Saturday, 2 May 2015

Stereotypes, whatever they are

I slept very comfortably last night on the train when conductress finally relented and found me a carriage to myself. St Petersburg is cold and grey and I am glad of my Nigel Farage overcoat. The fedora protected me from the rain in Red Sq last night. I wonder if this station is the Finland station. No jokes about Lenin. Keep your head down.

In Moscow I visited a British diplomat friend. His ten year old daughter came home from school while we drank tea, he asked her what she had studied in school and she answered 'Stereotypes'. I don't know what stereotypes are exactly but I know indoctrinating schoolchildren against them is bad news. 

Oddly enough, children have not been taught catechism for two generations and are no longer taught Christianity, except in the context of comparative religion.

In fact children are being taught a new religion, called human rights, though these rights are not the same as freedom and in many cases diametrically opposed to freedom. They are being taught the rebuttable assumption that equality is a good idea when it is usually a very dangerous idea indeed.

I imagine the idea of stereotypes is an attack on socially conservative ideas. I would have enjoyed kicking against these ideas were I at school or university but young people tell me it is best to keep your head down and pretend to accept them. 

Racism is unpleasant but antiracism is responsible for many evils. It is essentially a quasi-religious phenomenon, a specifically Protestant one, a mutation of puritanism crossbred with Marxism, a left wing movement disguised as simple decency, essentially irrational.


  1. Sadly anti-racism is often a codeword for anti-white. I assume that Romania and other points eastwards still rely on common sense over "human rights"?

    1. A young British friend of mine of Ukrainian parentage and right-wing opinions, who is studying philosophy and has a brilliant brain, says she loves to go to Kiev where people 'think like normal human beings'.

  2. Hmm; read Witness by Whitaker Chambers. Born in Communism, I had not understood the nature of the 'new religion' until this book. I agree with Mr Wood here. This new 'human rights' is the extension/continuation of communism in it's form devoid of proletariat. It is the replacement of religious values, which what communism was all about. Now that communism is no longer called such, there come the other variations/reinventions: human rights, anti-racism, inclusion, tolerance etc etc. It's all about finding as many substitutes as possible in search for Nietzsche's 'superman'.

  3. It was the Jewish Boasian school which invented the “Race is a myth” myth in order to intellectually undermine European racial collectivism which threatened Jews. He did this by skewing skull measurements of second generation immigrants to America to make it look as if the new environment had changed them physiologically. Now that we have a better understanding of genetics we can see that the 19th Century racial scientists had been more or less on the right track before the intervention of Boasian pseudoscience. "Race" is just a shorthand term for genetic clusters.