What Science Says About Race and Genetics

Nicholas Wade, TIME, May 9, 2014

A longstanding orthodoxy among social scientists holds that human races are a social construct and have no biological basis. A related assumption is that human evolution halted in the distant past, so long ago that evolutionary explanations need never be considered by historians or economists.

In the decade since the decoding of the human genome, a growing wealth of data has made clear that these two positions, never at all likely to begin with, are simply incorrect. There is indeed a biological basis for race. And it is now beyond doubt that human evolution is a continuous process that has proceeded vigorously within the last 30,000 years and almost certainly–though very recent evolution is hard to measure–throughout the historical period and up until the present day.

New analyses of the human genome have established that human evolution has been recent, copious, and regional. Biologists scanning the genome for evidence of natural selection have detected signals of many genes that have been favored by natural selection in the recent evolutionary past. No less than 14% of the human genome, according to one estimate, has changed under this recent evolutionary pressure.

Analysis of genomes from around the world establishes that there is a biological basis for race, despite the official statements to the contrary of leading social science organizations. An illustration of the point is the fact that with mixed race populations, such as African Americans, geneticists can now track along an individual’s genome, and assign each segment to an African or European ancestor, an exercise that would be impossible if race did not have some basis in biological reality.

Racism and discrimination are wrong as a matter of principle, not of science. That said, it is hard to see anything in the new understanding of race that gives ammunition to racists. The reverse is the case. Exploration of the genome has shown that all humans, whatever their race, share the same set of genes. Each gene exists in a variety of alternative forms known as alleles, so one might suppose that races have distinguishing alleles, but even this is not the case. A few alleles have highly skewed distributions but these do not suffice to explain the difference between races. The difference between races seems to rest on the subtle matter of relative allele frequencies. The overwhelming verdict of the genome is to declare the basic unity of humankind.

Genetics and Social Behavior

Human evolution has not only been recent and extensive, it has also been regional. The period of 30,000 to 5,000 years ago, from which signals of recent natural selection can be detected, occurred after the splitting of the three major races, so represents selection that has occurred largely independently within each race. The three principal races are Africans (those who live south of the Sahara), East Asians (Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans), and Caucasians (Europeans and the peoples of the Near East and the Indian subcontinent). In each of these races, a different set of genes has been changed by natural selection. This is just what would be expected for populations that had to adapt to different challenges on each continent. The genes specially affected by natural selection control not only expected traits like skin color and nutritional metabolism, but also some aspects of brain function. Though the role of these selected brain genes is not yet understood, the obvious truth is that genes affecting the brain are just as much subject to natural selection as any other category of gene.

What might be the role of these brain genes favored by natural selection? Edward O. Wilson was pilloried for saying in his 1975 book Sociobiology that humans have many social instincts. But subsequent research has confirmed the idea that we are inherently sociable. From our earliest years we want to belong to a group, conform to its rules and punish those who violate them. Later, our instincts prompt us to make moral judgments and to defend our group, even at the sacrifice of one’s own life.

Anything that has a genetic basis, such as these social instincts, can be varied by natural selection. The power of modifying social instincts is most visible in the case of ants, the organisms that, along with humans, occupy the two pinnacles of social behavior. Sociality is rare in nature because to make a society work individuals must moderate their powerful selfish instincts and become at least partly altruistic. But once a social species has come into being, it can rapidly exploit and occupy new niches just by making minor adjustments in social behavior. Thus both ants and humans have conquered the world, though fortunately at different scales.

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The Four Key Traits

[Gregory] Clark has documented four behaviors that steadily changed in the English population between 1200 and 1800, as well as a highly plausible mechanism of change. The four behaviors are those of interpersonal violence, literacy, the propensity to save, and the propensity to work.

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These behavioral changes in the English population between 1200 and 1800 were of pivotal economic importance. They gradually transformed a violent and undisciplined peasant population into an efficient and productive workforce. Turning up punctually for work every day and enduring eight eight hours or more of repetitive labor is far from being a natural human behavior. Hunter-gatherers do not willingly embrace such occupations, but agrarian societies from their beginning demanded the discipline to labor in the fields and to plant and harvest at the correct times. Disciplined behaviors were probably evolving gradually within the agrarian English population for many centuries before 1200, the point at which they can be documented.

Clark has uncovered a genetic mechanism through which the Malthusian economy may have wrought these changes on the English population: The rich had more surviving children than did the poor. From a study of wills made between 1585 and 1638, he finds that will makers with £9 or less to leave their heirs had, on average, just under two children. The number of heirs rose steadily with assets, such that men with more than £1,000 in their gift, who formed the wealthiest asset class, left just over four children.

The English population was fairly stable in size from 1200 to 1760, meaning that if the rich were having more children than the poor, most children of the rich had to sink in the social scale, given that there were too many of them to remain in the upper class.

Their social descent had the far-reaching genetic consequence that they carried with them inheritance for the same behaviors that had made their parents rich. The values of the upper middle class–nonviolence, literacy, thrift, and patience–were thus infused into lower economic classes and throughout society. Generation after generation, they gradually became the values of the society as a whole. This explains the steady decrease in violence and increase in literacy that Clark has documented for the English population. Moreover, the behaviors emerged gradually over several centuries, a time course more typical of an evolutionary change than a cultural change.

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Economic historians tend to see the Industrial Revolution as a relatively sudden event and their task as being to uncover the historical conditions that precipitated this immense transformation of economic life. But profound events are likely to have profound causes. The Industrial Revolution was caused not by events of the previous century but by changes in human economic behavior that had been slowly evolving in agrarian societies for the previous 10,000 years.

This of course explains why the practices of the Industrial Revolution were adopted so easily by other European countries, the United States, and East Asia, all of whose populations had been living in agrarian economies and evolving for thousands of years under the same harsh constraints of the Malthusian regime. No single resource or institutional change–the usual suspects in most theories of the Industrial Revolution–is likely to have become effective in all these countries around 1760, and indeed none did.

That leaves the questions of why the Industrial Revolution was perceived as sudden and why it emerged first in England instead of in any of the many other countries where conditions were ripe. Clark’s answer to both these questions lies in the sudden growth spurt in the English population, which tripled between 1770 and 1860. It was this alarming expansion that led Malthus to write his foreboding essay on population.

But contrary to Malthus’s gloomy prediction of a population crash induced by vice and famine, which would have been true at any earlier stage of history, incomes on this occasion rose, heralding the first escape of an economy from the Malthusian trap. English workmen contributed to this spurt, Clark dryly notes, as much by their labors in the bedroom as on the factory floor.

Clark’s data provide substantial evidence that the English population responded genetically to the harsh stresses of a Malthusian regime and that the shifts in its social behavior from 1200 to 1800 were shaped by natural selection. The burden of proof is surely shifted to those who might wish to assert that the English population was miraculously exempt from the very forces of natural selection whose existence it had suggested to Darwin.

Explaining Ashkenazi IQ

A second instance of very recent human evolution may well be in evidence in European Jews, particularly the Ashkenazim of northern and central Europe. In proportion to their population, Jews have made outsize contributions to Western civilization. A simple metric is that of Nobel prizes: Though Jews constitute only 0.2% of the world’s population, they won 14% of Nobel prizes in the first half of the 20th century, 29% in the second and so far 32% in the present century. There is something here that requires explanation. If Jewish success were purely cultural, such as hectoring mothers or a zeal for education, others should have been able to do as well by copying such cultural practices. It’s therefore reasonable to ask if genetic pressures in Jews’ special history may have enhanced their cognitive skills.

Just such a pressure is described by two economic historians, Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein, in their book “The Chosen Few.” In 63 or 65 AD, the high priest Joshua ben Gamla decreed that every Jewish father should send his sons to school so that they could read and understand Jewish law. Jews at that time earned their living mostly by farming, as did everyone else, and education was both expensive and of little practical use. Many Jews abandoned Judaism for the new and less rigorous Jewish sect now known as Christianity.

Botticini and Eckstein say nothing about genetics but evidently, if generation after generation the Jews less able to acquire literacy became Christians, literacy and related abilities would on average be enhanced among those who remained Jews.

As commerce started to pick up in medieval Europe, Jews as a community turned out to be ideally suited for the role of becoming Europe’s traders and money-lenders. In a world where most people were illiterate, Jews could read contracts, keep accounts, appraise collateral, and do business arithmetic. They formed a natural trading network through their co-religionists in other cities, and they had rabbinical courts to settle disputes. Jews moved into money-lending not because they were forced to do so, as some accounts suggest, but because they chose the profession, Botticini and Eckstein say. It was risky but highly profitable. The more able Jews thrived and, just as in the rest of the pre-19th century world, the richer were able to support more surviving children.

As Jews adapted to a cognitively demanding niche, their abilities increased to the point that the average IQ of Ashkenazi Jews is, at 110 to 115, the highest of any known ethnic group. The population geneticists Henry Harpending and Gregory Cochran have calculated that, assuming a high heritability of intelligence, Ashkenazi IQ could have risen by 15 points in just 500 years. Ashkenazi Jews first appear in Europe around 900 AD, and Jewish cognitive skills may have been increasing well before then.

The emergence of high cognitive ability among the Ashkenazim, if genetically based, is of interest both in itself and as an instance of natural selection shaping a population within the very recent past.

The Adaptive Response to Different Societies

The hand of evolution seems visible in the major transitions in human social structure and in the two case studies described above. This is of course a hypothesis; proof awaits detection of the genes in question. If significant evolutionary changes can occur so recently in history, other major historical events may have evolutionary components. One candidate is the rise of the West, which was prompted by a remarkable expansion of European societies, both in knowledge and geographical sway, while the two other major powers of the medieval world, China and the house of Islam, ascendant until around 1500 AD, were rapidly overtaken.

In his book The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, the economic historian David Landes examines every possible factor for explaining the rise of the West and the stagnation of China and concludes, in essence, that the answer lies in the nature of the people. Landes attributes the decisive factor to culture, but describes culture in such a way as to imply race.

“If we learn anything from the history of economic development, it is that culture makes all the difference,” he writes. “Witness the enterprise of expatriate minorities–the Chinese in East and Southeast Asia, Indians in East Africa, Lebanese in West Africa, Jews and Calvinists throughout much of Europe, and on and on. Yet culture, in the sense of the inner values and attitudes that guide a population, frightens scholars. It has a sulfuric odor of race and inheritance, an air of immutability.”

Sulfuric odor or not, the culture of each race is what Landes suggests has made the difference in economic development. The data gathered by Clark on declining rates of violence and increasing rates of literacy from 1200 to 1800 provide some evidence for a genetic component to culture and social institutions.

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The rise of the West, too, is unlikely to have been just some cultural accident. As European populations became adapted to the geographic and military conditions of their particular ecological habitat, they produced societies that have turned out to be more innovative and productive than others, at least under present circumstances.

That does not of course mean that Europeans are superior to others–a meaningless term in any case from the evolutionary perspective–any more than Chinese were superior to others during their heyday. China’s more authoritarian society may once again prove more successful, particularly in the wake of some severe environmental stress.

Civilizations may rise and fall but evolution never ceases, which is why genetics may play some role alongside the mighty force of culture in shaping the nature of human societies. History and evolution are not separate processes, with human evolution grinding to a halt some decent interval before history begins. The more that we are able to peer into the human genome, the more it seems that the two processes are delicately intertwined.

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Time magazine. There was the obligatory reassurance we are all one species, then…

    An accurate regurgitation of the main points of the book. Nobody was called a racist. This book is powerful.

    • Martel

      Its simply the end of an era. Too many whites from all occupational backgrounds are fed up, too many scientists are irritated with the artificial boundaries created by the political regime, the game is over. The current political elite might jail, harm, or attempt to outcast more dissidents, but their deeds and words are losing their effectiveness.

      • MBlanc46

        I certainly hope that your optimistic view is warranted.

        • Martel

          Obviously. Ethnic conflict is predictable.

          • MBlanc46

            The conflict is upon us. The question is, Will whites ever fight back?

          • Martel

            In Europe, yes, currently.. America will follow when the “dream” is crushed here.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          It will take time, but…

          I tell you, a lot of Whites are fed up and sick of being blamed for everything. This is precisely what rational brainwashed dupes need to question, and what questioners need to awaken.

          Genie’s out of the bottle. She’s floating around, gonna take a bit to start sinking in. Pandora’s box is open, though. This “evil” is out…

          • MBlanc46

            I finally got fed up, but it took living close to blacks for some time for me to finally get that they have fundamental behavioral differences and really do hate whites. Alas, too many whites see blacks only at a (self-imposed) distance.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Good point but until now many of those Whites living at comfortable distance had only the Boasian interpretation to fall back on if they got curious. Many of these types have no idea how messed up the social sciences are and if some social scientist says so…

            But now…now legitimate science raises its ugly Truth filled heads and…

            There is an alternative explanation to “whitey caused all the suffering” that makes a heck of a lot more sense…and is backed by REAL scientists.

      • Juggernaut3000

        There is tremendous pressure in the U.S. to pass European-style hate speech laws that criminalize any questions about the Holocaust or statements about blacks having lower IQ than that of Whites.

        Until the time that Hate Speech laws are passed, the PC commissars will happily destroy your career and take your private property from you.

        • Martel

          Sure, the system will step up the harshness of its penalties. Expected.

        • Ike Eichenberg

          I predict such laws will pass and a SCOTUS decision likening “hate” speech to yelling “fire in a theater” in the next decade.

        • LHathaway

          So, in this case, it’s illegal to deny that whites are evil.

      • John R

        I like that: “The end of an era.” The end of the late twentieth century social experiment in liberalism, which had, at its premise that all peoples were equal and could conform to the same social rules.

    • Anon

      It’s controlled opposition where the main issue is ignored. That issue being that your race is important and other races are not, even if they aren’t heinously evil, like some of them are. Instead, what is highlighted are certain canards they root white genocide in…..for example, descent of man (out of Africa).
      As to powerful? Minimum qualification for “powerful” is if more than 1% of the general population has even heard of it.
      When it comes to the issue of race, “Turner Diaries” was “powerful”. The Bell Curve was powerful. What this is, is a book a handful of people noticed last week. Soon to be flushed down the memory hole.
      No great loss.

  • Romulus

    Made my purchase this past weekend. I will begin after i finish with the other fine literature i purchased at the conference.
    This summer’s reading list will be especially welcome. Thanks to all who have made recommendations to add to my shelves.

    • Martel

      Enjoy reading those books my Fliend. I would love to tuck you in and read them to you. Afterwards, we go visit your daddy’s Chinese take out.

      Edit: Wow, what just happened. I had flashbacks of San Jose and sitting in a school lunchroom with two slightly irritated Asians quietly eating, their stares less blank then normally.I have never even set a foot in San Jose….

      • Romulus

        Hahahaha.
        I just choked on a French fry!
        Lol. I’m not a switch hitter Charles.
        Thanks for the laugh, though.

        • Martel

          Lol, I got bored during a debate with someone who thinks race is a social construct.

          • Ike Eichenberg

            “Society is a racial construct”

          • Romulus

            Martin Kaymer won the players yesterday in Ponte Verde ,Fla. 🙂
            As part of the ceremony, they raised the German flag.

    • Juggernaut3000

      Culture of Critique, if you haven’t read it, is MUST reading. Explains the world around us clearly and concisely. I’d read that first, all else comes after that.

      • Romulus

        I have. As well as the Dispossessed majority by Willmott Robertson; the hoax of the twentieth century by Arthur R. Butz; the international jyooo by Henry ford; the synagogue of satan author (?); the protocols of the elders of zion; Defensive racism by Edgar j. Steele; The rise and fall if the Roman empire by Gibbon; the atlas of christianity; the atlas of judaism; the atlas of ancient battles; the Vikings by Robert Ferguson; America alone by Mark steyn; Scotland by Nigell Blundell; Scotland: a concise history by Fitzroy Maclean; Churchill,Hitler and the unnecessary war by pat j.. Buchanan; the long emergency by James Howard kuntsler; the end of growth by Richard heinberg ; the naked ape by Desmond Morris; After America by Mark steyn; Are we Rome by Cullen Murphy; rand,Tolstoy,Dostoevsky; the omnivores dilemma by Michael pollan;;……..

        Just to name a few .

      • tetrapod

        An amazing piece of work. I’ve read my share of academic material, and it’s easily of the same caliber as any mainstream work.

        Take heed, however. You will lose your innocence regarding the tribe. You must also redouble your effort not to lump them all in the same basket. Most of the J*ws I’ve known personally have been lovely, generous people.

  • Geo1metric

    “…which is why genetics may play some role alongside the mighty force of culture in shaping the nature of human societies. ”

    “may play some role…?”

    Newsflash!! society (culture) is the physical manifestation of a peoples’ genetics.

    • Anna Tree

      Genes are evolutionary constructs 😉

      • HJ11

        Ah, okay. Did you want to add more to that?

    • HJ11

      Yup. Cultures are to genes of humans as scents are to genes of flowers.

      • Geo1metric

        excellent analogy!!

  • It will be quiet some time befor this becomes policy in this country. But what could or would such policy be. Not into a cast system. Nor am I a fan of a system that determines what and who you will be. But with all the race bait and Hate, somthing has to be done. What we have now is not working so great either. Too much welfare and not enough real working people. Too much blame and not enough accountablility. This may explain the lack of in the Whitehouse.

  • David Ashton

    A purely genetic explanation of rapid industrialization, or rapid socio-economic change, may prove somewhat simplistic. There is an interesting relevant debate among scientists in the current Spring/Summer 2014 issue of “The Mankind Quarterly” with Richard Lynn as co-editor.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      I don’t know of any psychometricians who completely reject the phenomenon of gene-environment interaction. These hereditarians will at least acknowledge the existence of genetic influences in the 50-80% range (it was Rushton and Jensen, in an examination of the totality of psychometric evidence concerning the B-W IQ gap, who suggested an upper limit of 80%), with the remainder being environmental. The real extremists are the social constructionists who believe in a 100% culture-only explanation of human social behavior. In truth, hereditarianism is a far more reasonable and intellectually coherent position than today’s more popular social constructionism, which is actually self-refuting in its current form.

      • David Ashton

        Strong general agreement, although I am not keen on presenting “interaction” in precise percentage terms, and this will vary from trait to trait in any event. Language can confuse the issue, and of course the extremists have latched on to epigenetics. As Henry Garrett said years ago, they rely on tricks of writing.

  • That does not of course mean that Europeans are superior to others–a meaningless term in any case from the evolutionary perspective–any more than Chinese were superior to others during their heyday. China’s more authoritarian society may once again prove more successful, particularly in the wake of some severe environmental stress.
    _____________________________________________
    Setting aside the dig at the valid notion of superiority, the question is NOW whether Euros can function at maximum effectiveness while mixed in with diversity everywhere.

    I say we can’t be our best surrounded by the vile, filthy, unproductive undertow of diversity. They hold us back. I look at south Texas and I see Mexicanized whites. I look at the USA and I see whites worshipping the Kardashian, hip-hop filth.

    If the Chinese become dominant, which they might, it will be because they maintained racial purity. Make their population majority black and brown and watch the Asians degenerate into the slimy culture that has become the former USA.

    • DaveMed

      I don’t know if the notion of superiority is legitimate.

      We are all well aware of the accomplishments of the White race. But it is also true that Blacks can jump higher and have greater muscle mass.

      So, who is to say which race is superior on net?

      I’d rather not go there, as it’s completely unnecessary, IMO.

      • rasher223

        I agree.

    • saxonsun

      Just a related side-note: driving home from Queens, NY, the land of diversity, all cars were forced to stop and wait for some silly Hindu procession as it made its ponderous way down a busy street. Years ago, one never saw this filth.

  • In case you hadn’t heard, Nicholas Wade was fired today from the NY Times. His Leftist overlords, regardless of any scientific proof, could not handle the notion that blacks are less adaptable to a modern civilization than whites or Asians. Wade had violated the prevailing orthodoxy and, like so many others, had to walk the plank.

    Another one bites the dust.

    NOTE: I will check, but apparently Wade had not been fired from the NY Times. The Daily Caller and some other news sources may have got it wrong. If so, I apologize and I will retract my post.

    • MBlanc46

      Not fired.

      • Juggernaut3000

        True. I saw a debate on this on another forum. Here’s what was linked from the Daily Caller:

        Correction: Wade tells blogger Luke Ford that he retired from the Times 2 years ago, but still contributes articles to the paper. Neither Wade nor the Times returned earlier requests for comment on the matter.

        http(colon)//dailycaller(dot)com/2014/05/10/30-year-new-york-times-science-writer-out-after-writing-book-about-genetics-race/#ixzz31YfoRb3L

        And here I thought TIME had gone out of business. Wishful thinking, I guess.

    • tetrapod

      Let’s hope that if is ousted or otherwise declared persona non grata that he won’t come groveling back with an apology.

  • IstvanIN

    We all share the same genes, the difference is in how they are arranged, rather like Legos®.

    • HJ11

      Just to clarify a minor point that many folks aren’t aware of. “Genes” aren’t actually things. They are locations on the strands of DNA where certain combinations of the four letters of DNA–A,T,C,G–are so arranged to build various organisms. It is the location and the arrangement of the letters that we call genes.

      • Romulus

        You would have loved prof. Whitman’s presentation. I did ask him later on if he could have discussed Regression to the Mean.
        Perhaps next time.

  • Romulus

    Jews have been in the money lending/ cheating scam since the time of Jesus.
    Which is why he threw them out of the temple.
    Since he was inciting insurrection to the money train of his own people collaborating with Rome ,instead of helping remove the occupiers , he was passed over for the criminal instead.

    This is why, IMHO, that he was executed and why the tribe went after Mel Gibson following the release of his movie , “The passion of The Christ”

    • Juggernaut3000

      Mel Gibson told Jim Caviezel , who was a handsome, rising star at that time, that he would never work in Hollywood again if he agreed to star in “The Passion of the Christ.” Jim told him Mel Gibson that he understood and went ahead with the movie.

      See Caviezel in anything big lately? Yeah, me neither. Gibson was right, he knew what he was up against.

      • Pro_Whitey

        He’s in “Person of Interest”, but I lost interest in it. It’s a living.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Joe Sobran once quipped that if the Jews don’t like the gospel version, they can film the Talmud version and see how people like it.
      In reading the passions of the gospels during the past Easter season, it struck me that the Jews always intended to try to blame the Romans for killing Jesus. In the gospel of John Pilate asks what crime he committed, and their response is, hey, if he wasn’t guilty, we would not have brought him here. They then hide behind the Roman rule that Jews were not allowed to exectute anyone. Obviously Pilate is no great guy. What troubles him is deciding whether he will face a bigger riot from killing Jesus or not killing him. When Jesus tells him that his kingdom is not of this world, and that he is the truth, Pilate scoffs “What is truth?” and concludes that he can kill Jesus without much blowback. Still, he forces the Jews to call for the death of Jesus, and gives them opportunities to back off that they refuse to take, and gets them to proclaim that they have no king but Caesar. He was reluctant to do their dirty work, and made sure it was clear that he was doing Jewish bidding, but at the same time, like an organized crime boss, he did not want anyone being killed without his say so.

      • kikz2

        read ystrdy, bibi will make the talmud the law of the land in israhell. as anyone who knows anything of either talmud, both are very anti-gentile. the Babylonian version, has been assailed by gentiles since the 1200’s.

      • Romulus

        What’s more, is that yeshua wasn’t the only one vying for the messianic title of his period.
        There was one each from Anatolia/turkey and one from Greece, although their names escape me at the moment.

        My ancestors crucified thousands, He is the most famous. It was a common form of punishment at the time.

  • HJ11

    Can it be that the herd animals clustered under the Bell Curve are now starting to realize what many of us have been writing about for years and that that the term race will now be used with a nod toward it also indicating biological differences?

    If so, the herd animals have a ways to go. The truth is that race is too small a term. The major races of man should, at a minium, be considered subspecies and some of us would go further and say they are different species, notwithstanding the fact that these different groups can produce viable and fertile offspring.

    • Adolf Verloc

      I question whether you can call groups that can produce viable and fertile offspring different species. John Baker discussed the taxonomy involved in his excellent “Race” (now, sadly, hard to get.) There may be some differing health outcomes in hybrid offspring. And of course, inability for different species to interbreed is not always biological in nature – witness “ring species” in birds, where groups with different mating songs are unable to interbreed even though they are biologically compatible.

      • HJ11

        All words, including the word “species” are invented by humans to describe something or other.

        In the case of “species” the definition largely turns on the viable and fertile offspring question. This may be the wrong question, as there are many so-called different species that can bear viable and fertile offspring together. One example that comes quickly to mind is the savannah cat which is the hybrid between a serval and a domestic cat–two different species.

        When one looks at Black humans vs. White humans one is struck by the fact that they look so different and act so differently that if the viable and fertile elements of the defintion of species were removed, we would all be hard pressed to not put Blacks and Whites into different species columns.

  • Marcus

    The human mind is completely malleable, there is no fixed in built traits for compassion. fear of life is the cause of all our anti-social, self-destructive, neurotic habits of behavior and relationship with one another, and with the earth itself. We have found that a simple act that we call ‘looking at yourself’ washes away the fear of life and heals the mind of anyone who will try it just once:

    1. Close your eyes. Notice the symphony of sensations and thoughts about sensations rising and falling within you.

    2. Notice that you can move your attention to one or another sensation or thought at will.

    3. Now use that same beam of attention to look for the feel of what you would call ‘me’ – a faint sensation that is what you feel like to yourself.

    4. Try to ‘look at yourself’ whenever the thought of it comes to you. You cannot fail if you just try.

    That’s it, you’ve done all that needs to be done to bring you home to the beauty and satisfaction that are to be found in a human life lived without fear.

    • IstvanIN

      I prefer Mr. Engleman to this baloney.

      • Martel

        At least this is baloney, Engelman provides a much more revolting dish, it upsets the stomach of any decent individual.

        • IstvanIN

          You have a point there.

        • Romulus

          Engleman is now trolling on alternative right as well!

          • Juggernaut3000

            I blame the mods for allowing him to do what he does.

          • Romulus

            Engleman claims that J. T. Doesn’t like anti- tribe comments because of personal distaste.

            I disagree. I will maintain it is because of their stranglehold of all the west’s key institutions and Americas foreign policy.
            If 4 possible repub candidates must kiss adelson’s ring in Vegas a few weeks ago for campaign money, it’s obvious why this movement will have to be delicate as concerns the unmentionables. The instigators never do anything that isn’t in THEIR best interests.

            I say this even as I met a few at the conference that were supportive of our aims.

          • Einsatzgrenadier

            Actually, in a YT video, JT acknowledged that Jews have been a major problem for western civilization. JT doesn’t deny the existence of the Jewish problem, he just chooses not to address the issue in any depth on this site.

          • kikz2

            …that must’ve been the video i found………..

          • Romulus

            Ok.
            Considering that the alphabet agencies are using the splc and the adl as resources to keep an eyeball on the stirring masses, any of us vets or chess players should be able to see the logic of the WN leaders.

          • kikz2

            if i may be so bold……..my understanding of the issue…. on limited research.. is that…in the interests of effectiveness:

            if one is going to be thorny.. be thorny on a single (mission statement-esque) issue, in this paradigm his first link in the chain (racial differences).

            secondly, outright snarling vilification of the tribe, in JT’s thinking, jumps a link, and in process alienates a potential and useful ally …..at this point in time……

            that being said, on some issues and at some points… here (amren), attribution of behaviors noted must be given voice or cognitive dissonance from denial of acknowledgement would result.

            if my meager understanding and research is in error, someone please do correct me…as this summary was not drawn from content on the site, but a single video of JT’s.

          • Romulus

            Sometimes you have to extend the handshake and keep the other one behind your back.
            I’m being pragmatic.
            As smart as whites are, I thinks it’s plausible to utilize strategies that will serve our purposes. That’s all I’m saying.

            There are surely some that def. Do see things our way, albeit that number is probably small or they could be looking at all the conferences and WN sites to weed out suspected far rightedness, so to speak. (forgive the poor vocab).

            So, I’m only thinking of what would help, without bringing down the alphabet agencies down on the whole ridge! ( think ruby)

          • silviosilver

            They’re hardly going to say otherwise at a WN conference. The litmus test for their support is their ability to admit that their leadership has long stood fervently against anything like Amren’s objectives. With such an admission, who knows, maybe you have something; absent such an admission, caveat emptor.

          • Romulus

            I was only postulating strategies. I have no way of knowing if a collaboration between us and “them” would be for our benefit. I’m simply pointing out that it might keep Johnny law (FBI, DHS,NSA) off our backs.

            I’m extraordinarily wary, in any case.

          • JohnEngelman

            This is found at the top of every page here: “We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. ”

            What I do is to add information and perspective, and to provide polite debate.

          • JohnEngelman

            What you call “trolling” can more accurately be seen as posting valid arguments based on documented facts.

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          AmRen got rid of a valuable poster like Spartacus, but allows a small number of anti-racist, anti-white trolls to chimp out all over this site without risk of being censored. It simply boggles the mind.

          • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

            Spartacus is ousted?

            Then consider me gone too.

        • JohnEngelman

          A second instance of very recent human evolution may well be in evidence in European Jews, particularly the Ashkenazim of northern and central Europe. In proportion to their population, Jews have made outsize contributions to Western civilization. A simple metric is that of Nobel prizes: Though Jews constitute only 0.2% of the world’s population, they won 14% of Nobel prizes in the first half of the 20th century, 29% in the second and so far 32% in the present century.

          – Nicholas Wade, TIME, May 9, 2014

          • Martel

            Great, I hope they all move to Israel and win an even greater portion. Jews have shown great difficulty in integrating within European gentile society, and have traditionally supported political interests damaging to the gentile communities. You would expect better things from such a people.

          • JohnEngelman

            Jews have shown great ease in integrating within American Gentile society. They are very successful academically, professionally, and economically.

          • Martel

            Professional success, stimulated by personal desires says little about actual integration within the community. Throughout history this has been a problem with the Jewish community.

          • JohnEngelman

            The problem for the Jewish community is that their success arouses the resentment of failures.

            Many white Gentiles who are angry about their circumstances in life feel that if they direct their anger at the one percent they acknowledge themselves to be failures. By directing their anger at non whites and Jews they think they are posing as defenders of western civilization and the white race.

          • Martel

            You think this because of your bias against white gentile, it cannot be defended in an actual debate, as historical documentation shows Jewish communities tended to pursue political interests conflicting with the political interests of gentile communities.

          • silviosilver

            Or maybe they’re just concerned about their own race’s long-term existence and are anxious to identify and attempt to neutralize the threats to it. Jews are certainly not shy to admit they are concerned with their long-term existence or to identify and attempt to neutralize threats to it.

      • MBlanc46

        I wish that the Mods would tend to this spammer.

        • Dubyasee

          I’ve been censored numerous times for my incorrect posts on Amren. It is usually for pointing out that members of a certain tribe are amazingly adept at controlling the public mind, policy, and wealth, to the detriment of the majority population.

          • JohnEngelman

            Fortunately, the moderators don’t like anti Semitic comments. Neither does Jared Taylor.

          • Dubyasee

            Anti-Semitic blah, blah, blah. One day the threat of being tarred with the anti-Semitic epithet will no longer inspire the fear it does now. This will be in large part because of its overuse and the population awakening to the massive hoodwink being perpetrated upon them by the likes of JohnEngleman. Oh no John, by all means, do not respond to my points with points of your own, simply employ the magic words, “anti-Semitic” and chuckle as the objections of Judaic behaviors blow away like dandelion seeds.

          • JohnEngelman

            In order to be an anti Semite one must believe things about Jews that are preposterously untrue, or one must resent things that are true and praiseworthy.

          • silviosilver

            That is simply outrageous, Engelman. Why in the world you’re tolerated here is beyond me.

          • JohnEngelman

            This is part of the reason: “We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. ”

            This is part of the reason: “One thing that separates Taylor from much of the radical right, however, is his lack of anti-Semitism; he told MSNBC-TV interviewer Phil Donahue in 2003 that Jews ‘are fine by me’ and ‘look white to me’.”

          • silviosilver

            In order for Jews to call you an anti-semite you need do neither. That is a fact.

          • JohnEngelman

            One thing that separates Taylor from much of the radical right, however, is his lack of anti-Semitism; he told MSNBC-TV interviewer Phil Donahue in 2003 that Jews “are fine by me” and “look white to me.”

        • Juggernaut3000

          They won’t tend to Engelman despite the pleas of many posters here.

        • Martel

          Don’t see the damage of some vague hippy-like statements, Engelman bothers many posters, and has made clear his distaste for whites.

          • MBlanc46

            It’s not damage, but it’s an annoyance, off-topic, and clearly spam. It’s just the sort of thing that Mods should attend to.

          • Martel

            It doesn’t annoy me, he doesn’t say anything which is immoral, as Engelman frequently does.

          • silviosilver

            Engelman outright lies. Not every post of his is a lie – many are genuinely informative – but he lies constantly. In no way whatsoever can he be considered a friend of Amren’s basic aims. Derbyshire is not exactly an ally either – and people rightly wonder why he is continually presented as one – but he is nowhere near the liar that Engelman is.

    • dd121

      Marcus, I don’t know where you came from but nobody on AmRen is going to be buying what you’re selling.

      • Martel

        I think I had a short debate with him on another website, he is a nice guy, but believes spirituality will overcome current ethnic conflicts, which is obviously false.

    • Chasmania

      Put your little satchel of snake oil back into your wagon and don’t let the sun set on your arse. Buh bye now.

  • Anon

    What is race….kith, kind, kindred. At its base, you have people related to you closely and who are likely to live with you for much, if not all of your lifetime. This is your kith. Your house. Your parents, your siblings, your children, usually your grandparents and your grandchildren. But is that it for your family? No…..you have various cousins and other groups related to you directly by marriage, many of whom will share your family name. Your family has a history and it has (should have) a future. This is your kind. And, if anything you do in life is not directly linked to advancing, preserving, extending, improving you kind, then something is seriously wrong with you. It goes without saying that your kith comes first….unless you are an out and out monster….criminal, psychopath, degenerate scum and the like.
    People do not live isolated in the woods…..at least not commonly nor well. You live in a community. You have, like, a job. You work together. Build and live in towns, and cities. Where do these people all come from? Do they sprout out of the ground like pod people? No. They are your kindred. People related to you by blood, just several generations and hundreds of years out.
    What exactly about this is ambiguous, hard to understand or outside the day to day experience of every single person on the planet. What exactly about this is forced, artificial or by any claim a “social construct”. Such a term implies that anywhere on the planet, at any time in the last several thousand years of human history, anyone, anywhere, has lived differently. Oh….there have been experiments (cough, cough…communism). All have been disasters (Jim Jones). But the very idea of race as a social construct is ludicrous. The correct response (outside ridicule that is), is not an argument as to if it is or not but to ask the person what exactly they mean by that. And to put such an inquiry into the kith, kind, kindred paradigm, if you have to make what should be blatantly obvious, and break it down into specific.
    Also….science. Let’s strike right to the heart of the problem with looking at this scientifically. And I purposefully use the word “look”. What IS science. It’s a group of techniques for looking closely at something, under controlled, often idealized conditions. You “zoom in” closely at a situation or concept and IGNORE THE LARGER PICTURE. Science is a tool. Its misuse is often far worse than not using it at all. This is an issue of not seeing the forest for the trees. Maybe you might find race by looking at ones genes. But if you do, you’ve missed the point.
    More importantly, what you have done is given an unreasonable, ludicrous argument (that race does not exist) a legitimacy it does not deserve instead of revealing the person making the statement as a flaming idiot. Other flaming idiots, rather than think, will instead assume a legitimacy to such a thing because, well….it’s a question of “science” after all. And science is what dem dare smart people who know bettern us talk about….so let them handle it.
    No. How about some common sense. Or how about this….some assertiveness.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    After 40-50 years of desegregation and equal spending on black schools without improvement, white people are starting to figure out what their great-great grandparents could have told them.

  • Juggernaut3000

    Nicholas Wade is being attacked in Slate and WSJ on the opinion page, otherwise Wade is being ignored by the msm.

    Why? If the facts violate PC dogma, the facts are hateful and unreliable and the messenger is killed off.

    • Martel

      Time is MSM.

    • Chasmania

      The liberal pantheon will not brook any tenets of its faith being questioned, and all sinners will be cast out and destroyed.

  • JohnEngelman

    The races have evolved in response to different population pressures. Cold weather selects for intelligence, because frigid winters require more intelligence to survive. Civilization selects for intelligence because intelligent men usually become prosperous and consequently have more descendants.

    Prior to the development of civilization a much higher percentage of men died violently. The best warriors had the most children.

    Third world peoples have more recently emerged from barbarism. That is why they have higher crime rates and lower average IQ’s.

    • Chasmania

      On the 3rd world subject, consider what Islamic nations have a serious problem with : Inbreeding. Cousins marrying 1st and 2nd cousins is widespread in Islamic ‘culture’. Consanguinity coupled with high reproductive rates is a time bomb for any country that allows them inside their borders.
      I’m just waiting for the day when I hear about widespread muslim outreach into Central and South America. God help us when and if it happens.

  • TXCriollo

    Anyone who reads the first part of this article should know that social scientist ie liberal college prof are not really scientists

  • John

    Does this explain white privilege insofar as Europeans are meant to function in a western designed society because they have been ( for use of a better word ) bred to .Say if every one wanted to be a hunter in the ideally perceived society would that be black privilege regardless of whether a individual black person was actually any good at hunting.

  • John R

    Let’s add an addendum to this piece: “And in the late twentieth century, those ethnic groups that were most violent, and engaged in the most reckless procreation, were rewarded by the dominant society by generous benefits. They did not have to work hard, study, become responsible. Their offspring could be supported by state largess. We can see why they gradually became the majority of American society by the mid twenty-first century. And we can see why China overtook America economically.”

  • Alex Anderson

    We might add that the intelligent minority concluded that their greatest group competitor is white Christians – and therefore the most effective way to gain and control power would be to dilute their main competitive threat at all levels of society – in all countries on earth in which they live.

    In the USA, there are at least 50 jewish groups that lobby for open borders and mass immigration, while the homeland of Israel maintains very strict immigration policies.

  • DucLap

    “A simple metric is that of Nobel prizes: …” Barack Hussein Obama recipient with NO known accomplishments at the time of his nomination.
    It seems that Wade rolled a butterball with this particular comparison.

  • Martel

    Taylor is interested in race realism, which requires promoting ethnic homogeneity, something he clearly promotes. Derbyshire cannot be compared with JE, unless he also demands that whites become a minority in their homelands.

    • RealisticGuy

      One’s understanding of biological race does not imply a desire for ethnic homogenity any more than understanding animal species implies a desire for them to remain unmixed.

      Actions speak louder than words. And Derbyshire’s actions tell me he doesn’t give a damn for his people, at least not to the extent that he wants his children to be part of them. Which they’re not.

      And Taylor’s yearly invitation of this man to Amren’s conference, and his allowance of Engelman to post here, speaks louder than him saying he does this for his people.

      Will the real Jared Taylor please come forward.

  • Eddie Lutz

    Under our current neocommunist system the poor and dumb are the ones reproducing in the largest numbers so we can expect that to continue to transform our society into an impoverished and violent wasteland.

  • silviosilver

    It’s one thing to remain silent or to cast doubt on the validity of such comparisons, but to straight out declare “no race is superior to any other” reeks of desperation.