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Sargon on the “It’s OK to be White” Meme Controversy

11 days ago

Required viewing:[embedded content]Sargon, more or less, is correct (though I have no time for his ultra-individualist “Classical Liberalism” or his shilling for Hayek).There ought, in principle, to be nothing controversial about a simple message “It’s OK to be White,” but the whole essence of the modern Left is hatred of Western civilisation and anti-white racial hatred.Take one example. You don’t think much of our culture is polluted by anti-white racial hatred? Explain to me how this gentleman called Alloysious Massaquoi gets tax-payer money from the long-suffering people of Britain to produce this so-called “art,” filmed in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery:[embedded content]If this isn’t murderous racial hatred, then nothing is. If you want to know who bears massive

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The Cult of Diversity Lie

13 days ago

Tucker Carlson is entirely correct:[embedded content]“Diversity is our strength” is an Orwellian lie, and any rational, sane person, even a left-wing person, should be capable of seeing it at this point.The evidence that diversity is catastrophic has been available for a long time, and some of the best research comes from the work of Robert Putnam. Notably, Putnam is a multiculturalist liberal, and he was so shocked by his research findings he delayed publishing them for years on end.See also the following studies here:(1) Wickes, Rebecca, Zahnow, Renee, White, Gentry and Lorraine Mazerolle. 2014. “Ethnic Diversity and its Impact on Community Social Cohesion and Neighborly Exchange,” Journal of Urban Affairs 36.1: 51–78.(2) Sturgis, Patrick, Brunton-Smith, Ian, Kuha, Jouni and Jonathan

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Steve Keen on Austrian Economics

October 17, 2017

Steve Keen discusses the economics of the Austrian school in this critique:[embedded content]For a full list of my posts refuting Austrian economics, see here:Debunking Austrian Economics 101 (Updated)

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On Columbus Day, Remember…

October 10, 2017

… that most Amerindians died from Old World diseases to which they had little or no natural immunity, not because of some deliberate, pre-planned genocide by Europeans.The dying out of millions of Amerindians was a horrible and terrible event to be sure, but the Left’s narrative on this is full of lies and fraud.I repeat here some excellent analysis of why and how so many Amerindians died after the European discovery of the Americas.We know that the Native Americans faced a severe group disadvantage caused by differential evolution: namely, their inability to resist or have immunity to new diseases brought by Europeans like smallpox (Cochran and Harpending 2009: 158–159). The HLA gene alleles, in various forms, protect human beings against infectious disease by regulating the nature and

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The Dalai Lama’s Racism and Evil Tibetan Supremacy

October 4, 2017

Years ago, the Dalai Lama gave this hateful interview to the Guardian:Julian Borger, “Tibet could be ‘Swamped’ by Mass Chinese Settlement after Olympics, says Dalai Lama,” The Guardian, 24 May 2008.During his interview, the Dalai Lama revealed his bigotry and complained that “Beijing was planning the mass settlement of 1 million ethnic Chinese people in Tibet after the Olympics with the aim of diluting Tibetan culture and identity,” and, if that happened, that Tibet would be transformed into a “truly Han Chinese land and Tibetans [sc. would] become an insignificant minority.”How does the Dalai Lama get away with this racism and hateful demonisation of immigrants??Doesn’t he know that millions of Chinese immigrants will culturally enrich Tibet? Doesn’t he appreciate how much vibrant

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“White Gold” Conference Talks on the Origin of Electrum Coinage

September 10, 2017

Some of the evidence I reviewed in this post on the origin of electrum coinage was from a conference called “White Gold: Revealing the World’s Earliest Coins,” held from 25–26th June, 2012 (International Congress at Israel Museum, Jerusalem).The edited proceedings of this conference will be published as White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage (edited by Peter Van Alfen and Ute Wartenberg), but the talks are available in these videos:(1) White Gold, International Congress, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Part 1:June 25: Session 1
Catharine Lorber and Haim Gitler, “Opening Remarks.”
Michael Kerschner and Koray Konuk, “The Chronology of the Electrum Coins Found in the Artemision of Ephesus: The Contribution of the Archaeological Find Context.”
Jack Kroll, “On the Ephesus Inscription.”

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Reply to Selgin on the Origin of Electrum Coinage, Part 2

September 6, 2017

This is part 2 of my response to George Selgin’s post here:George Selgin, “‘Lord Keynes’ contra White on the Beginnings of Coinage,” Alt-M Ideas for an Alternative Monetary Future, August 30, 2017.Selgin refers to various new data from the past 20 years or so, and much of the new evidence was presented at a conference called “White Gold: Revealing the World’s Earliest Coins,” held from 25–26th June, 2012 (International Congress at Israel Museum, Jerusalem).Wartenberg (2017), for instance, refers to the edited proceedings of this conference: White Gold: Studies in Early Electrum Coinage (edited by Peter Van Alfen and Ute Wartenberg). But this book will not be published until December 31, 2017, so I can hardly evaluate the evidence there, but have to go on published summaries of the

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The Majority View in Modern Scholarship on the Origin of Electrum Coinage: An Update

September 4, 2017

In the last post here, I gave a large sample of 48 published works in modern scholarship on the question of the origins of electrum coinage.I took a sample of late 20th and early 21st century general and specialist ancient historians, numismatists and other relevant scholars. Professor Selgin points out here that I included some MMT economists in Group 1, but I could have included some free bankers or other libertarian scholars in Group 3.This is easy to do.Once again, I take “majority” to mean more than 50% of general and specialist ancient historians and relevant scholars – and a clear majority to be a percentage in the upper range of 55–60% or, ideally, even higher.Let us start with an updated list of “Group 3” scholars. Once again, “Group 3” scholars are those who argue explicitly for

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Reply to Selgin on the Origin of Electrum Coinage, Part 1

September 3, 2017

George Selgin replies to my post here in the following critique:George Selgin, “‘Lord Keynes’ contra White on the Beginnings of Coinage,” Alt-M Ideas for an Alternative Monetary Future, August 30, 2017.You can follow the complete debate in these posts as follows: Larry White, “Why the ‘State Theory of Money’ doesn’t explain the Coinage of Precious Metals,” Alt-M Ideas for an Alternative Monetary Future, August 24, 2017.“Larry White on the Origins of Coined Money: A Critique,” August 26, 2017.George Selgin, “‘Lord Keynes’ contra White on the Beginnings of Coinage,” Alt-M Ideas for an Alternative Monetary Future, August 30, 2017.The issue here is how electrum coinage in ancient Lydia and Asia Minor arose, and who first invented it. The issues are so many and complex that my responses will

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Larry White on the Origins of Coined Money: A Critique

August 26, 2017

The free banker Larry White has a recent post here on the origins of coined money:Larry White, “Why the ‘State Theory of Money’ doesn’t explain the Coinage of Precious Metals,” Alt-M Ideas for an Alternative Monetary Future, August 24, 2017.White is essentially talking about the origins of coined money in ancient Lydia and Greece.First of all, there are some points in White’s article that may be freely acknowledged as correct, as follows:(1) Chartalism does not have a universal theory of the origins of money (as defined as a general medium of exchange, unit of account and store of purchasing power) anymore than Neoclassical economics does. But it does have part of the story.(2) it is true that the theories of certain MMT economists who wish to argue that ancient states chose silver and

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James Keir Hardie’s Views on Mass Immigration

August 26, 2017

James Keir Hardie (15 August 1856–26 September 1915) was the founder of the British Labour Party (which was founded on 27 February, 1900), its first leader, and its first Member of Parliament.In 1899, James Keir Hardie appeared before the UK House of Commons Select Committee on emigration and immigration. He – as a leading socialist of Britain – gave his opinion on mass immigration into Scotland:“James Keir Hardie, Secretary to the Ayrshire Miners’ Union and to the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party (pp. 63–69) stated that 2,500 foreign workmen were employed in Glasgow, 300 in Leith and 20 at the Glengarock Ironworks in Ayrshire. There were between 2,800 and 3,000 foreigners in Scotland altogether. ….In many cases, they only stayed in Scotland a few months, to earn sufficient money to

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Sam Bowles on “The Death of Homo Economicus”

August 20, 2017

An interesting interview of Sam Bowles (Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst) by Marshall Auerback on the Neoclassical myth of homo economicus:[embedded content]A great interview.See also his book: Bowles, Samuel and Herbert Gintis. 2011. A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and its Evolution. Princeton University Press, Oxford and Princeton, NJ.

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Breitbart on “Racist Socialists”

August 17, 2017

Breitbart has an eyebrow-raising article here on early American socialists and their attitudes to race.There are two points here.First of all, it is true enough that many early socialists, Liberals and even some Marxists did believe in the biological reality of race and racial differences. We know that Karl Marx at the end of his life seems to have believed in the reality of races, and even in a kind of racial phrenology and the racial pseudo-science of Pierre Trémaux (1818–1895) on racial degeneration.Worse still, Marx’s attachment to racial phrenology is confirmed in one of his letters to Engels, in which Marx complains about the German radical Ferdinand Lassalle (1825–1864) who visited Marx in London in 1862:Dear Engels, From the enclosed scrawls you will partly see how bothered I am.

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Orwellian Social Media

August 16, 2017

In essence, if there was any doubt at all that the Cultural Left has massive ideological control of popular social media like YouTube and tech companies like Google, then there can be no doubt now.Sargon of Akkad exposures the massive private censorship on YouTube:[embedded content]And Sargon himself has been suspended from Twitter:[embedded content]I had my differences with Sargon on economics and his feeble “Classical Liberal” world-view, but he did heroic work exposing SJW lies and insanity, and these social media purges and Orwellian censorship are ominous signs.See Sargon of Akkad’s other social media:Sargon of Akkad on YouTube (main channel)The Thinkery (second channel)Sargon of Akkad on FacebookSee also Dave Rubin and Dave Rubin:Gad SaadThe Rubin Report

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The BBC, Mary Beard and Diversity in Roman Britain

August 11, 2017

The BBC produced a cartoon as part of their “The Story of Britain” series called “Roman Britain”.In the original description (which the BBC has since changed), the family depicted was described as a “typical family:
The video presents a black person as a high-status Roman officer and, according to the description above, as the head of a “typical family”:[embedded content]But why on earth is a person who appears to be a sub-Saharan African (or possibly an indigenous North African) being depicted as a head of a “typical family” in Roman Britain?To be “typical,” this entails that this is what the average family looked like, whether of Roman personnel in Britain or of all people in Roman Britain generally, and that in turn entails that the majority of Roman personnel or the majority of all

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Chronology of Human Evolutionary Prehistory and Early History (Updated)

August 9, 2017

I have updated my chronology of human evolutionary prehistory and early history to complement my summaries of Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending’s The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution (2009).It covers both human evolutionary prehistory and early history:4 million years ago – emergence of the Australopithecus genus in eastern Africa2.8–1.5 million years ago – time of Homo habilis2.6–1.7 million years ago – Oldowan culture, the earliest stone tool archaeological industry of prehistory, in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe2.58–0 million years ago – Quaternary period:2,588,000–9,700 BC – the Pleistocene epoch
9,700 BC–present – Holocene epoch2,586,000–9,700 BC – the Pleistocene era (the Ice Age), the last glacial period2.58–0 million years ago

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Julian Assange on Multiculturalism and US Politics

August 8, 2017

Julian Assange recently tweeted out a series of interesting comments on multicultural identity politics in the US as follows:
America was historically a majority white nation. By opening America’s borders to a tidal wave of Third World mass immigration and the relentless pushing of identity politics for everybody but white people by the Cultural Left, the US white population has been driven to a type of implicit white identity politics too, which is what Trumpism was in part about.If the same policies are continued, there will be a massive shift to explicit white identitarian movements in America, and in Europe too, since white people will start to realise that – with low fertility rates and massive immigration – they will become minorities in their own nations, and perhaps even hated and

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John Hawks on Human Evolution since the Origin of Agriculture

August 8, 2017

A discussion of recent human evolution after 10,000 BC by John Hawks, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which covers many of the issues in Cochran and Harpending’s The 10,000 Year Explosion (2009):[embedded content]His blog is here.

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How to Refute the Core of Austrian/Neoclassical Economics in Four Easy Points

August 6, 2017

Both Austrian and Neoclassical economics stem from the Marginalist revolution of the 1870s. Although there are important differences between both schools, they have enough in common that is flawed to make them both subject to this critique:(1) both Austrian and Neoclassical theory ultimately hold that free markets have a tendency towards general equilibrium, and hence economic coordination by means of a flexible wage and price system, and a (supposed) coordinating loanable funds market that equates savings and investment. This is an empirically false view of market economies: it is essentially the product of Marginalists from the 1870s onwards who had physics envy and wanted to model a market economy like a self-equilibrating physical system.(2) the core Neoclassical and Austrian model in

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The 1908 Resolution against Mass Immigration by the Socialist Party of America

August 4, 2017

From the 10–17 May 1908, the Socialist Party of America held a national convention in Chicago.It was at this conference that the convention set up a special committee of five men to study the issue of mass immigration into the US, namely, Victor L. Berger, Guy E. Miller, John Spargo, Joshua Wanhope and Ernest Untermann (Untermann is well known as the first American translator of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital).On the 14 May 1908, the convention passed this resolution on mass immigration, which stated its views and set up the special committee that later reported to the 1910 conference:“The Socialist Party, in convention assembled, declares that the fundamental principle of Socialism is the struggle between the exploiting and exploited classes. The controlling principle of the political Socialist

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The Mass Immigration Debate within the Socialist Party of America from 1910–1912, Part 2

August 3, 2017

In part 1 here, the debate within the Socialist Party of America on mass immigration at their national convention in Chicago from 15–21 May 1910 was examined.In 1912, the Socialist Party of America held another national convention from 12–18 May in Indianapolis.Once again, the issue of mass immigration was discussed, and once again the committee on the immigration question produced a majority report.Remarkably, the majority report of 1912 was even more opposed to mass immigration than that of 1910. Furthermore, the authors were not afraid to examine the issue of how racial feelings and animosities were exacerbated by mass immigration and also exploited by capitalists. The full text of the majority report is as follows:MAJORITY REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION
At the national congress of

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The Mass Immigration Debate within the Socialist Party of America from 1910–1912, Part 1

August 2, 2017

The Socialist Party of America existed between the 29th July 1901 and the 31st December 1972. Before the party was repressed for its opposition to World War I and suffered splits over the question of Communist Russia, it was probably the most successful and largest radical party of the socialist Left in America, at least down to the 1920s.The Socialist Party of America was made up of Marxists, anarchists, some members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union, democratic socialists and Social Democrats of that day. Eugene V. Debs was on two occasions its candidate for US president in the elections of 1912 and 1920, and even won about 6% of the votes in 1912.From 15–21 May, 1910, the Socialist Party of America held a national convention in Chicago (Ross 2015: 119). During that

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