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Here is this week's post, my interview with Glenn Loury about certain biases in history. It lasts about 50 minutes.
Fascinating interview. Curious about your comment concerning blacks being denied entry into the military at such a high rate bc of medical issues. Could you provide more information? Were medical problems legitimate? Were they categorized between mental and physical?I look forward to more interviews.
ProfessorVery interesting interview. Thanks for doing it. My take on the New Deal is that it was rather like, to exaggerate somewhat to make a point and for effect, a Morgenthau Plan which the leftist (but not anti negro) Treasury Department put together for the largely agrarian South, while simultaneously boosting the depressed and commercial industrial North in anticipation of conflict in Europe and Asia. It was rather like a proto Marshall Plan for the depression era North for both whites and negroes in the North, and a proto Morgenthau forced agrarianization Plan for both whites and negroes in the South.I hope that captures, albeit in a glaring form, some of your position as well. All the best
ProfessorThere was a left melting pot negro element in 1940, as your quotation demonstrates, and the war and GI Bill helped that form and persist.But both savvy Democrat or left negroes gentiles and Jews, including Savio etc, were always aware that their respective cultures' white bread could only be mostly white buttered.All the best
ProfessorTo go back, long before the New Deal, and way before the Civil War, for a moment: more white immigrants died while in bondage, under slave like conditions here, than did negro slaves here, all told. The Caribbean and South American Slave system was a different story, with higher mortality, and very few white indentured servants. See Colonists In Bondage, and other works.The British government had the good sense to pay their slave owners reparations, not the slaves.All the best
ProfessorHere are a few references:'Even at the peak of Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere...''...This pattern was not confined to West Africa...', Sowell, Black Rednecks and White Liberals, p., 120, 121; See Conquests and Cultures, p. 109; Race and Culture, Index.All the best
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