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 Lefties, including their causes, their righteous posturing, their vilification of anyone who disagrees with them and their insistence that we feel solidarity with everyone except our own. After honestly looking into myself I found I simply didn’t feel solidarity towards everyone. I only want to help people that I like and no one else. I feel no impulse to feed the enemy.
The current narrative among progressive liberals is that everything done by white people is bad and all dark-skinned people are innocent victims. We should therefore let them into our countries. Not to do so would constitute racism and a dereliction of our duty for oppressing them for so long. America, Israel and Britain are, according to these people, 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 conservative views and progressive leftists were few and far between. I would also prefer it if governments were so small that you barely noticed them. I see the present Obama administration and most post-war British governments as Big Brothers who are becoming ever more petty and intrusive.
I think immigration is okay but mass immigration has fractured British society. As Enoch Powell said, ‘immigration is all about numbers’ and there has been far too much. Perhaps 60 years ago a British person felt they belonged to something but, for whatever reason, I don’t feel like that. Since you can now be classed as British five minutes after arriving nationality has been stripped of all its meaning. Now it is just a bureaucratic description referring to a passport holder. For me ‘being British’ suggests a cluster of things including ethnicity, culture, religion, language, history, feelings of loyalty and then last and least, the technical matter of owning a British passport.
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 teachers 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 passing 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 because they are other races, in which case I’m not one. However, some people claim a racist is someone who believes that races exist and that these races exhibit differences in ability and behaviour. If that is a racist, then I am one. As far as I can tell, scientific evidence points towards the existence of racial differences. I think it has been shown, for example, how and why West Africans run faster, East Africans run further, Ashkenazi Jews are more intelligent and east Asians less aggressive than other peoples. On average, of course.
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 Jews should be denied their own homeland while all other people have theirs. And no one needs a homeland more than the Jews since there isn’t a more despised people around – except perhaps Gypsies, though that for good reason. Israel seems to me an oasis of civilisation in an ocean of Islamic barbarism and backwardness and the story that the Jews stole land from poor Palestinians and drove them off it is one that I just don’t buy. What the Jews did do was flood into Palestine in large numbers near the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century. Still, I don’t see how that is any different to what Muslims are doing now in Europe and have been doing for decades. The only difference I can see is that the arrival of the Jews in Palestine led to the construction of hospitals, schools and an increase in the desirability to live there. The same can’t be said of the influx of Muslims into Europe. And yes, the United Nations annexed about 11% of Palestine and gave it to the Jews to rule as their own state. How is this different from the annexation of Pakistan 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 except his Maths books. I also like Thomas Sowell, Ed West, Douglas Murray, Rod Liddle, Patrick West, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, Gavin McInnes, Jim Goad, Fred Reed, Ann Coulter, Peter Whittle, Theodore Dalrymple, Steve Sailer and F. Roger Devlin.
The little I know about economics tells me that Milton Friedman should run every country’s finances and probably their governments too. Shame that he’s dead. Luckily the black American economist, Thomas Sowell, is still with us and talking sense on economics, politics and social issues. My only gripe I have with him is that he appears to believe that genes play next to no role in life outcomes, which I personally think is delusional.
Pat Condell’s and Gavin McInnes’s videos are great, as are RamZPaul’s, though I wouldn’t necessarily nail my colours to all his masts.
Elvis Costello is my favourite singer/songwriter though I hate his conventional anti-Thatcher and anti-Israel stance. Unfortunately 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 very familiar to me about his lyrics. I also like The Stranglers, XTC, Sparks, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub and various other pop groups.
Vladimir Nabokov, Graham Greene, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, 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. Even so, nowadays I read very few books, instead choosing to read mainly short, to-the-point non-fiction articles on the internet. I also watch Youtube videos like those of philosopher Michael Levin here and here and the scientist of race, J.P. Rushton here and here. Nowadays reading short articles and watching videos is more enjoyable for me than ploughing through whole books.
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 approaching 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 Dawkins is too much of a lefty for me, Dan Dennett is past his best and I didn’t always agree with Christopher Hitchens, though he’s a great speaker. Now I am probably more interested in the ideas of his brother, Peter.
I like Sam Harris’s ideas about morality, which are certainly an improvement on the fossilised first century morality found in the Bible or the even worse alleged morality of the Koran. Even so, I am not as convinced by Sam Harris’s ideas on morality as I once was and have moved instead towards those of Jonathan Haidt, despite not being wild about him as a person.
I am no longer able to get as annoyed about Christianity as I used to. Instead cultural Marxism and Political Correctness seem much bigger dangers to the things I value. Belief in the tenets of Christianity strikes me as peculiar rather than dangerous, at least as Christianity is now practised. Perhaps it’s inevitable that all religions seem harmless when compared with contemporary Islam. 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 seem perfectly harmless to me. 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. Harrison Ford also made several good thrillers during the 1980s. 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 very few actresses whose films I actively seek out, though I like Maria Schell and Julie Christie. I like most films by 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, teaching, and how to avoid self-importance. Most young Japanese people strike me as possessing a sense of decency that is inculcated in them very early by their parents and teachers. I find their combination of decency, modesty and uncool child-like enthusiasm for life very appealing. If I ever have a child I would like them to grow up, if not in Japan, then like a Japanese child.
Many western parents treat their children like royalty and even appear to be a little scared of them. They praise them for the tiniest thing and talk to them in soppy voices that make 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 people into slobs. Even so, I wouldn’t want to do without modern health care, Amazon.com or the internet.