The Mayan Civilization
From Roger Sandall:
"Letís take Jared Diamond by the horns. He would like us to believe that the decline and fall of the Maya was a tragic loss, and a sadly overgrown sculpture in the jungle ornaments the cover of his book Collapse.
But I donít care if the Maya civilization did collapse. I donít think we should shed a single retrospective tear. It might be interesting to know how or why it fellówhether from war or drought or disease or soil exhaustionóbut I donít much care about that either. Because quite frankly, as civilizations go, the Mayan civilization in Mexico didn't amount to much."
Provocative and not politically-correct. Read entire.†
And more on the trials of modern-day Mayans in Guatemala, here.