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Ron Unz asked me to collect all my recent graphs based on data published in the United Nations' World Population Prospects 2017 in one jaw-dropping post. First, here's the latest version of what I've been calling The World's Most Important Graph: Most of my graphs represent the medium / most likely projections according to the... Read More
One of the curious aspects of New York Times articles is that they are often organized in the reverse order of how the same material would be reported in, say, the Daily Mail. NYT articles tend to start off boring and depressing, with only vague hints of why the reporter is interested in the subject,... Read More
As you'll recall, the 2011 destruction of the internationally recognized Libyan government by United States airpower in effect pulled the plug that had been bottling up 1.1 billion Africans from draining into Europe. Col. Gaddafi had contracted with Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to limit transit through Libya of sub-Saharan Africans. But the murder-by-sodomy of Col.... Read More
To understand what's at stake regarding the Mediterranean, here's a graph I made from the numbers in World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision: Volume II: Demographic Profiles, which was published in 2013 by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations' population projections for... Read More
In Freakonomics in 2012, superstar economist Daron Acemoglu and his sidekick James A. Robinson used a Q & A with readers to promote their book Why Nations Fail and its all-purpose theory that "extractive institutions" rather than "inclusive institutions" were to blame for anything bad that ever happened anywhere in the history of the world.... Read More
Michael Barone writes:Since "African-American" is already taken, we need a term for people such as Akeem Olajuwon: Sub-Saharan Americans? Houston, where Olajuwon played in college and the NBA, appears to be the capital of Sub-Saharan America, due to the oil industry's connections to Nigeria, climate, Houston's Lagos-style city planning regulations, and, maybe, Olajuwon himself. So far, the... Read More
The concept of a Malthusian Trap, in which the finite amount of land limits food supply and thus population, is a highly stylized but still useful concept for thinking about much of human history before the Industrial Revolution. The major exception to the idea of a land-based Malthusian Trap was sub-Saharan Africa. As John Reader... Read More
Maureen Dowd's pal Natalie Angier writes in the New York Times:Skipping Spouse to Spouse Isn’t Just a Man’s GameIn the United States and much of the Western world, when a couple divorces, the average income of the woman and her dependent children often plunges by 20 percent or more, while that of her now unfettered... Read More
The New York Times has an article on the latest fighting in the Congo, complete with a picture of Congolese Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, who, I must say, has a quite distinctive fashion sense. (He claims to be a Seventh-Day Adventist priest. The Seventh-Day Adventists say they don't have priests and wouldn't take a... Read More
Theodore Dalrymple once pointed out that being a Big Man in Africa isn't as sweet a deal as you might think. Imagine you get out of school, get your first decent job, and your own apartment. You decide to celebrate by inviting four relatives to your place for Thanksgiving Dinner. A year later, you get... Read More
In American politics, foreign affairs is considered to be a moreprestigious calling than the logrolling grubbiness of domestic politics. Yet it's becoming less and less clear what America actually gets out of the immensely complicated foreign policy devised by our foreign affairs mavens. Strange as it may seem to readers of the Washington Post, there... Read More
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, among many others, is always gushing about how Sen. Barack Obama's life story gives him an exceptionally sophisticated understanding of foreign affairs. Indeed, Obama himself might even be starting to believe all the adulatory press about how his four years as a small child in Indonesia and his handful... Read More
East Africa keeps popping up in the news: Americans Fire Missiles Into Somalia By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and ERIC SCHMITT NAIROBI, Kenya — American naval forces fired missiles into southern Somalia on Monday, aiming at what the Defense Department called terrorist targets. Residents reached by telephone said the only casualties were three wounded civilians, three dead... Read More
Theodore Dalrymple made a point that is key to understanding African politics: the typical corrupt Big Man does not see himself as a greedy person. Instead, every time he climbs the ladder of success, more relatives show up insisting that he subsidize them, and his closer relatives all agree with them and nag him to... Read More
From the NY Post, a comic story that's part of a growing trend that nobody expected even a few years ago: the interpenetration of American and Kenyan politics:TRIBES RAGE AT HILL By GEOFF EARLE Post Correspondent February 29, 2008 -- WASHINGTON - Angry tribal elders in Kenya are calling on Hillary Rodham Clinton to "clear... Read More
The New York Times reports about a Tutsi general who operates his own army in the chaotic Congo:Fighting in Congo Rekindles Ethnic Hatreds... It began with the Rwandan genocide, in which Hutu extremists killed 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in 1994. Many of the genocide’s perpetrators fled into Congo, igniting regional conflicts that were fueled... Read More
I hadn't been following the election of Jacob Zuma as president of the African National Congress, the ruling party of South Africa, other that this item from the genially witty I, Ectomorph:It just works on all levels.But, Brilliant does seem to have a point. The Washington Post reports:Zuma, 65, is a former guerrilla with no... Read More
Democracy is working its magic in Kenya at the moment: So, it's worth recounting the views of Barack Obama's Kenyan relatives, who belong to the Luo tribe, on the tribal situation in Kenya. The Presidential candidate writes in Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (p. 348): Anyway, the divisions in Kenya... Read More
According to the BBC, up to three quarters of a million Chinese people are now living in Africa, either as temporary contract laborers or settling down and buying farms and shops: They are part of China's bid to secure raw materials and markets for its manufactured goods, but they are also carving out their own... Read More
I know this will sound callous, but what's the deal with Darfur? Why are so many people in America all worked up over Darfur, when only the War Nerd has paid attention to all the other terrible African wars that have happened recently or are still happening: Congo, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Liberia, etc.My published articles... Read More
An anthropologist responds to my posting on the loss of interest among the public in the bread-and-butter topic of cultural anthropology -- kinship structures: Steve Sailer noted that the study of family structure has fallen on hard times in anthropology. This is perfectly true. It is now very widely believed by anthropologists that 'kinship' is... Read More
From The Daily Mail: My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
From The Independent in the UKAfricans are less intelligent than Westerners, says DNA pioneer Fury at James Watson's theory: "All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really" By Cahal Milmo One of the world's most eminent scientists was... Read More
From the New York Review of Books: By William Easterly The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS by Helen EpsteinEpstein's view is that the cause of the AIDS crisis in Africa is what has now become known in AIDS jargon as "concurrent" relationships. Africans have about the same number of sexual... Read More
Not from Across Difficult Country: Although it sounds like it's from Carter van Carter's website, this is from the BBC: Monkey misery for Kenyan women villagersBy Juliet Njeri BBC News, Nachu, central KenyaA troop of vervet monkeys is giving Kenyan villagers long days and sleepless nights, destroying crops and causing a food crisis.Earlier this month,... Read More
An anthropologist emails: Steve Sailer has recently posted on isteve on trying to come up with a definition of class. Here are a few thoughts.I don't think we can get too far from the standard sociological notion that "class" has to do with inequalities in power, wealth and status in stratified societies, without completely changing... Read More
Tim Harford has a new book out called The Undercover Economist thatoffers a fairly good introduction to economics. (I reviewed it in the New York Post.) Now, Reason magazine's website is running a chapter from the book describing Harford's visit to Cameroon in West Africa under the headline "Why Poor Countries Are Poor." Harford begins:... Read More
Randall Kennedy is an African-American professor at Harvard Law School who writes generally sensible articles on black-white topics. His latest book, Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption, is about adoption and romance across black-white race lines – both of which he favors. You won't forget Kennedy is a law professor. But the human interestof... Read More
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