Please, Bomb Us to the Stone Age!
Racism, Hypocrisy, and Civilization's Superiority Complex
Joe Moncarz, November 2021
When you hear the term, “The Stone Age”, what do you think of? Fred Flintstone? Maybe you think of frightened people hiding in caves from packs of blood-thirsty saber-toothed tigers, barely surviving, always on the edge of starvation, and not living past forty years old. Everyone grunting at each other. Bushy armpits. If you're like most people, that's what immediately comes to mind. (Or, maybe you think of everyone getting blazed on weed. Which means you're thinking of “The Stoner Age”, which means Northern California. But that's not what I'm writing about here.)
In late January 2021, former Auckland mayor John Banks agreed with a caller on his radio show who said that the indigenous Maori culture is “Stone Age” and that they're “stone age people from a stone age culture.” (Peacock 2021) You can imagine the uproar in our age of cancel culture. So yeah, he lost his radio show. But there are two main points I want to make. First, is the use of the term “Stone Age”. The second point is on the hypocrisy of those condemning John Banks for his “racism”, because, to put it bluntly, they're all full of shit.
What's interesting is that the term “Stone Age” is always used as an insult, as if referring to a time when everyone was a grunting idiot, a time when everyone was afraid of the world, people were getting picked off left and right by T-rexes and flying sharks (because they used to fly), and as a monumental leap backwards in quality of life. Isn't that why people were angered by his comments? Because he was insulting them? But let's face it, it's not just Banks and the caller who used the term “Stone Age” in this negative way – it's our entire culture which does so. The celebrated state-sanctioned mass murderer, U.S. General Curtis E. Lemay, in his own memoir, Mission with LeMay: My Story (Lemay 1965), wrote
My solution to the problem [of North Vietnam] would be to tell them frankly that they’ve
got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression, or we’re going to bomb them back into
the Stone Age. And we would shove them back into the Stone Age with Air power or Naval
power—not with ground forces.
In 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks in New York City, the U.S. threatened Pakistan that unless it joined the “war on terror” that the U.S. would bomb Pakistan “back to the Stone Age.” (Goldenberg 2006)
In 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her threats to Libya, said that NATO had already bombed them “back to the Stone Age.” (“Nato” 2011)
In 2014, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said of ISIS, that “We ought to bomb them back to the Stone Age.” (Beamon 2014)
Also in 2014, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Peoples Party , accused the Taliban of trying to take Pakistan into “the stone age-era...in the name of Islam.” (GK Editor 2014)
In a 2016 CNN op-ed, another celebrated state-sanctioned mass murderer, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, was described as having bombed Indochina “back to the Stone Age.” (Stanley 2016)
Everyone's heard the term and used it. It's everywhere. (Lowry 2019; Peck 2018) So clearly, our culture views “stone age” as an insult. (“Stone Age” 2007) As if no one in their right mind would want to live a traditional indigenous life.
As a side note, people also use the word “neanderthal” in much the same, insulting way. As in U.S. President Biden recently saying, “"The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking” in reference to Covid-19 policies. (“Covid” 2021) This, despite no evidence that neanderthals were dumber than modern humans – besides, it's really hard to imagine them being dumber than modern humans if they didn't have Twitter and Dr. Phil. (Browne 2020; Sample 2014)
Further back, it was the English philosopher and famous gas-bag Thomas Hobbes who, in his 1651 Leviathan, in a wonderful display of absolute ignorance, characterized the Stone Age way of life as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” This idiotic statement has been maintained by civilization, its elite, and its schools ever since. The description as “nasty, brutish, and short” has long been demonstrated to be a lie. It was a convenient lie, since the elite of any civilization need to make sure that its population think that there can be no other way, or that any other way is much worse. Ever since, we've all believed in the ridiculous concept of “progress” and that we're better off now than “back in the Stone Age.”
But my interest in the use of the negative use of the term “Stone Age” is that, from a survival standpoint, as well as from an evolutionary standpoint, the Stone Age (i.e., primarily hunter-gatherer, but also horticultural like Maori, American Indians along the East Coast, and Pacific Northwest Indians) way of life was the most durable, healthy, sustainable, and positive way of life humans have ever known. After all, we lived that way (gathering and hunting) for more than two million years. Our brains more than doubled in size during that time – whereas, in the short duration of civilizations, the human brain has shrunk ten percent (Thank you, Facebook!) and destroyed pretty much all of life on Earth, except for rats, roaches, and toe fungus, which are all having a blast.
The fact is, in terms of quality of life, the Stone Age way of life was vastly superior. Yeah! On average, it took 3-5 hours a day for people to meet their needs. They would not have called that time “work”, either, as there was no concept of work. (“Work”, like slavery, was a creation of civilizations. Thank you, civilization!) When they weren't “working” they were relaxing, talking, joking, telling stories, visiting others, sleeping. We're lucky to have even one hour of “leisure” a day these days! (And when we do, we spend it plucking our eyebrows.) Furthermore, the societies were largely egalitarian, there were no bosses, no one to force anyone else to do things they didn't want to, and there was no patriarchy and misogyny. (That also came with civilization, ladies.) While they did have higher infant mortality (as all animals do, which promotes the health of a species), once past childhood, people could expect to live into their 60s and 70s. (And by the way, the consequences of low infant mortality – in addition to a severe lack of “reproduction intelligence” - are overpopulation, deforestation, and ecological collapse.) (Diamond 1987; Friedman 2010; Gurvin 2007; Ingold ; Jensen 2006, 2016; Sahlins 2009; Suzman 2017; Thomas 2007; Turnbull 1987; Wolff 2001; Woodburn 1982)
On top of that, there was no such thing as rich and poor, no elite, no governments, no bankers, no rent, no private ownership, no economies full of “bullshit jobs” (Graeber 2018) - or any jobs! - no factories, no factory farms (and no farms), no prisons, no police, no armies, no warfare, no nuclear bombs (and no nuclear families), no bombs of any kind, no slavery, no taxes, no overcrowding, no overpopulation, no famines, no plagues, no infectious diseases killing millions of people, and no human-caused climate crisis, no overfishing, no global deforestation, no 80,000 toxic chemicals in the environment, and no mass extinction. These, also, were all the wonderful Christmas gifts of civilization. (Merry Christmas, everyone!)
So, my point is, anyone who uses “Stone Age” as an insult needs to ask the nearest person to smack them across the face, real hard. They're just showing their own ignorance and insecurity over the highly pathological way of life they're defending. Heck, if it were actually possible to bomb people “back to the Stone Age” then that would be fantastic! Holy crap, I'd be begging to be bombed! But unfortunately, no. You can only bomb people and kill them, cripple them, and make their lives miserable - but they won't be in the Stone Age. They'll just be dead or crippled or miserable. That's because 'Stone Age' entails a healthy, sustainable, and meaningful way of life. You cannot bomb people to better health, no matter what the Pentagon claims.
My other main point is on the hypocrisy of those who then condemned John Banks for his comments as being racist. You see, his comments were just a reflection of the racist foundation of every single civilized culture – from any civilization. That's probably why he's being attacked so fiercely – for making explicit the racist assumptions of the culture. That's what people were thinking: “You're not supposed to say that out loud!” But actually, everyone agrees. I mean, heck, just a few days after the Banks incident, a white European MP, Trevor Mallard, threw out a Maori MP, Rawiri Waititi, from Parliament because he chose to wear a hei tiki necklace and wouldn't wear a fucking European tie! (Cooke 2021)
The Europeans who came to New Zealand were racist and “superior”, just as the Europeans who went to the New World were racist and superior (as well as being absolute, raving-mad psychopaths and wetikos). (Forbes 2008) That's why they attacked and killed every indigenous people they encountered, stole their land, deceived them with worthless treaties and worthless handshakes and worthless syphilis, and forced their youth into worthless schools to have their cultures beaten out of them. (Churchill 2004; Dunbar-Ortiz 2015) You might say times have changed. But only on a superficial level. For example, in New Zealand, behind all the niceties, all the feel-good slogans, and all the te reo splashed around by the government, the guiding principle is still this: that the European way of life is superior, and Maori way of life is inferior. For the most part, Maori are only allowed to be Halloween Maori: in other words, they're only allowed to dress up. They're allowed to express their culture through language, dance and dress – but not spiritually (thanks to missionaries) and definitely not through their actual way of life.
Why aren't Maori still living traditionally anymore? Because civilization won't allow them to! Can anyone seriously claim that Maori (or Polynesians, or Native Americans, or San Bushmen, etc.) are better off now, now that they've been Europeanized? (I mean, heck, most Europeans are miserable.) Rather, their traditional lives were destroyed by Europeans and the sadist missionaries and they are still not allowed to live traditionally. Any school teacher or principal implicitly agrees, otherwise why would they be shoving European values and beliefs down Maori and indigenous throats? Schools exist to turn all indigenous peoples into Europeans. (But hey, let's be real: schools exist to turn all children into slaves of the elite.) Obviously, the assumption by civilization and its schools is that Europeans and their civilization are superior to all other ways of life.
But the fact is, the Maori, the Polynesian cultures they came from, the Native Americans, and indigenous people around the world, were far, far superior in their ability to survive and live sustainably.
Their cultures provided physical health, happiness, meaningful lives, spiritual strength, unity, and a strong, collective spirit. The Europeans who first encountered Polynesians, Native Americans, and other indigenous were always in awe at their strength and vigor. Their traditional lives and diets gave them strength. Poor health only came when Europeans arrived, with their smallpox blankets, rifles, classrooms, ridiculous hairstyles, and giant sacks of sugar. (“9 out of 10 European dentists recommend sugar for strong teeth and for soothing hysterical wives.”)
I hate to break it to you, but Europe was a backwater for most of human history. It was regarded by the rest of the world as a place best avoided unless you wanted gonorrhea. (Which Europeans thought everyone wanted.) The only reason Europe became a world power was because it mastered the fine arts of genocide, slavery, ecocide, and wearing powdered wigs. If Europeans are superior in any way, it's in killing. The rise of civilization in Europe brought nothing but misery and suffering to the vast majority of European people first, and then everyone else after. The violent, sadist European cultures gave the world the Crusades, the 100-Years War, the Spanish Inquisition, witch burnings, the Black Plague, feudalism, capitalism, the genocide of 100 million indigenous Americans, the African Slave Trade, the genocide of Africans by Belgium's King Leopold, World Wars I and II, the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, nuclear bombs, crack cocaine, meth, fossil fuels, factories, compulsory education, animal vivisection, factory farms, Monsanto, McDonald's, iPhones, and the soon-to-be complete destruction of the natural world. And then to top it all off, they act like they're better than everyone else!
But what else can you expect from civilizations? Every civilization is shit. And just like taking a shit, each time you go it might come out a little different (a few more chunks, or less firm, or too firm, or shaped like Donald Trump), but it's still just shit. Whatever its consistency or texture, you just want to flush it the hell away from you.
Here's a thought experiment: If you could live the traditional Maori or Polynesian or Native American life for one year, then after that one year, do you think you would want to return to civilization, or continue that way of life, pre-European contact? But this is an unrealistic thought experiment, because it's just so beyond our comprehension now, as that life was so incredibly different from ours, in such deep and profound ways. Also, you've already been brainwashed and trained to imagine indigenous ways of life as being horrible, with mouthfuls of hair, and with intestinal worms falling from the sky. But consider that in the New World, thousands and thousands of European colonists used to frequently run away to live with the Native Americans, but no Native Americans ever ran away to live with the Europeans. Even among Europeans who were abducted by the Indians, many chose to remain with the Indians rather than return to civilization. Benjamin Franklin commented on this:
When an Indian child has been brought up among us, taught our language and habituated to
our customs, yet if he goes to see his relations and makes one Indian ramble with them, there
is no persuading him ever to return. [But] when white persons of either sex have been taken
prisoners young by the Indians, and lived a while among them, tho’ ransomed by their
friends, and treated with all imaginable tenderness to prevail with them to stay among the
English, yet in a short time they become disgusted with our manner of life, and the care and
pains that are necessary to support it, and take the first good opportunity of escaping again
into the woods, from whence there is no reclaiming them. (Franklin 1753)
Or, as Franklin put it plainly, "No European who has tasted Savage Life can afterwards bear to live in our societies." (Johansen, 1982, Chapter 5)
In 1747, Cadwallader Colden, the surveyor- general of New York, said of Europeans who went to live with Indians, that “no arguments, entreaties, no tears of their friends and relations, could persuade many of them to leave their new Indian friends.” (Lawler 2018; Montón 2010)
When James Cook reached Australia, where is today Cooktown, he commented on the Aborigines, that they are“far happier than we Europeans… they live in a Tranquillity which is not disturbed by the Inequality of Condition”. (Preston 2019)
And that is precisely why every civilization had to kill and destroy the indigenous people around them. First of all, to take the land, of course. But just as important, so long as the people stuck in civilization could see a better alternative, they would not choose to stay in civilization (hence the need for city walls and slavery). The elite could never allow people to entertain the notion that there might be another way. (Just as today, we're not allowed to consider an alternative to capitalism. Or the nation-state. Or the Covid-19 vaccines. Or homework.)
I mean, just imagine you're stuck behind some city wall in any ancient civilization. You're forced to slave away all day, just barely surviving, living in a small, dark, dirty room, there's shit everywhere in the city, it's crowded, everyone smells like urine and feet, you're always hungry, and you live off gruel, rarely ever eating meat or fresh fruit or vegetables -because that is how the majority of people have lived in every civilization. (Harris 1991) Then one day you get a peek over the walls and see in the distance some animal-skin huts, with the people sitting around the fire, laughing and eating a fat, juicy buffalo. All day, they're just sitting there, enjoying themselves! The bloody nerve! You tell your friends, they tell their friends, and next thing you know, everyone is bashing down the city walls to get out and live the good life.
That's exactly what would happen if indigenous people were allowed to exist, living their traditional lives.
You see, however imperfect, and whatever hardships they faced, what indigenous cultures such as Maori and Native American gave their people which no civilization ever could (and never will) was true health, a true connection with other people, meaningful lives, and an ecologically sustainable way of life. By definition (and by historical fact), no civilization can ever give the people these things. It hasn't happened in six thousand years, and it is only getting worse.
In terms of survival, traditional Maori, Polynesian, Aboriginal, Native American, and other indigenous cultures demonstrated how to survive well, while every single civilization – and especially Western Civilization – has demonstrated over and over again, throughout the last six thousand years, exactly what NOT to do. Just look at the world today! What part of this way of life is intelligent, wise, sustainable or beneficial for the planet?
If you actually support indigenous cultures, then you support their right to live their traditional way, which, by definition, means on their traditional lands. Otherwise, you're full of shit and just as racist as everyone else. You can keep your sacks of sugar and toe fungus to yourself.
But yes, if you can figure how, please bomb us to the Stone Age!
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