As proof that democratization of historical judgments is a really bad idea, the people of earth have voted on the seven wonders of the world. That is right, ladies and gentlemen, we have a new list of seven wonders of the ancient world because your grocer, the gardener, and that odd fellow who cuts hair finally has a say in the matter. Who says that historians know anything about history?

The new list of 7 wonders is thus proclaimed by the proletariat class via internet voting. We like our list of the political seven wonders a lot better.

Here is the new list as voted by you, the expert historian.

-The Taj Mahal.
-The Great Wall of China.
-Petra in Jordan.
-Brazil’s statue of Christ the Redeemer.
-Peru’s Machu Picchu.
-Mexico’s Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza.
-The Colosseum in Rome.

Thanks a lot to these guys for wasting everyone’s time in the first and hopefully last world ballot.

The results appear to mimic voting for the All Star game in baseball. Ballot stuffing by the locals can push your guy across the finish line. I mean “Petra in Jordan” ? That sounds like a local hooker rather than an architectural achievement to rival the Colossus of Rhodes or Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.

Please amuse yourselves with photos and history of these new seven wonders.

Laughably none of the original Greco-Roman wonders remains. The Coliseum in Rome was added, which was left off the list of original wonders for good reason. It is basically just a big place simply built that did not much advance the science of that era. The logistics are mind-boggling to be sure, and the plumbing is interesting. One suspects that it is the only place on the original list that the plebes who voted have ever heard of in their lives.

Does any serious person really believe that the Taj Mahal is a greater scientific achievement than the Haghia Sophia in Istanbul which was neither on the original list or the new list? And it replaces the Great Pyramid of Egypt?

And now we find fully THREE wonders on the new list from Central and South America. These are the primitive people who were conquered in a about three days by the far more technologically advanced Indo-Europeans of Greek heritage. Now tell me why the primitive ruins at Chichen Itza are more scientifically interesting than the Acropolis in Athens, The Valley of Temples in Sicily, or Stonehenge for that matter. Sorry, but I smell a political correct fish in this clay pot of substandard wonders.