I have been reading about Napoleon Chagnon for many years now. I wrote about his findings as early as 2003. So I was pleased to see a recent comprehensive summary of his work in Quillette.
As I learned myself by working in two academic departments that covered anthropology, anthropologists are the most Lefist discipline in the social sciences -- and that is saying something. Chagnon, however, was simply interested in reality and was one of the most committed anthropologists ever. He spent years living among the people he described -- under conditions that few modern men could endure. So he knew what he was talking about. Below is a brief excerpt from the Quillette article. As you can see, his findings went right against the old Leftist claim that man was naturally good and kind but had been corrupted by modern civilization:
In 1966, Chagnon began working with the geneticist James Neel. Neel had had managed to convince the Atomic Energy Commission to fund a genetic study of an isolated population and was able to pay Chagnon a salary to assist his research there. Neel’s team took blood samples from the Yanomamö, and began administering the Edmonston B vaccine when they discovered that the Yanomamö had no antibodies to the measles. In some ways, the Yanomamö sounded like something out of any anthropology textbook—they were patrilineal and polygamous (polygyny); like other cultures around the world, they carved a position for the levirate—a man who married his dead brother’s wife; they had ceremonial roles and practised ritual confinement with taboos on food and sex. But sometimes this exotic veneer would be punctured by their shared humanity, particularly their mischievous sense of humour.
But for all their jocularity, Chagnon found that up to 30 percent of all Yanomamö males died a violent death. Warfare and violence were common, and duelling was a ritual practice, in which two men would take turns flogging each other over the head with a club, until one of the combatants succumbed. Chagnon was adamant that the primary causes of violence among the Yanomamö were revenge killings and women. The latter may not seem surprising to anyone aware of the ubiquity of ruthless male sexual competition in the animal kingdom, but anthropologists generally believed that human violence found its genesis in more immediate matters, such as disputes over resources. When Chagnon asked the Yanomamö shaman Dedeheiwa t0 explain the cause of violence, he replied, “Don’t ask such stupid questions! Women! Women! Women! Women! Women!” Such fights erupted over sexual jealousy, sexual impropriety, rape, and attempts at seduction, kidnap and failure to deliver a promised girl.
Internecine raids and attacks often involved attempts by a man or group to abduct another’s women. “The victim is grabbed by her abductors by one arm, and her protectors grab the other arm. Then both groups pull in opposite directions,” Chagnon learned. In one instance, a woman’s arms were reportedly pulled out of their sockets: “The victim invariably screams in agony, and the struggle can last several long minutes until one group takes control of her.” Although one in five Yanomamö women Chagnon interviewed had been kidnapped from another village, some of these women were grateful to find that their new husbands were less cruel than their former ones. The treatment of Yanomamö women could be particularly gruesome, and Chagnon had to wrestle with the ethical dilemmas that confront anthropologists under such circumstances—should he intervene or remain an observer? Men frequently beat their wives, mainly out of sexual jealousy, shot arrows into them, or even held burning sticks between their legs to discourage the possibility of infidelity. On one occasion, a man bludgeoned his wife in the head with firewood and in front of an impassive audience. “Her head bounced off the ground with each ruthless blow, as if he were pounding a soccer ball with a baseball bat. The head-man and I intervened at that point—he was killing her.” Chagnon stitched her head back up. The woman recovered but she subsequently dropped her infant into a fire as she slept, and was later killed by a venomous snake. Life in the Amazon could be nasty, brutish, and short.
Chagnon would make more than 20 fieldwork visits to the Amazon, and in 1968 he published Yanomamö: The Fierce People, which became an instant international bestseller. The book immediately ignited controversy within the field of anthropology. Although it commanded immense respect and became the most commonly taught book in introductory anthropology courses, the very subtitle of the book annoyed those anthropologists, who preferred to give their monographs titles like The Gentle Tasaday, The Gentle People, The Harmless People, The Peaceful People, Never in Anger, and The Semai: A Nonviolent People of Malaya.
The stubborn tendency within the discipline was to paint an unrealistic façade over such cultures—although 61 percent of Waorani men met a violent death, an anthropologist nevertheless described this Amazonian people as a “tribe where harmony rules,” on account of an “ethos that emphasized peacefulness.” Anthropologists who considered such a society harmonious were unlikely to be impressed by Chagnon’s description of the Yanomamö as “The Fierce People,” where “only” 30 percent of males died by violence. The same anthropologist who had ascribed a prevailing ethos of peace to the Waoroni later accused Chagnon, in the gobbledygook of anthropological jargon, of the “projection of traditional preconceptions of the Western construction of Otherness.”
Britain looks to Australia on immigration as it seeks to 'end the free movement of people'
Britain's government says it is moving ahead with plans to adopt an Australian-style points-based immigration system.
Addressing supporters at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, British Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government is working hard to make it happen. "I have a particular responsibility when it comes to taking back control: It is to end the free movement of people once and for all," she said to rounds of applause.
"Instead we will introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system."
Immigration officials in Australia assess skilled worker visa applications awarding points for proficiency in English, work experience and age. The screening system was first rolled out in 1979 and has in the years since been adjusted to better consider the preferences of employers.
Last month, Ms Patel wrote to the Migration Advisory Committee asking it to review if Australia’s points-based migration system could work in Britain. The committee has been asked to report back by January.
Ms Patel said she believes leaving the EU will provide Britain with a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to change the country's immigration system for the better.
"One that works in the best interest of Britain. One that attracts and welcomes the brightest and the best. One that supports the brilliant scientists, the finest academics and the leading people in their fields. And one that is under the control of the British government."
Canada and New Zealand have also adopted a points-style system for skilled migration.
Adults fail in their duty to children if they just give in to the "instant gratification" demands of transgender teenagers who protest they cannot wait until 18 for irreversible sex-reassignment surgery, clinical psychologist Paul Stevenson says.
Mr Stevenson, well known for helping trauma victims after the Bali and Jakarta terror bombings of the 2000s, said psychologists should not "disenfranchise" parents of trans teens, nor "drive a wedge" between child and family. He was commenting on a submission by the Australian Psychological Society that doctors should be able to go ahead with under-16 trans surgery, with both parents opposed and no mandatory counselling for the adolescent, as long as the clinicians were "competent" in assessing the teen's capacity to make the decision.
The APS claims 24,000 members but Mr Stevenson said his breakaway body, the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc, had picked up 2000 new members in the past year, taking the total to 8000, partly because of discontent with the APS.
The AAPi appears to be the first health or medical pro-fessional body in Australia to go public with scepticism about the "child-led" affirmation approach to trans, which critics say discourages thorough investigation of a young patient's history and too readily puts them on a path to risky medical treatment, including puberty-blocker drugs, cross-sex hormones and surgery, such as mastectomy for trans boys.
Gender clinicians claim children are experts in their identity and going along with their transition is best for mental health. Mr Stevenson said the sudden decision of a teen to come out as trans brought grief and stress not just to parents but to the extended family, and for everyone's long-term interests the crucial relationship between teen and parent had to be supported.
"Psycholo-gists are not in the business of splitting up families," he said. He said the teenage years brought rapid and confusing development, and conflict with parents. Some neuroscience studies suggested the decision-making brain might not fully mature until a person reached their 30s, making it unwise to allow teens under 18 to consent to irreversible medical treatment.
"We've got to help parents get their children through this period of time when the (teenager's) frontal lobe is 'out for renovations'," he said. "Parents are the best-placed people to get their kids through this, we shouldn't be driving wedges between them."
Some parents have reported a pattern of teenagers, typically girls, suddenly declaring trans status with scripted lines from social media about the immediate need for hormones to stop them committing suicide.
Mr Stevenson said suicidal ideas — like any other mental health issues —should be treated directly. Flinders University's Damien Riggs, co-author of the APS submission, claims it is "scientifically, incorrect" to suggest social media or peer pressure might influence a trans teenager's stated identity. He has argued that Medicare should fund a trans mastectomy just as it does for a healthy woman with a genetic risk of breast cancer.
Online forums suggest trans mastectomy costs about $10,000. Dr Riggs, who won a $694,514 federal grant to study "family diversity", is cited as an authority in the 2018 treatment standards for children and adolescents issued by the gender clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne (which does no trans surgery).
Yesterday, the APS said the courts already allowed trans surgery for patients under 18. Where parents opposed it, "minors should have the right to access the opinion and guidance of suitably qualified medical professionals, including psychologists".
From "The Australian" of 4 Oct., 2019
What ‘The Times’ Got Wrong About Slavery in America
The New York Times recently drew a lot of attention for its “1619 Project” initiative, which has been criticized for misrepresenting the role of the slave trade as the central core to the development of the United States. The Times “aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.
The project name purportedly refers to the date the first African slaves were brought to the English colonies that later became the United States. Like much else in the Times’ version of the role of slavery in American history, even the project name is rooted in distortion. Although the institution of slavery is a stain on national history, the true story is much more complex than the Times represents, and the United States plays a role both as a country that exploited the slave trade as well as a leader in the movement to end the African slave trade, and was not the primary instigator or beneficiary of the brutal trade.
1619 was not, in fact, the date of the first African slaves in the English colonies — those Africans were brought in under indenturement contracts, not bought as slaves. They were contracted to a fixed period of labor (typically five years) to pay for the cost charged by the Dutch slavers, at which point they were freed with a payment of a start-up endowment.
Indenturement Contracts, Not Slaves
This was not unusual or limited to Africans – approximately half of the 500,000 European immigrants to the thirteen colonies prior to 1775 paid for their passage with indenturement contracts. Anthony Johnson, a black Angolan, was typical – he entered Virginia as an indentured servant in 1621, became a free man after the term of his contract, acquired land, and became among the first actual slaveholders in the colonies.
The first actual African slave in the colonies was John Punch, an indentured servant sentenced to slavery in 1640 in Virginia by the General Court of the Governor’s Council for having violated his indenturement contract by fleeing to Maryland. In 1641, the Massachusetts Assembly passed the first statutory law allowing slavery of those who were prisoners of war, sold themselves into slavery, or were sentenced to slavery by the courts, but banning it under other circumstances.
Early slavery, like indenturement contracts, was not specifically targeted at those of African descent. The Massachusetts law was primarily intended to allow slavery of captured Indians in the aftermath of King Phillip’s War. The 1705 Virginia Slave Codes, for example, declared as slaves those purchased from abroad who were not Christian. A Christian African entering the colony, for example, would not be a slave — but a captured American Indian who was not a Christian would be.
Black vs. Black
Ironically, a freed black man initiated the court case that moved slavery to a race-based institution. The Angolan immigrant Anthony Johnson was the plaintiff is a key civil case, where the Northampton Court in 1654 declared after the expiration of the indenturement contract of his African servant John Casor that Johnson owned Casor “for life,” nullifying the protections of the contract for the servant and essentially establishing the civil precedent for the enslavement of all African indentured servants by declaring that a contract for such servants extended for life, rather than the fixed term in the contract.
It was not until 1662 that the children of such slaves became legally slaves rather than free men, in a law passed in Virginia. The African slave trade itself was minor until King Charles II established the Royal African Company with a monopoly on the slave trade to the colonies. As late as 1735, the Colony of Georgia passed a law outlawing slavery, which was repealed due to a labor shortage in 1750. The boom in the import of slaves actually began around 1725, with half of all imported slaves arriving between then and the onset of the American Revolution in 1775.
Relatively speaking, the United States was a minor player in the African Slave Trade — only about 5% of the Africans imported to the New World came to the United States. Of the 10.7 million Africans who survived the ocean voyage, a mere 388,000 were shipped directly to North America. The largest recipients of imported African slaves were Brazil, Cuba. Jamaica, and the other Caribbean colonies. The lifespan of those brought into what is now the United States vastly exceeded those of the other 95%, and the United States was the only purchaser of African slaves where population grew naturally in slavery – the death rate among the rest was higher than the birth rate.
While the institution, even in the United States was a brutal violation of basic human rights, it tended on average to be far more humane than in the rest of the New World.
The World Slave Trade
The Trans-Saharan and Indian Ocean African slave trade, which began by Arabs as early as the 8th Century AD, dwarfed the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and continued up to the 20th Century. Between the start of the Atlantic Slave Trade and 1900, it is estimated that the eastern-bound Arab slave traders sold over 17 million Africans into slavery in the Middle East and India, compared to about 12 million to the new world – and the Eastern-bound slave trade had been ongoing for at least 600 years at the START of that period.
The Western-bound Atlantic slave trade, contrary to the misrepresentation in “Roots,” did not involve the capture of free Africans by Europeans or Arabs, but by the trading of slaves (already a basis for the economy of the local animist or Muslim kingdoms) captured in local wars to Western merchants in exchange for Western goods. The first such slaves brought to the Western Hemisphere were brought by the Spanish to their colonies in Cuba and Hispaniola in 1501, almost a century and a half before the first slave in the English colonies that became the United States.
The last African state to outlaw slavery, Mauritania, did not do so until 2007, and if the institution is illegal on the continent de jure, it still is widespread de facto in Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Sudan, as well as parts of Ghana, Benin, Togo Gabon, Angola, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Libya, and Nigeria.
The contradictions slavery posed on the rebel colonies during the Revolution sparked a backlash against slavery and the slave trade. Colonel John Laurens, son of a large South Carolina slaveholder, noted the contradictions in 1776, stating that “I think we Americans at least in the Southern Colonies, cannot contend with a good Grace, for Liberty, until we shall have enfranchised our Slaves. How can we whose Jealousy has been alarm’d more at the Name of Oppression sometimes than at the Reality, reconcile to our spirited Assertions of the Rights of Mankind, the galling abject Slavery of our negroes. . . . If as some pretend, but I am persuaded more thro’ interest, than from Conviction, the Culture of the Ground with us cannot be carried on without African Slaves, Let us fly it as a hateful Country, and say ubi Libertas ibi Patria.”
The US Constitution Banned the Slave Trade in 1808
More shared that sentiment and the first law in the European world to outlaw the slave trade was, in fact, the US Constitution, which in 1787 banned the slave trade as of 1808. In Massachusetts, a 1783 court decision ended slavery, and all of the Northern States had passed emancipations laws by 1803. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 outlawed slavery in territories north of the Ohio River. Other countries followed suit. Denmark-Norway banned the slave trade in 1803, but not slavery until 1848. Britain passed a law abolishing the slave trade in 1807, and enforced it with the Royal Navy, and abolished slavery itself in 1833.
In 1807, Congress passed legislation making the import of slaves to the United States a federal crime, and in 1820, Congress passed the Law on Slave Trade, which went beyond the British law in declaring slavers as pirates, punishable by death instead of mere fines – and the US Navy joined the Royal Navy in active interdiction of slave ships.
Economically, the institution of slavery, rather than develop the economy of the new nation, stunted its development. Although bonded labor, whether slave or indentured servant, clearly played an important role in developing a labor force in the early colonial days, its role in the advancement of the economy in the newly established country is questionable. Gavin Wright, in his classic book The Political Economy of the Cotton South, shows in fact that slavery hindered the development of the economy in those states where it remained legal. The artisans, tradesmen, and unskilled labor pool necessary for developing a thriving, diverse economy was discouraged by competition from bonded labor, and the slave-owning class showed little interest in such an economy.
How Slavery Stalled the Economy of the New Country
Increasingly, the economy came to be dominated by cotton monoculture, boosted by the invention of the cotton gin, and the value of the capital invested in slaves. In order to maintain the value of this capital investment, demand for slave labor needed to be maintained, which led to the slaveholding states demanding the opening of new lands for slave cultivation. Wright shows that, contrary to the assertions of many modern critics who try to claim that slavery was responsible for the development of the US economy and to the mistaken belief of secessionists prior to the Civil War, cotton was not King, but rather the greatest return from slaveholding was the capital increase from the reproduction of slaves.
Without new lands to be worked by the expanding slave population, the price of slaves would fall, and the wealth of the ruling classes in the Southern states would have plummeted. Thus, issues like the Wilmot Proviso or Kansas-Nebraska Act, which threatened to close off the expansion of lands to be worked by slaves, posed an existential threat to the wealth of the slaveholders. Meanwhile, unencumbered by the institution of slavery, those states that abolished the institution and emancipated existing slaves embraced other forms of generating wealth, including a manufacturing economy that rapidly outpaced that of the slave states. The Civil War was, in large part, won because the economy of free labor produced at rates that the economy of slave labor could not imagine. In fact, it was not until the abolishment of the Jim Crow laws preserving vestiges of the slave system that the economy of the New South truly began to take off.
While undoubtedly the issue of slavery and conflicts over its contradiction with the ideals of the new Republic shaped the political debates of the new country through the Civil War, it is going too far to assert that the slave trade and slavery were the central core of the development of the United States. Rather, it is more true to state that the ideals of the Anglo-Scottish Enlightenment and political beliefs shaped by the English Civil War and Glorious Revolution created an environment that exposed the immorality of slavery and established the political grounds for ending the slave trade, and eventually the institution of slavery in areas of Western European influence.
It was not a simple process, and required painful conflict to negotiate the conflicts and contradictions between the liberal ideal and the self-interest of those who owned human chattel, but ultimately rather than allow slavery to drive the growth of the nation, the new United States became a leader, along with their cousins in the Anglosphere, in the efforts to end the brutal and illiberal practice of slavery.
The New York Times does a disservice to its readers with the 1619 Project by presenting a simplistic and misleading story of the complex role that the institution of slavery played in the history of the United States, and it largely ignores the role that the underlying values of the Anglo-Scottish Enlightenment that undergird the new nation played in ending slavery and the slave trade.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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Join us for a public lecture by Dr. Rebecca Janzen from the University of South Carolina titled “¿Mejorando la raza?: Selective Immigration of Religious Minorities in Mexico.” Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 4:30 pm Location: Library Auditorium (ZSR 404) This … Continue reading →
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Just got back from a few days in Chicago at an industry conference, so bear with me as I catch up...
The most important story in college football yesterday, by far, is the deplorable, FIRING-WORTHY conduct by Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who not only left in a player who obviously had a concussion, but he re-inserted the player later in the game.
In the most charitable interpretation, Hoke is so clueless that he shouldn't be a college football head coach; in a less favorable interpretation, he abdicated his core responsibility, disqualifying him for the role -- not at the end of the season, but today.
It compounds Hoke's mistake if the AD doesn't do anything about it. It compounds Hoke's absence of leadership that not a single assistant coach felt compelled to overrule the head coach's decision.
*Legitimately stunned that Northwestern won at Penn State.
*Entirely unsurprised that Arkansas would simply try to run it up the gut on their final, futile play of the game.
*FSU has lost whatever air of invincibility it carried into the season.
*If the playoff was today: (1) Texas A&M (2) Alabama (3) Oregon (4) Auburn
Oklahoma is on the outside looking in, with FSU next to OU. A&M's win over South Carolina at South Carolina suddenly doesn't look so impressive, given Mizzou was able to do the same thing.
*Next week's best: Arizona-Oregon on Thursday, Alabama at Ole Miss, LSU at Auburn, Texas A&M at Mississippi State, Oklahoma at TCU, Stanford at Notre Dame, Nebraska at Michigan State, Utah at UCLA -- that's as loaded of a weekend as you could want, with all of the would-be playoff contenders with resume-making (or season-breaking) tests. Hard to say what, but SOMETHING interesting is going to happen. At a minimum, I think Notre Dame and Nebraska take losses and, consequently, exit any shot at the playoff. I could see Oklahoma getting stymied at TCU. And of the three big SEC games, I don't see any upsets, but LSU-Auburn will be a slugfest.
I wrote about Julia Engel and her husband Thomas Berolzheimer last year when her long dreamed of clothing line debuted at Nordstroms. Now, with a successful business, she has added sweaters and jumpers and even shoes to the beautiful dresses she is known for.
The couple are darling, as cute as the clothes that Julia designs. Still very young, they grew up in northern California and pulled
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The Federal Reserve just lowered interest rates for the second time this year and announced more quantitative easing by injecting even more US dollars into the market. The days of cheap money will soon come to an end, and I fear that many people won’t realize what’s happening until the rug is pulled out from under them.
As economist Henry Hazlitt wrote, the practices of the Fed distort the real-world market indicators of cost, future prices, investments and production. A recent study from the National Association for Business Economics showed that 72% of economists now predict that a recession will occur between 2020 and the end of 2021. Some have even warned that the US is on the brink of the biggest bubble in world history — not just a correction of a business cycle or another recession, but a complete collapse of the US dollar.
Yet the dangers of centralized banking are not new knowledge. For centuries, people — including many of our founding fathers — have tried to warn us of the numerous threats posed by institutions like the Federal Reserve.
Today, it’s understood by many that the recklessness of the Fed allowed for the subprime mortgages that caused the Great Recession of 2008. With over $22 trillion in debt, $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities, and, soon, an all-time high debt-to-GDP ratio (comparable to World War II levels), however, it’s not overstating it to say that the Fed-facilitated out-of-control federal government spending constitutes the greatest threat to the American way of life in history.
To understand the full extent of the debt and the destruction of the dollar, it’s essential to realize that paper money has a history of being printed as bills of credit to finance runaway government. In 1775, the founders attempted to use paper money without gold or silver backing, and they found that the inflation robbed them of any value.
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.”
The Coinage Act of 1792 then set specific ratios for gold and silver coinage, placing gold and silver in control rather than a central bank. This lasted until the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which allowed for the formation of the Federal Reserve System just two decades before Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt started to come after private ownership of gold and silver in the 1930s. In 1944, the Bretton Woods system made the US dollar the reserve currency of the world, when it was still partially backed by gold and silver.
Finally, in 1971, the Nixon Administration suspended wages, issued price controls, and canceled dollar-to-gold convertibility, completing the final step in ending the “gold standard.” This gave the central government planners — and the federal reserve — the power to print money without restraint. This is how the national debt has been able to reach the levels that it has. The only thing backing the US dollar today is public debt.
Remember when Coke was a nickel? In 1913 (the year the Fed was founded) a bottle of Coke cost five cents. Today, a bottle of Coca-Cola costs an average of $1.79. While there are many factors (like supply and demand, cost of goods, etc.) that help set prices, inflation plays a critical part. At an average inflation rate of 3.12% annually, inflation alone accounts for $1.30 of the actual cost of Coke.
The addition of more US dollars doesn’t mean that anyone is more wealthy; in fact, it means that the dollars you have are worthless. You will need a higher amount of dollars to buy the same goods and services. Hence, saving inflated dollars, in many cases, is losing value. Those who save money are being robbed.
With the continued decline of the dollar, there could also be hyperinflation on an unprecedented scale. Both James Madison and Thomas Jefferson warned that “the greatest threat to be feared” was the “public curse” of “public debt”, and that “banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” The founding fathers understood the dangers of centralized manipulation of the money supply, the hidden taxation of inflation, and the control of buying power.
They understood that gold and silver are real money.
Furthermore, if we look at the history of money, we can see that precious metals, mainly gold and silver, have been used for coinage for over 2600 years; in one way or another, gold and silver have been used by people for over 6.000 years.
American revolutionary leader Christopher Gadsden said in September 1764:
The evils attending a wanton exercise of power, in some of the colonies, by issuing a redundancy of paper currency, has always been avoided by this province, by a proper attention to the dangerous consequences of such a practice, and the fatal influence it must have upon public credit.”
People across the US should heed his warnings by allowing gold and silver to be used as legal tender once again. Some states like Utah have done just that. While this won’t stop the Federal Reserve’s destruction of the dollar, it will allow people to convert dollars to sound money before a collapse. Sound money, like gold and silver, acts as a check and balance on big government, a hedge against inflation, and a way to combat manipulation by the Fed.
This is exactly why, in my home state, I will soon be filing the “2020 South Carolina Sound Money Bill,” allowing South Carolinians to use gold and silver as legal tender. I will also introduce legislation to exempt gold and silver from capital gains tax, both of which are already exempt from sales tax in South Carolina. We the People can restore sound money by using the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution.
It is my hope that, with the success of these bills, other policymakers elsewhere will become inspired to lead by example on this vital issue as well. The key to protecting the American way of life from the federal reserve’s obliteration of our currency rests with the legislatures, but we must heed the lessons of history now.
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Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020, we have acquired a number of new materials via purchase, donation or discovery. As always, Beaufort Branch is generous in giving us posters of community events. Sam and Kristi continue to find interesting items in the storage areas such as building plans. And I like to think that I am good at selecting appropriate materials for the special collection, particularly in light of the fact that materials in the BDC are supposed to still be usable in the BDC 100 years from now!
People books feature prominently this quarter. Jonathan Green's Seeking is a documentary by Charles Allan Smith about how an interest in Green's ancestors influence his art. A complement to the award-winning documentary is Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green edited by Kwame Dawes and Marjory Wentworth.
Pat Conroy: Our Lifelong Friendship by Bernie Schein was featured as an BDC Author Book Talk on October 1, 2019.
Not all accounts about military service on the local Marines bases are complementary. We collect personal memoirs good or bad about the USMC Air Station, Beaufort, MCRD Parris Island and the US Naval Hospital to provide a broader perspective. This Recruit: A First Hand Account of Marine Corps Boot Camp Written While Knee Deep in the Mayhem of Parris Island by Kieran Michael Lalor and Fight Like A Girl: The Truth Behind how Female Marines are Trained by Kate Germano with Kelly Kennedy have been added to the BDC to broaden the perspective of what is already in our holdings.
Eliza Lucas Pinckney by Margaret F. Pickett and Captain William Hilton and the Founding of Hilton Head Island by Dwayne W. Pickett discuss local very important people of the colonial period. The last major biography of Pinckney was published in 1896 so Pickett's book is a very welcomed addition to the genre. Her son, Dwayne Pickett tackled the first biography to be written about explorer William Hilton.
I make occasional purchases of adult fiction and children's materials in order to provide a base for a literary history of Beaufort for the future. The Tubman Command: A Novel by Elizabeth Cobbs has a permanent spot in our small fiction section. I bought copies of The Mermaid of Hilton Head: A Christmas Coral written and illustrated by Nina Leipold as a record of Starbook Publications about Beaufort District and Crosby by Dennis Haseley on account of the Jonathan Green illustrations, even though both books are for children.
Avary Hack Doubleday recounts her childhood on Hilton Head Island before the bridge arrived in 1956 in Daughter of the Dawn. She lived at Honey Horn Plantation with her family from 1950-1956 while her father and his business partners harvested timber. Honey Horn Plantation is now the site of the Coastal Discovery Museum.
Daufuskie Daze: Living, Learning, and Teaching on a South Carolina Sea Island by Jim Alberto is featured in two upcoming BDC Author Book Talks, co-sponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Be sure to register if you'd like to attend.
Backwater Frontier: Beaufort County, South Carolina at the Forefront of American History by Richard E. Thomas also emphasizes people in Beaufort's past. In the author's own words it is "a non-fiction work ... a work of storytelling" in which he creates and attributes thoughts to the personages that cannot be documented in the usual manner. He includes chapters on Pedro Menendez de Aviles; Eliza Lucas Pinckney; Robert Barnwell Rhett; Admiral Samuel DuPont; General David Hunter; Robert Smalls; Harriet Tubman; Ormsby Macknight Mitchel and Charles Fraser of Sea Pines.
As we all know, fighting the Civil War was an enormously expensive drain on the public coffers. In his book Civil War Taxes: A Documentary History, 1861-1900 retired tax attorney John Martin Davis (and part-time Beaufort resident) provides a comprehensive overview of the tax initiatives each side devised to fund their war efforts. Given that the US government sold most of the properties left behind the Confederates here in Beaufort District, this is a critical resource to understanding the foundation for the process.
Perhaps a bit of an odd choice given what we usually collect, after borrowing How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History by Elizabeth H. Dow and Lucinda P. Cockrell from another SCLENDS Library (something I do on a rather frequent basis when in doubt about a particular title), I bought one for the Research Room because it offers great guidelines to use with customers. It explains what to keep - and why; what to give away - and why; and what to throw away - and why. And the real bonus? It's only 133 pages long.
The BDC grants permission to republish or broadcast some of our images in educational projects or in the interest of the greater good. Because PBS used some of our Civil War images in its Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, we added a DVD of the series to our holdings.
Another Reconstruction-themed book is The Risen Phoenix: Black Politics in the Post-Civil War South by Luis-Alejandro Dinnella-Borrego that highlights the careers of six African American legislators, our own Robert Smalls included.
Visuals are increasingly popular. In the integration of the Beaufort and Hilton Head Branches vertical files into the BDC vertical files, we discovered a small booklet, Hilton Head Island: The Best, containing black and white photographs by Sam Burnett, Gary Forcier, Eric Horan, Bill Littell, Skip Meachen, Kathleen Webster, The Island Packet and Lexart, Ltd. with original poetry by Jim Orr from 1987. The item was printed compliments of the Hilton Head Bank & Trust Company. It is now cataloged to sit on our shelves rather than be tucked away in a subject file.
We also discovered The Walter Greer Retrospective, March 19 - May 4, 1997 exhibit catalog in one of the former Hilton Head Branch Library vertical files. Greer was Hilton Head Island's first resident artist and the gallery at the Self Family Arts Center is named in his honor.
Ray Ellis' Savannah and the Lowcountry (1994) reproduces 119 of his paintings of this area. This was a gift to the BDC. (It seems that next year, I'll have plenty of "new to us" materials to highlight during "American Artist Appreciation Month.)
The "Daufuskie Diva", Sallie Ann Robinson, strikes again with another scrumptious and entertaining cookbook, Sallie Ann Robinson's Kitchen: Food and Family Lore from the Lowcountry. (And, I don't even like cooking). She includes dishes that I grew up with: "Black-eyed Peas with Okra" and some I didn't, but should have: "'Fuskie Shrimp and Blue Crab Burger."
Along Southern Roads: Images and Essays Ramblin' around the South with essays by Beaufort residents Ryan Copeland, Collins Doughtie, Lynne Hummell and Sandy Dimke is a treat for the eyes. More than 20 of the full color images were taken somewhere in Beaufort District though there are also photographs from Virginia to Texas.
The Friends of the Beaufort Library let me get first pick of the items donated to them. Last month I selected A Gullah Neap Tide by Robert E. Schiller; Two Faces of Paradise by Charles McLaughlin, A Native Son's Paintings by West Fraser, and the 1978 and 1979 annuals from Beaufort Academy.
If you have something that you would consider donating to the Research Room, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-255-6468. The best thing anyone can do for the future of the Beaufort District Collection is to give us "first dibs" on historical records.
As I wrote a few posts ago, October is American Archives Month - so guests at our October programs will get to see some spiffy examples of the types of records we hold in trust for the community. The formats of historical records vary through time as this image indicates.
At present we have more than 160 archival collections ranging in size from one item to the massive Lucille Hasell Culp Collection with 10,000s of items. Since 2017 we have been working hard to get better intellectual control over our holdings by arranging and describing the materials to create Finding Aids, and by promoting use of the processed collections via social media, selecting some to be digitized for inclusion in the Lowcountry Digital Library, and by making presentations based on our archives for the public. If you've attended one of my talks about Hurricanes, or child labor, or how to say place names incorrectly properly, then you've seen talks based on the Library's special collections and archival holdings.
If you attend the Author Book Talk about Bernie Schein's long friendship with Pat Conroy at 2 pm today, you'll get to see some vintage images of what Beaufort used to look like in the 1960s from our Lucille Hasell Culp Collection.
Pat Conroy: Our Lifelong Friendship by Bernie Schein | BDC Author Talk | Tuesday, October 1 | BDC@ Beaufort Branch Meeting Room, 311 Scott Street | 2 PM
If you attend the new "Historically Speaking" lecture series you'll get to see and learn about the Library's stereoscope collections and other Civil War related materials.
"Civil War Views of Beaufort" by Dr. Stephen R. Wise | New Beaufort County Historical Society / Beaufort District Collection "Historically Speaking" series | Thursday, October 17 | BDC@ Beaufort Branch Meeting Room, 311 Scott Street | 12 PM
At the end of the month when you attend the Author Book Talk about education on Daufuskie Island, you'll get to see selections from our "Daufuskie Disadvantaged Project" archival collection.
Daufuskie Daze: Living, Learning, and Teaching on a South Carolina Sea Island by Jim Alberto | BDC Author Talk with the cooperation of the Pat Conroy Literary Center | Friday, October 25 | BDC@ Hilton Head Branch Meeting Room, 11 Beach City Road | 2 PM
If you'd like to come in and get a Behind-the-Scenes tour of our Research Room, give us a call843-255-6468 or send us an e-mail email@example.com make the necessary advance arrangements. Reminder: The Library is closed Wednesday, October 2, 2019 for Staff Work Day.
Today marks a significant date in Beaufort District's history. On 28 September 1663 a sea captain named William Hilton sailed along the coast of what became South Carolina and saw a a headland in the ocean. He named it after himself.
You can read Hilton's account of his Voyage to the Carolina Coast (1664) in our Research Room or borrow one of the reprint copies from the SCLENDS catalog. It's also available as "A Relation of Discovery" by William Hilton (1664) in Narratives of Early Carolina, 1650-1708 edited by A.S. Salley. We have a physical copy in the Research Room or you can borrow printed copies from one or more of the SCLENDS libraries.
Dwayne Pickett, a living historian who in the past has appeared at BDC's programs in the guise of Captain Hilton, recently wrote a book about the English explorer. The book Captain William Hilton and the Founding of Hilton Head Island is available in the BDC Research Room and through the SCLENDS catalog. It is also available as an e-book through the Library's subscription to Hoopla. All you need is a valid Beaufort County Library card to check out the physical or electronic copies.
Beaufort County Library issues free cards to Beaufort County residents and property owners, USCB & TCL students, members of the military and their dependents, and all Beaufort County Government and School District employees.With that card, you get access to almost 3 million books, dvds, recordings, etc. - the vast majority of which you can borrow to use outside the library -- plus access to electronic products that include movies, tv shows, music, audio books, ebooks, journals, magazines, and newspapers, book selection guides, test preparation materials, investment resources, books for the blind, and a host of materials for children.
That's why a free library card is hands down the best deal in town! And when you get one - and keep it renewed - it tells our funding agency, Beaufort County Council, that you appreciate the Beaufort County Library's collections, services, staff and programs.
We encourage you to get one today!
Heads up: All units of the Library system will be closed on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 for Staff Work Day. Regular hours will resume on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
Hey there, sports fans!
The South Carolina Gamecocks spent the last 168 hours trying to battle the daunting invisible opponent known as ‘bye week’, and have arrived at the other side (mostly) unscathed. This is a good thing, because the team travels to Athens this weekend to face off against a top-five Georgia Bulldogs squad that looks mighty terrifying.
That’s not gonna stop us from making ‘Jake Fromm State Farm’ jokes. Or more ‘Major League’ references. You get what you pay for.
Just because because there wasn’t a game played in WillyB last weekend, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t an action-packed weekend FULL of winners and losers:
DC3 injured himself in a remarkably dad way.
An announcer made the most deadpan hail mary call ever.
A D-3 team is beating its opponents so bad they got an invitation to jump straight into FCS.
The Gamecocks have exactly one quality soccer p
CHARLESTON, S.C. (October 2019): Natalie Zettles has chronic refractory epilepsy, and despite various treatment attempts, she struggles with frequent epileptic seizures. She’s captivated by the wonders of the sea, and aspires to be a marine...