September 5, 2005

Thou shalt know him by his enemies

If so, I'm feeling pretty good right now because John Podhoretz, the unintentionally unfunny Ali G of nepotistic neoconservatism, who aspires to be chief Chekist enforcer of post-Trotskyite political correctness, is shocked, SHOCKED on NRO:

...may not be Kanye West's denunciation of Bush after all. I think West is given a run for his money by by Steve Sailer's shockingly racist and paternalistic riff off of the New Orleans slogan "Let the good times roll," on the website "What you won’t hear, except from me, is that 'Let the good times roll' is an especially risky message for African-Americans. The plain fact is that they tend to possess poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups. Thus they need stricter moral guidance from society."

Nobody with the unspeakable gall and tastelessness to write such sentences should be suggesting that any other person on earth requires "stricter moral guidance." Posted at 03:03 PM

Unsurprisingly, Pod the Lesser fails the basic test of web etiquette by not providing a live link to my article so you can read the supposedly offending words in context. Equally unsurprisingly, he offers no refutation whatsoever of my facts or logic. He just tries to read me out of the clique of People Like Us.

One amusing irony is that I supported my statement that the New Orleans moral culture is especially bad for blacks because they "tend to possess poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups" by later in the article pointing out that the national average IQ of African-Americans is around 85. To document that, I linked to my article about Charles Murray's famous new article "The Inequality Taboo" about the white-black IQ gap. Murray's long work is the featured essay in this month's issue of Commentary, which was edited for many decades by JPod's dad, Norman Podhoretz. Commentary's website also highlights five previous Commentary articles by Murray, including "The Bell Curve and Its Critics."

As I pointed out in the last time Podhoretz Minor denounced me as "a bigoted, racist scum:"

Norman Podhoretz was somewhat anomalous among the first generation of neoconservatives, such as Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nathan Glazer, and James Q. Wilson, because he was trained as a literary critic rather than a social scientist. But like them, and like later neoconservatives such as Charles Murray, he had some audacious things to say about race.

In his 1963 essay in Commentary, "My Negro Problem—And Ours," the elder Podhoretz wrote:

"[F]or a long time I was puzzled to think that Jews were supposed to be rich when the only Jews I knew were poor, and that Negroes were supposed to be persecuted when it was the Negroes who were doing the only persecuting I knew about—and doing it, moreover, to me… [It] was the whites, the Italians and Jews, who feared the Negroes, not the other way around."

Thirty years later, the elder Podhoretz reflected on the controversy his article about "black thuggery" had caused:

"In 1963 those descriptions were very shocking to most white liberals. In their eyes Negroes were all long-suffering and noble victims of the kind who had become familiar through the struggles of the civil rights movement in the South, the "heroic period" of the movement, as one if its most heroic leaders, Bayard Rustin, called it. While none of my white critics went so far as to deny the truthfulness of the stories I told, they themselves could hardly imagine being afraid of Negroes (how could they when the only Negroes most of them knew personally were maids and cleaning women?). In any case they very much disliked the emphasis I placed on black thuggery and aggression.

"Today, when black-on-white violence is much more common than it was then, many white readers could easily top those stories with worse. And yet even today few of them would be willing to speak truthfully in public about their entirely rational fear of black violence and black crime. Telling the truth about blacks remains dangerous to one's reputation: to use that now famous phrase I once appropriated from D.H. Lawrence in talking about ambition, the fear of blacks has become the dirty little secret of our political culture. And since a dirty little secret breeds hypocrisy and cant in those who harbor it, I suppose it can still be said that most whites are sick and twisted in their feelings about blacks, albeit in a very different sense that they were in 1963."

Time for John Podhoretz to email to his father accusing him of being "a bigoted, racist scum!"

MORE: Podhoretz responds to the Derb with his usual mobsterish threats and complete lack of rational argumentation:

Derb, you really really REALLY don't want to defend the presumption that "better educated" (i.e., white and Asian) people have better "native" judgment than black people, do you? NATIVE judgment? And I think you'd better check with Roger Clegg before you associate him with such noxious views.
Posted at 07:27 PM

All JPod can do is his usual "point and sputter" routine, combined with his usual sinister insinuations about unfortunate things that might happen to happen to you if cross him because, as we all know, he's, as they say, connected to the new, reigning version of what his Dad used to call The Family.

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