September 11, 2012

John Derbyshire continues to embarrass NRO by remaining alive, writing, speaking

White people are pussies. Except, perhaps, Derbyshire.  And maybe the editors at Taki, who may or may not be white.

Speaking of the failure of developed nations to both assert and then defend their own cultural / national desires, lest they be judged racist, jingoist, etc., Derbyshire writes:

[...] You get what you vote for. No native Briton should ever have cast a vote for any party whose platform did not include a clear ban on mass Third World immigration. Why did the British yield on this? Because they’re pussies.

The Scandinavians are even bigger pussies than the British. For example, read this from Sweden:

A Djiboutian who refused to be named in fear of reprisals from his fellow country men, said that he left Djibouti on May this year, and came to Sweden via France. There is no work in Djibouti, corruption is rampant, and its hard to put food on the table there, Life in Sweden is very easy and getting papers is more easier, you don’t even have to work to put food on the table, i [sic] advised all my friends and relatives to come here, most of them are on the way, five already arrived and sought asylum, two already managed to get Permanent residence permit (PUT)

Savor the lunacy there. Given the statistical profiles of sub-Saharan Africans—low averages for paternal investment and IQ, high ones for time preference and criminality—permitting settlement by thousands of Africans is a sensationally dumb idea. Africans from the Horn of Africa, though—Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti—are Africans squared, with societies even more dysfunctional than the African average, and sensational total fertility rates: 6.26, 5.39, 4.37, 2.63, respectively.

(Yes, Djibouti’s 2.63 is way better than Somalia’s 6.26, but the Djiboutians in that article I just quoted are entering Sweden under false pretenses, claiming to be Somalis, who are the people the Swedes REALLY want! Lunacy upon lunacy.)

The Russians—who, after all, are just Scandinavians in fur hats—are not much better. They may have jailed the Pussy Rioters, but their pussyish response to their capital city’s takeover by an alien mob a couple weeks ago unmasks their true Scandinavian pussiness.

Of civilized peoples in general, I think it’s only whites that are pussies, and perhaps only white Gentiles. I don’t know enough about South Asians to give a ruling, but East Asians are not pussies.

To be sure, the Japanese are pussier than their ferocious ancestors, but they don’t do collective guilt and are adamant that the wretched of the earth should stay in their own wretched countries and not infect Japan with their wretchedness by settling there en wretched masse.

China’s an interesting case. I speak here from forty years’ close acquaintance with that nation. What you mostly hear about in this context are the fierce nationalism and xenophobia of young Chinese men. That is certainly a key feature of modern Chinese society, and the Chinese today are not pussies.

Among my Chinese acquaintances, though—especially the women—I think I detect the stirrings of some sympathetic guilt about the occupied territories of Tibet and East Turkestan (“Xinjiang”) and about China’s quasi-imperialist adventures in Africa. If this guilt was to seep outwards into the society at large, aided perhaps by matriarchal tendencies in Chinese culture and history, the Chinese might conceivably join Western whites in pussitude.

And we white Americans? Are we the most pussified of all—the pussies of the world?

That’s a thought I don’t want to have. That way lies hard, irreversible ethnomasochism.

It’s a thought that keeps bobbing up to the surface, though, prompted by some news item or image; or out of the blue, as on the radio that time, too publicly for me to disown it.

I must discipline my mind.

That last bit about disciplining his mind?  That’s what we racists might call an ironic dog whistle.  Same with smug dismissals of  “collective guilt” — which is really only a request that you own up to your own history and atone for it forever and ever and ever, even if that history is not really yours yours, but belonged instead to someone who may have had sex with someone who eventually produced the someones who then produced you, the remainder demon spawn, and even then, took place in a quite different historical context which may or may not have found particular cultural and legal decisions cause for introspection and culpability  — and any discussion of so-called “problems” with “immigration,” legal or otherwise, which we all know by now brings only the best and most noble to us, expanding the already vibrantly-colored cultural national quilt with ever new strands of the most hardworking people in the world who simply yearn to be free.

Or at least, kinda free.  Depending on what’s available to them.

Today, we can’t really talk about such things honestly, without euphemism.  To do so, we’re told, is “unacceptable.”

But the fact is, however much it may make your skill crawl to hear uncomfortable assertions that at least attempt to ground themselves in some sort of statistical or other plausible and at least partially demonstrable truths, requiring that we bracket those assertions from public intellectual discourse is, quite simply, the very definition of anti-intellectualism.

And sadly, with an ear always toward some pretend political expedience, or out of fear of some sort of social reprisal, we’ve been conditioned to avoid speaking in ways that aren’t socially sanctioned, with that social sanctioning coming in large part from institutions built by and policed over by leftists, or those who have been trained to police speech as if they are doing so of their own volition, without the insight to recognize that they are in fact merely helping the left entrench its control over speech, with the necessary control over ideas, and policies, that follow.

The fallback defense of the “pussies,” to borrow from Derbyshire — that is, those who have bought into the leftist paradigm that controls the trajectory of thought and expression, often in a way that we don’t consciously or readily recognize, and whether the position themselves politically on the left or the right — is that there are certain ways to say things that can’t be then used against “us” when “they” attempt to depict us as [x].  And we need to be careful about the ways we express things, lest we be (watch the circularity here, it’s really spinny!) dismissed outright for being impolitic, and our ideas not given a fair airing.

We may not like it, the argument goes on, but it is the reality we live in.  And, eg., Derbyshire’s aggressive adherence to a kind of deterministic racialism, expressed without the kind of glancing, innocuous generalities many of us feel constitutes just the right amount of edginess (how timid we’ve become, pussies!)  is clearly unhelpful to those of us who wish to win voters, and thereby change the world one shiny happy heart and mind at a time.

All very sober and pragmatic, is such analysis — and yet, what we never hear, or never see even attempted, are attempts to question the very validity of that “reality,” particularly given that “our” ideological opposition is steeped into anti-foundationalist cant and postmodern / poststructural ideas about truth and reality that, very crudely put, gives them license to create reality by creating perceptions and then entrenching them as narrative truths, defended by a consensus manufactured through years of wide-ranging institutional indoctrination, positive and negative reinforcement, shaming, and punishment for transgressors.

So while it may be “reality,” this idea that we have to then accept that reality and operate within it is merely surrendering the game at the very outset. This idea that by even allowing the “controversial data” into the discussion, we are somehow agreeing with it outright or out of some leftist-imposed characterization of political homogeneity or necessity (cf., Akin, Todd), is itself evidence of our preemptive defeat.

I’ve said this before I can’t count how many times, and it remains true now — truer, even, given the enormity of just how imminent is the fall of the Enlightenment paradigm, built around reason, stable law, individual autonomy, and (in the political sense) brought to its performative apotheosis in the founding and successes of the US:  unless you are willing to identify your enemy and name them for what they are, you are playing their game, on their home field, under their rules.  And to an anti-foundationalist, “rules” can be reduced to a very simple old saw, “heads I win, tails you lose.”

It’s in the language, people.  And far from being “fundamentally unserious,” such an observation is the central insight that will allow us to defeat the left. If only we’d listen.

Sorry. But deal.  Pussies.

(h/t Leigh)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:55am
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  1. So is John Derbyshire the Todd Akin of NRO?

    It is a funny article. I made a point over at Raw Story back when he got fired that no minority was ever harmed by John Derbyshire’s views. That did not go over well, but they love to claim being victims.

  2. The mainstream narrative — from both sides, note — is a spigot turned on from on high that dispenses a froth completely at odds with prosperity and happiness on earth.

    For a hundred years we have been dished a lie. We must not participate by thinking we have any choice but to reject all official narratives, no matter their partisan ranking, orientation, or perceived outcome.

    It’s all bullshit and it’s all bullshit so as to distract from what’s really going on. It is a product. Don’t be a consumer.

  3. I can say with confidence that John Derbyshire is most definately not a pussy.

    Now, Rich Lowry? Pussy.

  4. Damn, Derbyshire is the curmudgeon I aspire to be. And in print to boot!

  5. So is John Derbyshire the Todd Akin of NRO?

    No. Derb has his facts in order and the stats to back them up. You’ll not often hear him retracting…or apologizing.

  6. Derb writes books about Mathematics. And chess, iirc.

    He’s not going to have to retract much, if anything.

  7. My problem with Derb’s article is that he identifies the problem as a “white” problem.

    Which, it kinda sorta is, on account of the endless drumbeat-narrative on how the white devils have forever oppressed the planet’s brown peoples and must pay…

    …but our very own brown president is just as big a pussie as Derb describes, what with his bowing and scraping to foreign powers and his apologizing to all and sundry for “our sins.” (OK, for the sins of his predecessors, for which he will atone in grand fashion.)

    It’s more a problem of the West—the heirs of the Enlightenment and all that preceded it: good, bad, and ugly—and of the Western tradition, regardless of complexion. The cultural masochism isn’t limited to pasty people, though the browner among us are on a slightly different tier—they may not be white devils, but they’re nevertheless guilty of benefiting from Western Imperialism.

    What I’m hoping to avoid seeing is a “white power” sentiment, when we really should be boosting the West and all that came with it (minus the oikophobia).

    The Japanese might not want hordes of uncivilized Others crowding their islands, but they wouldn’t cotton to hordes of civilized white people making inroads, either. They’re just plain racist, as are the Koreans and Chinese.

    Sometimes chauvinism preserves the core of who you are, and sometimes it’s just bigotry.

  8. Did someone say pussies?

    Egyptians angry at film scale U.S. embassy walls

    Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and pulled down the American flag during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.

    In place of the U.S. flag, the protesters tried to raise a black flag with the words “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger”, a Reuters reporter said.

    Once the U.S. flag was hauled down, protesters tore it up, with some showing off small pieces to television cameras. Then others burned remains.

    Our “allies.” On 9/11.

    A U.S. embassy official had no immediate comment on the protesters’ actions but the embassy had put out a statement earlier on Tuesday condemning those who hurt the religious feelings of Muslims or followers of any other religions.

    “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others,” the U.S. embassy said in its statement.

    Fuck Muhammed, the psychopathic pedophile. Fuck Islam. Fuck Allah. And fuck you, Embassy spokesman. Where are the Marines?

    I really feel like going to the range.

  9. When I see the term ‘deterministic racialism’ I think of something roughly described by the concept that what can be expected from a any particular grouping “belong[s] instead to someone who may have had sex with someone who eventually produced the someones who then produced you, the remainder demon spawn, and even then, took place in a quite different historical context which may or may not have found particular cultural and legal decisions cause for introspection and culpability.”

    Which is not exactly where I see Derb coming from. To be sure he is working in the neighborhood, but I honestly think he’s hoping to be refuted, or at least have certain premisses questioned or called for clarification. Not necessarily to be proven wrong, but to be engaged in actual conversation. A conversation that might advance in some meaningful sense of common understanding.

    All of which might explain why certain forces wish to have such discussions declared verboten, lest their carefully arranged, and culturally enforced, worldview be called into doubt.

  10. That’s just the Embassy’s way of saying that the War on Terror is over, and that the Islamists have won. What’s the big deal? After all, this is Obama’s position.

  11. So is John Derbyshire the Todd Akin of NRO?

    No. Derb has his facts in order and the stats to back them up. You’ll not often hear him retracting…or apologizing.

    Correct. Akin is not a genius and an accomplished writer. Too bad since he was most likely right on on the facts in question and his attackers wrong. For not having every study ever done at his fingertips at all times he was stupid and for apologizing he’s a pussy.

    Fuck him, don’t fund him, and forget him.

    Science, studies, and facts? Fuck all that too.

    Obamacare lives the elites have spoken. Get used to the new order of the world.

    Fucking hell.

  12. Progressives, in attempting to create their version of heaven on earth, instead create hell on earth. Perhaps their heaven is our hell.

  13. I meant Derb being a Todd Akin in terms of pillaring and shunning than being the same as Todd Akin on issues. Derbyshire and Akin are very different in their world views.

    I disagree with them both on issues, but I do agree with them both that the GOP is a bunch of pussies.

  14. The GOP being pussies is of course a subset of white people being pussies because only white people are in the GOP. Those individuals with black or brown skin you sometimes hear from in the GOP are magically turned “white” (sort of like George Zimmerman, even though he was a democrat) and whites with the right attitude can transform their race (such as Bill Clinton or Elizabeth Warren).

  15. It’s more a problem of the West—the heirs of the Enlightenment and all that preceded it: good, bad, and ugly—and of the Western tradition, regardless of complexion. The cultural masochism isn’t limited to pasty people, though the browner among us are on a slightly different tier—they may not be white devils, but they’re nevertheless guilty of benefiting from Western Imperialism.

    What I’m hoping to avoid seeing is a “white power” sentiment, when we really should be boosting the West and all that came with it (minus the oikophobia).

    The Japanese might not want hordes of uncivilized Others crowding their islands, but they wouldn’t cotton to hordes of civilized white people making inroads, either. They’re just plain racist, as are the Koreans and Chinese.

    Sometimes chauvinism preserves the core of who you are, and sometimes it’s just bigotry.

    Amen, and preach it.

    Culture counts. Lest we forget, within the past century, “lesser breeds without the law” included peoples unblinkingly referred to as “white” these days–Irish, Italians, Slavs and Jews. They were not within the circle of grata persona. I’m reminded of a report on the deaths of immigrants aboard the Titanic, which took pains mourned the loss of the Nordic Finns, who were, as everyone knew, much better citizen material than the dagoes and Polacks, what with their backward governments and troublesome beadmummery.

    And yet, in contact with a confident culture and propelled by the determination to want to join it and make a new life, the Eyeties, et al, made fine Americans. Thomas Sowell’s Ethnic America offers an excellent overview of this process.

    Likewise, you’ll find that black Americans from West Indian immigrant communities do damn well for themselves and the nation.

    Which is not to say that our current immigration policy is sane–it isn’t. But it’s not as, er, black and white as Derb is portraying it.

    The problem of pussification is one of a loss of confidence in the culture, following–what else?–the left’s march through the institutions.

  16. …the Eyeties, et al, made fine Americans.

    I still ain’t so sure about them Bohunks.

  17. One common theme among progressives is that America has no culture. That makes it much easier for them to define one of their own I guess.

  18. “. . . America has no culture.”

    I don’t think that’s quite the deal crank-d, but that they believe the basis of American “culture” is slavery and all manner of evil-doing. Hence, if we “cling” to America’s fundamental political philosophy as such, we are ourselves proponents of slavery and all manner of evil-doing. It’s simpler to understand their own self-regard this way, I think.

  19. Sorry, meant to write cranky-d, but screwed up.

  20. That’s just the Embassy’s way of saying that the War on Terror is over, and that the Islamists have won.

    Like this? White House declines Netanyahu request to meet with Obama

  21. Yes, very much like that.

  22. Because of the reaction to the horrors of the holocaust and how easily the German people (i.e. White People) embraced it, denigration of any ethnic/nationality/race has become almost equivalent to the commission of genocide. (slippery slope and all that)

    I guess the theory is that once you start dehumanizing any group, the path to committing mass murder suddenly opens and you become someone condoning or inciting ethnic cleansing. Or so the liberals would have us believe and they play on our fears of our inner demons to make us self censor what we say for fear of being labeled that which we fear we may be (or desperately hope we aren’t).

    Rich Lowry Is a pussy and should apologize to Derbyshire as everything Derbyshire has voiced (particularly about precautions to take around or about certain ethnicities/races) have proven to be prescient and that if some whites had heard and taken that advice, they would either be alive or uninjured today.

    That he’s weighed in on the induction into viable societies the dregs and dreck of other countries, that are unable to provide the opportunities for their citizens to live without threat of bodily harm or death, that the west seems to think it is it’s obligation; is another set of precepts we would do well to take into serious consideration.

    France, Britain, the Netherlands and others all face financial and civil upheaval due to their open arms approach to those from “disadvantaged” countries. Instead of the countries’ lifting these people (sorry) up, these people (sorry) instead have dragged these countries down.

    America has so far escaped the degree of civil upheaval but I suspect it’s just around the corner unless we begin a more rational and sovereign approach to who we let into the country and why and how we keep track of them and for what reason we let some of those stay.

    Of course the xenophiles want to embrace everyone (as long as they don’t move in next to THEM!!!) and try to shame anyone who expresses dismay at this idea as being genocidal maniacs intent on the resurrection of the 3rd Reich.

    Time to disabuse them of their assumptions and stop pandering to folks who are uneducated, unproductive and uncivlized.

  23. cranky-d says September 11, 2012 at 11:57 am
    Progressives, in attempting to create their version of heaven on earth, instead create hell on earth. Perhaps their heaven is our hell.

    That may indeed be the case. They did a Twilight Zone episode to that effect starring the recently departed Phyllis Diller as a domineering and hectoring wife who finally pushed her husband to murder. Of course he was caught, found guilty of murdering his wife, and executed.

    In the next scene there he was back in his old living room with Phyllis, who proceeded to tie into him without pausing for breath. Looking to escape he realized that unlike their living room in life, this room had no doors and no excape.

    “My god!” he exclaimed, “What is this place?”

    “It’s Hell, dear” Phyllis replied.

    “I murdered you and I understand why I’m in hell, but you were always a good person, why are you here?”

    “Because one person’s heaven is another person’s hell!” she cackled as only Phyllis Diller could.

    ***

    And here we are, 20 comments into the thread and not a single Shiekh Djibouti joke? Y’all are slipping!

  24. I still ain’t so sure about them Bohunks.

    It depends. If it’s an oily Bohunk, I’m with you.

  25. I don’t think that’s quite the deal crank-d, but that they believe the basis of American “culture” is slavery and all manner of evil-doing. Hence, if we “cling” to America’s fundamental political philosophy as such, we are ourselves proponents of slavery and all manner of evil-doing.

    They find it useful to portray American culture as inherently evil. Because if American culture is inherently evil—including the Constitution and the Enlightenment and Judeo-Christianity and all that goes with it—then they are fully justified in tearing it down and replacing it with their own regime.

    But calling what they do “believing” is to give them too much credit. They believe only that they should be in charge of everything all the time; portraying the West as guilty and evil is merely a means to their only end.

  26. I can only offer anecdotal evidence to the notion that progressives think America has no culture, in that many have told me so in conversation. However, since I have not polled a representative sample, I don’t have statistical proof to back up my assertion.

  27. Maybe you could test the proposition cranky-d by offering as the American “culture” the founding political theoretic and see how they respond to that (Locke, Montesquieu, Madison, et al)? They could say for instance “that’s not a culture” or “that’s not what we mean by American culture”, I guess. But could be at least they’d have to ascribe some meaning to their use of culture you could work with?

  28. I doubt any progressive I’ve ever met would even know who those men are. Plus, I am no longer interested in talking to them.

  29. It is a weird idea, the idea of “no culture”, since culture itself was invented in order to have a handle to get ahold of any and every human people who have lived. So it strikes as strange that a progressive would deny the existence of his own tools of measurement. Or, fucked up stupid, as opposed to merely strange.

  30. Pablo, it is worse than that. Benjamin Netanyahu asked to meet with the President today and he responded he is “too busy.”

    I hope Israel acts in their own best interest. And if they do they can remind all that they tried to meet with Barack Obama but he was “too busy.”

    http://www.jammiewf.com/2012/somber-obama-grants-excluvie-911-interview-to-dj-pimp-with-the-limp/

  31. “I still ain’t so sure about them Bohunks.”

    Well those fake ass Hungarian “Bohunks” from Pennsylvania are alright. But you long haired, wire- frame glasses having, zit faced, mandolin strumming Central Texas Bohemians…I got my eye on you. I know how you do.

  32. Funny thing is, I wasn’t a regular listener of Radio Derb until after the April contretemps. It’s quite a wonderful way to spend 40 minutes every week.

    I recall that line from Star Wars: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” Though Rich Lowry makes a rather poor Darth Vader to John Derbyshire’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.

  33. More like Dark Helmet from Spaceballs.

  34. Mike, those videos are hilarious.

  35. “If you strike me down…” -> “If you ceremonially piss on my shoe and turn your back to me in an almost farcical manner…”

  36. I think the idea that Derb was run out on a rail for racially-inflammatory comments is pretty batshit. He’s always caused discomfort around there with it, but he’s always dealt in the realm of facts, so it was put up with. What was different this time was that he rattled the people there with Jesus for brains by, among other things, claiming that he would never come to the aid of a black person in distress.

  37. “claiming that he would never come to the aid of a black person in distress.”

    not quite

    “10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway. ”

    http://takimag.com/article/the_talk_nonblack_version_john_derbyshire/print

  38. That’s what I was referring to, NR. The subtle distinction of avoiding it due to the potential malice of said darkies notwithstanding, it it still ruffled the feathers of Team NRO Jesus.

  39. My partner and best friend Ted decided to play the chivalrous dude back in ’83 in Adams Morgan in D.C., attempting to break up a beat down of a young woman neighbor by her ostensible boyfriend on the street outside his house one late summer afternoon. Got a two x four to the back of his head and his ribs kicked in by the small gang of three buddies of this woman beater. He learned the hard way.

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