The intrinsic racism of the left

Whether it is Joe Biden saying that the light bulb (globe) was invented by someone with black skin, or Bruce Pascoe arguing that Aboriginals lived in settled farm communities before the arrival of Europeans, the issue is the same. The standard of excellence is the achievements of individuals of European origin. No black person in America makes it a point of personal satisfaction that some obscure presumed inventor of the light bulb was a person with black skin, and it had never occurred to me thar Thomas Edison had a while skin, although if you had mentioned it, and why would you, I would have known.

And while it is true that the phenomenal survival of Aboriginals over 40,000 years is astonishing (see Geoffrey Blainey’s Triumph of the Nomads for a brilliant re-telling of Aboriginal history), there can be no question that until Europeans arrived in Australia, the name of no single individual Aboriginal inhabitant of this continent is known to us today. The notion of an Aboriginal “history” prior to European settlement does not exist since none of it was ever recorded.

And if you would like to see Wikipedia’s entry on D Bruce Pascoe and Dark Emu, easy to find: Dark Emu (book). As for Blainey’s Triumph of the Nomads, this is what you get:

Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. Please search for Triumph of the Nomads: A History of Ancient Australia in Wikipedia to check for alternative titles or spellings.

Geoffrey Blainey’s The Causes of War

I’ve read the book myself and agree with how exceptional it is. But here we have the same thing said in this article by Kori Schake who is Research Fellow and member, military history working group. The title of the article is War: The Gambling Man’s Game and this is the opening para:

Geoffrey Blainey’s The Causes of War is a genuinely wonderful book. I had it pressed on me by one of the Pentagon’s most thoughtful people, and while it’s not a new book, it should be at the top of the reading lists of people interested in international relations. Like much else in the book, Blainey is straightforward in his title: he is examining why wars occur. He quotes Clausewitz to the effect that of all the branches of human activity, war is the most like a gambling game, and Blainey’s approach is very much marked by game theory.

[Found at Instapundit.]