[Marxism] The Strange Career of Eugene Genovese

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Wed Oct 3 13:37:27 MDT 2012

On Oct 3, 2012, at 1:33 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:

  "Aptheker points out that census takers were white and subject to  
the racial prejudices of the time. If blacks were undercounted, as  
they certainly were, then attempts to come up with daily caloric  
intake on a per capita basis will overstate food input."

This is a surprisingly (perhaps, considering the source, I should have  
said *not surprisingly*) stupid argument.  For each slave state, every  
five slaves counted as three heads towards their percapita  
representation in the US Congress.  White racist census-takers had  
every motive to overcount and none at all to undercount.

  Shane Mage

  This cosmos did none of gods or men make, but it
  always was and is and shall be: an everlasting fire,
  kindling in measures and going out in measures.

  Herakleitos of Ephesos

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