Here is a good article in the Spectator by Rod Liddle on how, when the political left lose they scream, shout, blame and desecrate. Yet when the right loses nothing untoward happens. They just analyse why they lost and blame themselves, which strikes me as being the adult and civilised approach.
And here is Fred Reed who I like more every day. His topic this time is the awfulness of black people and their culture and my thoughts on reading it were ‘At last! Someone has finally said it.’ Not even John Derbyshire said it quite as plainly as this.
That article put me in mind of another Fred Reed article from a couple of months back that I have thought quite a bit about since. The article basically says that we only read to have our prejudices confirmed, which I think is depressing but largely true. I would like to find out how the other half thinks, if only to know my enemy better, but reading articles by columnists for the Guardian, the Independent, Salon, Slate, the Huffington Post and the New Statesman leave me wanting to tear out the hair I no longer have. Thus I can’t blame lefties for never bothering to find out what John Derbyshire, Douglas Murray, Mark Steyn or Fred Reed actually think. Maybe I’ll hold my nose and try right now.
Here’s a video of Gavin McInnes, unsure of whether liberals are serious or just kidding.
And here is John Derbyshire with his weekly podcast. I especially liked his thought experiment at 15 mins 11 secs. This connected to the earlier segment on political violence, which he claims is committed predominantly, though not exclusively, by the progressive left. I agree with this, though I know that if you are a leftist you will believe either that violence is committed equally by both sides, or that Trump and Tory supporters are generally the instigators of most violence. You will also probably believe that, culturally speaking, Trump supporters and Tories represent the status quo and dissenting from their views is bold and dangerous. American Playwrights take their lives in their hands when they criticise Trump, films that deal with slavery and the ‘continued oppression’ of blacks by whites are ‘transgressive’. The media is capitalist and thus is typically on the side of the dumb populists and against minorities. School teachers are brave to expose the brutal history of white colonialism and empire, and so on. This is all hilarious stuff though leftists apparently believe it to be an accurate description of the world we live in. And this despite the fact that I am generally the only person in a room with a good word to say about Trump, Farage, the Tories, Le Pen or European history. Why is it that these people think I sound like a crank yet they still believe that it is they who are an embattled minority? Why do they still like to pretend that the police are likely to knock on their doors at 4 am rather than, say, Tommy Robinson’s or some poor bugger who has made a joke about Middle Easterners on Twitter?