Mexico, Ghana, and Australia? Why didn't Incas, Aztecs, Ashanti, or Australians conquer Eurasians. That is the question that Jared Diamond answers--largely successfully--in this book. And his answer can be summed up in one phrase: "seeds, germs, size, and guns." (Note that the answer is not "guns, germs, and steel"--a phrase that is more euphonious but less meaningful.)
diamond  History  Europe  DeLong 
5 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
When Religious Bigotry is Repackaged as #ChristianPrivilege | The American Conservative
As Greek Orthodox Christian Elizabeth Economou astutely noted, those who “push #ChristianPrivilege conveniently and arrogantly ignore #Christian persecution throughout the ages.”

Christians are the most harassed religious group in the world—Muslims are second—as Pew’s research clearly demonstrates. And while the worst persecution takes place outside of America, if Playboy writer Chrissy Stroop has her way, social and governmental harassment of Christians could come here too.
christian  History  Racism  americanconservative 
6 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
How Mosquitoes Changed Everything | The New Yorker
Winegard is particularly interested in wars and conquests, and argues that, for much of military history, deaths caused by mosquitoes far outnumbered, and were more decisive than, deaths in battle. Malaria has many strains, of varying deadliness, but survival rates are lowest for people encountering new varieties to which they have not been “seasoned”—to which they have gained no immunity. As a result, endemic malaria has often acted not only as a local curse but also as a strange sort of protector. Fifteen centuries before the Scottish tried to colonize Panama, the Romans tried to colonize them, and were thwarted by a strain of malaria local to Scotland which is estimated to have killed half of the eighty thousand Roman soldiers sent their way. Endemic strains decimated Hannibal’s forces as they made their way through Italy, turned the armies of Genghis Khan away from southern Europe, prevented European crusaders from conquering the Holy Land (malaria killed more than a third of them), and sided with North American colonists and Latin American revolutionaries in their rebellions against armies brought in from a distant, ruling continent.
History  wars  health  newyorker 
6 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Making Sense Podcast #125 - What is Christianity? | Sam Harris
Harris interviews Bart Ehrman, a new Testament scholar who is himself an agnostic.
History  christians  Religion  podcasts  SamHarris  bible 
7 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
(64) Thomas Sowell: Intellectuals and Race (Book TV, 24/4/13) - YouTube
Thomas Sowells discusses his book Intellectuals and Race. He touches on Race and IQ and other topics.
Academia  Books  Racism  culture  History  Sowell  Blacks  IQ  affirmative-action 
9 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Which Way to the City on a Hill? | by Marilynne Robinson | The New York Review of Books
I am confident that our cultural investment in the image of Puritans as intolerant is vigorous enough that someone would have produced the damning evidence if it existed. A recent volume that contains Dale’s Laws notes without documentation that “neither the Puritans nor the Separatists believed in religious freedom…. They stressed the need for conformity within their community.”* Surely it is fair to ask, Compared to whom? They wrote beautifully on the subject of freedom of conscience. It is relevant to establishing the standards of the time that in Europe the Inquisition had been up and running for about four hundred years. The least repressive group, whatever its failings, is, eo ipso, the most progressive group.
History  USA  christians  puritans  NewYorkTimes 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Interview with Father Zakaria Botros, 'Radical Islam's Bane' - Middle East - International - News - Catholic Online
But faith aside, common sense alone makes it clear that, of all the world's major religions, Islam is most certainly false. After all, while I may not believe in, say, Buddhism, still, it obviously offers a good philosophical system and people follow it apparently for its own intrinsic worth. The same cannot be said about Islam. Of all the religions it is the only one that has to threaten its adherents with death if they try to break away; that, from its inception, in order to "buy" followers, has been dedicated to fulfilling some of the worst impulses of man--for conquest, sex, plunder, pride. History alone demonstrates all this: while Christianity was spread far and wide by Christians who altruistically gave up their lives, simply because they believed in Christ, Islam spread by force, by the edge of the sword, by fear, threats, and lurid enticements to the basest desires of man. Islam is by far the falsest religion--an assertion that is at once theologically, philosophically, and historically demonstrable.
islam  History  Catholic 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
The Koran and Jihad
Not once does he mention that many of the 700,000 Arabs who left fled at the instructions of their own leaders, and that the population transfer occurred after the armies of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon attacked the tiny Jewish state. The fact that multiple invasions were in progress when the population transfers occurred is never mentioned, which is rather like talking about radiation levels in Hiroshima without mentioning World War II.

Nowhere does Polk mention that 800,000 Jews were expelled from Muslim countries during and shortly after the War of Independence, and that the tiny Jewish state integrated them while the Palestinian refugees were kept apart as political hostages. He makes a great deal of the alleged Israeli massacre of Arabs at Deir Yassin, but cites none of the extensive literature contesting this accusation. Eliezer Tauber’s 2017 monograph, Deir Yassin: The End of the Myth, puts the total casualty count at 101, not the 250 cited by Polk, and shows that civilian casualties were collateral rather than intentional....

It also is the case that the imperialists often were far more generous and tolerant than the locals. India is a majority Hindu nation today—and a democracy—because the British turned the balance of power against Islam, and introduced a national civil service and railway system that unified the subcontinent for the first time in its history. It is also true that the British grew opium in Bengal and forced China to buy it, with dreadful consequences about which the Chinese are justifiably rancorous. But the fact is that no one has oppressed the peoples of the Global South like other peoples of the Global South. Tamerlane, the most successful of all jihadists, goes entirely unmentioned.
islam  History  Britain  Israel  Israel-Palestine  Books  ClaremontInstitute 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Thank Christianity, Not Secularism, for Religious Liberty | The American Conservative
This story, however, is not only superficial and inadequate, but backward. Religious historian Robert Louis Wilken’s Liberty in the Things of God documents how the origins of religious freedom aren’t secular, but decidedly Christian.
religiousFreedom  History  christian  Books  AmericanConservative 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
How Housing Finance Enriched Whites at Expense of Black Borrowers - Bloomberg
Housing has long played a crucial role in American wealth accumulation: People buy homes with federally subsidized mortgages, build up equity and pass the assets on to their children. But as recently as the 1960s, government policy excluded blacks. In a practice known as redlining, the Federal Housing Administration designated predominantly black neighborhoods as no-go zones for government-insured mortgage loans. The FHA also wouldn’t guarantee loans for new mixed-race developments: The presence of even a single black family was enough to warrant rejection.

Hence, blacks had to find other ways to obtain shelter. One was “contract for deed,” an arrangement usually offered by speculators who bought properties expressly for the purpose. It required a down payment and regular monthly installments from the occupant, but that’s where the similarities to a mortgage ended. The sale price and effective interest rate tended to be wildly inflated. The “buyer” assumed all the responsibilities of a homeowner, including repairs and taxes, while the “seller” retained title, along with the power to evict for missing even a single payment. As a result, families who bought “on contract” didn’t accumulate equity, and faced a long and precarious path to ownership.
Racism  Blacks  History 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
A Kindler, Gentler Gulag
Sunkara’s Platonism is especially pronounced with respect to socialism’s political problem, its demonstrated propensity to culminate in oppression and, frequently, mass murder. “Any ideology built around a notion of destiny,” he posits, “runs the risk of calamity.” Happily, “The solution is a banal one: valuing and protecting rights and liberties, while ensuring that ordinary people are not only consulted through rallies and speeches but actually have democratic avenues to make choices and hold their leaders accountable.” Whatever wicked things were formerly done in the name of socialism have little connection with real socialism, and can be detached from any future socialism simply through willpower, astute consciousness of the dangers, and a warm-hearted commitment to democracy. Or, as Niemietz writes, “The only lesson from the Gulags is that we should not build Gulags, the only lesson from the show trials is that we should not have show trials, the only lesson from the Berlin Wall is that we should not build walls through Berlin.”
Books  communist  History  Socialism  ClaremontInstitute 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
No George Washington, no America - The Washington Post
Another lesson is that the democratic, sentimental idea that cobblers and seamstresses are as much history-makers as generals and politicians is false. A few individuals matter much more than most. Atkinson is clear: No George Washington, no United States.

Washington, writes Atkinson, learned that “only battle could reveal those with the necessary dark heart for killing, years of killing; that only those with the requisite stamina, aptitude, and luck would be able to see it through, and finally — the hardest of war’s hard truths — that for a new nation to live, young men must die, often alone, usually in pain, and sometimes to no obvious purpose.” The more that Americans are reminded by Atkinson and other supreme practitioners of the historians’ craft that their nation was not made by flimsy people, the less likely it is to be flimsy.
History  USA  will  Books 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
The Constitution Was Never Pro-Slavery | National Review
The new Congress created by the Constitution was in a constant ferment from petitions “teasing and pestering them with something about slavery,” and one Georgia representative grumbled that “it was the fashion of the day to favor the liberty of slaves.” In its first three decades, Congress received proposals to tax slave imports, impose regulations (including prohibitions on the use of American ports or shipyards for equipping slave ships) on the slave trade, extend the Northwest Ordinance’s ban on slavery to the Mississippi territory, and impose gradual emancipation on the Louisiana territory (after its acquisition under Thomas Jefferson in 1803), as well as petitions to “undo the heavy burthens, and prepare the way for the oppressed to go free, that every yoke may be broken.” When truculent slaveowners tried to insist that “slaves are property . . . by the Constitution guaranteed,” John Quincy Adams just as truculently replied that “the Constitution does not recognize slavery — it contains no such word.” In fact, “a great circumlocution of words is used merely to avoid the term slaves.” Any argument that would make the Constitution a pro-slavery document has, on the evidence of the Framers’ generation, quite a boulder to roll up the hill.

To read the Constitution as pro-slavery, in the manner of Finkelman, Waldstreicher, and even Sanders, requires a suspension of disbelief that only playwrights and morticians could admire. Yes, the Constitution reduced slaves to the hated three-fifths; but that was to keep slaveholders from claiming them for five-fifths in determining representation, which would have increased the power of the slaveholding states. Yes, the Constitution permitted the slave trade to continue; but it also permitted Congress to shut it off, which it did in 1808. Yes, the Constitution banned export taxes, required “full faith and credit,” and limited “privileges and immunities” to citizens. But the debates over those provisions betrayed no inkling that the hidden subject was slavery. And the accusation that the militia clause was meant to suppress slave insurrections was actually only a speculation tossed off at one moment of energetic accusation by Gouverneur Morris, not a deliberately conceived strategy by scheming slaveholders.
constitution  History  NRO  Guelzo 
may 2019 by HispanicPundit
Columbus Lowered World Temperature - Marginal REVOLUTION
European germs killed 90% of the population of the Americas in the century after 1492 causing millions of hectacres of farm land to revert to forest which increased the uptake of carbon and reduced the planetary temperature. That is the upshot of a new paper that joins together previous estimates of population decline, farm land and carbon sequestration to push the onset of the Anthropocene to before the industrial revolution
globalwarming  natives  History  tabarrok 
february 2019 by HispanicPundit
A Short Hop from Bleeding Heart to Mailed Fist - Econlib
5. Bleeding-heart rhetoric is disguised hate speech.  When activists blame the bourgeoisie for causing hunger, disease, and illiteracy, perhaps their main concern isn’t actually alleviating hunger, disease, or illiteracy.  While they’d like these problems to disappear, the bleeding hearts’ top priority could be making the bourgeoisie suffer.  The mailed fist systematizes that suffering.
communist  History  government  Caplan 
february 2019 by HispanicPundit
The Catholic Invention of Representative Government - The American Interest
it helps explain why representative government (and later modern democracy) came into being in the Latin West and not elsewhere. Second, it testifies to the intimate historical connection between religious institutions and teachings and politics. Third, it shows how quickly norms and institutions could diffuse from the religious to the lay sphere due to what Tierney termed the numerous “areas of interaction” in medieval and early modern Europe.
Catholic  History  democracy  AmericanInterest 
january 2019 by HispanicPundit
What Took You So Long? - Econlib
I have a strong suspicion that these incentives of village life are a big part of the explanation for why it took so long for economic growth to take off. For hundreds of thousands of years, human beings were stuck in societies with informal norms that choked off creativity and entrepreneurship. No wonder the miracle of modernity took so long. For economic growth to really take off, the individual needed a relatively anonymous society where he could turn his back on his neighbors without worrying if an envious neighbor would sink a dagger into it.
Politics  evolution  tribe  psychology  economic-growth  History  Caplan 
january 2019 by HispanicPundit
Hypergamy Synthesis | The Rational Male
Churchill said “In England, it is permitted unless it is not permitted. In Germany, it is permitted only if it is permitted. In Russia, it is not permitted even if it is permitted. And in France, it is permitted, even when it is not permitted.”

To some degree that combination of all four “permitteds” describes the Feminine Imperative. It is permitted when they want it to be permitted and not permitted when they do not. Even if it is not permitted then it is permitted, if it is in the benefit of women. And especially, it is not permitted even when it is permitted, in the case where it might benefit men at the expense of women.
Tomassi  hypergamy  History  RationalMale 
december 2018 by HispanicPundit
How dangerous was the Mexican-American War for American soldiers? - Marginal REVOLUTION
The Mexican War of 1846-1848, largely forgotten today, was the second costliest war in American history in terms of the p ercentage of soldiers who died.  Of the 78, 718 American soldiers who served, 13, 283 died, constituting a casualty rate of 16.87 percent.  By comparison, the casualty rate was 2.5 percent in World War I and World War II, 0.1 percent in Korea and Vietnam [TC: you’ll find better but still lower estimates here], and 21 percent for the Civil War.
Mexico  wars  History  Cowen 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
Religious competition was to blame for Europe’s witch hunts - Toil and trouble
When Mr Leeson and Mr Russ compared their witch-trial data to the timing and location of over 400 battles between Christian denominations, they found a much closer link. Where there was more conflict between Catholics and Protestants (in Britain, between Anglicans and Presbyterians), witch trials were widespread; in places where one creed dominated there were fewer. The authors conclude that churches engaged in a sort of “non-price competition”, gaining converts in confessional battlegrounds by advertising their commitment to fighting evil by trying witches.
Religion  Catholic  History  economist 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
Jewish self-awareness, by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
So there are basically three areas advanced for why Jews would involve themselves in the struggle for racial equality. All three turn out to be false. But the first would be the history argument, that says blacks and Jews share a common history, and therefore Jews empathize with the historical experience of blacks, and therefore they’re willing to help. Right?
Jews  Blacks  Sailer  History  civil-rights 
june 2018 by HispanicPundit
CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Black/White Disparities: 50 Years After the Kerner Commission
Life expectancy is close to equal for whites and blacks. Infant mortality has dropped substantially for both blacks and whites in the last 50 years, but remains more than twice as high for blacks. Incarceration rates have more than doubled forth both whites and blacks, and the ratio of the black/white incarceration rate has risen from 5:1 to 6:1 in the last 50 years. 
Blacks  History  race  timTaylor 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
You Didn't Build That
As to tariffs, Cohen and DeLong break from two centuries of economic thinking beginning with Adam Smith and David Ricardo, which has held that free trade benefits economies and that tariffs usually have significant detrimental effects. It is true that Hamilton was a high tariff man and that the U.S. adopted high protective and revenue-raising tariffs. It is also true, however, that there is a general consensus that what economist Walt Rostow famously called America’s “take-off” into sustained economic growth occurred after 1840 (Rostow says 1843–1860), when tariffs were going down sharply. For example, shortly after the passage of the extremely high Tariff of Abominations in 1828, duties on imports were 61.69%, but as a consequence of tariff reductions (in 1832, 1833, 1846, and 1857), they fell sharply to 34.39% by 1840 and to 19.67% by 1860. Might rapid growth have started even earlier if we had not adopted the Hamilton high tariff policy praised by Cohen and DeLong? Students of tariffs from Frank Taussig to Paul David argued decades ago that the high tariffs were more an income redistributionist scheme for New England rent-seeking manufacturers than a sage policy to promote general economic growth.
tariffs  History  USA  China  industrialPolicy  DeLong  Vedder 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
debunk - communism
A thread on trying to debunk the anti-communist views.
communist  History  Reddit 
january 2018 by HispanicPundit
Who Won the Reformation? - The New York Times
It is hard to read the history of Western colonial ventures, in which for hundreds of years it was mostly the intensely religious (as compromised and corrupted as their churches often were) that remonstrated against mass murder and enslavement, that sought to defend natives and establish norms for their protection, and not suspect that a still-united Western church would have found it easier to turn its moral critiques into more effective practical restraints. And it is harder still to read the history of the 20th century and have any kind of confidence that the world made by Thomas Cromwell and his successors was better than a world where Protestants and Catholics did not divide.
Catholic  History  culture  douthat 
january 2018 by HispanicPundit
Is The Star-Spangled Banner racist?
What Francis Scott Key wrote about so contemptuously in his heroic poem, which was only later put to music, was not black sailors who may have come from America, or from the West Indies, or indeed from other current or former slave-holding countries.  Instead, Key reflected the common American conceit that this latter-day generation's British soldiers in 1812 – many of whom were indeed from the European Continent, as well as from a variety of other non-British nationalities – were in fact another levy of press-ganged mercenaries, not at all different from the contemptible Hessian "hireling and slave" of the Revolutionary War era.
patriotism  Slavery  History  AmericanThinker 
december 2017 by HispanicPundit
How Ta-Nehisi Coates Gives Whiteness Power - The New York Times
Though it is not at all morally equivalent, it is nonetheless in sync with the toxic premises of white supremacism. Both sides eagerly reduce people to abstract color categories, all the while feeding off of and legitimizing each other, while those of us searching for gray areas and common ground get devoured twice. Both sides mystify racial identity, interpreting it as something fixed, determinative and almost supernatural. For Mr. Coates, whiteness is a “talisman,” an “amulet” of “eldritch energies” that explains all injustice; for the abysmal early-20th-century Italian fascist and racist icon Julius Evola, it was a “meta-biological force,” a collective mind-spirit that justifies all inequality. In either case, whites are preordained to walk that special path. It is a dangerous vision of life we should refuse no matter who is doing the conjuring.
Race  Blacks  History  Ta-Nehisi  NewYorkTimes  chicanoism 
november 2017 by HispanicPundit
The dog that didn't bark: 100th Anniversary of the Great October Revolution gets no celebration in Russia
As Yuri Maltsev, one of Russia's great economic reformers of the Gorbachev era, has pointed out, not even Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to celebrate it. The Russian president has some authoritarian tendencies, and might be expected to play along to communist fantasies of past glories, such as its propagandists might project, but he's not a fool, and he's having none of it.
Russia  communist  History  AmericanThinker 
november 2017 by HispanicPundit
Communism Through Rose-Colored Glasses - The New York Times
But they will insist that there is an essential difference between Nazism and Communism — between race-hatred and class-hatred; Buchenwald and the gulag — that morally favors the latter. They will attempt to dissociate Communist theory from practice in an effort to acquit the former. They will balance acknowledgment of the repression and mass murder of Communism with references to its “real advances and achievements.” They will say that true communism has never been tried. They will write about Stalinist playwright Lillian Hellman in tones of sympathy and understanding they never extend to film director Elia Kazan.
communist  History  NewYorkTimes  BretStephens 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
Russian Revolution, 100 Years On: Its Enduring Allure & Menace | National Review
But what are the consequences of societies with so little memory of 20 million deaths in the USSR? Or the 65 million deaths caused by efforts to instill Communism in China? If those 65 million Chinese deaths cannot detain us, what are the chances that anyone will care about the 2 million deaths in Cambodia? The million in Eastern Europe? The million in Vietnam? The 2 million (and counting) in North Korea? The nearly 2 million across Africa? The 1.5 million in Afghanistan? The 150,000 in Latin America? Not to mention the thousands of murders committed by Communist movements not in power, a number that could almost seem meager compared with the official slaughter?
communist  History  NationalReview 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
Were There Dark Ages? | Slate Star Codex
But I worry that as usual, this corrective to an overblown narrative of darkness has itself been overblown. People are now talking about how you’re a gullible rube if you still believe in a so-called “Dark Age”, and how all the real intellectuals know that this was a time of flourishing civilization every bit as good as the Romans or the Renaissance.
Europe  History  Catholic  Codex 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
Geronimo - The Unz Review
So the American Indian earned respect and a place in our history that he does not have in Latin America or Canada. That’s even reflected in our language. Only the American armed forces to this day speak of going into Indian Country, and mean it ominously. Only American paratroopers legendarily shout “Geronimo!” as they leap from airplanes. Only a famous American general was named after an Indian. We speak of being off the reservation, and on the warpath. We Indian wrestle and walk Indian file. Indians are a part of, in today’s parlance, who we are in a way they are not in Canada or Latin America.
natives  sailer  history 
may 2017 by HispanicPundit
The "Real X" Defense, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
By these historical standards, real socialism has happened dozens of times.  Look at Lenin's Bolsheviks.  Before World War I, they were a powerless band of socialist fanatics.  Fellow socialists often loathed them, but for their dogmatism and cruelty, not lack of commitment to socialism.  Then, a perfect storm gave the Bolsheviks absolute power over Russia - power that lasted over 70 years.  The origin stories of the other triumphant Marxist-Leninist movements fit the same mold, though the socialists of the Soviet satellite states did have to compromise with the socialists of the Soviet Union proper.

And by these standards, I'm sorry to say, real libertarianism has never happened.  Yes, plenty of libertarian groups manage to become self-conscious fringe movements.  But none of these movements were ever more than junior partners in a broader political coalition.  Reagan and Thatcher gave a few libertarians a place at the table of power, but they were hardly libertarians themselves.  You could point to the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution, but they included plenty of mercantilists and slavers.  Even post-Communist Georgia doesn't qualify.
communist  socialism  anarcho-capitalists  history  caplan 
may 2017 by HispanicPundit
Rodney King Arrested on Drug Charges - ABC News
Rodney King was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with being under the influence of the psychedelic drug PCP.
Blacks  Racism  chicanoism  history 
april 2017 by HispanicPundit
Rodney King Autopsy: PCP, Cocaine, Marijuana And Alcohol Contributed To Drowning | The Huffington Post
Rodney King was under the influence of cocaine, PCP, marijuana and alcohol at the time of death, according to the death report released Thursday, TMZ reports.
Blacks  history  racism  chicanoism 
april 2017 by HispanicPundit
Is there a legitimate defense of the beating that was given to Rodney King by the L.A. police?
King was examined by physicians at two different hospitals on the night of this incident. Both physicians included in their diagnoses, "PCP influence." A toxicology test run on King subsequent to the incident showed no PCP in his system. There were, at the time of the incident, over 20 different formulations of PCP in common use in Los Angeles. The tox screen used on King checked for only the most commonly used variety.
blacks  history  racism  chicanoism 
april 2017 by HispanicPundit
Q. Who put all those blacks in prison? A. Other blacks. - The Unz Review
… Two new books offer timely and complementary ways of understanding America’s punitive culture and, in the process, stark pleas to abolish it. In “Locking Up Our Own,” James Forman Jr. explains how and why an influx of black “firsts” took the municipal reins of government after the civil rights movement only to unleash the brutal power of the criminal justice system on their constituents; in “A Colony in a Nation,” Chris Hayes shows that throughout American history, freedom — despite all the high-minded ideals — has often entailed the subjugation of another.
blacks  crime  history  racism  sailer 
april 2017 by HispanicPundit
Sowell’s rise: Eddie told him to switch schools — Joanne Jacobs
Sowell loathes the grievance culture. Life is “tremendously better” for educated blacks “who have not succumbed to a new lifestyle — the grievances, and the coarseness represented by rap music,” he believes. “What’s disheartening, though, is that when you study ethnic groups around the world, the ones that are lagging behind are those where their leaders always tell the same story: that it’s other people holding you back, and that therefore you need to stand against those other people and resist their culture. But that culture may be the key to success.”
Sowell  blacks  vouchers  history  jacobs 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
Did Jesus Have a Wife? - The Atlantic
He had a proposition. He had no talent for storytelling, he said, but he possessed the erudition to produce hundreds of pages of background material for a book—a thriller—that he wanted me to write. Instead of doing my own research, which could take years, I should rely on his. “I’d do all the legwork for you, and I wouldn’t want anything in return.”

The book’s subject, he said, would be “the Mary Magdalene story,” the “suppression of the female element” in the Church, and the primacy of the Gnostic Gospels, “maybe accumulating to a thriller story in the present.”

It sounded an awful lot like The Da Vinci Code.
Religion  Christianity  Catholic  history  AtlanticMonthly 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
Deirdre McCloskey on the Unsavory History of the Minimum Wage - Cafe Hayek
 These early advocates of the minimum wage correctly understood not only that the minimum wage destroys jobs for some low-skilled workers, but also that the low-skilled workers most likely to suffer the consequent job losses are those who are held in lowest esteem by their fellow human beings.
minimum-wage  history  racism  video  boudreaux 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
A Surprising Supply of Communist Dupes, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
What actually happened under communism was rather different.  Communist regimes began with mass murder of their political enemies, businessmen, and their families.  Next, they seized the peasants' land, leading to hellish famines.  In time, they launched major "industrialization" campaigns, but obsessively focused on building up their militaries, not mass consumption.  And no communist regime has ever tried to "divide wealth for equal advantage."  Bloodbaths aside, communist regimes always put Party members' comfort above the very lives of ordinary citizens.
communist  history  caplan  books 
february 2017 by HispanicPundit
TheMoneyIllusion » Scott Alexander on the Holocaust
Scott emphasizes that the primary blame lies with the Nazis.  They did the murdering.  Nonetheless, the decision not to admit Jewish refugees did have horrendous consequences.  At the time, the “America First” movement was quite popular, somewhat anti-Semitic, and very isolationist.  In fairness, I probably would have been isolationist back then, but I’d hope I would not have been anti-refugee.
jews  USA  history  Codex  sumner 
february 2017 by HispanicPundit
Washington Monthly | How to Make Conservatism Great Again
But the standard line leaves out what happened next. In 1935, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of NIRA as unconstitutional. And with that decision, the New Deal completely changed course. Rather than trying to suppress market competition, public policy shifted aggressively and successfully for the next four decades to making markets more open and competitive.
monopoly  anti-trust  fdr  USA  history  WashingtonMonthly 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Supreme Court Nominations Will Never Be the Same - Bloomberg View
As it turned out, that also meant that Tribe’s generational successor in that role, Cass Sunstein (another colleague of mine, both at Harvard Law and here at Bloomberg View) also had little chance of being nominated, despite being much more centrist than Tribe and just as qualified in his own right. Sunstein hadn’t been involved in the Bork hearings -- but the rules of the game had changed. Barack Obama couldn’t even get Sunstein, an administrative law expert, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which specializes in administrative law.
supremecourt  Democrats  history  bloomberg 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
Ten Points on the Wrong Side of History, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
5. When I actually look at historians' Big Pictures, they're even worse than their liberal bias suggests.  Economic illiteracy is rampant.  Social Desirability Bias rules the day.  And moral relativism reigns supreme.
history  majors  caplan 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
Some Additional Questions for Proponents of Minimum-Wage Legislation - Cafe Hayek
That is, the unemployment rate of black teenagers in 1948 was comparable to that of white teenagers, and about 2.5 times higher than the overall unemployment rate of 3.8%.  Today, the unemployment rate for black teenagers is much higher than that for white teenagers, and nearly 5 times higher than the overall unemployment rate of 7.3%.  (In 2006, the year before the current recession began, the unemployment rate for black teenagers was 6.3 times higher than the overall unemployment rate of 4.6%.)

How do you explain these data?  Are American employers more prejudiced in 2013 than in 1948 against teenagers?  More importantly, are Americans more racist in 2013 than they were in 1948?
minimum-wage  blacks  history  racism  boudreaux  williams 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
Upward Mobility and Discrimination: Asians and African Americans - Marginal REVOLUTION
Figure XII plots the distribution of normalized test score residuals by race from an OLS regression of test z-scores on dummies for education and age. Chinese Americans and whites have strikingly similar conditional skill distributions, while the black skill distribution lags behind by nearly a full standard deviation. Table VIII shows that this pattern holds separately within broad educational categories. These high test scores of Chinese Americans provide strong evidence that the AGCT was not hopelessly biased against non-whites, as Neal and Johnson (1996) also find for the AFQT (the successor to the AGCT) in more recent cohorts.
race  Blacks  IQ  asians  history  cowen  NBER 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
econlog.econlib.org
Now let me anticipate the "yes buts." Some Americans were made worse off. Obviously slave-owners, and less obviously those who were closely connected to the slave economy (bankers who financed them, cotton mills, etc.) But as Fogel showed (in a study of railroads), when thinking about any economy we tend to mentally overrate the importance of any one sector, especially big sectors. So despite the very real losses to a sizable group of Americans, the economy overall did much better as a result of the abolition of slavery.
slavery  history  economics  labor  fogel  yglesias  sumner 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
Bonus Quotation of the Day... - Cafe Hayek
For example, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., is to this day called a “robber baron” and is thought by many to have been an anti-social scoundrel as a businessman.  In contrast, Teddy Roosevelt has his face carved famously into a mountain and is widely celebrated as a great and “Progressive” seer.  How mistaken and backward!   During any one ordinary day of his business career J.D. Rockefeller produced more net good for humanity than Teddy Roosevelt did over his entire lifetime.  Indeed, the case is even stronger for Rockefeller: he was without question a huge net contributor to humankind; in contrast, T.R. was quite likely, on net, a wrecker.
Doers  capitalism  history 
october 2016 by HispanicPundit
Straight Talk About Christopher Columbus - WSJ
We judge Columbus harshly because the same power that enabled the Europeans to conquer the world also allowed them to impose their views on the world. And the views they imposed are now our views.

Even as the conquest was reaching its zenith in the 19th century, the Europeans were bringing to the world the then-novel idea that one group of people didn’t have the right to impose its will on another group.
chicanoism  history  wsj 
october 2016 by HispanicPundit
How far back did Americans accept interracial marriage? - The Unz Review
In other other words, controlling for demographics, the propensity toward interracial marriage (counting Hispanics as a race) was 72% as great in 1980 as it is today. In other words, there was already quite a lot of propensity toward interracial marriage in 1980, 36 years ago. What has changed most since 1980 is not social attitudes but numbers.
race  racism  history  sailer 
october 2016 by HispanicPundit
Remembering Jewish white flight from L.A. public schools - The Unz Review
But when school demographics began to shift as working class Latino and African American populations burgeoned, many Jewish families pulled out of public schools and migrated to the private realm.

The Jewish exodus from LAUSD reached its peak during the desegregation movement of the 1970s. After the ACLU filed a lawsuit in 1963 to end segregation in L.A. schools, the LAUSD board created voluntary integration programs, introducing magnet schools and giving district schools the option of busing students from lower-performing facilities to higher performing schools. In 1976, the California Supreme Court charged state school districts with enforcing integration. In response, two years later the L.A. school board began a sweeping mandatory busing program that would reassign more than 60,000 students, transferring minority children from downtown and South L.A. to predominantly white schools in the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, and vice versa.
Jews  blacks  history  sailer 
september 2016 by HispanicPundit
The Brussels attacks are a profound threat to the European project - Vox
One is that the preoccupation with ethnic and linguistic division makes it difficult for immigrants and their descendants to integrate into Belgian society. All across Europe, nations that have defined themselves in terms that are more ethnic than civic have found assimilation more challenging than in the United States and other settler societies like Canada and Australia. But the situation is particularly problematic in Belgium, because the trend over the past generation has been toward fragmentation of Belgian civic identity into its constituent elements.
Belgium  Europe  history  muslims  assimilation  yglesias 
april 2016 by HispanicPundit
Oh, Good, It’s 2016 and We’re Arguing About Whether Marxism Works
It does not take much imagination to draw a link between this idea and the Gulag. The gap between Marxist political theory and the observed behavior of Marxist regimes is tissue-thin. Their theory of free speech gives license to any party identifying itself as the authentic representative of the oppressed to shut down all opposition (which, by definition, opposes the rights of the oppressed). When Marxists reserve for themselves the right to decide “which forms of expression deserve protection and which don’t,” the result of the deliberation is perfectly obvious.

In the contemporary United States, these ideas are confined by the fact that only in certain communities (like college campuses) does the illiberal left have the power to implement its vision, and even there it is constrained by the U.S. Constitution. If illiberal ideas were to gain more power, the scale of their abuses would widen.
communist  history  free-speech 
april 2016 by HispanicPundit
How much have white Americans benefited from slavery and its legacy?
The economic incidence of slavery is a tricky matter (most of what Squarely Rooted argues here is wrong). A lot of whites in the slave trade bought slaves at the going market price and earned the going market rate of return. Of course these same whites were reluctant to free the slaves they had bought and that meant terrible lives for the victims. But the gains of those whites are not mirror images of the losses of the slaves. Thus in some regards slavery was a massive collective action problem with a relatively small number of beneficiaries. Those benefiting would include individuals who first saw the gains from seizing slaves from Africa, and individuals who were good at spotting undervalued slaves and buying them up and exploiting them. That’s a fair number of people but it is far from comprising the overwhelming majority of society in 1840, much less 1940 or 2014, once we consider possible wealth transmission to their heirs. - See more at: http://marginalrevolution.com/margin
slavery  history  wealth  reperations  cowen 
april 2015 by HispanicPundit
The socialism of the Incas, Alberto Mingardi | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
But Baudin emphasizes the great gulf that existed between the elites and common people. He considered the Inca empire "a socialism that would have leveled existence to a complete and suffocating uniformity had it not been for an elite (...) Equality, in Peru, existed only between individuals of the same social rank; it was the military system of equality among soldiers."
mesoamerica  history  Peru  inequality 
april 2015 by HispanicPundit
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