Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Leaving the plantation

A Black man asks his own people to take a look at the ways they perpetuate anti-Black feeling. He will not be thanked, I suspect.

Of course, the likelihood that they will (or can?*) follow his libertarian-inspired suggestion is nil.

"Civil Rights Leader" and Social Justice Loving "Reverend"
Jesse Shakedown Jackson
has a few justice troubles of his own.
Of Rev. Sharpton, the less said the better.

Victimhood is power. Why give it up?

Shelby Steele well described the devil's bargain struck between Blacks and Whites in America, where Whites get a (temporary and retractable) absolution from racial guilt by granting Blacks unlimited license for their behavior and deference to their feelings and opinions. The results are all around us.

*Apposite remark, on another topic, by Jonah Goldberg:

The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously remarked, “The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”

I’ve always liked that quote, but I think it misleads. That two plus two equals four is not a conservative truth or a liberal truth. It’s simply the truth. (Moynihan himself recognized this when he even more famously said that people are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts.)

Regardless, it’s true that culture is more important than politics. You could impose Sweden’s laws on the Middle East tomorrow, but you’d be well-advised not to hold your breath waiting for the Saudis to turn into the Swedes of the Arabian Peninsula.

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