This book reviews the historical record of the modern world and demonstrates clearly that creativity and human achievement has been almost entirely non-diverse. In fact, the great inventions or technical leaps forward come from very non-diverse, uniform, high-trust environments: China for silk, the compass, firearms, gunpowder, paper money; late 18th Century England for the Steam Engine, late 19th Century America for the telephone, and so on. Ethnic, racial, and gender diversity are certainly not necessary for society to advance nor to produce a multiplicity and plurality of views. America’s Founding Fathers were all white males of Northern European stock, but Jefferson and Hamilton had quite different ideas. Diversity should be left to proceed as it has always done throughout human history: by the free adoption of good inventions and good ideas by people worldwide from whomever and from wherever these inventions and ideas have materialized. To do otherwise is directly at odds with the goals of a meritocratic society.
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