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.
Whatever happened to the people of Easter Island? New theory.
Good debate on the economics of medical care. TCS. It seems that the wealthier a nation is, the more they spend on education and medical treatment - if given the choice to do so. Maybe we should trust folks to make their own decisions? Those are rational adult choices. (And, by the way, when people talk about the "uninsured" they never tell you how many of those are temporarily uninsured, or illegals, do they? Government power grabs always create a "crisis" to justify it.)
Tom Wolfe praises America. Hey, intellectuals aren't supposed to do that.
I've read quite a lot about Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and it appears to me that the so-called science in this report is nothing more than PC politics. Conclusion: White men did it! Even the math is highly suspect, unless of course, they had the pill and they appreciated the cultural advantages of having small families: i.e., one caregiver could stay home while the other worked, going to the symphony on Saturday night, more money to invest in fine furniture and shrubberies.
You guys have rightly learned to find the political agenda in everything.
However, you need to bear in mind that European diseases - the common cold, flu, etc - did kill native peoples - basically eliminated all but a few of the northeast coast indians by the time the Pilgrims landed. Remember Squanto - he was the sole survivor of his tribe.
It seems plausible to me, despite its PC flavor.
I get your point, and yes it is possible. But I read some of the original observations (translated of course) of some of the first to stop there (I think Cook was amoung them), and they noted that the statues were already knocked down and the people were living a poor life. Also, their verbal history includes a lot of stories of war, and none of what this report describes. Islanders were taken for slavery, but that was long after the collapse of their society, and it was chilean ships that took them. The few that survived were returned about fifty years later.