Untimely Observations

Derbyshire in the Establishment's Crosshairs

John Derbyshire, it seems, has penned a little article over at Takimag, one which has the good folks at the UK Guardian fulminating wildly and foaming at the mouth with rage, albeit in their impeccably polite, formal, prissy, stiff-upper-lipped manner.

Read the Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2012/apr/06/john-derbyshire-firestorm-race-column?INTCMP=SRCH

Why is this news, exactly? Somebody wrote an article at a website that some other people found objectionable. Gee whiz, that hardly ever happens! Nobody died, nobody was hurt... but people were offended! My, oh my. What a significant event. Certainly worthy of the attention of a major world newspaper, as I'm sure we can all agree.

After all, some things just can't be said. And the people who say those kinds of things must be made to suffer. They can't be allowed to keep their jobs, or for that matter to enjoy a moment's peace for the rest of their lives. They are worse than murderers and rapists, because the "vile" words they speak are themselves a murderous assault on our dearest-held notions of decency, goodness, and justice. Such people are HATE CRIMINALS, and they must be hounded and harassed unmercifully until they repent!!! (with many more exclamation points following on into infinity, to demonstrate our righteousness...)

After all, "tolerant" people don't "tolerate intolerance." Hey, ho, hate has got to go... And so forth. We all know the drill by now, don't we?

The overall gambit here is easy to discern: The Guardian wants to shame National Review Online to ditch Derb. Other establishment organs will no doubt soon pile on. Developments will be interesting to chart. Will NRO show a modicum of courage and fortitude and defend their columnist's right to his views, or will their resolve crumble as pathetically quickly as I suspect it will? We shall see.