The name ‘The Unrecorded Man’ comes from a generic character in Paul Scott’s ‘Raj Quartet’ novels. I came to it via a John Derbyshire review of those novels. I thought it sounded better than ‘MyBlog.com’.
I used to be mildly and unthinkingly left-wing after being bamboozled by the BBC and the Guardian. I now dislike everything about progressive liberals, including their obsession with equality as opposed to fairness, their righteous posturing, their vilification of anyone who disagrees with them and their insistence that we feel solidarity with everyone, even those we dislike or are indifferent to.
The current narrative among progressive liberals is that everything done by white people is bad and all dark-skinned people are innocent victims. The world is divided into two groups of people: those who act (whites) and those who helplessly react (non-whites). We should let these innocents into our countries in large numbers since to fail to do so would be racist and a dereliction of moral duty. This is our punishment for being explorers, exploiters and the pioneers of the modern world. America, Israel and Britain are the worst oppressors the world has ever seen. Noam Chomsky is the maven of this anti-western silliness.
I would love to turn the clocks back to a time when most normal people had boring middle-class views and progressive leftists were a tiny minority cranks that people laughed at. Well, we conservatives are not laughing any more. The cranks are now in charge and have been increasing in power since the 1960’s.
I want a government that is so small you rarely notice it.
Immigration is okay but mass immigration is a suicidal idea that has fractured British society. As Enoch Powell said, ‘immigration is all about numbers’ and in my view there has been far too much. Perhaps 60 years ago British people felt they had an identity but I’m damned if I can see one now. Since you can now be British five minutes after arriving at Heathrow Airport, nationality has been emptied of any significance it once had. Now it is just a bureaucratic label referring to a passport holder. For me ‘being British’ suggests a cluster of things including ethnicity, ancestry, culture, religion, language, history, feelings of loyalty and last and least, the technical matter of owning a passport.
A recent survey of British Muslims showed that two thirds of them wouldn’t tell the police if they thought a fellow Muslim might be involved in Jihadist activities. That tells you everything you need to know about where their loyalties lie and how deluded the repeated claim is that it is only a tiny minority that pose a threat. 50 years ago British people said they didn’t want millions of Third Worlders here but the elite imported them anyway. Now the objection to sending the children of these immigrants back is that they were born here and are thus British. Well, duh, that’s why we didn’t want them in the first place, you morons.
I think all university departments not teaching something sensible like Maths, Science or Engineering could be closed down without any detrimental effects to society. After all, most liberal arts courses are just opportunities for Cultural Marxist to indoctrinate young, impressionable minds with their poisonous beliefs. Apart from this, the novels and poems written during the previous centuries by men and woman who never went to university were of a much higher quality than the stuff produced by Art and Lit. graduates today. I think these arty subjects should be viewed as hobbies rather than something you bankrupt yourself to study. On-the-job training strikes me as a far more useful way of spending 3 years than going to university.
I find it hard to tell whether or not I am a racist. For me a racist is someone who dislikes other races simply because they are different, in which case I’m not one. However, if believing that mass immigration is on the whole bad for the natives of the host nation then I am a racist. And if believing that races vary in temperament, behaviour and intelligence then, once again, I am a racist. For example, I think scientists have shown fairly conclusively why West Africans run faster, East Africans run further, Ashkenazi Jews are more intelligent and east Asians are less aggressive than other peoples. On average, of course. The reason I believe this is because the evidence looks convincing to me. It wasn’t that I particularly wanted blacks to run faster and Ashkenazi Jews to be more intelligent than my ethnic group.
I think it was a tragedy, not just for the Jews, but for all of mankind that the Holocaust happened. We need more intelligent people in the world, not fewer. I am pro-Israel because I don’t see why the Jews should be denied a homeland while all other people have theirs. And no one needs a homeland more than them since there isn’t a more despised and persecuted ethnic group on Earth (except perhaps for Gypsies, who probably deserve to be despised.) Israel seems to me an oasis of civilisation in an ocean of Islamic barbarism and backwardness and the accusation that the Jews stole land from poor Palestinians and drove them off is not one I believe. What the Jews did do was flood into Palestine in large numbers near the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century because they were being persecuted in Europe, especially by the Russians and Germans. I don’t see how Jews flooding into Palestine is any different to Muslims flooding into Europe. The only difference I can see is that these Muslims are less persecuted than persecuting. At least Jews flooding into Palestine built hospitals, schools and generally raised the desirability of that particular bit of real estate. The same can’t be said of the Muslims coming into Europe. Apart from this the Jews were returning to their ancestral lands after being driven out by Arabs and Romans in the first place. Bradford in England, Malmö in Sweden and Dearborn in Michigan are not the ancestral homes of Muslims. The United Nations annexed 11% of Palestine and gave it to the Jews to rule as their own state. How is this different from the annexation of Pakistan in the same year so that Muslims could have their own state?
John Derbyshire is my favourite political and social commentator and I read anything and everything by him bar his Maths books. I also like Ed and Patrick West, Douglas Murray, Rod Liddle, Fred Reed, Mark Steyn, Jonathan Haidt, Victor Davis Hanson, Gavin McInnes, Jim Goad, Ann Coulter (though I can’t bear her voice), Theodore Dalrymple, Steve Sailer and Walter Williams. Here’s a good video with Murray, Steyn and Farage.
The little I know about economics tells me that Milton Friedman should run every country’s finances and probably their governments too. Though I find economics boring I can somehow listen to Friedman all day. Shame that he’s dead. Luckily two black American economists, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, are still with us and talking sense on economics, politics and social issues. My only gripe with them is that neither shows any sign of being aware that nature plays a part in how we turn out. As far as I can tell they attribute everything to nurture.
Gavin McInnes’s and Steven Crowder’s videos are both great. Stefan Molyneux is good and he has some great guests but I always take what he says with a pinch of salt. There’s something about him I just don’t like.
Elvis Costello is my favourite singer-songwriter though I hate his conventional anti-Thatcher and anti-Israel stance. I haven’t liked any of his music for over a decade so I no longer follow what he is doing. If I were to write a pop song I think it would be in the style of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. There is something about his lyrics which just sound very familiar to me, as though a talented me had written them. I also like The Stranglers, XTC, Sparks, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub and various other pop groups. I would like to know if there are any good new pop groups out there but can’t be bothered to wade through all the dross to find them.
Vladimir Nabokov, Graham Greene, H.G. Wells, George Orwell (fiction and non-fiction), Kingsley Amis and John Le Carré are my favourite fiction writers. I also like the poetry of Robert Frost, Philip Larkin and T.S. Eliot’s heavy stuff, though not the nonsense about cats.
I watch Youtube videos like those of philosopher Michael Levin here and here and the scientist of race, J.P. Rushton here and here. There are some great videos featuring the very intense Jordan Peterson but he is too obsessed with symbolism for my taste. I wish he would just stick to the facts, ma’am.
Nowadays I find reading short articles and watching videos more enjoyable than ploughing through long-winded books that could have said what they wanted to say in just 20 pages rather than 200.
Since we can never be 100% sure of anything I put my trust in science, which strikes me as being the best method we have of getting closer to the truth. I am an atheist and think Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Dan Dennett and Christopher Hitchens are all good thinkers and writers, though politically Richard Dawkins is too much of a lefty for my taste, Dan Dennett is past his best and I didn’t always agree with Christopher Hitchens, though he was a wonderful speaker and debater. Now I am probably more interested in his brother, Peter, who is wonderful and awful by turns.
I still like many of Sam Harris’s ideas though he no longer convinces me in the way he used to. Instead I have moved more towards the ideas of Jonathan Haidt.
I am no longer able to get as annoyed about Christianity as I used to. Instead cultural Marxism, Political Correctness and Islam seem much bigger dangers to the things I value. Belief in the divinity of Jesus strikes me as daft but not harmful, at least the way Christianity is now practised. I like some Christian traditions like Christmas and Easter and the feeling of continuity and community that old churches bring to British towns and villages. I like almost anything that gives a feeling of permanence in this changing world and since you can’t pick and choose your traditions, I am more than happy to go along with those Christian traditions that bind us together. Also, if these atheists are at all representative of mainstream atheists, give me Christianity any day.
My favourite kind of film is suspense, especially from the 1960s and 1970s. Also Harrison Ford made several good thrillers during the 1980s. My favourite film is Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starring Gary Oldman. I will watch any film starring Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Richard Burton or Anthony Hopkins and any comedy with Leonard Rossiter. For some reason there are far fewer actresses whose films I actively seek out, though Maria Schell was wonderful, as was Julie Christie. I like most films by the directors David Lean, Sidney Pollack and Stanley Kubrik.
I’m not much interested in art but I quite like some 19th century art, like the American Realists and the British Pre-Raphaelites. I also like illustrators of popular books like N.C. Wyeth and Arthur Rackham.
I work in Japan for 7 months of the year as an English teacher and treat the remaining five months as extended unpaid holidays in England, where I live off the money I save while working in Japan. Japan has a lot to teach the West about good parenting and how to avoid self-importance. Most young Japanese people strike me as possessing a sense of decency inculcated in them very early by their parents and teachers. I find this, as well as their modesty and their lack of ‘cool’ very appealing. If I ever have a child I would like them to grow up in the manner of a Japanese child.
Many western parents treat their children like royalty and even appear a little scared of them. They praise them for the tiniest thing and talk to them in soppy voices that makes my skin crawl. I much prefer the way people used to talk to children and probably still do in most non-western countries. The parent as a figure of authority rather than a weakling or tyrant seems to me the best way to produce non-annoying children who grow up to be non-annoying adults.
If we were allowed to choose our time and place to live and die I would choose to be born in a small English market town around 1860 and to die peacefully in my sleep around 1960 on my 100th birthday. There is something about the modern world that just doesn’t suit me: the crowds of strangers, industrialisation, the huge shiny buildings, progressive liberal views, mass immigration, the welfare programs that unsurprisingly turn potentially good people into feckless slobs. Even so, I wouldn’t want to be without modern health care, the internet or Amazon.co.uk.