– C. Van Carter on the mainstream conservative view of race and politics:
“He held that in fact human affairs were carried on after a most irrational fashion, but that the remedy was quite simple and easy, since we all we had to do was to carry them on rationally.”
– Mangan on the Dark Enlightenment:
Politics and the state, for the alt right, have not only become almost completely and dangerously separated from any sort of realism about human nature, but also conceal, from both themselves and others, that they are all about Who? Whom?, as (all? maybe that’s too sweeping) politics and states are.
As such, the Dark Enlightenment offers a comprehensive counter to The Enlightenment, and provides a theoretical backing to what we have come to call the alt right, or dissident right.
– Sailer reviews Wolfe. If that’s not self-recommending, I don’t know what is.
– “If there is any substantial heritability of merit . . . then mobility ought to turn classes into hereditary castes surprisingly rapidly.”
– Is there a relationship between immigration and crime?
– Jayman on who’s having children.
– Ron Unz has an incredibly long (seriously, it’s like 25,000 words) piece in The American Conservative making the points that college admissions discriminate against Asians and in favor of Jews. Everyone who has been paying attention is duly unsurprised. Weirdest comment on the piece so far goes to Tyler Cowen, who notes that he’s uncomfortable with the religious, ethnic and racial counting methods in the piece. My dark corner of the internet talks about race a fair amount, but we’ve got nothing on college admissions officers. If that makes Professor Cowen uncomfortable, shouldn’t he be uncomfortable working in academia?
– Don’t get stuck in the middle.
– Yglesias sees Amazon issuing debt for no reason and thinks more of this would help the economy. When I see debt being issued for no reason, I see a bubble.