April 15, 2009

My article on the most important Supreme Court case

I've written for VDARE.com a massive article (about 2,800 words) that I think is one of my more interesting ones yet. The topic is the most important Supreme Court case of the year, Ricci, the New Haven firemen's reverse discrimination lawsuit. No fireman in New Haven has been promoted in the last five years because the city threw out the results of the 2003 promotion exam because the politicians didn't like the results by race.

Ricci provides a valuable window into what affirmative action imposes upon American organizations. Typically, the contortions our institutions go through to avoid federal discrimination lawsuits are hidden from public view, but Ricci exposes the bizarre, convoluted, and inane way the game is played.

I've been reading about white firemen's reverse discrimination cases for decades, but I didn't really understand the topic until I did extensive research for this article, and the pieces finally fell into place.

White firemen are exceptional in that they tend to fight more than just about any other occupation. And, strikingly, firemen often win.

Why do firemen fight the government, the media, and the conventional wisdom so often? There are a lot of reasons, but one is clear: firemen are brave.

I look forward to you reading this article.

But you can't read the article now because we're broke. VDARE.com lost a longtime big donor, and so we have to beg for money like a PBS station during a pledge drive until we raise enough from readers like you to to stay in business.

If you look at the my blogroll on the right, you'll see a lot of people who are about as good at what I do as I am. Yet, why do they only post 500 or 1000 words per week, while I post 5000 or 10,000? Because they have real jobs. They have to make the 7am flight to Dallas.

Through VDARE.com and other sources, all ultimately supported by the generosity of people like you, I'm able to scrounge together enough money to do things that, now that I think about it, sound pretty ridiculous. If I want to think about what it's like to be a fireman for three days, I think about what it's like to be a fireman. I have the time to follow threads from the small to the large.

Moreover, VDARE.com gives me the freedom to pick my topics, my length, and my approach. All truths are connected to each other, so it doesn't particularly matter where you start as long as you have the freedom to follow the chain to the end -- a freedom that 99.9% of all paying outlets don't provide.

So, please go to VDARE.com now and make a contribution. I know that times are hard, but there are reasons times are hard, reasons you won't read anywhere else.

My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

In South Africa the central police forensics lab has a few crucial positions open because they cannot find blacks with adequate portfolios. Several whites with adequate degrees and experience applied but were turned down. Even white women were turned down. This in South Africa with the highest crime rate in the world. And this in the central forensics unit. Shows you how ideologically driven this AA thing is.

Anonymous said...

Firemen fight for their legal rights a lot because they have a lot of spare time.

M. Simon said...

Steve says:

Why do firemen on the government, the media, and the conventional wisdom so often?

I believe there is a word or two missing from that sentence.

rob said...

No one but me, and maybe Steve, but I can't read the article yet, seems to have noticed that insidious effect of AA and proportional representation. We can't do a bunch of things we want to because the people who could be doing them aren't representative of the whole population.

We use education inefficiently. on average, every dollar spent on African-American medical students results in less future return than educating the Whitsian (opposite of NAM) applicants who would otherwise have been admitted.

We also have a difficult time scaling anything up. Virtually every intelligent, conscientious NAM is working or educated at or above his or her ability. We can't dip deeper into the pool to get more African-Americans in cognitively demanding professions.

We could train X more engineers or whatever, but that next fraction would look even less like America, so we don't. Instead, American talent goes to waste and we import brain power from undeveloped countries or leave a job undone.

So fire departments decay since they can't be effective and meet diversity requirements at the same time.

It happens on a larger scale as well. A fantastic recent example is Obama's green infrastructure initiative. Feminists raised a fury that women would be under-represented in the projects. The left isn't willing to let up on diversity demands to prevent (what they think is) the end of the world.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't VDARE just get advertisers? Oh, right...

Lucius Vorenus said...

Steve Sailer: VDARE.com lost a longtime big donor, and so we have to beg for money like a PBS station during a pledge drive until we raise enough from readers like you to to stay in business.So did he die, and not write you into his will?

Or did he re-marry, and did his second wife tell him that he couldn't donate to you anymore?

Or did he part ways for ideological reasons?

Half Sigma said...

Broke?

I assumed that VDARE.com writers contributed their writings for free, and that Peter Brimelow is rich enough to afford a few hundred dollars a year for web hosting.

Explain broke please.

Anonymous said...

Why do firemen on the government, the media, and the conventional wisdom so often?

I believe there is a word or two missing from that sentence.
"Hose"?

Steve Sailer said...

"I assumed that VDARE.com writers contributed their writings for free..."

Which makes perfect sense if you assume that Costco contributes their groceries to the Sailer family for free.

R J Stove said...

VDARE has paid very generously for the articles it publishes, as I can testify. Peter Brimelow has been scrupulous about that.

Half Sigma said...

"Which makes perfect sense if you assume that Costco contributes their groceries to the Sailer family for free."

Of course not! I assumed your wife was the breadwinner in your family.

Big Bill said...

Steve, I gave $200 to VDARE last night because, frankly, you guys are the only intellectual friends I have.

That fraternity of thinkers I went to college with has long since scattered, and there is literally no one to shoot the sh!t with about earth-shaking ideas.

I am stuck in a midwestern town that is largely ill-educated and indifferent (so far) to all of these issues and I desperately need the information that you, VDARE, ZASucks, Auster, Amren, Brussels Journal and one or two others provide.

You guys give me the courage to speak out at work, quietly at first, and now a bit louder, providing facts and links to the people I work with, without sounding like a crank. I am able to plant seeds, start connecting dots for folks and sending them to places other than the brain-liquefying USA Today and the NYT where they can get good info.

So I spent my $200 bucks last night. I should have been donating earlier, but was willing to be carried. Now that the money crunch is coming to you guys, I realize that I don't know what I would do if you went dark.

Two hundred is the price of just four family movies, yet I have had dozens of hours on VDARE and iSteve.

PS tell Auster he could get some cash too if he would circulate his new email address.

Stopped Clock said...

I have never donated any money to VDare and probably never will be able to afford to, so I'm sorry for that, but I have been volunteering in my free time for conservative so-called "outreach" organizations (to borrow a term from Christianity), and I've made a few of what I'm fairly sure are lifetime converts. My talent is getting into other people's minds to see just how they think, and figuring out just what they would need to see in order to change. Race/IQ arguments are really good at turning high-IQ numbers-oriented white liberals into committed conservatives, and these are the kinds of people that the conservative movement really needs. I have to admit I've been spending more time on the Internet and less time out in the world lately though.

Also: I hadn't realized until now that VDare was paying you either.

Anonymous said...

It makes sense that firemen would be quite collectively hostile to promoting incompetence, because it could lead to their own deaths on the job. For doctors, unqualified colleagues can only kill patients.

TGGP said...

If VDARE came to an end, what would you do, Steve? You've made quite a name for yourself and I'd imagine a lot of "respectable" folks wouldn't want the guilt by association.

Also, does anyone know what Auster's occupation is? I guess he doesn't have a family, but I'm still surprised by the amount of time he puts into blogging.

Lucius Vorenus said...

Steve Sailer: VDARE.com lost a longtime big donor, and so we have to beg for money like a PBS station during a pledge drive until we raise enough from readers like you to to stay in business.


Half Sigma: I assumed that VDARE.com writers contributed their writings for free, and that Peter Brimelow is rich enough to afford a few hundred dollars a year for web hosting.

It wasn't Brimelow himself who cut and ran, was it?

Lev Lakritz said...

Can't read the article, but donated $ anyway. Thanks for keeping us informed, Steve. You're doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

Gave $20. It's not much but it is 1/5th of my bank account.

Keep fighting.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't Brimelow himself who cut and ran, was it?No.

Truth said...

"Which makes perfect sense if you assume that Costco contributes their groceries to the Sailer family for free."

ZINNNNNNNNG!

Let's see; verity, biting sarcasm, brutal directness and wit, all contained in 3 1/2 lines...I see you've been reading my posts, Steve-O!

Colin Laney said...

"ll truths are connected to each other, so it doesn't particularly matter where you start as long as you have the freedom to follow the chain to the end -- "

Charles Fort: "One measures a circle beginning anywhere."