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.
I have difficulties with it at a scientific level. It has too many just-so stories that have not held up to later scrutiny.
It is not worthless by any means. Greg Cochran reviewed it a second time in 2017 at West Hunter after years of consideration. Acch, the link activated the spam mechanism again, but just type "jared" into his search bar.
Assistant Village Idiot
"Systemic racism can explain, at least partly, the significant economic gap between blacks and whites in the United States, and also in South Africa"
Most of the problems of the blacks in South Africa were black tribalism and not white racism or apartheid. It is also interesting to note that all or most of the black South Africans "invaded" South Africa and they themselves were the "colonists" and the problem. Today racism is out of control in South Africa but it is 99% black racism towards whites and Indians. Funny how the actual facts blows away the preferred narratives.
Until critical race theory and critical gender theory are cleared out of the education institutions there will be no rational discussion of the advance of civilization from the American academy. Marx and his fellow travelers assured that outcome in the multicultural wars in the west.
Yes, but the more interesting question is what created a higher average intelligence in some places vs other places?
One of those factors is, believe it or not, cheese. Cheese and the agriculture that made cheese possible provides protein and keeps for months/years. Cultures that endured famines and poor family diets (that impacted child development in the womb and in the critical years after birth) had lower average IQ's.
It doesn't have to be cheese, it could be jerky or pemmican or simply agriculture and raising animals.