Tulio’s critique to this article are in blockquotes (with my original post in italics) and my responses follow:
One example is Trinidad and Tobago, which has a large oil industry. However, the industry is run by Western corporations. The problem here is that all of the technicians with their expertise and all of the technology comes from the West. After decades of oil development, few Trinidadians have knowledge of oil extraction technology, and little or no such technology is manufactured on the islands.
In other words, these people don’t even know how their own wells and refineries run or how to run them. If the Westerners all packed up tomorrow, they would not be able to get another drop out of the ground.
Well duh, how many advanced engineering schools exist in Trinidad? It’s not just Trinidad or Nigeria, you’re going to find the same in ANY poor country. It’s Western firms extracting oil from Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, as well as Venezuela. These are developing countries.
They’re poor (or if they’re not poor such as Saudi Arabia, it’s only BECAUSE of oil money, not despite it), and when you’re poor, you don’t have much money to spend on education, which in means in turn makes it harder to have highly specialized workers that it would take to maintain an oil industry. I don’t know why you need to only point out black countries.
Human capital is low in all poor nations. But it takes money and stability to have a broadly educated population, and even more so a population with highly specialized skills. They just aren’t there yet in their economic development.
As far as T and T, I am not criticizing T and T or any Black country and anyway, T and T is also very South Indian. It is a model of development known as underdevelopment that is imposed on the 3rd world by US and Western imperialism and the World Bank and IMF and is part and parcel of the neoliberal capitalist project of underdevelopment.
Places like Cuba and Venezuela and China are trying to get away from that model by developing a national economy with native expertise. This is a better model and less exploitative than the neoliberal model. No country ever developed itself through foreign investment. You need to develop a national economy.
Also, T and T is not a poor country.
The reference to a Black having an intelligence similar to a White child of 10 has a modern corollary in the notion that the African IQ of 70 about equals a 10 year old child. It is interesting that people had made this connection before IQ tests were even invented. Note that this does not apply to US/UK Blacks who have much higher IQ’s at 86-87.
So let me get this straight. You think because racist people came to subjective conclusions for entirely anecdotal reasons, that it’s worthy of scientific merit? Do you really, seriously believe black adults are like 10 year old white children? If so, you and I live on two different planets.
The pre-IQ notion by the author was that the African had an IQ equal to a 10 year old White boy. Supposedly a 70 IQ is said to be the same as a 10 yr old kid’s IQ. So yes, the observation had merit. Whether Africans are the same mentally as 10 yr old Whites, I have no idea. I have a hard time understanding the argument.
If you think Africa is terrible now, you should have seen it before colonization. And this was another thing that I noted – the popular line that Africa was an Eden ruined by colonialism is a lie. As horrible as Africa is now, it is vastly more civilized and less depraved and debased than it was before Westerners showed up. So Africans have made great progress in civilizing themselves.
And this is based upon what? Obviously whatever they had prior to colonialism was working for them. Somehow they survived on their own for tens of thousands of years before whitey showed up and taught them how to stand on two feet and not speak with grunts and groans, right?
If you read Negroes in Negroland, you can see that “what was working for them” was some of the most utterly debased and depraved sheer savagery known to mankind. I don’t exactly think that’s an ideal society. Exposure to Whites and their advanced civilization has done wonders for Blacks in both the West and in Africa. In the US, it may even be responsible for 14 extra IQ points. Wonder White people are good for you! They help build strong bodies 12 different ways!
“Yet we do see, do we not, traces of Taylor’s truth? In the heart of the heart of US ghettos, US Blacks seem nearly African, almost as if 350 years of civilizational and neurological progress never happened.”
Whatever man. You seem to want to believe that whatever behavior you see in the projects is something unique to black people. Put whites in the same situation and they behave identically…Now are you going to keep this talk up?
Yes I am going to keep this talk up. Of course I am. I am a race realist, remember? And you are not, after all.