- The Protestant ethic and the spirit of…nationalism? Wohnsiedler, et al, VOXEU
- Protestantism and the rise of capitalism (pdf) Delacroix & Nielsen, Social Forces
- America’s debt to Swiss intellectuals Bradford Littlejohn, Modern Age
- Up from colonialism Helen Andrew, Claremont Review of Books
- Who gets the art? Dutch questions about plundered colonies Toby Sterling, Reuters
- Who was John Lothrop Motley? Wikipedia
- Children of the Holocaust Edward Packard, History Today
- Onchocerca volvulus and freedom of speech Natalie Solent, Samizdata
- The Left is hardly enamored with John Roberts Lithwick & Stern, Slate
- Not all the facts fit the anti-colonialist narrative Remi Adekoya, UnHerd
- Facing up to Woodrow Wilson’s true legacy Adekeye Adebajo, TLS
- American racism and India’s caste system Sunil Khilnani, New Yorker
Dina Murad, a journalist with the Malaysia-based The Star, has a really insightful article out on Malaysia’s colonial history and the current name-changing, statue-crashing phenomenon happening around the world. Murad gives a voice to several different factions, and all of them are honest, competent, and informative.
The world is not yet falling apart!
We explore the consequences of ethnic partitioning, a neglected aspect of the Scramble for Africa, and uncover the following. First, apart from the land mass and water bodies, split and non-split groups are similar across several dimensions. Second, the incidence, severity, and duration of political violence are all higher for partitioned homelands which also experience frequent military interventions from neighboring countries. Third, split groups are often entangled in a vicious circle of government-led discrimination and ethnic wars. Fourth, respondents from survey data identifying with split ethnicities are economically disadvantaged. The evidence highlights the detrimental repercussions of the colonial border design.
This is from Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou, in the American Economic Review.
Is there a way of out this quagmire for Africa? The status quo, with its multilateral institutions, doesn’t seem to be working (perhaps because multilateral institutions have been grafted on to the old imperial structures), and colonialism-slash-imperialism started this problem to begin with.
- “Portugal is not a small country.” Afonso Ramos, History Workshop
- “Japan’s frank and uncomplicated relationship to pleasure offered them an attractive alternative.” David Chaffetz, Asian Review of Books
- Getting intimate with America’s only bachelor president Susan-Mary Grant, History Today
- “In short, give into death;” Micah Mattix, American Conservative
- Libertarians can’t save the planet (but is this a bad thing?) John Quiggin, Jacobin
- Great piece on class and contemporary film in the US Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias
- Against the “balance sheet” approach to colonialism (or, how Leftists turn conservative) Robert Heinze, Africa is a Country
- If a monopoly gives away free services is it a problem? Izabella Kaminska, Alphaville
Note: I’ve gotten through the first three chapters of Paul Feyerabend’s Against Method. (Rick’s initial thoughts are here, and Bill has been doing Feyerabend for awhile. These are the two you should probably follow a bit more closely throughout the summer.)
My own thoughts on Against Method are coming, but I keep getting distracted. Check out this beast of an article on how pre-colonial states in Africa continue to influence current affairs today, even though these have been absorbed into the post-colonial states we are all familiar with in Africa today. (h/t Kevin Lewis)