Jard Diamond, author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel, says Mittens is misrepresenting his work.
It is not true that my book â€œGuns, Germs and Steel,â€ as Mr. Romney described it in a speech in Jerusalem, â€œbasically says the physical characteristics of the land account for the differences in the success of the people that live there. There is iron ore on the land and so forth.â€
That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it. …
… Even scholars who emphasize social rather than geographic explanations â€” like the Harvard economist David S. Landes, whose book â€œThe Wealth and Poverty of Nationsâ€ was mentioned favorably by Mr. Romney â€” would find Mr. Romneyâ€™s statement that â€œculture makes all the differenceâ€ dangerously out of date. In fact, Mr. Landes analyzed multiple factors (including climate) in explaining why the industrial revolution first occurred in Europe and not elsewhere.
Reminds me of …
If Mittens is true to form, he will ignore Jared Diamond and continue to mischaracterize his books.
BTW, I watched Mrs. Mittens’s horse perform in the Olympics just now, on a live stream, and she did pretty well. I have no idea if she’s a contender for a medal, though.
Update: Horse currently in 6th place, in the preliminaries. Update: Finished 13th for the day. In this competition, that is very respectable.
Rememer, Rafalca is America’s Horse. Literally. We’re payin’ for her oats.