Monday, May 2, 2005
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Trade free or die
I've been traveling so much as of late that I've missed out on a few developments worthy of posting. Last month the Economist ran a story about a study suggesting just how important free trade is to human development:
Jackson Kuhl provides a lengthier summary of the paper at Tech Central Station. And here's a link to a University of Wyoming press release about the article, as well as a link to the actual paper, which is forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.posted by Dan on 05.02.05 at 01:59 PM
I heard the CroMagnons' main error was their protectionist flint-manufacturing policies.posted by: praktike on 05.02.05 at 01:59 PM [permalink]
1) Why are the specialization of labor and trade conflated in this article?
2) Is it not disturbing that the form of economic organization purportedly allowing Homo sapiens to overcome Homo neanderthalensis is (surprise!) the same one that allowed white caucasian EuroAmericans to subjugate all the world's differently colored peoples?
3) How inconvenient would it be for an anthropologist to point out that almost all trade between family band and tribal peoples seems to have been exchanges of decorative or magical objects, not commodities or capital goods?
4) Is it not more likely that the evidence of a division of labor within Cro-Magnon society represents an indication of a strong demarcation of sex roles rather than a non-gender specific specialization of labor?
5) Do we not see specialization of labor among other primates, especially in terms of child rearing and defense?
6) If greater societal efficiency through specialization of labor was so decisive in driving the Neaderthals to extinction, why did some Homo sapiens then reverse course and develop communitarian societies lacking strong labor specialization which proceeded to persist for tens of millenia?posted by: MTC on 05.02.05 at 01:59 PM [permalink]
So, now when someone calls Pat Buchanan a Neanderthal we can assume they are talking about his views on trade?posted by: Crank on 05.02.05 at 01:59 PM [permalink]
My God. Now you've gone too far, man.posted by: herostratus on 05.02.05 at 01:59 PM [permalink]
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