Update, Sunday June 10 2007, Cincinnati time: Mikko hasprovided an authorized English translation of his article, Society Consists of People, which I’ve posted HERE
Over several posts I will carefully examine,step-by-step,the reasoning and the claims made by Finnish blogger Mikko Ellila(also spelt:Ellilä and Ellilän) in his article “Society Consists of People” (See original in Finnish here, or English translation here.)
[By the way, Sydney Kendall is also doing a detailed analysis of the Mikko article. Highly recommended!]
Let’s get started ….
Society Consists of People
By Mikko Ellila
In the discussion of immigration and multiculturalism many people seem to forget, that every society and culture is created and upheld by certain kind of people.
European culture and modern western society is created by white people.
One could see in Africa societies and cultures created by black people, if there were no railroads, airplanes, streets with asphalt, stone houses, electricity, telephone, television, etc.
Even if it’strue that some or many or even most of the people who “created” modern Westernculturewere “white”. They were also many other things too.
Why is the “white” bit relevant?
Is “white” a distinguishing attribute? Or is there some more fundamental attribute/characteristic at work?
New concepts andnew ways of doing things, defining and defending and promoting freedom, and creating wealth are functions of independent, individual thinking.
Volition/Free Will has nothing to do with race or biology. All humans, regardless of race have inherent free will and therefore the capacity for creative thought.
Many of the best defenders of free speech and individual rights today are not “white”.
Consider heroes such as: Danny Nalliah, Justice Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Aayan Hirsi Ali, andmany, many more such … INDIVIDUALS.
They are all special kinds of individuals.
Ayn Rand (For the New Intellectual):
Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light. He was considered an evildoer who had dealt with a demon mankind dreaded.
But thereafter men had fire to keep them warm, to cook their food, to light their caves.
He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had lifted darkness off the earth.
Centuries later, the first man invented the wheel. He was probably torn on the rack he had taught his brothers to build. He was a considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden territory. But thereafter, men could travel past any horizon. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had opened the roads of the world.
That man, the unsubmissive and first, stands in the opening chapter of every legend mankind has recorded about his beginning.
It is individuals who create. The capacity for creativity is an attribute of the individual.
And, as we can gather from Ayn Rand’s article, “white” individuals livingin a “white” society, who created, innovated, and discovered the new, were persecuted by their fellow “whites”.
There have always been and there continues to be and there always will be independent, courageous minds in every group of individuals.
It is in fact not correct that “European culture and modern western society is created by white people.”
This statement: “The people who created modern western society were white European.”
… even if it were true, is not equivalent to …
This statement: “European culture and modern western society is created by white people.”
The first statement describes an observable attribute and makes no claim about whether or not it’s causal.
Here are some more such statements: The people who created modern western society wore trousers. The people who created modern western society drank water. The people who created modern western society had hair when they were young.
The second statement howeverclaims that the attribute “white”is significantorcausal or that it is connected in some necessary manner to an attribute which is significant or causal.
In that second statement, “white people” as a whole and across history get the credit for creating “modern western society”. A biological/genetic/racial attribute gets credit for what is actually not biological/genetic/racial.
Now,what if we looked around us today and saw that the freest and most prosperous parts of the world are predominantly made up of “white” European types. And we alsoobserved that the least free and poorest places are, today, predominatly non-white?
Does this indicate that race/genetics/biology is necessarily significant? No.
Thomas Sowell argues that factors such as culture and geography may go a long way to explaining the disparities of wealth andabilities between peoples – disparities that at first glance, to the naive observer, appear to be racial or biological.
Thomas Sowell: … geographic disparities are by no means exhaustive. But they are suggestive of some of the many ways in which physical settings have expanded or constricted the size of the cultural universe available to different peoples.
And yet, he notes …
Thomas Sowell: … in more recent centuries, China has been overtaken and far surpassed by Europe. Yet neither region of the world has changed genetically to any extent that would account for this dramatic change in their relative positions.
This historic turnaround also shows that geographic limitations do not mean geographic determinism, for the geography of the two regions likewise underwent no such changes as could account for the reversal of their respective positions in the world.
Modern western society did not suddenly spring forth out of nothing. There were pre-conditions – including earlier inventions. Many of theseearlier inventionswere not created by white/Europeans.
Stone tools?Fire? Boats?Counting? The wheel? Fixed settlements? Domestication of animals? Scales? The city state? Bridges? Woodwork? Sailboats? Silk? Dams? Glass? Cotton cultivation? Rope? Papyrus? Ink? Schools? Map making? Iron products? Formal medicine? The alphabet? Chocolate? Water tap? Chariot? Stellar navigation? Cavalry? Music notation? Windmill?
Between 10,000 BC and 600 BC, Europe and Europeans hardly rate a mention. Why not?
If “white”/Europeanscould have come up with these marvellous inventions and discoveries, why didn’t they? Why did non-white, non-Europeans come up with them?
Furthermore, regarding “white”/European people, wecan look at different “white” countries and find significant differences between them over the last couple of centuries.
Over the 17th and 18th Century and the first half of the 19th Century, England was by far the most inventive nation in the world.
During the second half of the 19th Century, the United States shot way ahead.
France, Germany, and Scotland werequite inventive, but never came anywhere close to the early English phase or the later American phase.
As for the rest of Europe, if we were to use Mikko’s way of looking at the world we’d have to wonder whether they werein a different …”race”! 😉
But seriously, what was the rest of the “white” European race doing while England was creatively and commercially womping the planet?
Not only was the rest of Europe equipped with that supposedly extraordinary “white” biology, it also had the advantage of a powerful role modelin England. Yet it justplodded along.
Except for the USA. Weknow what the Americans were up to. They were gearing up to become humanity’s supreme productive power.
Interestingly enough, this was at about the same time that slavery was finally ended and America’s blacks began to be treated as full human beings.
That’s it for this instalment. More soon!
Oh! One other issues …
One of the pictures on Mikko’sarticle is this one:
Your deeds exceed the power of human imagination. They are without equal in the history of mankind. How can we ever thank you?
If you mouseover the pic on Mikko’s site, you see the term “homo africanus” comes up. However my research indicates thatthis is NOT a picture of Homo Africanus.
Could Mikko explain whyhehas titled this picture Homo Africanus?
As I understand, Homo Africanus is often a term synonymous with Australopithecus Africanus who is meant to look somethinglike this:
Bye for now. 🙂
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Some of the other blogs covering the Mikko issue:
- The Zigory blog
- Sydney Kendall Says
- Conservative Beach Girl
- Byzantium Calling
- Gates of Vienna
- Confessions of a Closet Republican
- Vigilant Freedom/910 Group Blog (archive.org)
- Words by Woods
- Tundra Tabloids
- Thoughts on Freeedom
Please let me know of any others. Thanks.
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