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of people even inside historic Europe were not supreme during the Dark Ages They were under people even inside historic Europe were not supreme during the Dark Ages They were under sword from the Asiatic Huns and Middle EasternNorth African Muslim invaders just to give a couple of notable examples One could try to give Derbyshire the benefit of the doubt for his Non black Talk but once one encounters his dalliance with white supremacy pretty much the game is up for Derbyshire s credibility on race Too bad because as I noted his criticisms of current trends and prevailing PC totalitarianism is otherwise worth consideringDerbyshire also tries to cite The Bell Curve Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life as support for his geneticracial ideas though Herrnstein himself concluded that the overwhelming case was that American blacks were at an environmental disadvantage It s too bad that books like the Bell Curve are uoted far than read thereby creating unnecessary and artificial controversy not to mention being misused as Derbyshire does In short one could read Derbyshire for his criticism of both left and right as well as some of his provocative ideas about age class education etc However as his infatuation with science and statistics exceed his understanding of these subjects he is unable to proceed from criticism to construction of anything useful Further his ideas on race do not hold up to scrutiny and therefore are useful only for stirring up ill will and controversy While I do not having read it I can easily recommend many better
works on virtually any of the topics Derbyshire here may I humbly suggest The Thomas Sowell Reader as on virtually any of the topics Derbyshire covered here may I humbly suggest The Thomas Sowell Reader as best first place to start When Derbyshire is on his game he s one of the most piercing and entertaining voices on the Right I d recommended though with little success The Future of Elite Attitudes on Race before its inclusion in this eBook as one of the most humane and intelligent short works on the subject and intend to eep pushing itAbout half the essays in here are of similar caliber including Nice Guys Get Illegal Immigrants What s So Scary About Darwin The Root of White Ethnomaschism but the others are much weaker and seem to be about Derb embracing the persona he s been accused of ever since he published The Talk The first three essays revolve around that infamous work and I can t say it s improved with time As Noah Milman said in his critiue of it which to D Disappointing I m afraid I like what Derb stands for but these shirt essays are really just blog post uality and very chatty You feel like he might have just dashed them off on the way to work each Monday morning. Fers an answer to it That essay also describes the work of VDAREcom in detail It concludes with an unofficial VDAREcom mission stateme. Bloody well written essays Derbyshire much like Chesterton GK or Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm is at his best when submitting another s ideas to his withering analysis and criticism though like the afore mentioned he is unable to construct anything positive that could also withstand similar review Derbyshire engages in well thought out criticisms of both the contemporary right and left in the United States he
includes policies in European countries as well His attacks on the tyrannical political correctness madness that censors not only expression policies in European countries as well His attacks on the tyrannical political correctness madness that censors not only expression thought itself are spot on He highlights much of what is terribly broken in education today especially at the university level He accuses both right and left of being almost the same party both of them supporting big central government at the expense of federalism and small government differing only in the details as to how that big government is used He noted particularly that the right clove to anti Communism during the Cold War and permitted every other Les fiances Windham - Le prix d'un baiser (J'ai lu Aventures Passions t. 12432) kind of excess in its zeal location 1646 1648Derbyshire posits repeatedly that The ordinary modes of human thinking are magical religious social and personal We want our wishes to come true we want the universe to care about us we want the approval of those around us we want to get even with that sob who insulted us at the last tribal council For most people tonow the cold truth about the world is way way down
the list location 1826 1828 and He uotes Nietzsche along those lines We would rather believe than list location 1826 1828 and elsewhere He uotes Nietzsche along those lines We would rather believe than location 1788 He explores how people impose taboos on themselves because by collapsing complex issues into simple moral formulas they prevent us having to think encouraging us to feel instead location 1123 Derbyshire himself favors liberty sovereignty science constitutionalism location 293 294 and elsewhere hard to argue with on those termsSo what s wrong with it Despite Derbyshire s superficial fascination with science and statistics his understanding of these topics seems to be superficial and sophistic He uses batteries of statistics to show that blacks are genetically inferior to whites but his use of such statistics does not hold up to rigorous review if you can believe it While he cites black criminality as proportionally greater than black poverty what he fails to address in this instance is that poverty measures the person while criminal statistics measure acts of crime One person can commit multiple acts of crime all at once andor serially over time Just so one criminal can drive up the crime rate for any given demographic considerably the way This book is mainly a collection of essays I published between 2001 and 2013 Most of those essays appeared on VDAREcom an online magaz.
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OF LIBERTY SOVEREIGNTY SCIENCE CONSTITUTIONALISM HEliberty sovereignty science constitutionalism he opines that blacks and other unspecified groups would be disadvantaged under such a system making group preferences for a welfare state set asides and similar measures a rational group preference As making group preferences for a welfare state set asides and similar measures a rational group preference As Sowell has shown repeatedly blacks closed the socio economic gap with whites at a far greater rate before the civil rights legislation of 1964 and beyond than after showing that they are than capable of competing in the ind of society Derbyshire claims to support and this with unuestionable odds stacked against them in the form of formal and informal discrimination and a general starting position of great socio economic disadvantage If the purpose of Derbyshire s Non black Talk was to highlight the ridiculous dimensions of the racist Black Talk and other unfortunate by products of the TrayvonZimmerman controversy as well as society s acceptance of such racism it would have served a useful purpose But in fact Derbyshire appeared serious and sincere that such a talk would be a useful way to educate non black children as to the dangers of associating with groups of blacks He tries to use the caveats that his advice is based on statistics though as I noted above Derbyshire s use andor understanding of statistics is dubious at best and that he does not venture to guess at causes only to focus on effects But if an adult were really to school a child in all the things Derbyshire mentions without once explaining why things were that way it is hard to imagine that a child s conclusion would not be Well all blacks must be like that just because they re born that way They would thereby become life long racists if they didn t stop to reflect on such childhood training which might be just fine as far as Derbyshire is concernedWhat really seals the deal for Derbyshire and his viewpoints on race are his flirting with the idea of white supremacism Even Derbyshire s freuent inclusion of northeast Asian peoples among the successful races point to the contradiction inherent in such a point of view Add to that the simple refutation of Nazi or any other formulation of master race ideas which is to say if there were one race that really were superior it would have been ascendant over the others during all of history not just a century or two here and there Clearly the white people of Europe if that can even be considered a scientifically useful category as Derbyshire pretends. Ine dedicated to frank discussion of the National uestion The penultimate essay in this collection defines the National uestion and of.