Steyn on Derbyshire

Posted: April 10, 2012 by veeshir in Conservatism, FAIL, Funniest End of Civilization Evah, Notes on the Revolution

I haven’t read Derbyshire’s column about race that has all the right panties all twisted up in knots. I don’t really care, you know? I’ve seen enough lynchings on the intertubes to last 3 lifetimes. The last one I cared about was when Rob at Gut Rumbles had the blogosphere in an uproar over one of his posts. He told them all to fuck off and try reading his column again, and then go fuck themselves. That was when he became friends with Baldilocks.

It was beautiful, but victories are few and far between.

I’m sure that they’ll say they fired him not over just that article, but that it was the ‘last straw’. Eh, he should have known better, you can not say what you think about race unless you’re a lefty. It’s just the way it is.

Mark Steyn, who probably actually paid attention, had a note on the corner that hits the nail on the head (I should get a macro for that)

Didn’t like the piece, but don’t think NR should have hustled him into the drive-thru guillotine on the basis of 24 hours of hysteria from the Internet’s sans-culottes….

Yup, assuming “culottes” means “balls” and not “weird shorts that look like a skirt”.


But I almost always learned something from his columns, and, at a time when punditry is increasingly parochial, I appreciated his range of historical and literary allusion (his recent “Duke of Marlborough moment,” for example). He will be impossible to replace on that front.

Yup, I used to like his stuff. I didn’t always agree with his conclusion, but I couldn’t argue his facts. That’s a rare item these days.

On the career-detonating column, I don’t have anything terribly useful to add. But Derb’s wife is Chinese and his children are biracial. And I can see why, in a world in which a four-time mayor of America’s capital city can disparage your own family’s race (“these Asians coming in . . . those dirty shops . . . they ought to go”) and pay no price, a chap might come to resent the way polite society’s indulgence of racism is so highly selective.

And Bingo was his name-o.

The Left is pretty clear about its objectives on everything from climate change to immigration to gay marriage: Rather than win the debate, they’d just as soon shut it down.

Yup.  Each edition of the Newspeak dictionary makes it harder and harder to even think ungood things, much less say them. Hell, it’s hard to say anything anymore when you can’t use half the words in the regular dictionary.

The more sacrifices you offer up, the more ravenously the volcano belches.

That’s the way they like it. It’s easier to win the debate when you get your opponent to defend his right to say anything instead of arguing the different positions. That’s why I don’t fall into that trap, and that’s why I don’t bother much anymore. Why bother when I”m trying to make a point and I’m being called names? “Go fuck yourself” is one of the more polite things I’ll say in those instances.

I stopped reading NRO long ago, I used to subscribe, then I started just reading online, now I only read Steyn there and only once in a while. Mostly when Cold Fury links it, as in this case. They’re too busy trying to get invited to the right cocktail parties to be conservative anymore. Peggy Noonan is their ideal. T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII is not really satire, it’s just thinly veiled truth.

  1. Sockless Joe says:

    I don’t think you can comment on this particular article without having read it. Derb argues , among other things, that black folks are measurably less intelligent.

    If he had left that out, he’s still have a controversial piece, but he’d probably still have a job.

  2. I linked Steyn too, and predictably, my outrage troll is, well, outraged.

    In other news, water is wet, and whatnot.

    • veeshir says:

      I’m all jealous, we don’t have OUTRAGE!!!!! trolls here.

      But then, most of the time they’d have to be OUTRAGED!!!!! over the choice of boobies or boomsticks, so I guess it’s understandable.

      Plus, most of the acrimony here is inter-coblogger.

  3. Sean M. says:

    And I can see why, in a world in which a four-time mayor of America’s capital city can disparage your own family’s race (“these Asians coming in . . . those dirty shops . . . they ought to go”) and pay no price, a chap might come to resent the way polite society’s indulgence of racism is so highly selective.

    I’m sorry, but I just don’t think that the most effective way to fight racism is with more racism.

    Read the column. He went pretty fucking far off the rails by the end of it.

    • veeshir says:

      He wasn’t fighting racism with racism, he was just noting the different reactions.

      The answer to speech you don’t like is more speech.

      • chad98036 says:

        I did read the article and I didn’t really think that Derbyshire (who I did not read on a regular basis) made any particularly valid points with it and just reinforced stereotypes of the right as rascist and intolerant. I get enough of that in Seattle simply for being conservative I don’t need other conservatives helping it along. Beyond that National Review (which again I rarely read unless something specific is linked) is perfectly within their rights to fire Derbyshire. If this was someone being fired for saying that all whites should be burned at the stake and they were fired that would be the first line of defense from the right. That is their exercise of free speech, free association and editorial control.

  4. veeshir says:

    Okay, I’ve read his article,

    I changed this comment, I had originally put in a series of questions but then I realized that I’m not interested in this conversation. It bores me to tears as there can be no reasonable conversation on race in today’s climate.

    I’m done with this. Just call me an asshole and move along.

  5. […] when last we saw the National Review in a free speech controversy, we had Derbyshire trying to start that dialogue on race we always hear […]

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