[ExI] don't let your guard down, not for a minute...

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Sep 13 07:19:13 UTC 2010

On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 5:06 AM, Keith Henson  wrote:
> You might want to read Gregory Clark's article "Genetically
> Capitalist?  The Malthusian Era, Institutions and the Formation of
> Modern Preferences (2007)"
> He argues (from looking at probated wills) that the English over at
> least 20 generations underwent selection as severe as that used by the
> Russians to make tame foxes out of wild ones.  But your point is
> exact, evolution is way to slow to make any effect in 4 generations,
> the most we have over the next century.

Providing you remember that there is no such thing as a 'capitalist gene'.

Clark was talking about a meme. That's why other countries learned to
do what Britain did. And when the meme faded, Britain stopped being a
capitalist star.
As is now happening with the US.


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