Walter Russell Mead has a nice essay on Columbus Day
My copy of Explanation of Ideology arrived last night, and I finished it tonight. Very interesting book. I am convinced that the differences are genetic. I am American and I am strongly in favor of Anglo-American Empiricism (science) and culture. I oppose continental philosophy (idealism, rationalism, romanticism, marxism). Yet I have yearnings for a certain type of land ownership. My ancestry is almost entirely from areas with what he calls the “authoritarian” family. I recognized myself completely in that chapter. I am wondering if slight but structured endogamy (patrilineal 2nd cousins preferred) might strengthen the family at the expense of the state.
I am glad that Columbus sailed across the Atlantic.
@t – “My copy of Explanation of Ideology arrived last night, and I finished it tonight. Very interesting book.”
cool! glad you enjoyed it. i thought it very interesting, too, and i think that todd is really on to something with his family types, but i don’t think he got the whole picture since he overlooks biology/evolution, etc. but hey — nobody’s perfect. (~_^)
@t – “I am wondering if slight but structured endogamy (patrilineal 2nd cousins preferred) might strengthen the family at the expense of the state.”
oh, i think absolutely so. too much close marriage in any society is a big problem for the development of a liberal democratic state (not that that’s necessarily the only goal in life, but if that’s what you’re aiming for, inbreeding is going to be a hindrance). a population that is in any way clannish will just block the development of a free and open society. you can still have a state with a lot of inbreeding, but it will have to be some sort of despotic one like you find in the arab world or china — one that will keep the various clans under thumb.
@luke – “Walter Russell Mead has a nice essay on Columbus Day”
yeah, good one! while i agree with wrm that columbus day came as a result of italian-american (and other catholic) lobbying, i wouldn’t go so far as to say this — or, i guess, i wouldn’t put it this way…
“It is a celebration of American diversity, a long overdue recognition of the importance of Catholics and immigrants in American life.”
…i’m sure the italians in the knights of columbus back in the day had NO intentions of creating a holiday to honor ALL immigrants to the u.s., like mexicans today. in fact, i’m pretty sure they’d be turning in their graves if they heard that one! (~_^)
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