We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"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.