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George Will‘s latest book is called The Conservative Sensibility. In the Washington Post, Notre Dame law professor Patrick Deneeen calls it a “defense of conservatism that veers toward liberalism.”

He’s not kidding, I looked inside it. There’s a whole section that blames black problems on “redlining”, which in this case refers to the FDR Administration’s refusal to guarantee mortgages in black neighborhoods, that could come straight out of Ta-Nehisi Coates book.

And it’s in a section defending and justifying the “Affirmative Action” created by Lyndon B Johnson.

Lyndon Johnson, the greatest presidential benefactor of African-Americans since Lincoln, advanced the nation’s thinking on June 4, 1965, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. There he delivered the most consequential speech on race ever given by an American president, and perhaps the most important ever given by a white American. Johnson’s crucial contention was that “freedom is not enough.” He declared:

“You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: Now you are free to go where you want, and do as your desire, and choose the leaders you please. You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, and bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, ‘you are free to compete with all the others,’ and still justly believe that you have been completely fair. Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates.”

The subsequent pursuit of even incomplete fairness—there can be no other kind—has been generally noble and in many ways successful. It also has been an arduous tutorial in the truth of Michael Oakeshott’s axiom that attempting the impossible is inherently corrupting.

It would have been helpful—wholesomely disconcerting and embarrassing—if Johnson had given an example of how the federal government itself had closed to African-Americans “the gates of opportunity.” Created in 1934, the Federal Housing Administration invented and enforced “redlining,” explicitly steering new mortgages away from black buyers to maintain the racial homogeneity of neighborhoods. A 1946 FHA manual said: “Incompatible racial groups should not be permitted to live in the same communities.” And: “Properties shall continue to be occupied by the same social and racial classes.” And: “Appraisers are instructed to predict the probability of the location being invaded by . . . incompatible racial and social groups.”

Invaded. During World War II, when a developer sought FHA guarantees for proposed housing on the last of the farmland still within the sprawling city of Detroit, the FHA initially refused because the development would be contiguous with a black neighborhood. The developer proposed a solution: I will build a wall. It would be between his development and the incompatibles. He did; you can see it today. Mollified, the FHA guaranteed mortgages on the white side.

Almost half of all postwar suburban homes built in the United States had FHA mortgage guarantees. From 1934 through 1962, whites received 98 percent of those guarantees.

Wills footnote for these claims about FHA discrimination is: “Duggan, “Mayor Mike Duggan Keynote Address,” 2017.”

Duggan is the white mayor of what’s left of Detroit. His speech, in which the historical facts about the FHA may have been properly checked by his staff, is about how what happened to Detroit is white people’s fault. [Duggan confronts Detroit racial history in Mackinac speech, by Chad Livengood, Crain’s Detroit Business, June 01, 2017]

I wouldn’t put all that in a book based on the word of one politician, but whatever.

So let’s talk about what the underwriting policy of the FHA was about. Underwriting is about being careful with money, in this case the public money of the United States.

For example, I Googled the phrase “properties shall continue to be occupied by the same social and racial classes” and discovered the text of the 1936 Federal Housing Administration, underwriting manual. The context, unmentioned by either Duggan or Will, is this:

“If a neighborhood is to retain stability it is necessary that properties shall continue to be occupied by the same social and racial classes. A change in social or racial occupancy generally leads to instability and a reduction in values.” [Emphasis added]

So here’s what’s going on, apparently unclear to anti-redlining black pundit Teh-Genius Coates, and the New Model George Will: FDR’s Federal Housing Administration was not in the business of keeping the black man down, it was in the business of being fiscally responsible for government guaranteed loans. If they guaranteed a $10,000 mortgage on a house in a white neighborhood, and ten years later when you have to foreclose it’s a $4,000 house in a black neighborhood, the Federal Government was out the difference.

This is a hypothetical price example—6000 1937 dollars would be 6,000 ounces of silver, or 171 ounces of gold—but remember, the FHA was guaranteeing loans across the country to whole communities, and it wanted to avoid those communities turning black because they’d lose property values.

In the 1960s and 1970s many communities—neighborhoods and whole cities—did “turn black”, and the result was billions of dollars in lost property values, people forced to sell houses at a loss and move.

And “forced” is the operative word—what’s called “white flight” is the result of black crime, end of story.

Steve Sailer wrote this 17 years ago, in response to two political scientists who accused Republicans of being opposed to “civil rights”—

Civil rights? My late father-in-law was a classical musician, a union organizer and strike leader, and a Democrat. He owned a house in an all-white neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago that was so crime-free that his first-grade daughter walked to her school a mile away. Then, blacks began moving in. Committed to integration, my father-in-law joined a liberal Catholic neighborhood group organized to prevent white flight. In 1968, however, his young children were physically attacked three times on the street and, following Martin Luther King’s assassination, rioters looted all the shops in the neighborhood.

So he sold his house for a crushing $18,000 [$132,500 in 2019 dollars] loss. Being a big man who never did anything in a small way, he moved his family to an abandoned farm 63 miles outside Chicago, where they lived without indoor plumbing for their first two years.

And he started voting Republican.

George Will (born 1941) knows all this, he lived through those years.

https://ia600604.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/1/items/olcovers42/olcovers42-L.zip&file=425964-L.jpgAnd checking a George Will essay collection (The Woven Figure: Conservatism And America’s Fabric, 1998) literally at random and searching it for “Affirmative Action” which I seem to remember Will, like actual conservatives, being opposed to, I discover that the Old Model George Will felt much differently about Lyndon Johnson’s infamous 1965 speech at Howard University:

On June 4,[1965] in a speech at Howard University, [Lyndon Johnson] had warned: “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, ‘You’re free to compete with others,’ and justly believe that you have been fair.”

So: Blacks might have all the shackles struck from them and still remain “hobbled.” Blacks were to be thought of as a group, a group defined by victimization. And by passivity: They were to be “taken” toward progress. The taking would be the white person’s burden.

From that premise a policy with many names was born. It was called “compensatory opportunity” as well as affirmative action in the 1976 Democratic platform. And it had unintended consequences. It became a facet of identity politics organized around grievance groups and an agenda for redefining America.

Where Lincoln had seen a nation “dedicated to a proposition,” others now saw not really a nation at all but a simmering “multicultural” stew of groups defined by ethnicity and dedicated to maneuvering for social space and ethnic entitlement.

Looking Back To 1965, The Public Interest, Fall 1995

Old-Model George Will also seemed to have some idea of what might cause white flight. From the same article:

Five nights after that signing ceremony [of the Civil Rights Act of 1965] in the Watts section of Los Angeles, a white police officer arrested an unemployed twenty-one-year- old black man he suspected of drunk driving. The suspect’s mother verbally abused the officer. A crowd gathered. Rocks were thrown. The next night and for four more nights there was rioting that left thirty-four dead.

The Watts riot is one of the incidents I covered in Fighting Against Fairness And Justice—The Real Legacy Obama Inherits From The “Civil Rights” Movement, the point of which that non-oppressed blacks (Watts, wasn’t Mississippi) were rioting in favor of a man who was actually guilty of drunk driving. Will (1995) knew that.

So what caused the divergence between New Model George Will, and Old Model George Will (who as the late Sam Francis pointed out, wasn’t that conservative in the first place? [The Case of George Will, by Sam Francis, Modern Age, Spring 1986]

Well, one possibility is cognitive decline caused by the distance between Will’s 1941 birthdate and the Current Year.

Another possibility: Trump Derangement Syndrome—Will bolted the Republican Party after Trump was nominated.

The third possibility (Peter Brimelow’s favorite): New Model George Will’s books are actually being written by an intern—someone steeped in Conservatism, Inc. thinking who may have read some of Will’s actual books, but is deeply ignorant of the racial history of the 20th century, with its black riots, black crime, and the resulting hollowing out of America’s inner cities.

Will’s book, in which the Public Interest article I’ve been quoting appeared, takes its title The Woven Thread from a Louis MacNeice poem called Valediction:

…I cannot deny my past to which my self is wed, the woven figure cannot undo its thread.

But George Will seems willing to try.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Rational says:

    HOW THE JUDAISTS TURNED GEORGE AGAINST HIS WILL.

    The fall of once a man with common sense, George Will, is sickening to watch. His fall into the gutter of liberalism makes me vomit.

    What happened to him? How did the Judaists turn him into such a sick man?

    Probably the same old Jewish trick—bribes and blackmail.

    The left wing thug Bezos gave him a job at the left wing rag, Wa Po, on the condition that he will leave his brain, morals and culture at home.

    The Judaists probably came to his house and brought fake letters from girls back in college who claimed he attacked them, and warned him that his career would be ruined, unless he let them publish left wing articles and books under his name—books that Judaists will write, but, to fool the goyim, will bear his name, because the goyim are waking up, but need to be exterminated quickly.

  2. @Rational

    Nah, George was always a crypto-libtard. I had an argument with one of my younger brothers in about ’94 over whether Will was an actual conservative. If George Will is a conservative, then so is Chuckie Schumer.

  3. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rational

    “The Judaists probably came to his house and brought fake letters from girls back in college who claimed he attacked them,”

    Considering George Will’s age, the letters from women would’ve said that he removed their bloomers in the back seat of a model T! All neatly written in quill of course.

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  4. @anonymous

    Considering George Will’s age, the letters from women would’ve said that he removed their bloomers in the back seat of a model T! All neatly written in quill of course.

    Will removed plenty of women’s bloomers in the 80s while married and while divorced. Still, he’s an asshole who got lonely in Washington when even a quasi-conservative couldn’t get a sniff at a Bethesda/Georgetown cocktail circuit invite especially after his divorce. There are lots of worms slinking around Washington, playing both sides, Noonan is another. Rove and that skank the Foxnews chick that went rogue on Trump, they flip in DC so they can gain entrance. There are lots of them, from Nixon’s boys to to old man Bush’s to W’s.

    May they all burn in whatever circle of hell the traitors go to.

  5. Mulegino1 says:

    George Will is a sanctimonious, tidy minded, prissy presstitute who talks and writes like a mediocre, mentally constipated middle school history teacher. He is an anodyne, small minded, bow tie wearing mediocrity whose chief purpose appears to be to whisper lies to the cuckoisie and make millions doing so.

  6. j1234 says:

    George Will is what every pundit doesn’t want to become (wherever they are on the political spectrum): someone whose career and public recognition shrinks over the years instead of growing. Remember how big he was in the ’80’s? Every time he’s mentioned or showcased now, however, millions of conservatives ask, “Is he still alive?”

    He put on Ivy league college professor airs with the glasses, tweed jackets and precise speech patterns. That was the shtick that got him famous among conservatives back then. Now everyone sees it for the gimmick that it was. He has always lacked the essential courage that is/was needed for true conservative warriors to face down the metastasizing cultural marxism that has turned a once great culture into jelly.

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