Fascism and communism
were the two great killers of innocents of the 20th century.
Based on the ancient but unscientific idea of ethnic or tribal purity,
gassed, shot and burnt millions of innocent men, women and little children.
Such ideas of ethnic, tribal or religious supremacy
are still alive today
- notably in Islamic Fascism,
Nazi fascism's true heir in the modern world.
is our best weapon
against the powerful memes
of racism, tribalism
Women and children being rounded up for extermination
by the Germans,
The animal on the right
with the gun pointing down
is 31 year old rapist and mass murderer
SS butcher of innocents in the Warsaw Ghetto.
He was captured in East Germany in 1967
and executed in 1969.
Any sceptic can see that tribalism and racism
is pseudo-biology and wishful thinking.
Strangely enough, racist writers never "discover" that their
own ethnic group is inferior.
Anti-racism - Why did Europeans and Asians invent everything?
A far better answer to racist thinking than to simply assert that it is wrong and everyone is equal,
is to explain why history turned out as it did.
why did Europeans and Asians dominate the world, and invent everything?
(Whereas native North Americans, native South Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, Australians and Pacific Islanders
Briefly, the geography of the rest of the world was against them:
First note that if 20 people are stuck on an island,
you hardly expect them to invent an advanced culture.
You need large numbers of people,
large numbers of experiments (different countries, different cultures),
yet all sharing ideas and information.
Hence Australia and isolated islands were constrained by geography.
And a North-South axis of sharing doesn't work, because the climate is different,
and hence the ideas you need are different.
And travel through the region North-South is more difficult,
because you are going to areas of different climate.
Hence less to share, less travel, less trade.
Hence the Americas and Africa were constrained by geography.
To make it even worse, the Americas and Africa have further barriers
to North-South travel.
The Americas only have one tiny narrow route from North to South,
while Africa has the natural barrier of the Sahara Desert.
But an East-West axis of sharing does work
- similar climates, easy travel, lots of ideas to share, lots of experiments going on
in a great arc from Europe to the Middle East to India to the Far East.
Europe and Asia simply form the only massive East-West axis on earth.
This is the main reason why they dominated human history, and invented everything.
I don't think this conflicts with the idea that the West
in particular now dominates the world
because of science, democracy and capitalism.
This is true, but this is a later event.
What Diamond is asking is why these ideas arose in Eurasia
rather than in the rest of the world.
These ideas are the culmination of Eurasia's 10,000 year
East-West experiment with ideas and trade.
I suppose I'm trying to agree with both
Victor Davis Hanson.
Hanson on the modern triumph of western ideas,
and Diamond on why those ideas arose in Europe as opposed to somewhere else.
Racism is unscientific
The other answer to racism is of course DNA testing
and genealogical research, which shows we are all incredibly closely related,
more so than most large species -
which indicates that differences cannot be racial, but rather simply
due to culture, ideas and memes.
Quite likely the entire world
has common ancestry in historical times,
perhaps as recent as 1000 BC.
Quite likely everybody in the West, and every Jew in the world,
descends from the Prophet Muhammad.
In short, I am against racism not just because it is uncivilized.
I am against it because it is not scientific.
anyone who claims there is a major racial difference between European Jews
and other Europeans (or between Germans and other Europeans)
simply hasn't done enough genealogy.
Racism is pessimistic
Racism is also pessimistic.
Instead of saying that modern Arab culture is bad (which is true),
and Arabs should get a new culture (which is definitely true),
racists say we should simply give up on Arabs.
is the opposite of this idea.
It, unlike the left and the traditional right, is indifferent to race.
It respects Arabs and third worlders as fellow humans,
and says surely you want to live in freedom, peace and prosperity like us?
In more cases than you might expect, the answer is yes they do
- whenever they are allowed give an answer in a
free from the local strongmen and clerics.
Racism is genocidal
Racism is not the only genocidal philosophy on earth
- communism and
have also killed millions of innocents.
It is, however, obvious how racism leads to genocide,
whereas it is perhaps (only slightly) non-obvious how communism and religion
lead to genocide.
In the modern world, I would say
is as close as I can get to a definition of evil.
There is no god, and there is no devil,
there are only humans.
And there are evil humans
like Bin Laden and his young fascist followers.
The famous, almost biblical, picture
of the German soldier
shooting a woman and child.
was sent home through the mail
by a German to friends or family.
He was clearly proud of his actions.
On the back was written
"Ukraine 1942, Jewish Aktion, Ivangorod".
See full size.
many similar photos.
To me, the mother, as she tries desperately to protect her baby,
represents everything good, everything beautiful about humanity.
Thankfully, everybody civilized accepts
the existence of the Nazi holocaust,
and it is now well documented
and has no defenders.
Everybody knows that the mid-20th century Germans
systematically tortured and killed millions of
ordinary, innocent and defenceless
men, women, children, toddlers and babies.
Everybody knows that they shot, starved and gassed
millions of innocents
in scenes from hell.
Everybody knows that these monsters systematically slaughtered European Jewry
for no reason.
So I don't need to provide so many exhaustive links here,
as I do with the
holocausts that are denied.
Instead I will try to link to some uncomfortable things,
such as the origin of the Germans' barbaric beliefs,
its relationship to Christianity,
the ordinary nature of the tens of thousands of genocidal killers,
Catholic Europe's neutrality.
Israeli F-15 fighters fly over Auschwitz, 2003,
in a moving tribute.
One can't help thinking:
Too late to save all those poor people.
If only they had such heroes to save them back then.
"We pilots of the Air Force, flying in the skies above the camp of horrors,
arose from the ashes of the millions of victims and shoulder their silent cries,
salute their courage and promise to be the shield of the Jewish people
and its nation Israel."
The capture of Eichmann in 1960
provoked a storm of criticism of Israel for "violating international law".
The UN Security Council
to condemn Israel.
Israel, rightly, did not listen,
and executed the monster.
The only major Nazi grave in the world is vandalised,
From German article, 7 Aug 2004.
This is the grave of
The vandals here hardly help their case by spraying the vile symbol of
a rival bloodthirsty tyranny on it.
In July 2011, the Rudolf Hess grave was (rightly) destroyed.
Now, no major Nazi leader has a grave.
I could link forever to atrocities committed by the Germans
and their many collaborators in countries all across Europe.
It is important in particular to link to information
that is generally denied,
and lessons that are not widely drawn.
This is human nature.
This is what humans are.
Ordinary country folk.
People who believe in a supernatural world.
People who do not practice scepticism,
and do not recognise it as having any value.
The world is full of people like this.
All around us, in every country.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,
the movie of
The film and
the book are so simple, could easily be criticised, and yet they work.
The book is perhaps the best book I have ever read on the Holocaust
(and I have read a lot of books on the Holocaust).
Every child in the world should read this book.
"People fainted, children cried. In short - Judgment Day.
People were thirsty, and there was not a single drop of water around ... Then ... it started pouring. The rain didn't stop.
We reported for selection at 4 o'clock. Mom, Dad and my little brother were
sent to group 1,
and I was sent to 1a.
I walked as if I were stunned ... The weirdest thing was that we didn't cry at all
Later on, I saw many more disasters. I can't put it in words. Little children were lying on the wet grass, the storm raging above our heads. The policemen beat them ferociously and also shot them.
I saw how a soldier tore a baby, who was only a few months old, out of its mother's hands and bashed his head against an electric pylon. The baby's brain splashed on the wood. The mother went crazy."
from diary of Polish teenage Jew
12 Aug 1942.
- the only liberal democracy
in the Middle East.