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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is a film critic for The New York Post and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review. Find an alphabetical listing of The New York Post's recent film reviews here.

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    Primitivism Lives

    By Kyle | December 26, 2012

    In “The World Until Yesterday,” Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond argues that we have a lot to learn from “traditional,” i.e. primitive, cultures. Is he right? More in my Sunday column.


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    2 Responses to “Primitivism Lives”

    1. Hedge Says:
      December 27th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I could never take Diamond seriously with the sculpted Amish beard…

    2. Sherlock Says:
      January 1st, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Agriculture has its downside, true. It means that there are now, as Diamond says, “people who will not go out and gather their own food but will instead devote themselves full time to being tax collectors and priests and professional soldiers and senators and other parasites upon society.” His list is accurate. But why not keep agriculture, and just cut back on senators?