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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Guns, Germs and Idiots

Posted by Goldy on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Writing in a New York Times op/ed, author Jared Diamond takes Mitt Romney to task for mischaracterizing the thesis of his book Guns, Germs and Steel:


It is not true that my book “Guns, Germs and Steel,” as Mr. Romney described it in a speech in Jerusalem, “basically says the physical characteristics of the land account for the differences in the success of the people that live there. There is iron ore on the land and so forth.”

That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it.

[...] Mitt Romney may become our next president. Will he continue to espouse one-factor explanations for multicausal problems, and fail to understand history and the modern world? If so, he will preside over a declining nation squandering its advantages of location and history.

Ouch.

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