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“Affirmative action” means hiring people because they can’t do the job well. Near-synonyms are “diversity,” meaning groups that cannot do the job well, and “inclusiveness,” which means seeking people who you know cannot do the job well. These underpin American society, and have ruined education. For some time the sciences seemed less susceptible to the... Read More
An "aging white population [is] speeding [up] diversity," blared a headline in The Hill. Could this be a case of confusing cause-and-effect? Are the two trends—whites dying-out and minorities thriving—really spontaneous and strictly parallel? The reverse is likely true. Corrected, The Hill headline should have read: Could speeding up diversity contribute to a decline in... Read More
Recently, I chewed over the concept of meritocracy some , by way of commemorating Michael Young’s introduction of the word fifty years ago this year. Well, meritocracy’s been in the news again last week. On Tuesday CNN reported that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has said that in personnel matters, he will not focus... Read More
Identity Politics is turning white people into a delegitimized group that it is permissible to hate and to discriminate against. White Americans are being turned into undesirables and are being delegitimized just as Jews were delegitimatized in Nazi Germany. Curiously enough, as I understand it, the Identity Politics being used to delegitimize white people has... Read More
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A Modest Proposal
Can corporate America be forced to end its diversity obsession? Abolishing racial and ethnic preferences has proven difficult enough in higher education and government employment but stopping private businesses from “trying to look like America” seems nearly impossible given their freedom to recruit whoever they want (save, of course, hiring only white males). Are airline... Read More
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Diverser is Worser, and Now What?
Gazing out over the chaos of America today, the racial and ethnic antagonism, the hostility over sex and faith and politics–I have never seen anything like it. The country is imploding. The main culprit is diversity–in the broad sense, not just the juxtaposition of races, but the mixing of ideas and philosophies with no dominant... Read More
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A company founded by an African immigrant just launched the heaviest payload ever delivered by a commercial company into space [SpaceX launches its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, by Loren Grush, TheVerge.com, February 6, 2018]. But rather than celebrating, Main Stream Media journalists/ activists were furious—the immigrant from South Africa is a... Read More
Identity Politics is the ideology of the liberal/progressive/left and the Democratic Party. Identity Politics teaches hatred of white people, all white people. An article last November in the student newspaper at Texas State University declared that white DNA is an abomination. Americans, assuming that they are aware of this hostile statement toward white people, dismiss... Read More
Byron Roth’s PERILS OF DIVERSITY
Those are striking words: a true political fact, pithily expressed. Much more striking is that they were spoken in 1981, half a lifetime ago. The speaker was then-Senator Alan Simpson, in his capacity as
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The Virtues of Disunity
A Truth Not Welcome: People do not like being with those different from themselves. Sometimes, briefly, we find it interesting, as in traveling, but for extended periods, no. This distaste pervades society, often unnoticed, with consequences. Instances of untogetherness: People cluster by intelligence. With high consistency, we choose mates of intelligence close to our own.... Read More
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Catalonia, in the southeastern corner of Spain, is in the news.[Catalonia Government Declares Overwhelming Vote for Independence, by Raphael Minder, NYT, Oct 6, 2017] I was there once, back in my salad days, on my way to a camping vacation down the coast at a sleepy little whitewashed village named Oropesa del Mar, now all... Read More
"An act of pure evil," said President Trump of the atrocity in Las Vegas, invoking our ancient faith: "Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." "Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence," Trump went on in his... Read More
Free speech is not doing particularly well on today’s college campuses. The good news is that resistance to the little commissars is mobilizing; the bad news is that this “resistance” consists almost entirely of abstract scholarly essays or grandiloquent soapbox speeches (see here, for example). Indeed, these pontifications have reached industrial scale proportions and scarcely... Read More
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A tribulation of following the news is the desperate peddling—it would appall an Amway salesman– of diversity, said to be our strength. Oh? Exactly why it is our strength is never specified. It seems to have brought no benefit beyond crime, rape, and genital mutilation. While the desirability of these advances is beyond dispute, it... Read More
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The quest for campus diversity seems to be everywhere--the website thedemands.org currently lists 75 schools where students are clamoring for diversity. Barbara Wilson, the interim Chancellor of the University of Illinois even called diversity central to the university’s mission and such embarrassing nonsense is typical. People familiar with today’s academy know full well why otherwise... Read More
What does it take to make a nation great? What makes a country a great place to live, a healthy society, and a bastion of stability? Various theories and ideas have been put forward, and I think they are all pretty much bunk. I think we can apply a little reductionism here, and conclude that... Read More
You know just how scholarly a policy paper is when it is studded with a clichéd expression like "we need to have a conversation about …" The pop-phrase is familiar from these farcical usages: "We need to have a conversation about race"—when, in reality, we do nothing but subject ourselves to a one-way browbeating about... Read More
Diversity: Koom. Bah. Humbug
Regarding the unsurprising slaughter in Paris: Diversity is a disaster. Why people cannot see this is a mystery. A country can ignore an unfortunate reality, but it cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring it. Why governments allow and even encourage immigration of incompatible populations is a greater mystery. Few things cause more misery, hatred, death,... Read More
Hating your own kind.
Well, not really a musical, nor even just the lyrics to a musical. The piece under discussion is, though, definitely not plain prose; so musical-wise, we have the beginnings of a start here. I am referring to Tim Wise's furious rant on Daily Kos the other day under the title "An Open Letter to the... Read More
Up to here with demographic transformation.
In the congressional debates on the 1924 Immigration Act, Rep. William N. Vaile of Colorado, one of the most prominent immigration restrictionists, had this to say: After forty years of high immigration a great many Americans believed, like Congressman Vaile, that a continuation of the trend would remake the nation into "something different" from what... Read More
We'd All Like It Better
Explain it to me, diversity. I don’t get it. Everyone in the feddle gummint and all the news weasels and the academia nuts and assorted distasteful do-gooders with goiterous self-admiration are always honking and blowing about how we need diversity. Why? What is it good for?I think we need homogeneity. Probably the greatest desire of... Read More
In one of its rare adventures into the no man's land beyond the Beltway, the Washington Post last week served up a series on What America Is Really Like, concluding with an extended scrutiny of what is now called "Blue America" (actually, red or pink America), namely, that part of the country that voted for... Read More
October of this year marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of The Bell Curve, Richard Herrnstein's and Charles Murray's book about the part played by human intelligence in determining individual destinies in our society, and the implications for the structure of that society. By way of advance preparation I have been re-reading my own... Read More
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a self-appointed"watchdog" organization in Montgomery, Alabama that purports to keep a sharp eye out for "racism" and "hate." Despite its name, it doesn't seem to have much to do with either the South or the law, let alone poverty, other than avoiding the latter for its own officers,... Read More
Science marches on, and some of it marches right into a happy country that unites Alice's Wonderland to Orwell's 1984. The latest scientific finding from Dartmouth discloses a test that claims to be able to detect hidden "racism." The test's uses are obvious enough, and one has already been proposed—to screen police recruits to see... Read More
"I do not like the Confederate flag," black pundit Shelby Steeleinformed the readers of the Wall Street Journal last week in a long commentary on Vermont ex-governor Howard Dean's recent remarkthat he wanted to be "the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." "It excludes me, profoundly," Mr. Steele asserts. [Yo, Howard!... Read More
If you want a vision of the future of the country (or, if you will, thecountry of the future), check out a story in last week's Washington Post Metro section by Linda Perlstein about the wonderful world of "diversity" in the D.C. area's Montgomery County and more especially its schools. If this is the future,... Read More
Well, if the good people of California can't have an election, at least they can have freedom of association. Well, then again, perhaps they can't. At a place rather ironically calledFreedom High School in Contra Costa a 15-year-old girl wants to start a student group called the Caucasian Club. That was enough to make national... Read More
Diversity: The Invention of a Concept, by Peter Wood
A few weeks ago I happened to acquire a copy of Carleton Coon's 1965 book The Living Races of Man. What a gem! Coon was an anthropologist — was in fact Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His book is a world-wide survey of human types, with a thorough classification into races and... Read More
If you'd like a glimpse of the future of the Western world—not just Europe but the United States and most other currently white majoritycountries—forget the happy chatter about the great Republican victorylast week and take a look at Theodore Dalrymple's account in the Autumn issue of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal of what's happening in... Read More
The state of Idaho seems an unlikely place for totalitarian government to pop up, but in recent months that's exactly what has begun to emerge there. Under the state's "hate crime" statute, a perfectly law-abiding citizen is being prosecuted for using a racial slur—and faces a ruinous five-year term in the state prison. "Hate crimes"... Read More
The big news at Ford Motor Company these days is not so much those tires they're going to put on their cars and trucks but rather which colors will make the decision. Last summer, Ford was named the 30th "best company for minorities" in the country by Fortunemagazine, and if the class action lawsuit filed... Read More
The debate over immigration may have smothered in its cradle in Washington and national politics, but in more real places it's still alive and kicking. One such place is Iowa, which for the last nine months has been pregnant with controversy over the issue. Last September, the state's Democratic governor, Tom Vilsack, was infected with... Read More
It is no longer news that statues of real, white American heroes are being removed from public places and images of fake, non-white non-heroes being erected. The totalitarian reconstruction of culture, including the historical past, has now become commonplace. Nevertheless, the reasons offered by those waging the cultural and racial warfare remain interesting, if only... Read More
PastClassics
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?
The evidence is clear — but often ignored