If We’re Being Honest

The way we all knew early on that Black Lives Matter was a crock was that responding with "All Lives Matter" got you labeled racist. If they’d started with "insensitive," they might have had a point. But they started with "racist." When you pointed out that it’s orwellian to call something its opposite, they’d say…

Politics, Law and Concerts

Oh look! It’s one of those situations where everybody’s wrong! Wrong the first: Roger Waters is all over Thom Yorke because he wants to play a concert in Tel Aviv. Waters is a big supporter of BDS – a kind of comprehensive boycott of Israel that mirrors the actions taken in the 70s and 80s…

Reverse Racism Exists, and it isn’t always “Reverse”

The strength of thought experiments is also their weakness. The great thing about them is it lets you abstract out the essentials of a problem and focus on those. The downside is that you may turn out to be wrong about what’s essential. Roderick Long’s Thought Experiments on Reverse Racism strike me as having missed…

Right points, wrong issue

The ever-reliable Facebook points me to this stupid article on Gawker that’s trying to put me in black people’s shoes so that I’ll be more empathetic. It’s the same condescending bullshit every. damn. time. Some people make some legitimate points about a current event, those points challenge PC orthodoxy, and rather than a thoughtful response…

Race was not a Factor

A friend on Facebook writes the following: What is it that has changed in our society to produce these horrible events? Is it some new source of anger and social detachment on the part of young white males that did not exist before? And Mother Jones isn’t helping: Forty four of the killers were white…

Some Words about Scalzi’s “Difficulty Setting” Post

Always one for a bandwagon, here are my responses to John Scalzi’s “Lowest Difficulty” Setting post on Kotaku. Actually, it was originally on his own blog, but he shut down comments after they reached 800. The point of the piece was to try to communicate the idea of white privilege to straight white males who…

Arnold Kling, Carpetbagger

Arnold Kling – via Razib Khan – makes me aware of something I never knew: that the only serious opposition to FDR in 1936 came from New England. Certainly not what one would expect, given New England’s current reputation as a bastion of blue-blood leftists. The policies that politicians that New Englanders regularly vote for…

Name Discrimination

Reading an IDS editorial (I know, I know, I have better things to do), I came across yet another mention already of this 2002 (erroneously identified in the IDS as 2008, but hey, what’s a little fact checking in the internet age?) study called Are Emily and Brendan More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?. As…

Argument by Misrepresentation

Ward Connerly‘s latest target, I’ve just found out through a friend who lives there, is Nebraska, where he is behind the Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative – officially known as Measure 424 – a voter initiative that would amend the Nebraska state constitution to prohibit racial preferences in government hiring and award of benefits such as…