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27 April 2016 @ 06:15 am
Scott Alexander takes a long, thoughtful look at David Hackett Fischer’s Albion’s Seed, a book that seems to me to explain a whole lot of what is worst in America. I also recommend American Nations, an expansion of the theory to more subcultures by Colin Woodard.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on April 27th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
That's very entertaining and has a lot of truth in it, but that truth is more historical than contemporary. The admittedly broad generalizations made me wince when they were being used to support specific cases. If Jews are liberal because they lived in the NE (doubtful already), you can't explain the exception of Barry Goldwater just because he came from Arizona. There's lots of Jewish NEern neocons. And Goldwater was half-Christian and raised as one anyway.

The other error I noted was the repeated use of "nobility" when he evidently meant "gentry".
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on April 28th, 2016 03:29 am (UTC)
Does he say Jews are liberal because they settled in the northeast? Isn’t it just as plausible that Jews stayed in the northeast because it was liberal (more tolerant of non-Christians)?

Of course, accounting for NYC means talking about the Dutch influence.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on April 28th, 2016 12:51 pm (UTC)
Ask him.