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Sun Aug 5, 2012, 02:08 AM

Anything you wish TeaBaggers would study? Here's this on (im)migration of the human kind

Well, LENNON's "Imagine" would make them apoplectic. But if they would start with this from 19-effing-15. A couple of Mr (Professor?) MacKENZIE's words (like "barbarous" and "cilvilized") might give off a musty smell, but LENNON would feel comfortable with visions of migrating masses unimpeded by arbitrary and artificial national lines. Pat BUCHANAN is daily choking, and will do so for the rest of his life, at the thought that his own demographic is doomed (aren't all the rest?!1). And, zowie, look at the phrase "climatic changes"!1


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from, “Myths of Babylonia and Assyria,” by Donald A. MacKenzie, 1915, manybooks.net,2005

Chapter XVI, “Race Movements That Shattered Empires”

It will be seen from the events outlined in this chapter how greatly the history of the ancient world was affected by the periodic migrations of pastoral folks from the steppe lands. These human tides were irresistible. The direction of their flow might be diverted for a time, but they ultimately overcame every obstacle by sheer persistency and overpowering volume. Great emperors in Assyria and Egypt endeavoured to protect their countries from the ‘Bedouin peril’ by strengthening their frontiers and extending their spheres of influence, but the dammed-up floods of humanity only gathered strength in the interval for the struggle which might be postponed but could not be averted.

These migration, as has been indicated, were due to natural causes. They were propelled by climatic changes which caused a shortage of the food supply, and by the rapid increase of population under peaceful conditions. Once a migration began to flow, it set in motion many currents and cross currents, but all these converged towards the districts which offered the most attractions to mankind. Prosperous and well-governed States were ever in peril of invasion by barbarous peoples. The fruits of civilization tempted them; the reward of conquest was quickly obtained in Babylon and Egypt with their flourishing farms and prosperous cities. Waste land was reclaimed then as now by colonists from centres of civilization; the migrating pastoral folks lacked the initiative and experience necessary to establish new communities in undeveloped districts. Highly civilized men sowed the harvest and the barbarians reaped it.

It must not be concluded, however, that the migrations were historical disasters, or that they retarded the general advancement of the human race. In time the barbarians became civilized and fused with the peoples whom they conquered. They introduced, too, into communities which had grown stagnant and weakly, a fresh and invigorating atmosphere that acted as a stimulant in every sphere of human activity. The Kassite, for instance, was a unifying and therefore a strengthening influence in Babylonia. He shook off the manacles of the past which bound the Sumerian and the Akkadian alike to traditional lines of policy based on unforgotten ancient rivalries. His concern was chiefly with the future. The nomads with their experience of desert wandering promoted trade, and the revival of trade inaugurated new eras of prosperity in ancient centres of culture, and brought them into closer touch than ever before with one another. The rise of Greece was due to the blending of the Achaeans and other pastoral fighting folks with the indigenous Pelasgians. Into the early States which fostered the elements of ancient Mykenaean civilization, poured the cultural influences of the East through Asia Minor and Phoenicia and from the Egyptian coast. The conquerors from the steppes meanwhile contributed their genius for organization, their simple and frugal habits of life, and their sterling virtues; they left a deep impress on the moral, physical, and intellectual life of Greece.



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"IMAGINE" by John LENNON

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...


Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...


You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one


Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...


You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 03:53 AM

1. I wish they would read Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations

and see the extremely important role of government regulation in an efficient market laid out like no one else can.

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Response to Bolo Boffin (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 09:48 AM

2. Good point n/t

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Response to UTUSN (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 09:50 AM

3. Yes -- ANYTHING.

And I'm not yelling at you.

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 10:09 AM

4. Bwah-ha!1 I myself had to hold off commenting about their reading ability

& if anybody can yell at me, you know who you are!1

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 10:42 AM

5. History, Philosophy, Science, The Cat in the Hat,

anything that will open their minds.

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