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 those that I like and that I’m like.
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 in the millions. 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 cranks people laughed at. Well, we’re not laughing any more now that the cranks are in charge. I believe we need governments but small ones. The present ones are too big, 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 British people would have 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, nationality has been stripped of its significance. Now it is just a bureaucratic label 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. 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, how deluded the repeated claim is that it is only a tiny minority that pose a threat, and the self-manufactured problem we now face. 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. Well, duh. That’s why we told you not to import their parents.
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 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 there are different races and that significant differences exist between them then yes, I am a racist. As far as I can tell most of the scientific evidence points towards the existence of racial differences. For example, I think it has been shown 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. The reason I believe this is because the evidence looks convincing, not because I particularly want Ashkenazi Jews to be intelligent.
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 the Jews since there isn’t a more despised people on Earth (except perhaps for Gypsies, who in my opinion deserve to be despised.) Israel seems to me to be 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 it is one that I just doesn’t fit the facts, as far as I can see. What the Jews did do was to flood into Palestine in large numbers near the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century since they were being persecuted. I don’t see how that is any different to the Muslims flooding into the western world now, apart from the fact that these Muslims are less persecuted than persecuting. At least Jews flooding into Palestine built hospitals, schools and generally raised the desirability of that bit of real estate. The same can’t be said of the influx of Muslims into Europe. Also the Jews were returning to their ancestral lands after being driven out by Arabs and Romans. As far as I know neither Bradford in England, Malmö in Sweden nor Dearborn in Michigan were the ancestral lands of Muslims. 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 bar his Maths books. I also like Ed West, Douglas Murray, Rod Liddle, Patrick West, Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, Gavin McInnes, Jim Goad, Fred Reed, Ann Coulter, 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. 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 with him is that he appears to know nothing about biology.
Gavin McInnes’s videos are good, and Pat Condell’s and RamZPaul’s aren’t bad, though I wouldn’t necessarily nail my colours to all the latter’s masts.
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. I also like The Stranglers, XTC, Sparks, Ocean Colour Scene, Teenage Fanclub and various other pop groups. I would like to know if there is any good new pop groups out there but I can’t be bothered to wade through the dross to find them.
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. Nowadays I read very few books, instead reading short, to-the-point non-fiction articles on the internet.
I watch Youtube videos like those of philosopher Michael Levin here and here and the scientist of race, J.P. Rushton here and here. 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 20 pages.
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 great speaker. Now I am probably more interested in his brother, Peter.
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 towards the ideas of Jonathan Haidt and Jordan Peterson.
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 quirky rather than dangerous, 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 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 and Harrison Ford 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 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 that is inculcated in them very early by their parents and teachers. I find this, their modesty and the fact that they don’t try to be ‘cool’ 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 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 potentially good people into feckless slobs. Even so, I wouldn’t want to be without modern health care, the internet or Amazon.co.uk.