255. "OLDUVAI" DUNCAN RESURFACES IN RACIST PUBLICATION
I've previously commented on the "Olduvai Theory" of Richard Duncan Ph.D., one of the fringe pseudo-scientists who has attached himself to peak oil. Richard has recently resurfaced with a new paper entitled The Olduvai Theory: Energy, Population, and Industrial Civilization. I'm not going to bother refuting this quack science. EnergySpin has already done an amusing job of that here.
AngryChimp over at the Oil Drum was claiming that the paper was "peer-reviewed", so it's probably best to point out that the "journal" in which this article was published (The Social Contract) is an anti-immigration rag published and edited by overt racists.
Here's the Southern Poverty Law Center on "The Social Contract":
The Social Contract Press
With a strong focus on immigration, The Social Contract Press (TSCP) sells books from its on-line bookstore and publishes a quarterly journal, The Social Contract. TCSP says it favors lowering immigration levels merely "to reduce the rate of American's population growth, protect jobs, preserve the environment, and foster assimilation."
But it publishes a number of racist works, including a reprint of the "gripping" 1973 book, The Camp of the Saints (see Fear and Fantasy), a French racist fantasy novel about the obliteration of Western civilization by dark-skinned hordes from India. The novel, like the race war fantasy The Turner Diaries, has become a key screed for American white supremacists.
The Social Contract is edited by Wayne Lutton, who recently the joined the editorial advisory board of the newspaper of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC).
At a 1997 CCC conference, Lutton said Third Worlders "have declared racial demographic war against us. ... Why are their populations exploding? Because ... our people have exported medical technology and we feed them.
"Had we left them alone, many of them would be going extinct today."
The Social Contract has published articles by James Lubinskas of the racist American Renaissance magazine; Brent Nelson, who like Lutton is on the advisory board for the CCC's periodical, and Sam Francis, current editor of the CCC tabloid.
John H. Tanton, publisher of The Social Contract Press and founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, was instrumental in a 1996 effort to add an anti-immigration plank to the Sierra Club platform, a move that nearly split the environmental group permanently.
To editor Lutton, America essentially is a white man's country. "We are the real Americans," he declared in 1997, "not the Hmong, not Latinos, not the Siberian-Americans. ... As far as the future, the handwriting is on the screen. The Camp of the Saints is coming our way."Source
John H. Tanton, publisher of the "The Social Contract" has said that unless U.S. borders are sealed, America will be overrun by people "defecating and creating garbage and looking for jobs."Source
This is yet another example of peak oilers in bed with racists, as we've previously seen in 67. BRITISH RACISTS ATTEND "PEAK OIL UK" CONFERENCE, 125. MORE RACIST CONNECTIONS, and 106. THE GREENING OF HATE.
Wayne Lutton, Ph.D. (2nd from right, Duncan's editor at The Social Contract) with Virginia Abernethy at a meeting of white supremacists, June 11, 2004. Note the confederate flag in the foreground.Source
Apparently the racist stance of this publication doesn't bother its other well-known peak oiler contributors, like Albert Bartlett and Roscoe T. Bartlett. Kind of makes you wonder. If these people aren't racists, why are they writing for a racist organization?
Racists on one end, 10-cent fools like JD on the other!
and people who lie about their credentials NE. Why do people like you even come here?
None of you bastards will ever explain why you frequent this site. If you hate JD and his optimism or his attempt to expose an inherantly irrational psychological meme, why don't you just KEEP MOVING!
Here's some juicy bits from that racist novel, Camp of the Saints, published by the same people who printed Duncan's "paper":
Here are some excerpts:
[As the refugee fleet arrives on French shores, a noble old professor kills a fellow white who is depicted as having sold out his race and civilization. Afterwards, as he celebrates the killing, the professor reflects on the loss of white pride.] The old professor understood. That scorn of a people for other races, the knowledge that one's own is best, the triumphant joy at feeling oneself to be part of humanity's finest — none of that had ever filled these [white] youngsters' brains, or at least so little that the monstrous cancer [of compassion for other races] implanted in the Western conscience had quashed it in no time at all.
[At one point, a French town, faced with the threat of diseased foreigners, issues an edict requiring Arabs to get a certificate of health before using its public swimming pools.] Retaliation took many forms. ... A hundred nice French girls, teaching school in Algeria, were suddenly hauled into the hospital and spread on the stirrups to be plumbed and explored by a squad of medical student commandos, whipped up to a frenzy. Two of them died as a result... .
[The book repeatedly characterizes non-whites as sexual carnivores, as in this scene aboard the refugee fleet that is heading for Europe.] But in time, very slowly, the flesh [aboard the ships] began to seethe. ... Perhaps it was the heat... . Most of all, the natural drive of a people who never found sex to be sin. ... [E]verywhere, a mass of hands and mouths, of phalluses and rumps. ... Young boys, passed from hand to hand. Young girls, barely ripe ... waking to the silent play of eager lips. ... Men with women, men with men, women with women, men with children... . And so, in a welter of dung and debauch — and hope as well — the Last Chance Armada pushed on toward the West.
[As the Third World slaughter of whites picks up speed, the book describes a scene in a pig-processing plant in which a black man slaughters his white boss after being asked to kill pigs more quickly.] "Sure 'nough boss," one red-spattered black said, "we can sure 'nough do one more at least..." The white man felt no more pain than any of the other pigs on the line. Stunned, hoisted, slaughtered. ... [Hung from a hook, the murdered boss' body] caused ... no special disgust [among the black workers]. They had seen such things before, after all. At market, in the Congo.
[As the novel nears its end, Lydie, depicted as a traitor to her white race, becomes a sexual plaything for the dark-skinned refugees who have now seized power.] Lydie ... died in Nice, in a whorehouse for Hindus... . At the time, each refugee quarter had its stock of white women, all free for the taking. (One of the new regime's laws, in fact. In order to "demythify" white women, as they put it.) ... [In the end, Lydie, along with other white female sex slaves, is confined by the "Hindus" to their] "White Female Practice and Experimentation Center."
[The novel ends where it began, with the arrival of the refugee fleet in France.] [F]irst to land were the monsters, the grotesque little beggars from the streets of Calcutta. As they groveled through the wet sand like a pack of basset hounds, or a herd of clumsy seals exploring an unfamiliar shore, with their snorts and grunts of joy, they looked like an army of little green men from some remote planet. ... Yes, the country [France] would suit them fine. No question. Source
Also notice the term "Siberian-Americans" which Lutton uses in the quote from the SPLC. This is the new racist code word for native americans. Here's an example:
"Siberian-Americans on the Attack
Mexifornia is getting more fun all the time. The sewer sludge and pond scum in the state legislature are working on a bill, AB798, that would return Siberian-America artifacts, including human remains, to their rightful owners. Fun stuff. The perpetrator of this farce insists that "It's a matter of respect and dignity." The feeling is not unanimous. A lot of Ivory Tower clowns, museums and archaeologists think the idea sucks. Their argument amounts to 'finders keepers', a philosophy the Siberian-Americans fail to appreciate.
First of all, how do they determine who the 'rightful owner' is? Apparently, it's one of those rational concepts that has no place in Mexifornia. In this Left Coast People's Republic, victim groups are always right. If the Siberian-Americans claim something, the deadbeats in Sacramento will give it to them...except for the land itself, which we are safeguarding for them.
Since the Siberian-Americans can't get the land back from us, they decided to pick up their toys - all the baskets, bows, arrows, and other crap - and go home. This, we're being told, will give them 'respect and dignity'. I way don't think so. What it will give them is a well deserved obscurity. These artifacts allow the rest of us to get a glimpse of the culture that existed, before the oppressor came to change everything. Without these displays to excite our curiosity, awareness of Siberian-American culture will fade away, dooming the hyper sensitive Siberian-Americans to the dust bin of history, a fate they brought down on their own heads."
Funny thing ...
The majority of these people hate nuclear power .... I wonder why.
I guess I just found another reason to
embrace nuclear: saving the environment, raising people from poverty and defending democracy at the same time. Cannot get any better than that (not untill we develop room temperature superconductors).
Right. And I suppose the Siberian Americans, who have been there for ten thousand years, are not as worthy as the superior white race that only came 300 years ago?
Whether someone is racist is something different from the truth or falsehood of their peak oil theory. ad hominem attacks are generally considered to be a logical fallacy.
Duncan's theory is totally braindead, as you can verify by reading the links. According to Duncan, "Olduvai Theory" proves that power networks worldwide will all be down, permanently, in 2007. That point alone is about all the refutation we need.
Duncan is a quack posing as a scientist, and that's why he published his theory in a KKK anti-immigration magazine instead of in a scientific journal.
Furthermore, your point is nothing but a lame excuse for letting racists off the hook. Are you saying that we should not point out that these people are racists? That we should put a polite fig leaf over it, and hush it up?
The racist credentials of the people pushing Duncan's paper are very relevant. They are clearly pushing his pseudo-science because it supports their political agenda.
Collaboration with racists is a problem in itself, regardless of what the person is saying.
Says a lot for Matt Savinar, who largely bases his theory on what "some scientists are calling a post-industrial stone age".
Read: (one) (pseudo-)scientist
Wow, these people are some real full-bore nutters.
Here's some items off the agenda for the conference shown in the photo:
"2nd Panel "White Washed History"
Stan Hess - Ancient White History
Bill Rolen - Ancient Whites on Easter Island
Kyle Rogers - Ancient Whites in Mesoamerica."
Apparently they think there were ancient whites on Easter Island and in the Americas. LOL. I guess that explains the whole "Siberian-American" thing. They've got scientific proof that the white man was here first!! I think I'll go barf in the toilet. :P
Hang on ... they're saying that there were white people on Easter Island before the Easter Islanders? So does that mean the "darkies" "invaded" before the ecological collapse? Because white people could never cause an ecological collapse, could they? I guess that's what the whole thing is about, finding a scapegoat for whatever disaster they think is going to happen.
What about Australian Aboriginals? They were here before white people even existed ...
About the white myth on Easter Island. This is a myth very popular with racists. Read the whole paper that JD referenced in the corresponding blog entry and you will see how the myth started.
The short version: those inferior dark skinned Polynesians could not have built the statues themselves, ergo white people (or extraterrestrials did it).
You poor saps just don't get it. You're like a bunch of idiots who enjoy making fun of others, most probably because you either don't want to believe we're headed for serious problems or you just don't know what to do about it.
Refuting a theory because of a missed date is stupid - you need to review the bigger picture. Stop trash-talking and start reading books like "Twilight in the Desert", "The Rapid Growth of Human Populations", and "The Limits to Growth: 30-Year Update".
If you want to believe in fairy tales and fall prey to delusion, then stick around on this site.
Eugene — we do take it seriously. But when somebody has as bullshit a theory as Richard Duncan, and associates with loony racists, they deserve to be laughed at, if not discredited and given a massive kick up the butt.
Can someone give me the absolute definition for racist?
The reason I ask is this, aren't all our experiences in part filtered through the lens of the ethnicity within which we are raised? The notion that one group is "better" than another group, choose any criteria you like, isn't new.
"Racists" are applying a particular filter to their world view. In much the same way women and men seem to become adversaries (why? I don't know.) The same applies to economic groupings. Those in the "professions" are deemed of greater worth that those in the "vocations." These are all discriminations. Why does "racism" deserve a "special" context? Why is a racist publication's disgrace greater than a sexist or ageist publication?
You all mouth your convenient disgust and contempt, with a pomposity that discredits your truly “objective” natures, but are you all so even handed in your views of the world around you that you can afford to dismiss view points not matching yours? I despair of people like you, hiding behind a veneer of idealism while simultaneously expressing the same intolerance as those you rail against.
Duncan's theory isn't discredited by the publication it finds itself in. Duncan's theory is invalid because it fails to fulfil the methodology necessary to validate it.
Choosing to make OT invalid because it's in a “racist” publications is as bad as Duncan asserting his theory is “good science.”
Finally, what if Duncan's theory contains a grain of truth? What if one key point (whatever that may be) is actually true? What if it were able to alter the outcome of the world as we know it, make all things old new, and resolve all conflicts and bring dark into light? What if? Your wilful dismissal through association of publication makes this impossible. The “junk science” determination is weakened by your choice to lambaste OT on the basis of yet another version of intolerance.
What an outrageous example of attack by conflated linkages:
Richard Duncan's Olduvai Theory paper was ...
PUBLISHED BY a journal called "The Social Contract" which promotes what appears to be an opinionated, yet perfectly respectable, position on immigration policy.
But this group has a website which OFFERS a book for sale that may be racist. And, they dared to PUBLISH a 1973 work of fiction which described some fictional racist characters.
And this book IS LIKE another book of fiction that is considered racist.
And, this same group employs an editor who JOINED THE EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD OF another group that publishes a periodical that may be against encouraging over-population in the third world.
...And this same editor founded another group, the CCC that might be bad. And a guy from the CCC went to this other group called the SIERRA CLUB and he made them argue about immigration.
And if that wasn't enough, there were some British racists who may have attended a Peak Oil conference!
Oh, almost forgot: and somebody had an actual confederate flag!!
Therefore, Peak Oil must be totally racist.
Wow dude that was some awesome logic! Hard to follow and doesn't make much sense, but dude, it sounded really good, P.C. and cool.
LTJosserand, South Carolina / USA
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