John Derbyshire – Moral Cretin?

Something’s Rotten in the Republic

As the story line goes, a secretive cabal of elites, insufficiently stimulated by our nations’ inadequate diversity, or irritated by their demands for better wages, or shocked by their insistence that their interests trump those of foreigners, has decided to replace them with as much stealth as such a project can muster.

I wish I could believe it. Being allergic to conspiracy theories, I can’t. Being also at an age when I can regard the future beyond the next few summers with calm indifference, I think if the root stocks of Britain and America—nations blessed with representative government—were so stupid as to let wily elites drive them to minority status in their ancestral lands, the fools deserve the race war that’s probably coming to them.

Ever notice how it is only the scoffers like Derbyshire who use terms like “a secretive cabal of elites”? I call this the “Joo mind control rayz lulz” technique; in academic circles, it’s known as a straw man argument – an argument your opponent creates out of whole cloth and attributes to you as if you made it, but chosen for its stupidity because your opponent is better at refuting the arguments he invents for you than the arguments you actually make. It’s a tell-tale sign of weakness.

But that’s not what I really find salient in John’s piece. What I find remarkable is that John thinks little old ladies taken in by confidence men deserve bankruptcy. His response to the plight of victims of fraud goes beyond the decadence and cowardice of indifference, to the open malice of schadenfreude. There’s really no way to make that kind of statement, and object to the crime of fraud, and remain morally consistent.

Hey, to each his own, I suppose.

John refers to a segment about unemployment that “dragged its weary length for over 12 minutes while I howled at the monitor: “Mention immigration! Go on, at least mention it! Tell us about the H-1B scam!”

Why would they mention it? If they did, by Derbyshire’s lights, it should only be to note how much they deserve their plight. Even more curious, why would John “howl” at the television?

I do feel some mild regret on behalf of my kids, who I suppose will spend some of their adult years in a continent-sized version of 1970s Lebanon or 1990s Yugoslavia or 1960s/70s/80s/90s/00s Congo/Sudan/Somalia/Ethiopia/Zimbabwe, but at least I’ve taught the little Derbs (him and her) how to use firearms.

If John’s kids were full bearers of his ancestral legacy (instead of only half-bearers), he’d feel twice as much regret on their behalf. So that’s one up side to miscegenation – half the regret contemplating your children’s doom. Miscegenation and national ruin sound like the best match since “hey, you got your peanut butter in my chocolate!”

John notes that the Office of Refugee Resettlement “is now running three years late with these reports. Gosh, you might almost think there’s something they don’t want you to know about refugee resettlement, mightn’t you? Such as, oh, that the whole shebang is fraud-addled and that genuine refugees are a tiny minority of those resettled.”

But John’s already signed off on fraud. Fraud victims deserve their fate. Is this sort of thinking indicative of the logic they teach in British public schools?

If you think I’m being too hard on the old lemon-stuffer, consider his articles on Kevin MacDonald’s work. This “fraud victims deserve it” line isn’t a new one for the Derb. It’s a consistent one.

Yes, I’m turning. CBS; the administration; Congress; the Associated Press; there’s something going on here.

Better late than never, I suppose. Maybe if more White men “turned” before they’re out to pasture, we’d have a decent shot at turning things around.

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6 thoughts on “John Derbyshire – Moral Cretin?

  1. if the root stocks of Britain and America—nations blessed with representative government—were so stupid as to let wily elites drive them to minority status in their ancestral lands, the fools deserve the race war that’s probably coming to them

    In other words: It isn’t happening, but if it were then it’s all YOUR fault.

    Obviously he takes the “conspiracy theory” seriously enough to try and transfer blame from one group to another – from the “wily elites”/”evil-elites” to “the fools”.

    Methinks the wily evil-elite traitor doth protest too much.

  2. All right, so, “better late than never”, as you say, I’m getting around to answering this (except it’s late at night so I may want to revise it later … anyway, here goes):

    “What I find remarkable is that John thinks little old ladies taken in by confidence men deserve bankruptcy. ”

    Well, *I* certainly think so.

    I had to think about it for quite a while.

    What crystallized it for me is (tangent #1) a kerfluffle going on in the comments section to a Hollywood gossip blog. One of the posters has been hinting for a while that 1) he’s Robert Downey Jr., 2) he knows all this stuff about terrible pedophilia and child sexual abuse and rape and so on going on in Hollywood

    About 95% of the usual audience are hanging on this fellow’s every word and getting all puffed up that they’re TALKING TO ROBERT DOWNEY JR!!! IN SECRET!!!11 and also believing every single accusation he makes about various actors. Most of his accusations, as it happens, are things that have been matters of public record for a while, but the poster presents them as though they are big secrets and he’s doing a brave thing by coming forward with these tales – and the (presumably mostly female) audience is playing that up for all it’s worth because ROBERT DOWNEY JR!!! SSHH!!!!

    Tangent #2: I used to play Eve Online. A lot. Eve is unusual in the MMO sphere in that the developers explicitly permit and encourage the players to scam each other. As in, lie, cheat, steal, break agreements on any scale, do absolutely whatever you can get away with – in-game. Out-of-game criminal behavior is where the line gets drawn. Add in the fact that in Eve, significant portions of the game are only accessible to players who cooperate, and the consequence of this is that once you have spent a certain amount of time in Eve, you either have been utterly and repeatedly fleeced (and probably quit in infuriated frustration), or you have acquired a certain set of instincts regarding “too good to be true” and “trust but verify”. Some players make it their regular business, their mode of financing themselves in-game, to scam other players – the player alliance known as Goonswarm is particularly systematic at it – and anybody dealing with these types has to learn to think a bit like them, so as to recognize and avoid possible entrapment.

    I hope I don’t have to spell out how a game that teaches these sorts of habits of thought can be extremely useful in a real-world context.

    Anyway. To start circling back around from the tangents toward the original topic: in Eve, anytime something negative of this nature happens to you, the one reaction that can be counted on is that was your own damn fault, you dumbass, whydja have to be so stupid? I’ve been on both sides of this – and indeed, when I was the victim of stupidity (not of a scam, but of my own poor piloting) it WAS my own fault, and my reaction to it was to face my own failures and adjust what I was doing as a result. Anybody who gets scammed typically will find no sympathy whatsoever, because *everybody knows* (or should know) that scammers exist, and will try to take advantage of you, and if you let them do it then you’re just too stupid to exist in the context of the game environment.

    Reading over this gossipblog comment thread, I found myself thinking: These people all deserve to get ripped off. Every single credulous one of them. A good scammer could set up a monumental Ponzi scheme with this bunch that would catch at least two thirds of them, they’re so eager to believe absolute nonsense based just on this Hollywood worship, and it would be well-deserved. The ones that aren’t credulous fools would escape harm.

    And then I thought: To the extent this country is made up of such small-minded, small-souled, sharp-tongued wretches and shrews as these, who glory only in seeing their own heroes’ reputations broken down, the country deserves to get torn down.

    Little old ladies getting ripped off. Why is this a problem? We instinctively recoil against it. We’re designed to want to protect Grandma. But if Grandma has a protector, or the wisdom to not need one, the problem already ceases to exist. It is only the little old ladies without who are in need – and if they are without, it is likely for a reason. Little old ladies? How many of them are the sensible knitting-and-cooking-and-good-advice grandmas, and how many are selfabsorbed Hollywood-worshipping early boomers?

    Harshness is a rule of nature. We aren’t in civilized times anymore. It would be better if they were not victims – but if they had the sense to not let themselves become victims in the first place, or the will to end their victim status, there would be no issue.

    All that is necessary is to not be so goddamn stupid. Those of us who survive this will, by definition, not be so.

    • Hey, I’ve got no problem with people who say things like what Derb said, AND come out and admit they think fraud is okay. That’s a consistent position. In fact, they’re making my point for me.

      I do have a problem with the “everybody knows” part. No, everybody doesn’t know. In fact, TPTB spend a lot of time and energy making sure they don’t know (and know quite the opposite, in fact), and smashing people who try to tell them.

  3. ” Is this sort of thinking indicative of the logic they teach in British public schools?”

    Derbyshire didn’t go to a public school (which in England means a private school.)

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