Legacies

Nov.13, 2017

I am a good writer. I am a decent, a long way from great, philosopher. When I die I’m not going to leave a whole lot of cash (sorry family, wish I could), but I will leave a goodly store of ideas as legacies.

Central among these is that genes and, especially, the memes from past human history—100,000 years of Hunting/Gathering life, 10,000 of Agricultural, and just over 200 years! of Modern–give important clues to many current problems (see Bill’s Blogs, p. 18); three Bill’s laws (see Bill’s Blogs, p. 8) which accurately predict how long major changes in science, politics, and religion will take to change behavior; a critique of socialism and social-welfare democracy as snuggling up to fascism; and finally a defense of capitalism, inequality, and profits as essential to progress (see Bill’s Blogs, pp. 126).

I admit my big ideas are not on the same level as big ideas of the past on the atom, the gene, and evolution (they do have a close bond to evolution).

My ideas have also stood the time test! Longer than many concepts in philosophy, politics, and economics have. To top it off I stumbled on these ideas late, in my 60s, 70s and 80s. With all due modesty, I think I deserve a prize. If not a Nobel, a Pulitzer? It’s not likely to happen soon, I guarantee.

,As for inequality, capitalism, and profits, my view is simple and cleat—the profits of capitalist companies are the one and only guarantee of progress for all. If that results inequality it is sad but without profits there would not be progress for anyone.

For diversity my view is more complex. When modern liberals talk about diversity they are mostly saying they are in favor of getting blacks and Hispanics into the mainstream. I sympathize with this goal but disagree with the methods. Diverse talents yes, equal talents no

Take racism and Bell Curves (see Bill’s Blogs, p. 39). Democratic presidents like Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt were racists by current standards. (FDR, like Trump with Muslims, turned down saving thousands of Jewish refugees in 1941. He also sent thousands of Japanese citizens to concentration camps in WW2. Wilson did the same with Germans in WW1). Actually, the Republican credited with freeing black slaves could also be called a racist.

Abraham Lincoln said in the famous Lincoln/Douglas debates, “I am not, nor ever have I ever been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races. … There is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races from living together on terms of social and political equality.”

Lincoln also said, “As I would not be a slave so I would not be a master … Black people are entitled to the fruits of their own labor.”

Faiths like this would disqualify Republican Lincoln and Democrats Wilson and FDR, from ever being nominated, much less elected, for any public office today.

Current TV advertising and fake news support equality of talent in all fields. On the other hand, science says all talents of all living things––humans, animals, and plants—are best described in bell curves (see Bill’s Blogs, pp. 39).

Consider; Blacks and Latinos are on the high side of talents for the most popular and highly-paid sports. (Football is 80% black in the NFL. Basketball in the NBA is an even higher percentage. Latinos dominate in major league baseball.).

Blacks and Latinos are on the low side when it comes to academic intelligence. There are millions of black exceptions with high IQ’s, like Barack and Michelle Obama, but also millions more with below average IQ’s, (in the 80s, which means barely literate), who live poor violence-filled lives in the inner cities and rural areas of the US, Africa, and South America.

Jews, on the other hand, are the opposite—poor in sports but rich in intelligence. (Jews are only 0.2% of the world population but have won 30% of the Nobel Prizes!).

This striking disparity is recognized by nearly everyone but is strictly forbidden to even hint at when it comes to schools, advertising, entertainment, politics, or sports. Whether it is caused by environment or genes is not relevant. It is to my mind a simple fact.

Trump hopes to bring blacks into the mainstream by giving them jobs in new inner-city industries. Good luck with that. I think a guaranteed minimum income is more promising idea (see Bill’s Blogs, p. 131, 135).

Similar disparities flourish in other issues—notably in Climate Change.

Propaganda for climate change, for instance, is aggressively present in all media. The same clerical media are also united against inequality and in favor of diversity. Alas, all of these dogmas have only the slim evidence, most of it anecdotal stories.

Activists, with the help of the media, have convinced the public and many scientists too. A government scientist who stands to gain by acceptance of this concept is leader NASA’s James Hansen. He has much help from leftist scientists like John Holdren (Chief Science Advisor to President Obama) and Paul Ehrlich (author of the famous 1968 book, The Population Bomb, that predicted tens of million Americans would die of starvation before the turn of the century due to overpopulation). They have convinced most citizens of the world that climate change is a threat to our very survival as a species!

These same scientists, along with the Pope and former Vice President Al Gore, are also leaders in Green crusades to cut back on living standards, reduce our energy and resource use, use more recycling, and above all reduce population by any means possible, including sterilization and abortion (the Pope draws the line here).

What to do about Radical Muslim terror and immigration is still another issue. On the one hand, we do have a proud history of freedom of religion. On the other hand, radical Muslim religion (use of terror and Sharia law as tactics) are in direct conflict with Western values and traditions. The left-liberal clergy has come out firmly on the tolerance side. Trump and followers are torn. Europeans decided to go with an open border policy. Trump objects. There really may be no good solution. In the void and dilemma, I will support Trump.

This is getting much too long. My feeble voice will not make a difference but that does not mean I should shut up about my legacy.

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S. For the curious who want to know more details of my life-long journey through the idea swamp, from devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest, or stronger, I beg you to buy and read one of my recent books (all dirt-cheap and, in my opinion, truly good legacies)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. At minimum view some ideas on science and society streamed free now on YouTube.

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