Archive for August, 2015

Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Part 3

Dave Killion — August 11, 2015

Last week, the Victoria LBC continued its discussion of this work. Specifically, we took on the second essay ‘Are Jews Generic?’. My Kindle reading app informs me that 113 people highlighted this passage:

“When people are presented with the alternatives of hitting themselves for their failure or hating others for their success, they seldom choose to hate themselves.”

As for myself, I found a few other interesting parts. To wit:

“As communities determined to maintain their own values and work ethic without allowing their children to be influenced by the very different values they often found in the societies around them, middleman minorities have often had their own social institutions, including their own private schools, after they reached an economic level where they could afford them. Even when their children went to public schools, as among Jews in the United States, there were often supplementary schools, such as the Hebrew schools.”

“The history of middleman minorities offers little support for those who see political power and ethnic identity politics as requirements for group economic advancement. Middleman minorities have typically advanced much more rapidly than other groups that have pursued political roots, even when those other groups have been successful in such pursuits. Nothing is easier than to name prominent political leaders of economically lagging racial and ethnic groups, but such leaders have usually not been as common among the middleman minorities. Nor have the exceptional instances where middleman minorities have become heavily involved in politics led to better results for them.”

Given that the libertarian community is very much like these ‘middleman minorities’ in that we hold superior values to those around us, these are particular worthy of reflection, as they suggest the path libertarians might wish to follow as our community begins to coalesce.

“During the antebellum era, Jews owned fewer slaves than free blacks owned and even fewer than American Indians owned. “

I knew slavery was part of some American Indian cultures, but I never knew they owned black slaves.

Make sure to come back soon for more quotes from the next essay “The Real History of Slavery”.

Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Part 2

Dave Killion — August 5, 2015

Further to our last post, here are a couple of quotes from the titular first essay of our current reading, “Black Rednecks and White Liberals“. Although they are not amongst the most popular highlights, I found them compelling enough to make note of –

“Intellectuals have promoted misconceptions of history, misreadings of contemporary life, and counterproductive notions of how to prepare for the future.”

“There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life.”

 

Look for more quotes here as we move into the second essay, “Are Jews Generic?”