Saturday, 14 April 2012

Some John Derbyshire quotations

am not sure if I particularly like the idiosyncratic John Derbyshire, who was recently fired by a U.S. magazine I vaguely heard of called National Review for an article he wrote in Takimag about black people, but he is always worth reading. These seem to me good. 
Stereotypes are, in fact, merely one aspect of the mind’s ability to make generalizations, without which science and mathematics, not to mention much of everyday life, would be impossible.

Does it not occur to you that by purging all sacred images,references, and words from our public life, you are leaving us with nothing but a cold temple presided over by the Goddess of Reason — that counterfeit deity who, as history has proved time and time and time again, inspires noaffection, retains no loyalties, soothes no grief, justifies no sacrifice, gives no comfort, extends no charity, displays no pity, and offers no hope, except to the tiny cliques of fanatical ideologues who tend her cold blueflame?

Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.

Let’s face it, in the great 20th-century struggle between the state and the individual, the state has won, game, set, and match.

Discussing Robert Putnam’s work advocating the benefits of meeting the challenges of diversity, he observes: 

“Perhaps the idea is that by enlarging and defeating this challenge, we shall be a better nation. In that case, if challenges are so good for us, why not create a few more? I suggest flooding some low lying cities…”

This is a quotation from Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928):

It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions make it impossible to earn a living.

1 comment:

  1. anonymous annely4 July 2013 at 03:15

    Blesses. I think I may explore Derbyshire further. I used to subscribe to National Review in paper. Now I don't and rarely visit them online. I have nearly nil faith or trust in the establishment right, left or center. I inform myself to degree enough to know this. Derbyshire sounds like perhaps a honest sort of fellow.