Monthly Archives: August 2012

Women in the Laws of the Twelve Tables

The Twelve Tables are the famous (and famously fragmentary) early laws of Rome. They tend to be concise and not all that exciting – for example, they say that you can kill an intruder in your home at night, but … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt on Race

In Theodore Roosevelt we see the racial views of a 20th century president. We have seen the views of Jefferson, a man of the 18th and early 19th centuries, and of Lincoln, a man of the middle 19th. How will … Continue reading

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A Useful Site

I just happened on a very nice blog, Great Minds on Race. It should provide fodder for some more posts on the views of historical figures on race.

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Luxury, Fertility, and Demographic Suicide

Luxury in the fair sex, while it inflames perhaps the passion for enjoyment, seems always to weaken and frequently to destroy altogether, the powers of generation. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations The demographic collapse in advanced modern countries, coupled … Continue reading

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Luxury, Slavery, and Decline

In this post on Juvenal I highlighted his explanation of Roman decadence as the consequence of luxury. [We are now suffering the evils of a long peace. Luxury, more deadly than war, broods over the city, and avenges a conquered … Continue reading

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The Flynn effect does not disprove dysgenics

Intelligence does not always aid in the search for truth. For those without good character, intelligence often merely enables the invention of sophisticated rationalizations for one’s prejudices. Intelligent people often find themselves able to win any debate they enter through … Continue reading

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