Happy 150th, Carver!
While the elite and the officials commemorate the birthday of a Communist who did great harm to his own people, Polistra and friends are saluting the 150th birthday of a great Christian experimental
scientist who did the opposite.
By most calculations, George Carver was born in January 1864 near Joplin. 150 years this month. He was born in the last year of official slavery, to a mother owned by a German farmer named Moses Carver. Soon after George was born, his family was stolen and held for ransom by outlaws; Moses Carver paid to get them back. After emancipation, George's mother went elsewhere and Moses raised George and brother James as his own kids. From the start George was a man on a mission, and he seemed to have a talent for finding the right people and places to help with his mission, and steering around people who wanted to obstruct his path.
He moved to Kansas, which was more open for ex-slaves; attended Highland College near St Joe, then headed west into Ness County to homestead. He wasn't interested in plain farming; he set up experimental plots on his acreage and began breeding and hybridizing crops.
Later he finished a college degree at Tuskegee and became a teacher there. His mission continued. Experiment, experiment, experiment. Improve the crops that Southerners, and especially black Southerners, could offer to the world. Improve farming methods to make labor more efficient.
Carver was the exact opposite of the Communist who is officially celebrated today. The Communist's mission was to force the world to accept everything his people offered, without any attempt to improve their offerings. When the world has to accept you and reward you for everything, your worst impulses and worst performance quickly come to the surface. An aristocracy always degenerates. It's human nature.
A brief passage from a routine report
on a routine experiment in a USDA bulletin shows how Carver's mission informed everything he did:
Beyond his massive opus of valuable work, Carver left us one huge quote (which I've already noted and used in the top icon). The most perfect and complete definition of science.
Look about you. Take hold of the things that are here. Let them talk to you. Talk to them.
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Footnote for clarity: The Carver / Booker T approach was meant to make American blacks more prosperous by using their special talents and training, mainly in agriculture. Prosperity is good in itself, and it would also make blacks indispensable
to the overall economy. The agricultural approach might have worked, but it turned out to be unnecessary. Henry Ford unexpectedly came along and opened industrial work to blacks. Model T replaced Booker T. Then in the '60s Comrade King and Comrade LBJ opened a new and false horizon, replacing economic power by political power. Comrade Jackson gave the political power a new flavor derived from the Soviet regimes in post-colonial Africa: political power based on force, corruption and blackmail. And that's where we are now. Since then our industries have been destroyed by the other
side of the Gramscian pincer, so there's only a very limited industrial path to prosperity for blacks or whites. Political power and financial power
are the only pieces still on the board. At the moment a small Jackson-descended black elite holds the political piece, but the Goldman piece is getting increasingly irritated with their performance.
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