Monday, May 14, 2012

Very, Very, Very White Man's Burden


Now that John Derbyshire has spit the "Don't talk about our r-a-c-i-s-m" bit out of his mouth and gotten the sack from the NRO for using his Conservative Inside Voice in front of company, he is free to talk of what American Conservatism is really all about.

And you know what? It sounds remarkably like what every single Liberal in the fucking Universe has been saying for the last +40 years:

I don't mind the word "white" in either of those expressions. Conservatism, Inc. or otherwise, is a white people's movement, a scattering of outliers notwithstanding.

Always has been, always will be. I have attended at least a hundred conservative gatherings, conferences, cruises, and jamborees: let me tell you, there ain't too many raisins in that bun. I was in and out of the National Review offices for twelve years, and the only black person I saw there, other than when Herman Cain came calling, was Alex, the guy who runs the mail room. (Hey, Alex!)

This isn't because conservatism is hostile to blacks and mestizos. Very much the contrary, especially in the case of Conservatism Inc. They fawn over the occasional nonwhite with a puppyish deference that fairly fogs the air with embarrassment. (Q: What do you call the one black guy at a gathering of 1,000 Republicans? A: "Mr. Chairman.")

It's just that conservative ideals like self-sufficiency and minimal dependence on government have no appeal to underperforming minorities—groups who, in the statistical generality, are short of the attributes that make for group success in a modern commercial nation.

Of what use would it be to them to embrace such ideals? They would end up even more decisively pooled at the bottom of society than they are currently.

A much better strategy for them is to ally with as many disaffected white and Asian subgroups as they can (homosexuals, feminists, dead-end labor unions), attain electoral majorities, and institute big redistributionist governments to give them make-work jobs and transfer wealth to them from successful groups.

This is American Conservatism at its most nakedly honest.   It is also a hugely inconvenient reality  which people like the World's Greatest Blogger and America's Leading Conservative Public Intellectual have spent most of their careers pretending does not exist, or is some kind of freak, outlying ideological rounding error.

It's not, of course, but you can't very well make a living selling "Liberals should capitulate on everything" Centrist pablum as the Pure Quill if people figure out that the Conservatism to which we Liberals are supposed to surrender is nothing but chocolate frosted rat poison.


double nickel said...

Wow. I got nothing, just

Anonymous said...

Wow. He really laid it out there for all to see, didn't he?

Glen Tomkins said...


Didn't the Derb jusr spend several paras makng the point that Conservatism is vanilla frosted rat poison?

D. said...

Rat poison no matter what hides it will kill if ingested.

Secondly, there was a time black people, at least, believed the self-sufficiency lie. But they kept being lynched, cheated, railroaded on trumped-up charges, discriminated against, and told to wait, it wasn't their turn.

See note above about rat poison.

Hipple, Rev Paul T said...


I've been saying that for years.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this character wears jodphurs and a pith helmet on his days off: "Pip, pip, cheerio!...and bugger the damned wogs...."

Monster from the Id said...

"The Damned Wogs" would be a great name for a rock band. ^_^


"Please prove you're not a robot."

"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave". -_^

Monster from the Id said...

Alas, too many of my fellow Southron palefaces did not and do not want to follow the advice which General Lee gave shortly after the war:

"The questions which for years were in dispute between the State and General Government, and which unhappily were not decided by the dictates of reason, but referred to the decision of war, having been decided against us, it is the part of wisdom to acquiesce in the result, and of candor to recognize the fact."

In other words, "Get over it."

MarkC said...

A stroke victim's radical honesty combined with a Klan member's simplistic theory of racial differences. I know people who say these things, but to a one they have court-appointed guardians.

Cassandra said...

It's amazing that any Black person would join the Repub party. Derbyshire pretty much tells them to get lost.