The Assault on Truth Continues

Roger Kimball, PJ Media, June 6, 2013

I just caught up with Charles Murray’s brave and perspicacious column at NRO about Jason Richwine. {snip}

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Another victory for the forces of “diversity” and “tolerance.” The enforcers in George Orwell’s 1984 would have been proud. Once again, reality caved in to ideology.

I know that this depressing scenario is happening too often to be surprising. While there is still a little space for dissent, however, it is worth publicizing such disgusting events for what they are: the victory of totalitarian imperiousness over a cowardice masquerading as prudence. (I am speaking of the Heritage Foundation, not Mr. Richwine).

Charles Murray, with his usual instinct for the salient, gets it just right:

In resigning, Dr. Richwine joins distinguished company. The most famous biologist in the world, James D. Watson, was forced to retire from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2007 because of a factually accurate remark to a British journalist about low IQ scores among African blacks. In 2006, Larry Summers, president of Harvard, had to resign after a series of attacks that began with his empirically well-informed remarks about gender differences. These are just the most visible examples of a corruption that has spread throughout American intellectual discourse: If you take certain positions, you will be cast into outer darkness. Whether your statements are empirically accurate is irrelevant.

{snip} Translation: truth doesn’t matter when ideology triumphs. White is black, day is night, there are no IQ differences among ethnic groups.

We are used to this sort of politically motivated mendacity in the university, where “diversity” has come to mean “conformity.” Murray merely states the obvious when he observes that “In academia, only the tenured can safely write on these topics. Assistant professors know that their chances of getting tenure will be close to zero if they publish politically incorrect findings on climate change, homosexuality, race differences, gender differences, or renewable energy. Their chances will not be much higher if they have published anything with a distinctly conservative perspective of any sort.”

That is bad enough. Here we have institutions, whose very raison d’être is the pursuit of truth, constrained to parrot politically-sanctioned untruth on a wide range of sensitive topics.

Even worse is the metastasis of this freedom-and truth-blighting habit of mendacity. Increasingly, this sort of craven doublethink has oozed out of the academy and into the corridors of business, the media, and culture at large. Where will it end?

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  • Freedoooom

    The irony is, how hard liberals harp on how stupid southerners are based upon IQ. Maybe someone should tell them that the southern states have way more blacks per capita than the rest of the US.

    • Unfortunately, it’s going to take millions and millions of unemployed white people to say, “F diversity!”
      Obviously, terror attacks aren’t waking anyone up. Even today, an explosion happened at Atlanta’s airport. “An accident”, or leaders want us to believe if they can’t pin it on some white, right wing extremist.

    • The__Bobster

      They also whine that our kids are falling behind other nations in math and science, conveniently ignoring that we’re in the top five if we exclude the Mestizos and the shovels.

    • “How stupid southerners are based upon IQ”

      The blacks drag down their averages.

      • shawnmer

        As they do with education stats, crime rates, and every other measure of socioeconomic health.

        The fact that they’ve successfully caricatured an entire region of the country as backwards and violent because the most precious of their protected classes is a statistical albatross to us, AND they’ve declared it outside the bounds of respectable debate to point this out is infuriating.

      • BarnyL

        It also gives the impression the average for blacks is higher than it really is.

    • haroldcrews

      Yankees only use statistics to accuse Southerners of being less intelligent because they (the Yankees) don’t understand the math behind those statistics.

      • ncpride

        In NC, one only need look at the yearly EOG reports, or school ‘report card’ to see that blacks score a whopping 30 points below Whites,(at the schools my kids attend) and often much worse at the state level. The stats are there, but as usual, they’d claim some sort of discrimination to explain them away.

      • Eagle_Eyed

        I think Buchanan showed a few years ago that Texas scored higher than Wisconsin on standardized tests when broken down by race (white Texas students vs. white Wisconsin students).

      • jane johnson

        Wrong…Yankees don’t want to admit that we were right about blacks all along.

        • Alexandra1973

          This lifelong Yankee readily admits it.

          Born and raised in Michigan, living in Ohio.

    • justme

      and how ‘stupid’ those who reject evolution (or global warming, or any other of their sacred dogma) even on non-religious grounds.

    • Paleoconn

      They rail against people who didn’t swallow the climate change tripe hook, line and sinker, but they suppress academic discourse when it comes to genetics and intelligence. As Steve Sailer puts it liberal hypocrisy is a given.

  • Baboon

    Blacks don’t jump higher or run faster than whites, and whites definitely do NOT have higher IQs than blacks. What a joke. If only Hitler had exterminated the RIGHT race. Such a shame.

    • The__Bobster

      His mistake was not exterminating ANY non-White race.

      • David Ashton

        Re-read your comment and think again.

        Hitler sadly is the reason why his “Aryan” race was depleted and is now under threat. You are among a minority who thinks exterminating innocent peoples who differ in race, any race, from yourself is a good idea. It is precisely because some psychopaths advocate racial mass-murder that the “liberals” have moral and emotional control of decent people who would otherwise accept a civilized race realist analysis and policy.

        • JohnEngelman

          The civil rights movement was possible because Hitler, his Nazis, and the Holocaust discredited the belief that racial differences matter.

          • curri

            So why didn’t the 100 million killed by radical egalitarian Communists sin the 20th Century discredit leftism?

          • JohnEngelman

            There is a fundamental difference between totalitarianism of any sort and the democratic left.

          • Morris LeChat

            The BEST form of government is a noble monarchy. The WORST form of government is an ignoble democracy.

          • BonusGift

            Because those most responsible for creating most ‘left wing’ philosophies control media, academia, and our politicians, and they are not about to advertise those specific joys that they have given the world, nor are they about to inform “useful idiots” such as the Engels or Engelmans of the world that they are indeed idiots for attacking ‘right wing’ nationalists vs. hell bent on genocide ‘left wing’ anti-Christian anti-European tribe members and their associated useful idiots.

          • MBlanc46

            It did. Socialism has practically disappeared as a political movement.

          • curri

            It only “practically disappeared” some 45 years after WWII. The French and Italian CP’s were very strong in the 50s, 60s, and 70s despite widespread knowledge of Communist crimes. Then, when Marxism “practically disappeared, ” it was replaced by neo-Marxism (“cultural Marxism”) which threw out the Marxist class analysis and replaced it with an analysis based on race/ethnic group and sex. That means (a big duh) we now have hegemonic leftism baaed on radical egalitarian theories of race and sex.

            There is of course an enormous literature on the subject of neo-Marxism/ Cultural Marxism;/PC/ Multiculturalism/ “Diversity.” Here is one example:

            http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/1335

          • MBlanc46

            Communists were pretty well marginalized by the 1960s. The instigators of the great upheavals of 1968 weren’t the Communists, but the New Left, an inchoate melange of Marxism, anarchism, utopianism, and goodness knows what else. There was a flutter over Eurocommunism in the 1970s and 1980s, but it never came to power anywhere. I was in France during the presidential election in 1988. The posters for the Communist candidate–Lajoinie I think his name was–said vote for Lajoinie “au premier tour”. That is, we know you’ll vote for Mitterrand in the run-off, but please waste your vote in the first round on us. They knew that they were irrelevant.

            I find the expression “cultural Marxism” to be inaccurate and misleading, because it’s not Marxism. It’s much better to use a descriptive term that its proponents often use: identity politics. Although “class” occurs in their holy trinity of race, class, and gender, they rarely discuss it (and when they do it’s not from a Marxist perspective). Their entire focus is race and sex (which they call gender). Women of color, women, and people of color (pretty much in that order) are their sole concern.

          • David Ashton

            Earlier New Left writers sifted through Marx and Lenin for support in their opposition to the bourgeois family, western nationhood and “white” colonialism. There were discreet Soviet subsidies for the last-mentioned, from Indo-China to southern Africa.
            Of course, this phenomenon has since grown into another collection of evils. However, the world capitalist crisis looks like bringing back the class-struggle to an audience already susceptible because of the color and gender concerns. Spengler predicted all this exactly in “Hour of Decision”.

          • David Ashton

            This is a good summary of what happened with the rise of the New Left and Critical Studies (though as a detail Paul Gootfried says that his tutor Marcuse was actually pro-Stalin).

            Like the facts on communist crimes, now available and no longer beyond reasonable doubt, we need some new studies that pull together and explain the academic/media domination of the former “free world” by “equality and diversity” totalitarians.

          • David Ashton

            This is a most important, if complex, question.
            Liberal gullibility is just one factor, though essential to an explanation.
            It needs a big thoughtful book by a conservative philosopher.

          • MadMike

            I can’t believe 7 people here gave Bob’s commit 7 thumbs up.
            I thought people on this site used reason and evidence to support their views and would only use violence as a last resort.
            I agree whites should have there own country and also agree we should have freedom of speech and association but violence against other races I don’t support. But a lot of critical reviews to Bob’s commits give me hope that there are rational realists here.
            Nazi’s also gave Eugenics a bad name too.

        • Alexandra1973

          I have to agree. I’m not for exterminating any race, no matter how barbaric. I’m just for each race having its own nation(s). They can do what they want to their own country and leave ours alone.

    • shawnmer

      Defend that statement about I.Q.s. With statistical FACTS. I have had it with you people telling us water isn’t wet.

      We’re waiting.

    • David Ashton

      Mass murder of helpless victims – the emotional glue that holds liberals to fallacies.

      They just have to link images of piled up death-camp victims and crucified blacks to race realist arguments for white self-determination, and for IQ variations, to paralyse the latter in normal minds. Statements favoring extermination just reinforce that false Pavlovian association with quotable ammunition.

    • The Final Solution

      Right. Instead of sending 3 million troops and 10,000 tanks into Africa where they could have obliterated the entire continent in a couple of months, they sent them to Russia – an impossibly stupid maneuver.

    • The Final Solution

      Had the Germans had any actual experience with blacks, things would have been different. The Jews were the easiest target, a totally coward race that could have easily been disposed of later after confronting greater threats.

      • Non Humans

        Jews were the main target simply because they had a strong and palpable effect on the German economy and political realms. A real threat to Hitler and his partys’ growth and influence.
        .
        Had Germany had a nonhuman affliction on par with what Europe is seeing nowadays, especially of the muslim variety, I am certain Hitler would have paid them almost as much attention as he did the Jews. Being the savages that nonhumans tend to be, though, I am willing to bet more of them would have been dealt with on sight, as opposed to trucked away to camps.

        • David Ashton

          Neither Jews nor Muslims are “nonhuman”.

          Hitler had some admiration for Islam which he considered more masculine that Christianity, and worked with the Grand Mufti.

      • David Ashton

        The Germans had some colonial experience in Africa and Nazi plans for developing their “stolen colonies” after their “return” were quite paternalist in their attitude to “the natives”. What happend after 1941 with “Generalplan Ost” is another matter, a bloody tragedy in many respects.

        These matters must be left to honest and objective historians.

        We need to proclaim the justice of white national survival TODAY.

  • Where will it end?

    It ends when we no longer have an establishment elite that directly benefits from the presence and enforcement of egalitarian ideology.

  • joemcgee

    Every month when I go to my board of ed. meeting, I ask the Supt. to give IQ tests to the children in the school. The poor guy just about jumps out of his skin. He’s caught in his own web of malarkey and can’t get out. I want to help the students, but bums like him won’t allow it because of al the baloney going on the government “schools/indoctrination centers.”

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.vdare.com/posts/education-fads-what-goes-around-comes-around

      There isn’t much institutional memory in education. All the incentives are set up to flatter the latest messiah that everybody who came before him was an idiot.

      Not surprisingly, with no incentives for remembering anything, there is a lot of hamster wheel churn in education policies. For example, tracking frequently gets denounced as racist, but then after a few years of not tracking, teachers and schools start it up again because it’s clearly less stupid than the alternatives.

      But, will anybody learn anything permanent from the latest failure of anti-tracking?

      From the New York Times:

      Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor in Classroom
      by Vivian Yee

      It was once common for elementary-school teachers to arrange their classrooms by ability, placing the highest-achieving students in one cluster, the lowest in another. But ability grouping and its close cousin, tracking, in which children take different classes based on their proficiency levels, fell out of favor in the late 1980s and the 1990s as critics charged that they perpetuated inequality by trapping poor and minority students in low-level groups.

      Now ability grouping has re-emerged in classrooms all over the country — a trend that has surprised education experts who believed the outcry had all but ended its use.

      A new analysis from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a Census-like agency for school statistics, shows that of the fourth-grade teachers surveyed, 71 percent said they had grouped students by reading ability in 2009, up from 28 percent in 1998. In math, 61 percent of fourth-grade teachers reported ability grouping in 2011, up from 40 percent in 1996.

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        “There isn’t much institutional memory in education. All the incentives are set up to flatter the latest messiah that everybody who came before him was an idiot.”
        ===

        Precisely. Public Schooling is a protected government monopoly. What need it of “institutional memory”?

  • The__Bobster

    I’m amazed at how many kids think that there are no IQ differences between the races. Is this what they’re being taught in the schools today?

    When I show them the truth, they react like I just shot their dog.

    • David Ashton

      Their reactions may be due to constant brainwashing that associates racial difference with racial extermination.

    • Sick of it

      Man, what schools did you attend? The religion of equality is shoved down our throats from Kindergarten. I used to be offended about things that now seem rather obvious.

    • Jefferson

      If all races are equally intelligent, than 3rd world countries would not exist in the first place.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Is even a tenured professor really safe, as Murray claims? I can’t imagine a little thing like tenure would prevent the politically correct mob from demanding– and getting– the ouster of a professor who dared to utter the unutterable.

    • Non Humans

      Why so many people resign in the face of the controversy and hell that libtards raise when someone speaks the truth is an enigma to me. If you have something to say or publish that you sincerely believe or a body of facts/evidence strongly supports, why back down just because some libtards get their panties twisted? Especially in the cases of tenured professors.
      .
      If the facts are truly on your side, it will be evident. The libtards are going to bust out the “R” word on cue and without fail anyways. Where these people fall short of making brilliant strides is when they back down for no good reason. The ones that stick to their guns, make the libtards look like the idiots that they are by exposing the fact that they are trying to force all of us to deny the reality that is so ever-present.
      .
      Alot can be said for those of us who call it as we see it and care less who gets their widdle feewings huwt.

    • BonusGift

      You are correct; James Watson is a perfect example of an academic (and one about as decorated as it gets these days) being ‘forced’ to resign.

    • MBlanc46

      It’s difficult to oust a tenured faculty member. But unpopular writing or research can lead to career death. Books and papers rejected for publication. Those published not reviewed. No invitations to speak at conferences or to edit journals. It’s always been thus. Those who challenge the received wisdom, whatever it is, are punished.

  • bigone4u

    If you’re looking for truth, the last place to look is the university. I should know since I was party to the corrupt system of lies masquerating as anti-racism and anti-sexism. Whites and males are not welcome today, so why should whites and males donate money to the further the diseases. Race realists, sex realists, and even libertarians are not welcome, while anti-white Marxists like Robert Jensen of the University of Texas flourish.

    • jane johnson

      Can we now call DWLs Jensenists?

  • WowReally

    Pit Bulls and Poodles are EXACTLY the same! I swear!
    Whites can run just as fast as blacks…we just don’t want to!
    Whites can play basketball just as well as blacks…we just don’t grow up around courts!
    Blacks can be rocket scientists…it’s just that the white man holds them back!
    Asians are as dumb as blacks…I swear! They are exactly the same!
    Fried chicken is just as healthy for you as a freshly picked apple!
    2+2=4 and 10+32=4!
    Equal, equal, equal!

    • Tinfoil A22hat

      Why do black affleets run faster than whites?

      All the slow ones are in jail.

      • jane johnson

        Or became elephant toe-jam.

        • MadMike

          I guess if I lived around lions I would run fast too.

      • kenny0311

        Because right before the starting gun goes off someone yells stop police

      • Alexandra1973

        I think all the slow ones got to be shipped out as slaves, too. LOL

    • Sick of it

      White players were better at the game…just not at dunking.

    • Cville

      Well there’s something to whites playing basketball – the eastern Europeans seem just as good. Often the state champ runners in high school are white. Football and basketball are desperate environs types of sports, not quite boxing but thrive in similar places. World champ white boxers but not from US, more like former soviet places.

  • sbuffalonative

    Where will it end? When Western culture is gutted and left to rot.

    • BonusGift

      Then we are there because it sure smells like rot to me.

  • APaige

    IQ only matters to liberals if one commits a capitol crime and their IQ is too low to be responsible for their actions and thus avoid execution. Above that threshold we are all equal.

    • Alexandra1973

      I think I see what’s being done. Say most blacks have about a 75 IQ (or lower). Have the threshold at 80.

      Funny thing is, they’d be tacitly admitting that blacks aren’t as intelligent. That’d be one way to save their pets from paying for their crimes.

  • JohnEngelman

    I am glad National Review ran this article. Now, when will they rehire John Derbyshire?

    • Non Humans

      Would he even go back? I doubt it. I couldn’t return to work for a company who forfeited and sacrificed me to the whims of the immature enemy.
      .
      A hard-hiiter like Mr. Derbyshire needs an employer who has the balls to stand behind him and his work.

  • Romulus

    Yesterday,I commented on the libdouche study on the one drop theory. Another regular replies” post or perish”. I believe that the regulars are both well read and educated. So,after reading this particular thread, I will allude to my comment from yesterday. The one drop study story was pseudo psycho babble junk science

  • Morris LeChat

    the problem for the left is that everyone knows that there are group differences . this is becoming more and more solidified in the public consciousness ever day. They can not stop this process. The truth has a way of winning. They can fire this person, pressure an org. to fire that person. but it is really just a vain attempt to keep the tide back with one’s hands.

    • BonusGift

      Similar things happened in the Soviet Union, Communist Poland, etc. As the truth becomes harder and harder to suppress, your lies seem to need to become greater and greater and/or you need to outlaw the truth more and more. At some point it becomes so ridiculous the average thinking coconut (i.e., average YT) merely reverses whatever the official line is. For example, if the state states we are all equal (or especially passes a law stating that) you then know we are not all equal; if the state says the earth is flat, etc. etcetera … In the end, and as long as the country doesn’t change demographically, the truth does win out and the whole thing slowly implodes on itself. The problem in our case is that the genocide that we face and is ongoing will not likely result in a case where the system is at least in part self correcting (i.e., if there is no YT then there is no reason to self-correct to YT levels of existence and you will have dark ages that can go on as long as the 3rd world hellhole demographics allow it to go on).

  • me

    Didn’t Galileo get into HUGE trouble for stating the truth? Richwine is another Galileo, but the persecutors belong to the Marxist Church Of Diversity And Multiculturalism Lies, another flat-earth group of ‘intellectuals’.

    • BonusGift

      In my opinion, compared to our persecutors today, Galileo had it easy (e.g., he was not removed from our history books and is now considered a persecuted science hero; and, BTW, considered even then one of the greatest of all time). If you think of some of the cultural Marxist doctrine today that is crucial to that falsifiable religion: for example, we are all equal “just some more equal than others.” It doesn’t even make sense prima facie, yet whole YT societies are forced to organize around it and be genocided out of existence to prove their fealty to it. My God, we are living in a time of such rank stupidity that even pointing out simple facts on a supposedly YT friendly website will get you banished. In short, for example, without the advent of space travel and modern telescopes proving that the earth is not the center of the universe is one thing (I.e., proving it to the average person would not be so straightforward), but saying that we are not equal would not even be controversial in Galileo’s day nor would pointing out that the tribe killed Christ, yet today you’d be censored and cast out for such simple statements that would seem quite mundane to the likes of Galileo.

      • jane johnson

        Or admitting that the vast majority of women are physically and emotionally unsuited to military combat, as are openly (read flamboyantly) gay men.

        • BonusGift

          Yes, those as well.

  • BarnyL

    If IQ isn’t important, then let the liberals explain the reason for the difference in attitudes, behavior and actions.

    • BonusGift

      That is exactly why they typically even refuse to address the basic facts and make it an emotional game with the rules and game stacked in their favor. They do not want it to be about Christian YT’s scientific method and logic, they want it to be a game of enforcing their doctrine, a litmus test of fealty to stupidity, a contest of one sided ad hominem attacks, a never falsified falsifiable cultural Marxist inspired religion on parade, a slow and steady genocide for perceived rivals, an inquisition of the absurd …

  • BonusGift

    Present your numbers.

  • David Ashton

    Most of Freud’s psychiatric practice and philosophy was mostly wrong or fraudulent, though he wrote some elegant and interesting essays.
    Hitler’s views on race, the Jews and Slavs are stated in his writings and speeches of unquestioned authenticity, including his explanations for wartime policy given to Admiral Horthy and Henrietta von Schirach. He doubted that Jews could establish a national state of their own, and the short-lived Madagascar project was a prison-island solution. This is quite separate from any technical-logistic controversy about “gas-chambers”, or the accumulation of ridiculous horror stories.

    The right of white people to defend their existence &c is independent of what Hitler did or did not do.

  • David Ashton

    The inability of the audience to answer or accept Rushton’s data and lucid presentation, and Mehler’s combination of Nazi smear and pathetic ridicule, tell us a lot about scientific facts but sadly also the refusal of people to face up to them. As with religion, people choose what they find comfortable or entertaining. Only a minority of researchers are involved in the search for truth, and Mehler is not among them (does anyone imagine he persobally believes that, for example, Australian aborigines are as “clever” as his “own people”?).

  • You people are hilarious. I’m reading your comments, and thinking to myself, what do all you geniuses do for a living? Truth is, most of you are unemployed, and want to blame things like affirmative action for your own failures. I had one of you bicycle messenger intellectuals on here claim I was an Affirmative action stooge, regardless of the fact that I graduated top of my aviation academy, with honors, and set a record by doing it in 10 months, instead of 18. I was FAA certified in 11 months, and employed by the 12th month. I have a wall covered in certifications from Boeing, and Gulfstream Flight safety, all accomplished with a 90%, or better, on 8 different modern aircraft, but somehow I have a low IQ because I’m black? Funny!!! You all are definitely a ego booster. I’ve done, and continue to do things in life you will never accomplish, like live in Brasil, and Germany, travel to ever corner of this planet, and hold down a six figure salary. I just made my hotel reservations for Boeing business jet training this summer up in Seattle, which I will excell at, as usual. Last year my company spent $48,000 dollars for my Gulfstream training in Savannah, Ga, which I completed a 5 week course, with an overall of 92%, which was the highest in my class of all white other students. I could have done better, but I’m young, and like to party a little, so I let 8% slide. IQ is a term white people made up to feel good about themselves. I don’t even know what an IQ test is, and don’t care. I know what my intelligence say’s. I’m Winning!

  • MBlanc46

    I talk about the inappropriateness of the expression “cultural Marxism” and you talk about the EU. Do you think that EU is an abbreviation for “cultural Marxism”? Your post is so confused that it’s hard to even begin to see what the source of the confusion is.