Quote note (#172)

High-density insight from Sailer:

The core business of America, as historian Frederick Jackson Turner pointed out in 1893, has been settling frontiers, which he defined as regions of low population density. America’s relative lack of inhabitants was causally connected with its fame as the land of liberty. […] To this day, the same process goes on with Republican-leaning Americans constantly developing new terrain on the far edges of metropolises.

A vague but fundamental difference, noted at least since the Roman satirists, is that low-density locales see man striving against nature, while high-density cities encourage man to compete more with man for higher status. The former competition tends to be relatively objective, while the latter is more subjective. […] These distinctions shouldn’t be exaggerated, but they do map to some of the differences between red and blue America.

July 13, 2015admin 14 Comments »
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  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    One of the great hopes of the left is to permanently invalidate the feasibility of space travel, and thus close the great frontier for good. After that, it is just status competitions until Easter Island.

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    The Index Reply:

    2010: There’s nothing wrong with Detroit. We need to ban white flight.

    2050: There’s nothing wrong with Earthrica. We need to ban space flight.

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    SVErshov Reply:

    there is nothng wrong at all, we just love cheap staff

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    The Index Reply:

    No such thing as a free lunch.

    Posted on July 13th, 2015 at 6:33 pm Reply | Quote
  • Quote note (#172) | Reaction Times Says:

    […] Source: Outside In […]

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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    A vague but fundamental difference, noted at least since the Roman satirists, is that low-density locales see man striving against nature, while high-density cities encourage man to compete more with man for higher status. The former competition tends to be relatively objective, while the latter is more subjective.

    …or simply more social.

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    michael Reply:

    country people are more social

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    Posted on July 14th, 2015 at 2:07 am Reply | Quote
  • Harold Says:

    Cities were the first virtual realities.

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    Posted on July 14th, 2015 at 3:41 am Reply | Quote
  • Chris B Says:

    I keep seeing the Turner thesis lately. Coincidentally I am half way through reading it. The main point Turner seems to be making is that exit =democracy. As the western states scramble to entice settlers. The path of various emancipations beginning in the west are interesting. He also make the claim that the expanding states were constantly agitating for fiat money in conflict with the older settlements. Very interesting read.

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    Posted on July 14th, 2015 at 4:56 am Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    hystorically civilization developed 4 ways to solve problems which do not have solution
    1 migration
    2 expansion
    3 economical growth
    4 technological development
    collaps it is when non of this solutions available any more.

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    Posted on July 14th, 2015 at 5:33 am Reply | Quote
  • DrAzathoth Says:

    The higher levels of disgust response observed in conservatives in some studies means that there may be an underlying impulse to avoid cities (as higher sources of contagion, historically, or disgusting stimuli). They may literally be averse to high density areas, relative to low disgust populations. Food for thought.

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    Posted on July 14th, 2015 at 5:18 pm Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Gee for a second I thought you were going to talk about Space.

    There’s this guy Nick Land who wrote Lure of The Void…if you see him ask him to post on Space Exploration, mining etc.

    The lure of being the first Trillionaire is a big – and Capitalist! – lure. Certainly the Billionaires think so…

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    Posted on July 16th, 2015 at 12:09 am Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Speaking of Lure’s you’re drifting a bit…

    Would you like me to come back and start a fight?

    I’m here to help.

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    Posted on July 16th, 2015 at 12:10 am Reply | Quote
  • This Week in Reaction (2015/07/19) | The Reactivity Place Says:

    […] Land, borrowing Steve Sailer, has some interesting remarks on one of the possible reasons for America’s stubborn red-blue tribal divide. Speaking of […]

    Posted on July 21st, 2015 at 3:11 am Reply | Quote

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