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May 22, 2019 • 71 Comments

From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

The Hunt for the Great White Male
by Steve Sailer

May 22, 2019

Jared Diamond, who became a famous public intellectual when his 1997 best-seller Guns, Germs, and Steel was widely proclaimed to have refuted The Bell Curve by arguing that the variation in achievement among races today is a cultural side effect of ancient differences in agricultural potential among the continents, is now under fire for himself being white.

The Boston-born Diamond, who wears his beard in that peculiar Amish look of Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick (Harvard political scientist Robert D. Putnam, whom Diamond cites admiringly, is another Ahab-bearded academic), is now himself the subject of the ongoing hunt for the Great White Male.

In a New York Times review of Diamond’s latest tome, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, critic Anand Giridharadas angrily denounces Diamond’s lack of diversity. The South Asian reviewer implies that Diamond is part of a back-scratching coterie with Steven Pinker and Yuval Noah Harari, who, by blurbing each other’s airport bookstore best-sellers, conspire to keep “women and people of color” from getting “an opening to publish a book with a serious publisher.”

I began to wonder why we give some people, and only some, the platform, and burden, to theorize about everything.

The “some people” who arouse Giridharadas’ ire are Jewish moderates (Upheaval is one of the few books published in 2019 that doesn’t include a ritual denunciation of Donald Trump) of a scientific and Darwinian bent.

Read the whole thing there.

May 22, 2019 • 21 Comments

iSteve commenter Black Sea responds to the NYC Education Department’s indoctrination scheme:

The cliched response to the cliched job interview question, “Describe one of your weaknesses,” has long been “Well, I guess I’m a bit of a perfectionist.”

I think we all owe “Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups” a debt of gratitude for supplying some fresh alternatives to the now laughingly predictable “perfectionist” admission.

From now on, when asked to “Describe one of your weaknesses,” you may choose from:

a) I value objective analysis
b) I’m results oriented
c) I value quantitative measures of performance
d) I’m focused on the bottom line and tangible growth
e) I value clarity of expression
f) I like to see policies, procedures, and decisions properly documented for future reference

And that ultimate, job-clinching response: “I’m White as hell, but I atone for that by working my cracker ass off.”

May 22, 2019 • 46 Comments

Posting below on affirmative action by state in Nigeria, I was reminded that the cutoffs for being a National Merit Semifinalist in the U.S. vary by state. Semifinalists are the top 1% scorers on the PSAT. An anonymous iSteve commenter tracked down the data:

From here:

https://www.compassprep.com/national-merit-semifinalist-cutoffs/

I extracted the data from the table for the 50 states and D.C., and then sorted by the class of 2019 state score cutoffs, descending, with Asian percentage of population in parentheses:

223 (14.7%) California
223 (4.21%) District of Columbia
223 (6.53%) Maryland
223 (6.56%) Massachusetts
223 (9.70%) New Jersey
223 — Outside US
222 (4.63%) Connecticut
222 (3.91%) Delaware
222 (6.51%) Virginia
222 (8.41%) Washington
221 (3.24%) Colorado
221 (5.50%) Illinois
221 (8.76%) New York
221 (4.40%) Oregon
221 (4.73%) Texas
220 (3.39%) Arizona
220 (4.01%) Georgia
220 (37.3%) Hawaii
220 (4.88%) Minnesota
220 (2.83%) North Carolina
220 (3.40%) Pennsylvania
220 (3.59%) Rhode Island
219 (2.84%) Florida
219 (2.14%) Indiana
219 (3.00%) Michigan
219 (2.62%) New Hampshire
219 (2.11%) Ohio
219 (1.78%) Tennessee
218 (2.90%) Kansas
218 (1.45%) Kentucky
218 (8.54%) Nevada
217 (1.84%) Louisiana
217 (1.23%) Maine
217 (2.00%) Missouri
216 (1.38%) Alabama
216 (2.35%) Iowa
216 (2.35%) Nebraska
216 (1.59%) South Carolina
216 (1.64%) Vermont
216 (2.77%) Wisconsin
215 (6.26%) Alaska
215 (1.06%) Mississippi
215 (1.72%) New Mexico
215 (2.19%) Oklahoma
215 (1.38%) South Dakota
215 (2.49%) Utah
214 (1.58%) Arkansas
214 (1.49%) Idaho
214 (0.83%) Montana
212 (1.40%) North Dakota
212 (0.84%) West Virginia
212 (1.04%) Wyoming
212 — U.S. Territories

I don’t see any overwhelming patterns. It would be interesting to add data columns for state population, Non-Asian minority percentage, urban vs. rural, percentage of pickup truck owners, highest educational level obtained times number of tattoos factor, closeness to Canadian border, etc.

This is basically a measure of how...

May 21, 2019 • 67 Comments

Nigeria, like China, has regional affirmative action quotas for college admissions. (Now that I think of it, America has different cutoffs by state on the PSAT for the National Merit Scholarship.) That’s a pretty interesting subject, but one that’s hard for Americans to think about since we don’t know much about differences within these large countries. Plus, the American press has largely dropped the topic of affirmative action as being too hard to square with The Narrative of white privilege, unless affirmative action is in front of the courts at the moment.

iSteve commenter Res points out that affirmative action is still a thing in Nigeria:

There was still a similar policy in 2013.
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/06/why-govt-should-revisit-admission-quota-system/

The test scores are different now (200 possible vs. 400). The link above has a list of NCEE cutoffs for each state/locality. And the fun part (don’t tell the SJWs, because some of the female cutoffs are higher so they might have a stroke) is for some states they have different male/female cutoffs.

The differences in the cutoff scores are staggering (range from 2 – 139). Our little ~1 SD boost for blacks looks trivial in comparison.

I wonder how useful these score cutoffs are for making inferences about the IQ of different groups in Nigeria.

P.S. If you are interested in learning more about this, search for “nigeria federal character”.
For example: https://www.legit.ng/1174879-what-federal-character-principle-nigeria.html
From there: “The federal character was stated in Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution.”

From the Nigerian Vanguard article:

From the 2013 National Common Entrance Examinations cut-off marks made available to Vanguard, while Anambra State was assigned a cut-off of 139, Imo 138, Lagos 133, and Delta 131; educationally-disadvantaged states like Taraba had 3 for males and 11 for females, Sokoto 9 for males and 13 for females; and Zamfara 4 for males and 2 for f...

May 21, 2019 • 87 Comments

From the New York Times:

The New German Anti-Semitism

For the nation’s estimated 200,000 Jews, new forms of old hatreds are stoking fears

By James Angelos, May 21, 2019

… Wenzel Michalski is now the director of Human Rights Watch for Germany. He and his wife, Gemma, an outgoing British expat, live in a cavernous apartment building in the west of Berlin. …

Recently, the Michalskis’ youngest son became the third generation of the family to learn that telling people he is Jewish could cause problems. The boy — whose parents asked that he be called by one of his middle names, Solomon, to protect his privacy — had attended a Jewish primary school in Berlin. But he didn’t want to stay in such a homogeneous school for good, so just before he turned 14, he transferred to a public school that was representative of Germany’s new diversity — a place, as Gemma described it, where he “could have friends with names like Hassan and Ahmed.”

… The boy put his arm around Solomon’s shoulders and told him that, though he was a “real babo” — Kurdish slang for “boss” — they couldn’t be friends, because Jews and Muslims could not be friends. The classmate then rattled off a series of anti-Semitic comments, according to Solomon: that Jews were murderers, only interested in money.

Over the next few months, Solomon was bullied in an increasingly aggressive fashion. One day, he returned home with a large bruise from a punch on the back. On another occasion, Solomon was walking home and stopped into a bakery. When he emerged, he found one of his tormentors pointing what looked like a handgun at him. Solomon’s heart raced. The boy pulled the trigger. Click. The gun turned out to be a fake. But it gave Solomon the scare of his life.

When Solomon first told his parents about the bullying, they resolved to turn it into a teaching moment. They arranged to have Wenzel’s father visit the school to share his story about escaping the Gestapo....

May 21, 2019 • 106 Comments

From the New York Post:

Richard Carranza held ‘white-supremacy culture’ training for school admins

By Susan Edelman, Selim Algar and Aaron Feis May 20, 2019

City Department of Education brass are targeting a “white-supremacy culture” among school administrators — by disparaging ideas like “individualism,” “objectivity” and “worship of the written word,” The Post has learned.

A presentation slide obtained by The Post offers a bullet-point description of the systemic, supposedly pro-white favoritism that Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza claims must be eradicated from the DOE, and provides just one insight into his anti-bias training efforts.

The list — derived from “Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups” by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun — names more than a dozen hallmarks of “white-supremacy culture” that school administrators are expected to steer clear of. …

“It requires discomfort,” said Matt Gonzales, who serves as an outside adviser on the DOE’s school diversity task force and is a director of New York Appleseed, an advocacy group for school integration.

“Having to talk about someone’s own whiteness is a requirement for them to become liberated.”

… But Carranza said on Monday that such skeptics often don’t realize their own biases until they are forced to confront them and that they are likely the ones who need the training the most.

“It’s good work. It’s hard work,” Carranza said. “And I would hope that anybody that feels that somehow that process is not beneficial to them, I would very respectfully say they are the ones that need to reflect even harder upon what they believe.”

But one Manhattan middle school teacher who underwent mandatory implicit-bias training in December said … “It feels like I’m in a dystopian novel where all of a sudden being white is bad. All of a sudden, I’m the enemy.”

Carranza’s consistent argument is that, in effect, It’s...

May 21, 2019 • 171 Comments

From The Guardian:

Museum art collections are very male and very white

A large-scale study found just 12% of the artists in US museums were women – and figures from the UK tell a similar tale

Mona Chalabi

Tue 21 May 2019 01.00 EDT Last modified on Tue 21 May 2019 01.02 EDT

… The US study looked at race and ethnicity as well as gender. The researchers found that 75% of all the artists in major US museums are white men.

I suspect that understates white male dominance by counting each artist with at least one painting in the collection. But if you counted paintings in the permanent collections that are currently hanging on the walls of major museums, perhaps, say, 95% were painted by white men. For example, if I Google

Metropolitan Museum of art most famous paintings

I see about 100 paintings that are indeed famous, and five are by women (two by Mary Cassatt, and one each by Georgia O’Keeffe, Rosa Bonheur, and Artemisia Gentileschi)

But Asian men were even more overrepresented; they make up 8% of all the artists in US major collections, a proportion more than double their share of the population.

Huh … Really? Who? There’s, like, the Chinese guy and the Japanese guy … and that other Japanese guy…

The worst represented group in the US art world are women of color. We make up just 1% of all of the artists in major collections despite the fact that we account for 20% of the US population.

“We”? … OK, you go, girl!

A Chalabi just can’t get an even break in the U.S.

May 21, 2019 • 70 Comments

From the New York Times 31 years ago:

Ethnic Quota For Nigerians Is Challenged
By JAMES BROOKE and SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, NOV. 6, 1988

At the age of 11, Adeyinka Badejo is learning the hard way about affirmative action, Nigerian style.

The daughter of an eminent political science professor here, Miss Badejo hoped last month to win admission to a Nigerian Unity School – a Government-financed prep school for top universities here and abroad.

To Miss Badejo’s dismay, she discovered that several of her sixth-grade classmates scored lower than she did on a national test, but that they won admission to the prestigious boarding school system. In this West African nation where virtually everyone is of the same race, the difference is ”state of origin” – often a code phrase in Nigeria for tribe.

Miss Badejo scored 293 on a 400-point test – three points below the cutoff for girls from Ogun state, a southern state largely populated by members of the Yoruba tribe. If she had been born to parents from Kano state, the northern heartland of the Hausa and Fulani tribes, she would have sailed into a Unity School with a score as low as 151.

Miss Badejo’s rejection was a result of Nigeria’s policy of ”reflecting the federal character.” Through nationally mandated quotas, this policy is intended to insure that Nigeria’s disadvantaged tribal groups have equal access to higher education and to Government employment.

Femi Badejo, Adeyinka’s father and a professor at the University of Lagos, decided to sue Nigeria’s Minister of Education on the grounds that the Unity School’s admission policy constitutes discrimination.

In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and one of its most diverse, the case has attracted attention comparable to lawsuits challenging affirmative action programs in the United States.

May 17, 2019 • 29 Comments

Russian citizen Oleg Tishchenko to face charges in US for buying fighter jet manuals to use in a flight simulation game DCS World after extradition from Georgia.

It appears that Eagle Dynamics has kicked their employee to the dogs, claiming that Tishchenko was acting in a “purely private context and for his own personal interests.” Even though the manuals directly relate to a new module for the F-16 that DCS is releasing soon. Doesn’t sound like the sort of company anyone would want to work for.

This is yet another case of American legal imperialism, which treats entire world as its jurisdictional demesne. How long will Russia continue to tolerate such arrogant pretensions?

That said, holidaying in West-aligned Georgia isn’t very smart for people on American watchlists. Actually it’s probably worse than going to Western Europe, which may not be as eager to carry out political extraditions as Washington’s lickspittles in Eastern Europe. Irony is, there’s a good chance that this dev was pro-American. As I have said, Georgia has become very popular amongst the Moscow hipster set.

May 17, 2019 • 443 Comments

On the previous Open Thread, spandrell asked me about my favorite Indian restaurant in London. I don’t really have the means to comprehensively answer that question (though I did do that for Moscow), but I will try my best.

I have an inordinate fondness for the Gujarati Rasoi stall at the Borough Market. It’s the only “British” food that I occasionally crave apart from fish and chips. I have long been of the opinion that Indians are the only people who can do vegetarian food. I can say that Tower Tandoori and Roti Chai are both perfectly good, though the latter is a bit on the expensive side. Do not go to the India Club – bad food, and they demand tips (wtf?). The Dishoom chain is very good and has a great atmosphere – their premises are lined with old books on India. Aladin Brick Lane is a cheap, kitschy, but good in its category hardcore BYOB curry place (that is where I tried my first and likely last phaal).

I am currently at a conference regarding certain psychological matters. I will write about that next week, and so will James Thompson, most likely.

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May 17, 2019 • 312 Comments

Since the end of the Malthusian era, science-based technological growth has been the source of almost all long-term economic growth. However, we also know that it didn’t accrue in all regions evenly. For instance, Charles Murray in Human Accomplishment showed that the vast majority of “eminent” figures in science and the arts hailed from Europe, especially its central “core”. Areas that saw high intensities of researchers centuries ago tend to remain at the forefront of world economic success to the present day.

Despite the hype around Moore’s Law, there is mounting and disquieting evidence that technological growth is slowing down. It takes more and more researchers to get similar rates of innovation. The price of chip fabs double with every new quadrupling in chip density (Rock’s Law). At the most fundamental level, problems tend to get harder – not easier – as one climbs up the technological ladder (see my article Apollo’s Ascent). Meanwhile, the epochal increases in literacy, population, and average IQ in the past two centuries that have increased the human capital available to our civilization by several orders of magnitude are now petering out.

Given these mounting constraints on the future expansion of technological civilization, I would submit that it is now especially important to acquire a good understanding of where elite science currently comes from.

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The Nature Index

What can we use as a proxy? Nobel Prizes in the sciences lag real world accomplishments by 20-30 years. Measures of individual eminence, such as Pantheon, only become crisp in long-term retrospect, and moreover, the Human Accomplishment database only runs to 1950. Total number of articles published, patents granted, R&D personnel, or R&D spending don’t adjust for quality. University rankings may be biased due to reputational and “brand” name factors, such as the worldwide prestige enjoyed by Oxbridge...


May 15, 2019 • 99 Comments

Bernard-Henri Lévy interviews Orban and writes about it in The Atlantic.

This reminds me of when Putin allowed Masha Gessen to interview him.

I don’t really get why they do it. First, ideologues who hate you will not think or say any better of you for your “magnanimity”.

“Why did you choose this monastery? Why such an austere site?” …

“Because my old offices were in the Parliament building down the hill on the other side of the Danube, and that wasn’t good from the point of view of the separation of powers.”

He would have been more truthful had he said, Because I wanted to dominate this town, which is the only part of the country that is still resisting me.

Indeed, BHL claims he doesn’t believe Orban from the get go in their conversation. So is there any point to it whatsoever?

Second, why grant such privileges who hate you in the first place? Say what you will of him, but even Trump isn’t inviting the Maddows and Molly McMew’s for heart-to-hearts at the White House.

Third, there’s a good possibility they’re going to go overboard to portray you in as bad light as possible after the interview. That’s what ideologues do. Though in Orban’s case, I do wonder if BHL had to do even do much of that.

Frankly, Orban comes across as kind of dumb, or at least naive.

With one exception, which occurs when I raise the case of Gábor Iványi… By revoking the fellowship’s church status, the regime has choked off its funding.

“I know Iványi well,” he interrupted me. “He baptized two of my children. But it was a decision by the Parliament, which is absolutely responsible for church affairs. Moreover …”

He hesitates, seeming to search for words.

“Moreover, he called me a fascist. And that is the only thing for which I cannot forgive him.”

So he admits to having a grudge against this Iványi fellow, but assuredly his troubles are purely parliamentary in character, in a country where...

May 13, 2019 • 21 Comments

Here is the podcast: Robert Stark talks to Anatoly Karlin about Andrew Yang and The War on Normal People

Robert Stark is a Yang supporter. You can check out his article “Andrew Yang and the Post-Nationalist Future” at Taki’s Mag. Brandon Adamson (website) also participated, but unfortunately he was cut off due to technical problems early in the podcast.

Topics:

Anatoly’s articles Yang Hasn’t Gone Anywhere, 7 Reasons Why #YangGang Is More Than Just A Meme and What Does Everyone Think About Andrew Yang?
The young educated demographic of support, THE GREY TRIBE, and faction from the dissident right
Yang’s chances of winning
Yang over Trump but Trump over Harris or Biden
Tucker Carlson agreeing with leftist on Venezuela Intervention
Why Yang’s UBI and VAT proposal are relatively Centrist
Iran’s UBI experiment
Peter Turchin and theory of elite over production leading to social instability
Asian American Identity and positive mentions of China
Charles Murray’s COMING APART and Bubble Quiz
The potential impact of the UBI and automation on immigration and demographic trends
How America’s failure to adjust to new realities is leading to social tension

I didn’t have much new to add to what I already wrote in my book review, with one exception. I wanted to address one common argument that UBI skeptics tend to bring up. This argument boils down to automation alarmists having been consistently wrong over the decades. Motorization didn’t remove people from the factories, to the contrary it created many new jobs. Attempts to completely automate car factories from as early as General Motors in the 1980s have floundered time and time again. Robots will create many new jobs and things will continue ticking along just fine.

My response is that the critical difference between then and now is that the new generation of robots is run on much more powerful AI. By and large, they don’t need inputs of human brainpower – the previous...

May 12, 2019 • 241 Comments

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May 12, 2019 • 29 Comments

Graph of air accidents in Russia 1923-2019 (via the blogger genby).

  • Thin red line – deaths per year; Thick red line – deaths averaged over 5 years.
  • Thin blue line – accidents per year; Thick blue line – accidents averaged over 5 yeas.

Mishaps regardless, flying continues to become much safer in Russia, just like in the world at large: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/flying-has-become-far-safer/

Furthermore, note that the number of passengers carried has almost quintupled since c.2000, and has exceeded the Soviet era peak reached in 1990 since 2017: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/russian-aircraft/

As regards the Superjet, the accident last week rules out any prospects of the SuperJet achieving any kind of commercial success. Bad luck or not, losing 2 airframes out of ~150 deliveries during seven years of commercial operation is catastrophic. For comparison, the infamous Boeing 737 MAX also has a failure rate of ~1% of airframes – although that’s over just three years of flying.

That said, some of the propaganda that has been coming out about it is quite ridiculous and even downright wrong:

It is clearly aimed at shaming Russia into further developing its domestic aviation sector.

May 11, 2019 • 211 Comments

German_reader looks askance at my theological speculations. Am I serious?

Yes, actually, I am.

Here are a few ways of interpretating Russian 20th century history:

1. Russians spent 70 years under the rule of a succession of traitors and saboteurs. It turns out that Trotsky and the old Bolsheviks were traitors and foreign agents (1930s), as were their executioners (late 1930s), but then Khrushchev discovered that Stalin wasn’t really a comrade (1956), although Khruschev himself turned out to be an adventurist (1964), who was replaced by Brezhnev who people realized was a decrepit alcoholic who caused zastoi (mid-1980s), but that was OK because Gorbachev was gonna fix it and reform the corrupt Party (late 1980s), only to have it all come crashing down after which he too became an enemy, traitor, and foreign agent.

This is the literal Soviet version of their history when you get cancel out all the doublethink.

2. Russians spent 70 years serving as biomaterial for the intrigues of the English aristocracy.

Yes, there really is a theory that the USSR was a “cryptocolony” of England (and the RF remains such to this date). Guy called Dmitry Galkovsky. He enjoys great cred amongst many Russian nationalists for some reason I don’t understand. Why the hell would you even want to be a nationalist of a loser country that’s been cucked by the cucked royal family of a country that is cucking itself away into non-existence?

3. Russians spent 70 years getting anally raped by the Schicklgrubers, Dzhugashvilis, and sundry Bronsteins of the world. And many of them think that’s just swell to this day.

This is the non-sovok description of the 20th century that also happens to not be a Fomenko-tier historical conspiracy theory. Consequently, it is also the most credible one.

So yes, I am entirely serious about the Sixth Proof.

Given the choices on offer, I would much rather believe that God punishing Russia for its sins than any of the alternatives....

May 21, 2019 • 23 Comments

One thing that keeps coming up in contemporary American polling data is how, once race is taken into account, the correlation between age and partisan affiliation is either non-existent or even the inverse of what has tended to be the case over the last several decades. From the enormous–albeit not scientifically collected–GoToQuiz.com survey database, two-way partisan affiliation among non-Hispanic whites by age and by sex:

The gender gap is becoming a chasm.

Whether the inversion of the relationship between age and partisan affiliation benefits Republicans or Democrats more is difficult to tell. Not surprisingly in light of this shift, Democrats have now become the party of big corporate money (or at least the senior partner in the Uniparty), consistently and significantly out-raising Republicans (see 2008, 2012, and 2016) for more than a decade now.

On the other hand, though it’s more difficult to quantify, the creative energy–especially the subversive counterculture energy–is increasingly coming from the right.

Someone like Andrew Yang could reverse this trend–a trend that president Trump retarded after candidate Trump accelerated it–but it’s hard to see the senescent former senator from Delaware doing so.

May 18, 2019 • 87 Comments

[edit: The original graphic has been replaced with the one below on account of my error in initially using “anti-gay” instead of “homophobia”. Thanks to German_Reader for the correction.]

The number of articles in The New York Times over the last decade containing at least one instance of selected phrases with an anti- prefix:

A couple of technical notes: In many cases, eloquent variation on the part of the writers means that adding synonyms together to get a total figure would have resulted in inflated figures due to a lot of double-counting. To avoid this, I used the variant that returned the highest number of articles for each term (ie “anti-Semitic” returned more articles than “anti-Jewish”, “misogyny” more than “anti-woman” or “anti-female”, “anti-male” more than “misandry”, etc). Searches are not case sensitive, either–that’s a little OCD poking through on my part.

May 17, 2019 • 67 Comments

One oft-ignored aspect on the abortion front of the culture war is how the culturally dominant pro-choice position is driven primarily by white leftists. The sentiments of black and Hispanic Democrats are closer to those of white independents and even white Republicans (29.3% support, combined with independents in the graph below) than they are to white Democrats even while it is often asserted by those white leftists that poor non-whites will suffer the most from restrictions on abortion. It’s almost as though those white Democrats don’t want the kind of people living in Alabama who would have to come to another state to get an abortion coming to that other state, especially if that other state is the state they live in:

Abortion is an issue that, after surveying all the other contours of the two-dimensional American political spectrum, a space alien would expect to be opposed by the leftists and supported by conservatives. The former tend to favor a perpetual increase in the number of beings entitled to the protections insinuated by an elementary understanding of the concept of human rights. Scientific advances have made more pregnancies viable, at an earlier point in those pregnancies, than ever before. A child conceived through rape or incest is still a child, one whose disadvantages begin at negative nine months of age and so one who the space alien would presume to be entitled to special protections above and beyond those accorded to others.

Having articulated as much, it should come as little surprise that I expect the right to gain ground on the issue in the future. The embrace of abortion is a holdover from the progressivism of a century ago–the progressivism that, abortion excepted, horrifies today’s progressives even more than it does today’s conservatives. It is out of step with the contemporary moral paradigm propelling the marginalized, people of color ascendancy.

For the white left to embrace things like embryo selection...

May 15, 2019 • 55 Comments

There is some evidence that support for Trump appears to be stronger among younger blacks than among older ones. To the extent that is true, though, it does not appear to be carrying over to the GOP more broadly. From GoToQuiz.com, self-identified partisan affiliation among American blacks, by age, in a two-option format (Republican or Democrat):

May 14, 2019 • 62 Comments

[edit: The first comment made by a specific handle will have to be manually approved. I’m in the process of setting up regular commenters with the auto-approval funciton. If I missed you, please leave a comment and I’ll get you added in.

For the purposes of these comment sections, dehumanizing language is anything that refers to a broad group of humans as something other than human based on immutable characteristics of said group (ie “vermin”, “parasites”, etc). Describing particular actions as parasitical is fine so long as accompanying evidence is presented, but blanket absolute statements that are obviously untrue (ie “all members of group X are parasitical”) is not. The intention is for these comment sections to be thought-provoking and idea-generating. There are other places on the internet that are cathartic for those who find spewing vulgarity to be cathartic, but this is not such a place.]

I’ve instituted comment moderation. Known commenters who don’t violate the forum rules–no personal identifying information, no dehumanizing language, no racial slurs, no spamming–will be set up for auto-approval. Violations will result in loss of auto-approval status. Anonymous comments will always require manual approval prior to being displayed, so use a handle!

I’m playing around with the programming on the backend so please be patient as this rank amateur works it out.

May 14, 2019 • 70 Comments

Utilizing the GoToQuiz.com database once again, the percentages of self-selected participants who politically identify as Libertarians, by state:

The Mises Institute, at the eastern end of Alabama near the Georgia border, looks to be the American epicenter. More generally, the South is the region of the country where identification is strongest. I find this a little surprising given the heavy military presence in the region, the relatively low percentage of non-Hispanic whites in southern states, and the general impression that big-L Libertarianism is increasingly becoming low-tax progressivism, more Bill Weld and less Hans Hermann Hoppe.

On the other hand, Libertarianism is the only political philosophy that treats the idea of political dissolution seriously, something that has had a historically strong appeal in the South from the mid-19th century onward.

Note that the database shows 6.8% of Americans identifying as Libertarian at the national level. That’s about double the amount of support the party gets in actual presidential elections. Some of this discrepancy is due to the poll’s self-selection bias–white men are more likely than other groups to take surveys like this and also more likely than other groups to be Libertarian–and some of it is probably due to “this election being the most important election EVER so I must go for the lesser of two evils and vote for [Republican]/[Democrat] this time!”

May 11, 2019 • 56 Comments

Tapping the GoToQuiz.com database again, the following graph shows two-way partisan affiliation among those in the US under the age of 18, by race and by sex:


The smallest sample comes from American Indians, but even it is a respectable 902. Quantity isn’t a problem. As mentioned previously, though, quality could be.

The gender gap is huge. Minor males split 61.6%-38.4% for the GOP while minor females split an almost mirror 39.6%-60.4% for Democrats. Whites and males, and especially white males, are overrepresented in the survey results (recall the respondent pool is self-selected and self-identified), so while at first blush this may appear to suggest that the generational cohort is evenly split along partisan lines, the real result is something more like Republican support in the low forties and Democrat support in the high fifties, something like 43%-57% in the Democrats’ favor.

The survey has three distinct categories for “Asian”, “Indian”, and “American Indian”. Epicanthic eyefolds, dots, and feathers, I respectively–and respectfully!–assume. To avoid the confusion of using the word “Indian” for two different racial categories in the graph, “subcontinental” is used instead.

Among adults in the database, the stronger Democrat skew among South Asians than among East Asians is present as well, very similar to the results presented above for those under the age of 18. East Asians break about 2-to-1 Democrat while South Asians do so at a rate of 4-to-1.

May 11, 2019 • 316 Comments

Presenting the subsequent data feels like the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s survey results all over again. Recall that the massive nationwide survey of high school students showed Donald Trump cleaning Hillary Clinton’s clock among Gen Zers.

Maybe minors just ape their parents and then discover themselves in their twenties. Or American colleges and universities really are effective at molding their formerly patriarchal, privilege-dripping charges into heavily indebted, good little cultural Marxists by the time they graduate or drop out.

On that account it is worth noting that in the survey, white males under the age of 18 are significantly more Republican than white males aged 18-29 are (67% to 53% in a two-way split, respectively). I’ll evaluate other demographic angles in the near future but this initial comparison suggests the strong Republican lean among teenagers isn’t merely due to the site’s potentially conservative bent. That said, the survey results were not scientifically collected. The site relies on self-selection and volunteered self-identification. The samples are huge, though, so it’s worth a gander.

The following graph and table show the two-way partisan distribution among white males under the age of 18, by state:

The results resemble the outcome of the actual 2016 presidential election, albeit shifted 20 points in the GOP’s favor. Republican support is strongest in the South, relatively middling in the Midwest, and weakest in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

And who says there is no future for white men in the modern Democrat party? Hello, has no one ever heard of the nation’s capital?!

My thanks to commenter Oblivionrecurs for the heads up.