Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Alexander Hamilton: Honorary Nonwhite by Steve Sailer

A simple model that helps make much about the modern world easier to comprehend is that of a high-low tag team against the middle. As part of a time-tested strategy of divide and rule, the rich tend to push for policies and attitudes that increase identity-politics divisiveness—more immigration, more Black Lives Matter rioting, more transgender agitation, and so forth—which makes it harder for the nonrich to team up politically to promote their mutual economic interests.
You could call it: “Diverse and Conquer.”
A striking example of how identity politics turn in practice into the Zillionaire Liberation Front has emerged in the war over which Dead White Male to kick off the currency to make room for a woman: the $10 bill’s Alexander Hamilton or the $20’s Andrew Jackson. Bizarrely, the reactionary genius Hamilton, apostle of rule by the rich, is rapidly morphing in the conventional wisdom’s imagination into an Honorary Nonwhite.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently announced plans to put a woman’s face on the $10 bill and asked for suggestions for which woman from American history to honor. It turned out, though, that there wasn’t much agreement or even enthusiasm over any particular woman. But there was much fervent defense of the plutocratic Hamilton staying on the sawbuck and instead discarding Jackson, the epitome of democracy, from the twenty.
One reason is that American history is rather lacking in women who were both important in their own time and popular today. Unlike the British, who have numerous female monarchs and some worthy artistic heroines such as George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) and the Tory Jane Austen, whom the Conservatives have chosen to replace the Whig Charles Darwin on the ten-pound note, American history is lacking in women who can match up well with the top men.
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