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Intellectuals and Race: Part III

Lon23 Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 10:55 PM
Right on. Ken, Divide and conquer is a very effective colonial invention of the British. India? Just cut a deal with the Brahmins and avoid confronting anything cultural or religious like the Caste system. Nigeria today for the benefit of Shell and BP? Divide along tribal lines and cut a deal with one ethnic group to get permission to fleece the other; all in the name of democracy and stiff upper lip civilization. The Latin countries made the mistake of giving the Roman Church a free hand at converting the heathen and disrupting productivity and destroying ethnic culture.

Editor's note: This is Part III in a series. Part I can be found here. Part II can be found here.

The desire of intellectuals for some grand theory that will explain complex patterns with some solitary and simple factor has produced many ideas that do not stand up under scrutiny, but which have nevertheless had widespread acceptance -- and sometimes catastrophic consequences -- in countries around the world.

The theory of genetic determinism which dominated the early 20th century led to many harmful consequences, ranging from racial segregation and discrimination up to and including the Holocaust. The...