The Dawn of Everything

I just finished The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow. I don’t read much nonfiction, and when I do, I generally read the first third and figure the rest will give examples supporting the thesis. In this case, I read every fascinating page, full of descriptions of the wide array of Neolithic societies. The book challenges the basic assumption of history, archeology, and anthropology for the past couple hundred years: that egalitarian hunter-gathering societies inevitably “evolved” toward hierarchical and exploitative models as they developed agriculture and became more populous and complex.  Graeber and Wengrow argue that the evidence indicates […]

Martin Luther King calls for Reparations

Now would be a good time to aggressively raise the demand for reparations. HR 40 calling for a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act has been introduced in the house and could well pass in the next year. The California Assembly has passed a similar resolution and is currently putting together such a commission for the state. The Oakland, California school board has passed a resolution calling for Reparations for Black Students. Reasserting the demand for reparations is the best response to the hysteria over Critical Race Theory (AKA history). The debate over reparations will force […]