Tuesday 28 June 2022


"The more drastically elite schools apply affirmative action, the faster they degrade the signal that degrees from their schools send (e.g., employers haven't been impressed because of what an applicant learned at Yale, but because the applicant was admitted to Yale). The faster that happens, the faster that a degree from an elite school loses its cachet, and that is devoutly to be wished for the welfare of the culture."
Charles Murray yesterday

"We have been most secure when we kept out of Europe. Meddling with European affairs has brought us nothing but toil and suffering. The greatest age of British economic achievement was in the nineteenth century. Then we were truly the workshop of the world. The sole principle of our foreign policy was Splendid Isolation. This was the basis for our prosperity.... Of course we do not want to see new wars in Europe. But if we enter into European alliances or European associations we make war more likely."
AJP Taylor

"If one distorts faith in Christ by uniting it with the goals of this world, the whole meaning of Christianity will at once also be destroyed and the mind will necessarily fall prey to unbelief." 
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. 

"There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money." Dr Johnson

"In 1930 Montagu Norman, the governor of the Bank of England, and Hjalmar Schacht, his German counterpart, set up the Bank for International Settlements, the bank for central banks. During WWII the Reichsbank continued paying interest on its loans to the BIS. The Reichsbank received Nazi looted gold. Meanwhile, the BIS continued paying dividends to its shareholders. These included the Bank of England. Thus, the British war-time economy was in part funded by looted Nazi gold. Why does this matter? Because even during a global war, business, finance and trade continues. And so, as Germany industrialists have assured us, it will continue now, after Brexit. As Sir Mervyn King, that dangerous xenophobe, bigot, nationalist etc (subs: take in Guardian copy) said, the long term economic impact of Brexit will turn out to be "a bit of a fuss about nothing". Meanwhile, if you want to know more about the BIS (which still exists, the only commercial bank to be protected by an international treaty), and how the Nazis and Allies kept the money flowing across the lines, my book, Tower of Basel, the first investigative history of the BIS, is out in multiple languages. Because in the end, it's all about doing business."
Adam LeBor, on Facebook 28 June 2016

"There are two objects of curiosity— the Christian world and the Mahometan world. All the rest may be considered as barbarous."
Dr. Johnson

At this rate I'm half expecting the pope to issue a statement condemning the Supreme Court for overturning Roe v. Wade

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of affirmative action (what an Orwellian term!), you should read about the recent battles at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which was the top high school in the United States, based on average quantifiable test scores. The admission process largely relied on a test, but the student body did not have the correct demographics. About 3/4 of the latest class was of Asian background. The woke powers, supported by the school and county administrations, attacked this high school's admissions process with viciously, and eventually got their way to reform the admissions process. The status of the school will suffer greatly.