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when the first people populated the American subcontinents 发布于: Tue Aug 16 2016 18:20:16 GMT+0800

As to when the first people populated the American subcontinents is hotly debated. Until recently, the Clovis people, based on evidence found in New Mexico, were thought to have been the first to have arrived, some 13,000 years ago. Yet evidence gathered from other sites suggest the Americas had been settled at least 1,000 years prior to the Clovis. The “Clovis first” idea, nonetheless, was treated as gospel, backed by supporters who, at least initially, outright discounted any claims that suggested precedence by non-Clovis people. While such a stance smacked of fanaticism, proponents did have a solid claim: if the Clovis peoples crossed the Bering Strait 13,000 years ago, only after it had become ice-free, how would a people have been able to make a similar trip but over ice?


  • outright adv.完全地;彻底地;坦率地,不客气地;即刻,马上
  • smack vt.拍,打,掴
  • fanaticism n.狂热,盲信,着迷
  • A smack(s) of B A带有B的味道(A因为B而被打脸)

A recent school of thought, backed by Weber, provides the following answer: pre-Clovis people reached the Americas by relying on a sophisticated maritime culture, which allowed them to take advantage of refugia, or small areas in which aquatic life flourished. Thus they were able to make the long journey by hugging the coast as far south as to what is today British Columbia. Additionally, they were believed to have fashioned a primitive form of crampon so that they would be able to dock in these refugia and avail themselves of the microfauna. Still, such a theory begs the question as to how such a culture developed.


  • crampon n.鞋底钉,铁钩,攀登用鞋底钉
  • dock n.码头;被告席;草本植物;尾巴的骨肉部份

The Solutrean theory has been influential in answering this question, a fact that may seem paradoxical—and startling—to those familiar with its line of reasoning: the Clovis people were actually Solutreans, an ancient seafaring culture along the Iberian peninsula, who had—astoundingly given the time period—crossed into the Americas via the Atlantic ocean. Could not a similar Siberian culture, if not the pre-Clovis people themselves, have displayed equal nautical sophistication?


  • seafaring adj.航海的,水上的

Even if one subscribes to this line of reasoning, the “Clovis first” school still have an objection: proponents of a pre-Clovis people rely solely on the Monte Verde site in Chile, a site so far south that its location begs yet another question: What of the 6,000 miles of coastline between the ice corridor and Monte Verde? Besides remains found in a network of caves in Oregon, there has been scant evidence of a pre-Clovis people. Nonetheless, Meade and Pizinsky claim that a propitious geologic accident could account for this discrepancy: Monte Verde was located near a peat bog that essentially fossilized the village. Archaeologists uncovered two wooden stakes, which, at one time, were used in twelve huts. Furthermore, plant species associated with areas 150 miles away were found, suggesting a trade network. These findings indicate that the Clovis may not have been the first to people the Americas, yet more excavation, both in Monte Verde and along the coast, must be conducted in order to determine the extent of pre-Clovis settlements in the Americas.

即使一个人支持这种推理过程,Clovis第一的学派仍然有反对意见:前Clovis民族的支持者仅仅依靠在Chile的Monte Verde站点,这样一个站点在如此的南端以至于他的地理位置隐藏了另一个问题:在冰道和Monte Verde之间的6000英里海岸线是什么情况?除了在Oregon的一个洞穴网络中发现的残余物,关于前Clovis民族的证据一片空白。然而,M和P声称一个合适的地理事件可以解释这个矛盾:Monte Verde在一个peat bog附近,这些peat bog基础地结成了村落。考古学家发现了两个木桩,这两个木桩在同一时期被用于在十二个小屋中。更多地是,在150英里以外的于这个地区相关联的植物种类被发现,意味着一个贸易网络。这些发现证明Clovis可能不是美洲的第一批居民,然而更多的研究,同时在Monte Verde和沿岸地区,必须被执行,来确定前Clovis居民在美洲的存在。

  • what of … 释义…的情况怎样,…有什么重要性
  • propitious adj.有利的;吉祥的;吉利的;合适的
  • stake n.桩;刑柱;股份;(在公司、计划等中的)重大利益

Mesothermy 发布于: Tue Aug 02 2016 18:43:09 GMT+0800

For much of the 20th century, paleontologists theorized that dinosaurs, like reptiles, were ectothermic, their body temperature regulated externally. These scientists, however, based their conclusions on faulty reasoning, claiming that scaly skin was common to all ectotherms (birds, which are ectothermic, do not have scaly skin) and that the dinosaur’s size could account for ectothermy (some adult dinosaurs weighed as little as ten pounds). Supplanting this theory is an entirely new line of thought: dinosaurs were actually mesothermic, neither warm- nor cold-blooded. By taking this middle ground, some paleontologists maintain that dinosaurs were faster than a similar-sized reptile yet did not require as much food as a similar-sized mammal. To substantiate this theory, paleontologists intend to study how birds, the dinosaur’s closest extant relative, might have at one time been mesothermic.


paleontologists n.古生物学者
reptile n.爬行动物;卑鄙的人
ectothermic adj.释义[医]变温的
regulate vt.调节,调整;校准;控制,管理
scaly adj.(动物)多鳞的;(皮肤)干燥粗糙的;鳞片状 / scale 鳞片
mesothermic adj.中温的

Tulip mania 发布于: Sun Aug 14 2016 10:16:49 GMT+0800

At the peak of tulip mania in Holland, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble. The term “tulip mania” is now often used metaphorically to refer to any large economic bubble (when asset prices deviate from intrinsic values).

在1637年的3月的荷兰的”Tulip mania”(郁金香狂热)的顶峰,一些单个的郁金香块茎销售额比一个技术好的手艺人的年收入的10倍还要多。基本上认为是第一次记录的可推测的经济泡沫。TM这个名词现在经常被比喻性地用来形容一些大的经济泡沫(当物品价格偏离内部价值时)。

The event was popularized in 1841 by British journalist Charles Mackay. According to Mackay, at one point 12 acres of land were offered for a Semper Augustus bulb. Mackay claims that many such investors were ruined by the fall in prices, and Dutch commerce suffered a severe shock. Some modern scholars, however, feel that the mania was not quite as extraordinary as Mackay described. Some even argue that not enough price data remain, historically, to represent an all out tulip bulb bubble.

这个事件在1841年的英国杂志Charles Mackay时分流行。Charles Mackay认为,土地的1.12公亩都被用来种植Semper Augustus的块茎了。M认为许多这样的投资者都被价格的下跌毁灭,而且荷兰商业经受了一个严重的波动。然而,一些现代学者认为这种狂热没有M杂志描述的那么不一般。一些人甚至认为没有足够的历史保留的数据来表示整个郁金香块茎的泡沫。

In her 2007 scholarly analysis Tulipmania, Anne Goldgar states that the phenomenon was limited to “a fairly small group”, and that most accounts from the period are based on a few contemporary pieces of propaganda. While Mackay’s account held that a wide array of society was involved in the tulip trade, Goldgar’s study of archived contracts found that even at its peak the trade in tulips was conducted almost exclusively by merchants and skilled craftsmen who were wealthy, but not members of the nobility. Thus, any economic fallout from the bubble was very limited. Goldgar, who identified many prominent buyers and sellers in the market, found fewer than half a dozen who experienced financial troubles in the time period, and even of these cases it is not clear that tulips were to blame. This is not altogether surprising. Although prices had risen, money had not exchanged hands between buyers and sellers. Thus profits were never realized for sellers; unless sellers had made other purchases on credit in expectation of the profits, the collapse in prices did not cause anyone to lose money.


There is no dispute that prices for tulip bulb contracts rose and then fell in 1636–37, but even a dramatic rise and fall in prices does not necessarily mean that an economic or speculative bubble developed and then burst. For tulip mania to have qualified as an economic bubble, the price of tulip bulbs would need to have become unhinged from the intrinsic value of the bulbs. Modern economists have advanced several possible reasons for why the rise and fall in prices may not have constituted a bubble. For one, the increases of the 1630s corresponded with a lull in the Thirty Years’ War, which occurred between 1618 and 1648. Hence market prices were responding rationally to a rise in demand. However, the fall in prices was faster and more dramatic than the rise, and did not result from a sudden resurgence in the war.


  • unhinged adj.精神错乱的
  • resurgence n.复苏,复活;中断之后的继续;再起;回潮

Dickens is so brilliant 伟大的狄更斯 发布于: Wed Aug 10 2016 23:47:30 GMT+0800

Dickens is so brilliant a stylist, his vision of the world so idiosyncratic and yet so telling, that one might say that his subject is his unique rendering of his subject, in an echo of Rothko’s statement, “The subject of the painting is the painting”—except of course, Dickens’s great subject was nothing so subjective or so exclusionary, but as much of the world as he could render. If Dickens’s prose fiction has “defects”—excesses of melodrama, sentimentality, contrived plots, and manufactured happy endings—these are the defects of his era, which for all his greatness Dickens had not the rebellious spirit to resist; he was at heart a crowd-pleaser, a theatrical entertainer, with no interest in subverting the conventions of the novel as his great successors D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf would have; nor did he contemplate the subtle and ironic counterminings of human relations in the way of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, who brought to the English novel an element of nuanced psychological realism not previously explored. Yet among English writers Dickens is, as he once called himself, part-jesting and part-serious, “the inimitable.”

狄更斯是一个十分伟大的文体家,他对世界的理解十分破除传统印象,并且十分生动,以至于一个人可能会说他的主题就是对他的主题的独特渲染,在一个Rothko的陈述的回应中。“绘画的主题是绘画”——当然,除了,狄更斯的伟大主题并不是这么主观和排斥,却很大程度上是对他能描绘的世界。如果说狄更斯的散文小说有什么“缺点”——过度的情节剧,多愁善感,复杂情节,以及人造的欢乐结局——这些他的时代的缺陷,在这样的时代对于他的所有伟大才能,狄更斯没有足够的反叛精神去承受;他内心是一个取悦观众的人,一个戏剧逗乐者,并没有兴趣来颠覆小说传统,像他的伟大的继任者D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf那样。他也不凝视细小和讽刺性的对于用George Eliot和Thomas Hardy的人类关系将计就计,这两个人将一种细微的之前没有探索过的心理真实感带入英语小说。然而在众多的英语作家中,狄更斯是,像他曾经称呼自己的一样,一半戏谑一半严肃的作家,是“不可效仿的”。

To describe a style 发布于: Fri Aug 12 2016 19:52:40 GMT+0800

To describe a style as Faulknerian or Beckettian or Nabokovian conjures up a host of literary moods, dispositions, and temperaments that coalesce to form an imprint as distinctive as a genetic code. This imprint, a trace-code of the authorial DNA, is our primary way of distinguishing the focused person who writes from that “bundle of accidents and incoherence that sits down at breakfast,” as Yeats somewhat comically described the writer of prose.


Yet however expert we become in deciphering the authorial code, we can never know the person who writes directly through her writing. This is an odder claim than it may initially appear, when you consider that the writer may divulge the most intimate secrets of her inner life through the very things she chooses to write about and by the way she writes about them. I want to make an even odder claim and insist that the person who writes never appears to us except as a figment of our imagination.

So this is what I am conveying in the case of Virginia Woolf, when I say I am “imagining” Virginia Woolf. I do not mean by this that I am making her up or attributing qualities to her that she may not indeed possess. Quite the opposite. It is Woolf who makes things up, who makes herself up—that is what it means, at a very fundamental level, to have an imagination and to use it in your writing. What I fabricate is an image of her that has slowly formed in my mind—a figment I call it—from the impressions, some more concrete than others, that I collect as I am reading her. This figment of the author may coexist with, but should never be mistaken for, the “figure of the author.” I suspect it matters little to most readers whether the author as a literary figure is dead or alive or temporarily missing in action. On the other hand, the figment, being a subjective creation and not a rhetorical or literary personification, has a different reality and possesses a different importance in the mind of the reader. The figment of the author that attends us in our reading tends to be evanescent, but is never insubstantial in its impact upon us.

It was Woolf who alerted me to the inevitability of these figments, of their power to shadow and ultimately affect our intellectual and emotional relation to what we are reading. The first concrete piece of advice she gives the reader in “How Should One Read a Book?” is to try to become the author, but then, in a reversal that becomes more and more typical of her as she becomes confident in her own opinions that she can afford to qualify and, when necessary, disregard, she admits her inability to follow her own advice.

Hello World 发布于: Sat Jul 30 2016 15:34:34 GMT+0800

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学术界对于Olmec文明消失原因的争论 发布于: Mon Aug 01 2016 14:58:13 GMT+0800

Most scholarship into the sudden disappearance of the Olmec civilization 2,500 years ago has focused on the change in meteorological conditions favorable to subsistence crops. Much of this research, though, has overlooked the role that changing geography, most notably the course of rivers, played. The Coatzacoalcos River, the main river passing through La Venta, could have had notable tributaries diverted as a result of climate change, leading to not only severe flooding in certain areas, but also to a lack of sufficient water for subsistence crops planted near the erstwhile alluvial plain. Such a view, however, fails to account for the resilience of a people capable of transferring crops and moving settlements as need be. What was more likely responsible for the downfall of the Olmec civilization was internal dissent brought on by ecological change, since a leadership unable to control events was likely to be perceived as weak. Without the central governance needed to adapt crop subsistence patterns, the Olmec likely became a collection of feuding clans and thus within a few generations all but disappeared.

大部分对于Olmec文明在2500年前消失的学术研究集中于对于口粮植物的有利的气象条件的变化。尽管,这个研究的大部分都忽略了不断变化的地理条件发挥的作用,最明显的就是河道的变化。Coatzacoalcos河,穿过La Venta的主流,本能够令显著的支流被转移,作为气候变化的结果,导致了不仅在某些地区十分严重的洪灾,也导致了种植在前冲积平原的口粮植物的充足水源的缺乏。然而,这样一种观点并没有解释一个民族在需要的情况下能够有能力转移粮食作物以及改变居住地的快速恢复的能力。更有可能导致Olmec文明垮台的原因是由生态变化带来的内部意见的不一致,因为一个不能够控制大事发生的首领可能会被认为是没有能耐的。没有了被需要来适应粮食生存模式的中央政府,Olmec人很可能变成一堆长期结怨的宗族,因此没过几代便几乎都消失了。


Which of the following is an assumption the author of the passage makes?
  1. The crops displaced by the flooding of the Coatzacoalcos River would not be viable if replanted in areas unaffected by flooding.
  2. Adapting to crop subsistence involves some level of central governance.
  3. Feuding clans are not capable of sustaining a viable population in the wake of ecological catastrophe.
  1. 如果被Coatzacoalcos河的洪水取代的粮食作物被种植到没有被洪水影响的地方,这些植物是不能够生长的。
  2. 适应粮食作物生存需要一些级别的中央集权。
  3. 一些世仇的宗族在生态灾难的条件下不能够维持一个可持续的人口。
Which of the following, if true, would best undermine the theory the author of the passage provides for the sudden disappearance of the Olmec?
  • Much of the flooding that resulted came not from any diverted tributaries but by rainfall that intensified over the course of a decade.
  • Not all the major subsistence crops were planted along the Coatzacoalcos River.
  • Internal dissent was long offered as a theory for the disappearance of the Mayans, but in recent years there is near unanimous agreement that the disappearance was mostly caused by meteorological phenomenon.
  • The Olmec split into two groups that warred persistently for several decades before both succumbed to meteorological changes that made settlement of the area virtually impossible.
  • The Olmec leadership successfully relocated settlements near one of the new tributaries of Coatzacoalcos, yet years of constant flooding precluded the growth of subsistence crops.

Keys: 1).2,3 2).5


  • be favorable to 对…有利
  • subsistence crop 口粮植物
  • subsist vi(靠很少的钱或食物)维持生活,生存下去 | sub在下面 sis=sit坐, 坐到下面去了,苟且活着
  • notably adv.“notable“的派生;显著地;尤其
  • divert vt.使转移;娱乐;转移注意力
  • erstwhile adj.从前的;以前的;原来的;往昔的
  • alluvial adj.(河流、洪水)冲积的,淤积的 luv洪水 al-ad-正向前缀 ial形容词后缀
  • plain 平原
  • downfall n.(雨等的)大下特下;(家,国等的)没落;垮台
  • dissent n.意见的分歧,异议;〈英〉反对国教;〈集合词〉不信奉国教者
  • bring on 呈现…; 使出现;使发作;使发展
  • feud n.不和,世仇;封地
  • clan n 氏族、宗族
  • all but 几乎
  • viable adj.切实可行的;能养活的;能自行生产发育的;有望实现的

environmental regulations 环境法规 发布于: Tue Aug 02 2016 19:22:03 GMT+0800

Compared to regulations in other countries, those of the United States tend to be narrower in scope, with an emphasis on manufacturing processes and specific categories of pollution, and little or no attention to the many other factors that affect environmental quality. An example is the focus on controlling pollution rather than influencing decisions about processes, raw materials, or products that determine environmental impacts. Regulation in the United States tends to isolate specific aspects of production processes and attempts to control them stringently, which means that some aspects of business are regulated tightly, although sometimes not cost-effectively, while others are ignored. Other countries and several American states have recently made more progress in preventing pollution at its source and considering such issues as product life cycles, packaging waste, and industrial energy efficiency.



  • stringent adj.严格的;迫切的;(货币)紧缩的
  • cost-effectively adj.有成本效益的,划算的;合算的(等于cost-efficient)

Environmental regulation in the United States is also more prescriptive than elsewhere, in the sense of requiring specific actions, with little discretion left to the regulated firm. There also is a great reliance on action-forcing laws and technology standards.



  • prescriptive adj.规定的; 指定的;约定俗成的; 惯例的
  • discretion n.慎重;考虑周到;判断力,辨别力;自行决定的自由

These contrasts are illustrated nicely in a 1974 book that used a hare and tortoise analogy to compare air quality regulation in the United States and Sweden. While the United States (the hare) codified ambitious goals in statutes that drove industry to adopt new technologies under the threat of sanctions, Sweden (the tortoise) used a more collaborative process that stressed results but worked with industry in deciding how to achieve them. In the end air quality results were about the same. Similar results have been found in other comparative analyses of environmental regulation. For example, one study of a multinational firm with operations in the United States and Japan found that pollution levels in both countries were similar, despite generally higher pollution abatement expenditures in the United States. The higher costs observed in the United States thus were due in large part, not to more stringent standards, but to the higher regulatory transaction costs. Because agencies in different countries share information about technologies, best practices, and other issues, the pollution levels found acceptable in different countries tends to be quite similar.



  • hare n.野兔;怪人,傻瓜
  • tortoise n.乌龟;行动迟缓的人(或物)
  • analogy n.类似,相似;比拟,类比;类推
  • codify vt.把(法律)编成法典;编成法典
  • statute n.法令,法规;规则,条例
  • sanction n.制裁,处罚;批准,认可;约束力;鼓励
  • abatement n.减少
  • expenditure n.花费,支出;费用,经费;(尤指金钱的)支出额;(精力、时间、材料等的)耗费


The author of the passage would disagree with which of the following?
  • Some nations are likely to put more focus on regulating industry than allowing industry a measure of autonomy.
  • Varying levels of regulation often lead to similar levels of pollution.
  • There is a complete lack of transparency in the different standards used by countries.
  • The United States tends to regulate only a few aspects of the overall production process.
  • Analogies can aptly summarize the primary differences between the environmental practices of two countries.

Keys: 3. 文末提到agencies in different countries share information about technologies, best practices, and other issues|不同国家的机构分享技术的相同信息,最佳实践和其他问题,表明国家间技术标准透明分享,这是作者认同的观点,因此第三个选项a complete lack of transparency|缺乏透明性与作者观点相反。

关于睡眠学习实验的文章 发布于: Sun Jul 31 2016 19:50:27 GMT+0800

Sleep-learning experiments are notoriously difficult to conduct. For one thing, one must be sure that the subjects are actually asleep and stay that way during the “lessons.” The most rigorous trials of verbal sleep learning have failed to show any new knowledge taking root. While more and more research has demonstrated the importance of sleep for learning and memory consolidation, none had managed to show actual learning of new information taking place in an adult brain during sleep.


  • rigorous 严格的 [vigorous 精力充沛的]
  • take root 生根、扎根

Recently, however, researchers chose to experiment with a type of conditioning that involves exposing subjects to a tone followed by an odor, so that they soon exhibit a similar response to the tone as they would to the odor. The pairing of tones and odors presented several advantages. Neither wakes the sleeper (in fact, certain odors can promote sound sleep), yet the brain processes them and even reacts during slumber. Moreover, the sense of smell holds a unique non-verbal measure that can be observed – namely sniffing. The researchers found that, in the case of smelling, the sleeping brain acts much as it does when awake: We inhale deeply when we smell a pleasant aroma but stop our inhalation short when assaulted by a bad smell. This variation in sniffing could be recorded whether the subjects were asleep or awake. Finally, this type of conditioning, while it may appear to be quite simple, is associated with some higher brain areas – including the hippocampus, which is involved in memory formation.


  • *hippocampus 海马体

In the experiments, the subjects slept in a special lab while their sleep state was continuously monitored. As they slept, a tone was played, followed by an odor – either pleasant or unpleasant. Then another tone was played, followed by an odor at the opposite end of the pleasantness scale. Over the course of the night, the associations were partially reinforced, so that the subject was exposed to just the tones as well. The sleeping volunteers reacted to the tones alone as if the associated odor were still present – by either sniffing deeply or taking shallow breaths. The next day, the now awake subjects again heard the tones alone – with no accompanying odor. Although they had no conscious recollection of listening to them during the night, their breathing patterns told a different story. When exposed to tones that had been paired with pleasant odors, they sniffed deeply, while the second tones – those associated with bad smells – provoked short, shallow sniffs.


  • tell a different story 另一码事
  • provoke 激起

The team then asked whether this type of learning is tied to a particular phase of sleep. In a second experiment, they divided the sleep cycles into rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep, and then induced the conditioning during only one phase or the other. Surprisingly, they found that the learned response was more pronounced during the REM phase, but the transfer of the association from sleep to waking was evident only when learning took place during the non-REM phase. The researchers suggest that during REM sleep we may be more open to influence from the stimuli in our surroundings, but so-called “dream amnesia” – which makes us forget most of our dreams – may operate on any conditioning occurring in that stage of sleep. In contrast, non-REM sleep is the phase that is important for memory consolidation, so it might also play a role in this form of sleep-learning.


  • induce vt.引诱;引起;[电]感应;归纳
  • pronounced adj.明显的,显著的;决然的,断然的;强硬的;被说出来的
  • open to 为…打开门;对(某人)开放(某处);使通车
  • amnesia n.<医>遗忘(症),记忆缺失;善忘;易忘症;健忘
  • operate on 产生作用

7月31日英语词汇学习笔记 发布于: Sun Jul 31 2016 15:33:14 GMT+0800

incendiary 容易被激怒的

  • adjective – capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily

  • adjective – arousing to action or rebellion

vaunt 自夸


amalgam 融合混合

dilettante 半吊子,闹着玩的人

cavil 吹毛求疵

blanch 漂白

ominous adj.不祥的,坏兆头的;预兆的,预示的

execrate vt. 诅咒;憎恶;痛骂

ex向外 crate secret 秘密向外说,憎恶

notoriously adv.恶名昭彰地;声名狼藉地;著名地;众所周知地

cis/tom/sect 切的词根

  • dichotomy 对立
  • epitomize 体现,代表 =demonstrate
  • anatomy 解剖
  • dissect 仔细分析
  • segment 瓣
    • ct 和 g 发生字母转化

fract 打碎的词根 - break

  • infraction - break in - 违法违规
  • refractory 不听话的,固执的宁为玉碎的
  • fractious 易怒的,急躁的 很容易碎掉的

  • counterpoint – dichotomy 这两个词都表示对立的

  • counterpart – similarity 这两个词都表示相似的

part 部分的词根

  • partial 偏向的 – parity 同等平等
  • partition 划分
  • jeopardy 危险危害


  • scission 切断、分离 (参照scissor)
  • rescind 废除,取消
  • sunder 分成两半儿
  • asunder 分成两半儿
  • retrench 缩减开支
  • trenchant 一针见血的

in and out of favor 流行或者不流行
outright 完全地

The US Constitution established both gold and silver as the basis of US currency 发布于: Mon Aug 01 2016 16:13:41 GMT+0800

The US Constitution established both gold and silver as the basis of US currency: that is to say, it established a bimetallic standard for currency. This remained in place for about a century, until the Coinage Act of 1873, which embraced a “gold only” standard, a monometallic standard, effectively dropping silver as the basis of currency. Over the next several decades, advocates of bimetallism and advocates of the “gold only” standard fiercely debated.

The “gold only” advocates, such as William McKinley, argued that shifts in the relative value of the two precious metals could lead to wild fluctuations in the values of currency in a bimetallic system. Early in the United States history, Alexander Hamilton had tried to fix the gold-silver exchange rate by fiat, but of course, such restraints only inhibit the natural development of a free market.

Unemployment was high in the depression caused by the Panic of 1893, and many argued that these economic challenges had been triggered by abandoning bimetallism. One of the more prominent advocates of bimetallism was William Jennings Bryant: indeed, bimetallism was the very center of his presidential campaigns in 1896 and 1900, both of which he lost to McKinley. Bryant articulated the popular view that a “gold only” standard limited the money supply, and thus favored those who were already quite wealthy, against the interests of working people of all professions. He famously expressed this argument in his “Cross of Gold” speech at the 1896 Democratic National Convention, in which he argued that continuing the “gold only” standard would “crucify” the honest laboring classes on a “cross of gold.”

Despite the eloquence of Bryant’s arguments, history strongly favored the “gold-only” standard. The argument that increasing the money supply would lead to greater prosperity strikes us now as naïve: of course, we now understand that increasing the monetary supply can lead to runaway inflation, which hurts everyone. Furthermore, gold did not remain as limited as the advocates of bimetallism imagined. In the 1890s, scientists discovered a cyanide process that allowed workers to extract pure gold from much lower grade ore, thus significantly increasing domestic gold production. Additionally, the discovery of two immense gold deposits in South Africa substantially increased world gold supply. Thus, the “gold only” standard allowed for ample currency, and even robust prosperity in the 1920s, so bimetallism died a quiet death.

美国宪法将金和银都建立为美国货币的基础:也就是说,它建立了一种复本位制的货币标准。这个标准持续了大概一个世纪,直到1873年的Coinage Act颁布,这个Act拥抱了一个只有金为标准的单金属本位标准,有效地将银从货币基础中剔除。在接下来的几个世纪里,复本位制的支持者和金本位的拥护者进行了激烈的争论。

金本位的拥护者,像William McKinley,认为在复本位制系统中,两种稀有金属的相对价值的准变可能会导致货币价值巨大的波动。在美国历史早期,Alexander Hamilton已经试图用 来固定金银交换比率,但是当然,这样的限制措施仅仅是阻碍了自由市场的自然发展。

在1893年经济恐慌引起的大萧条时期,失业率极高,许多人认为这些经济挑战就是因为禁止了复本位制而引起的。最有名的复本位制拥护者之一是William Jennings Bryant: 事实上,提倡复本位制是在他1896年和1900年的总统竞选中重要的核心,不过两次竞选都输给了McKinley。Bryant精心组织了著名的论点:一个金本位的标准会限制金钱供应,因此会对那些本来就十分富裕的人有利,而不利于所有职业的工人阶级的利益。他出名地在1896年民主党全国代表大会的“Cross of Gold”的演讲中表达了这个观点,在观点中他宣称继续金本位制将会把诚实守信的劳动阶层钉死在上帝的十字架上。



  • *bimetallic adj.二金属的,复本位制的 bi- 二 metal 金属 lic 形容词后缀
  • fiat n.命令,许可
  • profession n.职业,专业;同行;宣称;信念,信仰
  • crucify 把(某人)钉死在十字架上;折磨,虐待;抑制,克制;处以钉在十字架的死刑
  • prosperity n.繁荣;兴旺,昌盛;成功
  • runaway adj.逃走的,逃亡的;私奔的;失去控制的;物价飞涨的
  • cyaniden n.<化>氰化物 vt.用氰化法处理
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