The 32nd Law of Power is: "Play to People’s Fantasies." The 38th is: "Think as you like but behave like others." Later in the book Robert Greene says:
The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disenchantment.
In that article, Derb puts into words what all elite white (and black) people actually do, but don’t say. There’s nothing all that interesting in the article, and none of the Puritans who’ve read it – and been forced to break out the smelling salts as a result – have found any factual errors win the article. It’s all true, you’re just not supposed to say it. Unfortunately for Derb, Puritans in the 21st Century don’t like heresy any more than their 18th Century predecessors.
Most of Derb’s rules are well-documented statistical facts. In rule 10, he basically tells people to avoid high concentrations of blacks. Even though virtually all white people do this, as documented by recent census data, you’re not supposed to talk about it!
Before you get excited, I would like to point out that I violate this rule. I live in a neighborhood that’s 50/50 black and white. My city is run by black politicians (while the government is notoriously corrupt, it’s mercifully entertaining). I’m tired of hearing about issues like this from people who live like George Mason University professors (or in Portland or Austin) – i.e. live as far away from "diversity" as possible but constantly lecture others about how awesome diversity is.
On the other hand, it’s easy to prove Derb wrong. Would any of Derb’s critics be willing to hang out in heavily black areas (the closest one to me is Southeast (apparently, Wikipedia is racist too!)) when lots of people are out – maybe during a parade?
I didn’t think so.