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From the Looming Cloud department: In Taki’s Magazine John Derbyshire quotes Tim Wise, a white guy of positively asphyxiating virtue, to the effect that, what with high birth rates among American non-whites, the country will soon, much to Tim’s satisfaction, be chiefly non-white, at which point the knives will come out. The threat is clear:

Wise: “In the pantheon of American history, conservative old white people have pretty much always been the bad guys, the keepers of the hegemonic and reactionary flame….It’s OK. Because in about forty years, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it.…We just have to be patient. And wait for you to pass into that good night, first politically, and then, well.…”

He makes clea, though unconincingly—he is worth reading—that the whites whose political demise he wishes are only those ol’ racist, conservative, etc. Not goodwhites, like Tim. See, once a dark majority is in place, all right-thinking whites, such as Tim, will live in harmony with the new rulers, who will be without racial hostility toward the pale minority. He is crazy as a bedbug in a moonshine jar. Races with little in common do not hold hands and sing Kum Bah Yah, however much we may wish it.

Now, the racial threat to whites is perhaps not quite so dire as Tim hopes. In particular, an alliance of Latinos and blacks against whites is very far from certain. I live in Mexico, and know Mexicans as friendly and courteous folk who run a functioning upper-Third World country with airlines, internet, telecommunications and all the trinkets of modernity. Switzerland it isn’t, but neither is it Detroit. My eleven years here have been 99.9% free of racial hostility. There is today little love between blacks and browns in America and, to the extent that Latinos rise economically, they will very likely align themselves with the other successful groups.

But a broader question, if I may. The well-being of everyone in the United States depends on economic competitiveness, which depends on high levels of trained intelligence. Who has it?

Here a little knowledge is needed to recognize how dependent the country is on the brains of…whites. If you grow up, with minimal education, among cars and television sets, you can come unconsciously to think that, like air, they just exist. Actually they are products of brains. Whose brains? Mr. Wise might reflect on this.

In a perfect world, we would all be brilliant. Yet the world does not seem to be perfect. In practice we all depend on the intelligence of those able to discover, invent, and manage. And that intelligence almost invariably belongs to whites, Indians, and North Asians. I wish it were not so, but it is. I believe in giving to all young the oportunity and encouragement to shine intellectually. But if it doesn’t work? Are we wise to yearn for the dominance of the resentful who can’t, or at any rate haven’t, over those who can and do?

I do not mean to be cruel, but it is worth asking: How many of any age in Detroit can recognize this, from eighth-grade algebra. You know, what pubescent white kids do.

It would be wonderful if black kids flourished mathematically, as it would obviate many problems, but they haven’t and show no signs of ever doing so. I believe that Latin kids can, but they mostly haven’t. That leaves….

How about elementary college material, Tim? When I was a white student in college we could explain s-p hybrid bonding orbitals—freshman chemistry forty years ago for us ofays. How about “The entropy of a closed system tends to remain the same or to increase”? What is that? An excellent exposition is found in Kittel’s Thermal Physics. How many in Newark have read it, or could?

We need people who understand these matters. Are source-drain-gate parts of a kitchen sink or a transistor? What do they do? What is a tracking thermistor? Q = inductive reactance over resistance, X L/R. What are those? Anger at evil white people is good fun, yes, but somebody has to make stuff work.

Pretty much everything that keeps us from squatting in grass huts and crushing lice was invented by, yes, white males. In this I am not being racially arrogant: I am quite aware that the Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Indians and so on can play this game quite as well as white men. They have begun, and begun most impressively. But these do not spend their time complaining about trials caused by their own incapacities.

Those who can, do. The rest bitch.

But back to my point, that the unlettered do not realize the extent to which they depend on things they have never heard of, that they did not invent and probably couldn’t understand. How many of those whose coming rule you celebrate,Tim, know the purpose of a partial derivative of a function of two variables? Second semester, freshman calculus.

I am just a dumb-ass white gringo in Mexico, but I can grasp elementary math. I do not overrate myself: I know what a partial is, but do not have the talent to be even a fifth-rate mathematician. (I wish I were being charmingly modest, but I’m not.) Yet I have sufficient self-respect to acknowledge my debt to men, uncounted thousands of them, who by being smarter than I am have made life tolerable for me and mine. What do you think of them apples, Tim?

Your angry “people of color” owe everything that lets them complain in comfort to such white men as Shockley (the transistor), Claude Shannon (information theory), Carl Friedrich Gauss (pretty much everything), Boole (Boolean algebra), Newton and Leibniz (calculus, classical mechanics)…and countless other white men they have never heard of either.

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We’ve been at ti for a while, Tim. It started with the Greeks, as for example with Euclid’s Postulates. I note that those ancient white men were smart enough to recognize the problem with the Fifth Postulate, opening the door much later to hyperbolic geometry and other neat stuff–you know, Riemann, Lobachevski, Bolyai, guys like that. You do know, right?

You have in all likelihood a high life expectancy, Tim. Why is this, do you suppose? Maybe you believe that when you come down with pneumonia, and it’s cured in a couple of days, your survival is something built into the nature of things. Not really. Much of our life span springs from medical science founded on chemistry and cellular biology discovered by…white men. Many of their recent advances spring from techniques that few have heard of and thus don’t appreciate. Think of RFLP (that’s Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism, Tim, as I’ m sure you know but most don’t) and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and magnetic-resonance imaging and…well, you know the kind of thing. From white men.

White men discovered elementary biology. How many in Newark have even heard of, say, endoplasmic reticula, ribosomes, deoxyribonucleic acid, transfer RNA? Degeneracy of the codon alphabet? How many nuclear bases in a codon? In RNA, what pyrimidine in DNA does uracyl replace?

This is just freshman biology, Tim. Real students, which I am not, go on to infinitely more difficult biochem in grad school. They are overwhelmingly white, though disproportionately Asian or Indian. You might think about that.

And you might think about this: The almost infinite number of disciplines that keep most of us fat, dumb, and happy—a condition that is about all most of us can hope for in this life—are products of the intelligence of white men. If others want to play this game, and have the brains, well and good. But in today’s political clime in America, we actually enshrine incapacity as authentic or democratic or of the people or whatever. We dumb down everything for the emotional benefit of the incapable. The whole thrust in America seems to be to lower standards and punish competence and intelligence. And anyone who notices who has them.

As a white male (though of limited talent) I am happy that my species benefits others. But when the country is, as you so ardently hope, in the hands of people who have produced almost nothing, will we really be better off? Any of us? Think Uganda.

This, in the long run, probably in the short run, isn’t going to work. Boom boxes don’t grow on trees, Tim. And they only look simple.

Think about it.

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  1. quercus says:

    I don’t argue with the history Fred has given us, but I do argue with what I see as his premise that there is a ‘racial’ basis to intelligence. First, there isn’t really any such thing as ‘race’ in the true biological meaning, and as such it is a concept we should dismiss. Second, we are remiss when we do not recognize the importance of culture in academic achievement. For instance, Jews often tout their intellectual achievements and tacitly and sometimes untacitly claim this has to do with ‘superior intelligence’. I do not think Jews are ‘smarter’ than anyone (and I’ve met my share of stupid Jews), but I do think as a group they foster intellectual achievement and there is great pressure applied to learn and be successful. We see this in the Asians too, particularly it seems the Chinese. Do I think Chinese people are ‘smarter’ — no. There is also the difficulty of defining intelligence, which I think is some ineffable, and something not determined by administering IQ tests. I think we can all recognize intelligence when we see it (or at least most of us can) and education does not imbue you with it — it may refine and hone it, but it doesn’t give it to you, and this I’ve seen personally in the number of people with degrees who just don’t seem too bright.

    To the matter of the ancient Greeks — while not denigrating modern Greece in anyway,
    Greece today is not the Greece of ancient times (which of course wasn’t called Greece, but you know what I mean). And how do we account for that? I think the phenomenon of these periods of brilliant intellectual achievements is not at all well understood. These flashes of light, which burn brightly and then fade. Ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy are two notable examples. This brings us to another phenomenon, not well understood either, of ‘genius’, those individual super novaes in human history that seem to randomly appear — one can only sit back and admire it.

    To end my lengthy comment, for which I hope to be forgiven — I know an awful lot of stupid ‘white’ people, Fred.

  2. The irony is that, if whites become a minority, they are likely to start acting as a minority – i.e. to organize in promotion of their own particular racial/ethnic interests. Tim Wise and co. would NOT be happy to see that. And as the economy gets worse and the common culture collapses, the result is more likely to be the war of all against all than the multicultural paradise Tim Wise envisions.

  3. Dave37 says:

    It’s been my personal experience that nothing taught in school has been of much use, however I didn’t go on to college where it might have been. But, and it’s just a thought, if any academically low performing group were taken at birth to be raised in Japan does anybody not think they would perform better when returned to the states.

  4. Rod1963 says:

    Fred nailed it as politically incorrect as it is. Intelligence is something that can’t be faked, can’t be socially promoted or explained away in any shape whatsoever, as a result liberals repeatedly excuse the disastrously low test scores of minority kids graduating high school across the country. Usually blaming whites for rigging biases tests and white centric teaching, etc. And they’ve tried their damndest to re-engineer our public school system(including forced busing) so as to level the playing field and nothing has worked, either in terms of raising test scores or even getting them to stay in school until graduation.

    And this has been going on for decades. There is no work around for these kids. The black kids come from a culture that positively hates learning, hates white culture and everything associated with it – including school. Ever see a high school that’s mostly black? It’s a war zone and zoo all in one, just like what’s in Africa or Detroit or Philly. And just look at how they name their children, how they talk, as a group – they are well on their way to completely disassociating from Western society and becoming a permanent ward of the state. Literally unfit for modernity.

    But it gets better, since liberals have been promoting the insane notion that everybody has to go to college, it’s caused a problem in the minority communities. Their kids despite getting good grades in high school(usually inflated grades combined with social promotions) have found themselves struggling in even the most basic of college English and math classes, often dropping out as a result.

    So what do the liberals do? Introduce remedial math and English courses for the erstwhile minority students to learn the material they should have learned in high school and didn’t or couldn’t. Oh yeah they are also doing away with letter grades in some classes because they are racist Of course the white kids on the ball were doing AP courses in high school were well prepared and did well on the SAT exam too. But you can’t demand that of minority kids who want to attend college, that would be racist. It would also expose many of them to be totally unfit for college.

    Look when the average black student IQ wise is one standard deviation below that of white students, it means that only a small percentage are honestly fit for college. But you can’t talk about that. If it’s brought up at all, it’s by critics of IQ tests to prove they are racist by design or some such garbage.

    And what do minorities major in college? Mostly Social sciences where the courses are controlled by Marxist professors who just love minorities. Want a degree in Chicano, Black or Social criticism studies? No problem. They get a useless degree that no one in the private sector would touch with a ten foot pole. The term degreed idiot would be a appropriate moniker for these buffoons.

    Where you won’t see them is in the STEM courses where you still need intelligence to pass the class let alone graduate. This weeds out the minorities the way garlic scares a vampire. This is why you rarely see a black or Hispanic EE or Physics types graduate. It’s the domain of whites and Asians. And you should be grateful these professors don’t tolerate minority dumbshits. Do you really want a socially promoted Biochem or EE major to design your medicine or the sensor suite that controls the airbag in your car?

    In the end these minorities are no successors to the whites as the Greeks were to the Minoan culture or the Goths and Franks were to the Romans. No, the minorities are content on being lazy ass end users of tech and moochers. They have zero interest or are down right hostile to learning the fundamentals of math, science and engineering that make their comfy life possible. Woe to them when the whites retreat from society and let these savages regress to the barbarity they deserve.

    And oh the Asians will not give them a break like the whites do.

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