How Can Anyone Actually Be This Stupid?

A certain American professor – of sociology, naturally – called Matthew Desmond has decided to pleasure us with the ignorance of his knowledge of the subject under discussion, economics. I’m not the first to note this and doubt I shall be the last. But in his introductory paragraphs in the New York Times Magazine – a place where the editors clearly don’t know enough to catch such errors – he tells us that:

“Low-road capitalism,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist Joel Rogers has called it.

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American Slavery Didn’t Start In 1619, 1655 Rather, And That Was Black Owning Black

As we know there’s a certain gearing up to commemorate – commiserate perhaps – the arrival of African American slavery in America – here meaning what would observable become the United States – this year. The 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African Americans in the cultural antecedents of what would become the current polity.

Needs to be that wordy a description because there was full chattel slavery under varied Spanish and Portuguese attempts to colonise the same land area but they all failed, died away.…

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Gee, Math Is Hard – Mitch McConnell’s Folk Owned Slaves

Here’s one of those puzzlers. Why would you think that Mitch McConnell’s folk din’t own slaves? His folks are indeed long time southerners so you would sorta expect that somewhere down the line there were some slave holders, no?

A new report reveals that the ancestors of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owned slaves, casting the Kentucky Republican’s opposition to reparations for slavery under renewed scrutiny. Census records from 1850 and 1860 reveal that two of McConnell’s great-great-grandfathers, James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned in total at least 14 slaves — 12 of whom were female — in the years immediately preceding the Civil War, according to NBC News.

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The N Word Row – Clearly This PhD Student Shouldn’t Be At Cambridge

The reason to be at university is that one is uneducated and wish to become more educated. The very presence at an institution of learning is a pure and complete admission that more learning needs to take place.

That is, students, by definition, do not know everything. By the students’ own definition that is, by their very placing of themselves in the position of being students.

However, there are things that must already be known in order for such a presence, such a status as a student, to be successful.…

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Anti-Slavery And Trafficking Laws Increase The Amount Of Slavery And Trafficking

This is a pretty cool gig if you can manage to swing it. Be the person responsible for reducing slavery and trafficking – things we obviously want to reduce right down to zero – and then bring in laws which increase the amount of slavery and trafficking. So, the more you expend righteous effort to reduce these evils the more you find, the higher your budget and staff levels go and as a bureaucrat you’re in God’s Own Heaven.…

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Universal Credit Is The Reason There’s No Sex Slavery In The UK

We’re often enough told that there’s some massive amount of sex slavery in Britain. This would be a bad thing as sex slavery is repeated rape. Despite what we’re so repeatedly told though there’s very little evidence of it actually happening. Operation Pentameter used every police force in the country to go look for it for 6 months. And Assembled Plod found not one single person in the entire country they could prosecute for the crime.…

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The Gaping Hole In The Reparations For Slavery Argument

The argument proposed is neatly summed up here:

Richard Cellini, a lawyer, summarised the reparations debate as a question in three parts. “First, was a great wrong done? The answer is ‘yes’, that’s indisputable,” said Mr Cellini. “Then, to whom do we pay the reparations, and from what corpus of wealth?”

There’s a quite ghastly, great, gaping hole in that argument.

Which is, can we compensate those who suffered the wrong? If we answer no to that then there is no case whatsoever for reparations, is there?…

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Today’s Idiocy About Slavery And Reparations

Was slavery a bad thing?


Was slavery a common thing?


Just about every society up to and just past the steam engine had slavery. True, it might have been villeinage, serfdom, rather than pure chattel slavery but yes, it existed pretty much everywhere and when.

There’s not even anything wholly different about the Atlantic trade in the chattel slavery of blacks from sub-Saharan Africa. The trans-Saharan trade predated it and outlived it. The East African trade most certainly outlived it – there were episodes of the Royal Navy capturing slavers in the 1920s.…

See More’s Civil War Ad – Why Bother With Diversity In Creative Teams?

It is a little embarrassing for to have run this ad. For it is true that many mixed race couplings during and before the Civil War were based more upon power relationships under slavery than true love. That doesn’t mean that there never were such love stories but missing the point will indeed grate with many watchers.

This is thus not the wisest piece of PR ever:

As is pointed out:

The ad is part of a campaign by Ancestry showing stories from the past to pique viewers’ curiosity about their ancestors.

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Americans Get The Light/Dark Skinned Black Women Thing Entirely Wrong

American exceptionalism is a powerful cultural idea of course. It’s even a true enough reading of history at times. One where it’s not is over slavery except in one or two details. Slavery was a commonplace throughout human history. Guinea – as it was then called – was a source of slaves into the Arab world at least for a millennium before any European got involved. One of those details where it was indeed different is in something Jefferson Davis himself noted, that by the time of the Confederacy the vast majority of American slaves had been born there, that natural increase.…

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