Beating around the bush

Sometimes it is downright funny how close some authors will come to citing racial differences as causes for historical conditions but without actually mentioning it explicitly.  They will beat around the bush and consider far-fetched theories but never dare to bring up the obvious.

Here we see a blogger, by the name of Paul Rosenberg, listing explanations for why liberty flourished specifically in the West.

He admits that practically all the trappings of modern civilization were invented in the West (in other words, by whites), yet it seems to never occur to him that racial differences might have something to do with it.  Instead he comes up with these theories:

1) Language – Western (Indo-European) grammar, with its categories of gender, its sharp distinction of person and number, and its great emphasis on chronological tense, instills a certain level of logical attitude toward life. In contrast, the languages of the Far East emphasize relative class levels…

2) Separation – The Western tradition features heroes who separated themselves from everyone else. Abraham was commanded to separate himself. Moses commanded Israel to be separate from all other peoples. Jesus commanded his students to remain separate from the teachings of the other Jewish sects. And so on…

3) Subversive religions – The religions of the West – Judaism and Christianity – are subversive religions, even though most of their leaders would rather not admit it. (They must generally support the State in order to get favors such as tax exemption.)…

4) Farming – Westerners have almost always been farmers, as opposed to herdsmen or hunters…

Farmers tend to see the world as a positive-sum game and nomads as a zero-sum game. The important thing about this is that positive- or zero-sum assumptions form in human minds and – if not analyzed and adjusted – color wide areas of thought. This affects all sorts of opinions and judgments…

5) Cold – Most Western cultures are also northern cultures. There have been a number of interesting theories put forth as to why most advances are made in cold places. Certainly the inability to be lazy without freezing plays a major role. Active people, after all, produce more than inactive people, and in cold places, inactivity can be fatal. This is an interesting area of study…

6) New continents – In the 17th Century, people in the West found an opportunity to flee all expectations and re-create civilization on a new continent. This was a very important and powerful force in the West. In our current situation, people with radically new ideas are considered dangerous to one extent or another. What if they could simply leave, go to some new, un-ruled place and try living their new way? What new strategies might be revealed as superior to thought-choking obedience?…

7) Disasters – This answer goes fairly deep into speculation, but it is worth mentioning.

For the last half-million years, our planet has experienced a string of at least four ice ages. In each of them, a huge portion of the earth has been covered with ice and snow and the rest of the planet was much colder than it is now. In the last ice age, what are now Indianapolis and St. Louis were covered with glaciers – a lot like Greenland’s current condition. Even the areas where soil was exposed were much colder than they are now…

8) God versus State – Since the Judeo-Christianity of the West was a subversive religion (as mentioned above), it has very often struggled against the State. Normally this is thought of as the State preventing the Church from turning into an oppressive theocracy (which has certainly occurred), but that is only one side of the issue. When massive ideologies (like Church and State) oppose each other, it opens up cracks, where liberty can flourish. (And they do oppose each other, since both compete for the full respect and devotion of the people…

Of course most of us are aware that the underlying cause of most of the above conditions was inherent racial advantages such as higher average I.Q. and a lower time preference.  Especially interesting are his words on “Cold” (which include only what I quoted above and no more).  Is it reasonable to attribute technological advancement with a need for more physical activity due to cold?  It seems to me that most of that physical activity would have been spent hunting for food in the vast tundra when they were not huddled in front of a fire sleeping.

The above essay is in the same category as “Guns, Germs and Steel“, an obsessive quest to find non-racial explanations for the superiority of white civilization.  Even if some of those arguments have validity, this does not preclude the validity of racial explanations.  There can be many contributors to an end result

Mr. Rosenberg comes so close to mentioning race that I suspect he might realize its significance.  But there is a huge leap of courage that separates realizing the truth and writing the truth.  Some would say it is not courage but folly and this is for each individual to decide for himself, as an ancient Jewish sage once said, “Do not judge your fellow until you come to his place.”


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6 Responses to Beating around the bush

  1. Californian says:

    Is it reasonable to attribute technological advancement with a need for more physical activity due to cold?

    Actually, no. Look at the technological advances of White South Africans under apartheid…all in a very temperate climate.

  2. Californian says:

    Or for that matter, the Israelis, in the middle of a desert…

  3. Accidental Tourist says:

    Are there no groups in the east who have been farmers and who have languages that produce a tendency to logical thinking in their speakers?

    As a student of some eastern languages and a long-time observer of eastern peoples, I think the blogger you quote is full of shit.

    However, I do believe that genes (and race) have interesting things to tell us about groups.

  4. Corvinus says:

    1) Language – Western (Indo-European) grammar, with its categories of gender, its sharp distinction of person and number, and its great emphasis on chronological tense, instills a certain level of logical attitude toward life. In contrast, the languages of the Far East emphasize relative class levels…

    Ha! That has always leapt out at me: Japanese and Korean have extensive verbal inflections based on class, while European languages don’t go any further than the tu/vous/Sie/usted/voce distinctions. Don’t know as much about Chinese, but from what I do know, their verbs don’t inflect much at all for anything.

    On the other hand, Japanese and Korean pronouns are long and unwieldy (watashi or even watakushi for “I”) and the verbs don’t inflect at all for number.

    I’d go further in that the Eastern languages not only emphasize class, but also deemphasize the individual, with their unwieldy pronouns that are used only when absolutely necessary.

    5) Cold – Most Western cultures are also northern cultures. There have been a number of interesting theories put forth as to why most advances are made in cold places. Certainly the inability to be lazy without freezing plays a major role. Active people, after all, produce more than inactive people, and in cold places, inactivity can be fatal. This is an interesting area of study…

    I guess that’s why Africans can’t plan ahead further than the next party, knowhamsayin’?

  5. TAS says:

    “1) Language – Western (Indo-European) grammar, with its categories of gender, its sharp distinction of person and number, and its great emphasis on chronological tense, instills a certain level of logical attitude toward life. In contrast, the languages of the Far East emphasize relative class levels”

    So this writer is claiming language is one of the reasons for the success of European civilization? I think I’ve heard every excuse now. Also, there are plenty of non-Indo-European languages in Europe (Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Basque, and Maltese).

  6. Linda Gottfredson's Apprentice says:

    “Ha! That has always leapt out at me: Japanese and Korean have extensive verbal inflections based on class, while European languages don’t go any further than the tu/vous/Sie/usted/voce distinctions. Don’t know as much about Chinese, but from what I do know, their verbs don’t inflect much at all for anything.”

    Ummm, have you never heard of verbal suffixes in the various Chinese languages and their alternative to tenses (aspect).

    If you stop to think about language, it must be clear that they all have mechanisms to convey the time of occurrence of an aspect with respect to the present and its completed vs ongoing nature and so forth. They also all have to make distinctions between males and females as those are genetically deeply ingrained in us.

    IMO, the presence or absence of many words with similar meaning but fine shades of difference is a more reliable marker of the intelligence of that speaking group.

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