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Stereotypical stereotypes stereotypically tend to fall short.

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Oct 29, 2015 at 17:43

Hello, George. You said,

It seems to me it's all genetic. Otherwise, how can one explain their inability to learn from the past? Is that a racist view?

Let's look at the idea. I don't think it is "racist", since the kleptocratic cuckoo states don't divide from capitalist cuckoo states along racial lines. Consider the following examples"

Mahmoud Achmadinejad (Iran) vs. Peter Falk. (US, Ashkenazi Jewish). They would pass for brothers.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey) vs. Adolph Hitler (Austria). What more can be said? If anything, the Turkish President looks more like Hitler than Hitler.

You might also note that there is little difference in appearance between the Japanese, Koreans and especially Taiwanese and Hong Kongese, on the one hand and the mainland Chinese on the other; yet they have entirely different economies, lifestyles, outlooks on life, etc. More to the point, just compare the North Koreans with the South Koreans.

Generalizations have a way of never making an exact fit. On the other hand, trends seem at first glance to follow ethnic lines. Upon closer examination, however, the generalization fails. Consider the following Corruption Perceptions map:

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/maps_and_graphs/2011/11/30/1322676740295/World-corruption-index-in-007.jpg

If you thought of North Americans, Chileans and Uruguayans, Australians & New Zealanders and NW Europeans as all part of one "race", you might think corruption went along racial lines. On the other hand, the Russians are in the same category as the Central Africans; and the Japanese are in the same category as the Germans.

It's a complicated situation.

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