Two interesting quotes on racial politics

“Resentment is a two-way street. It exists both at the top and bottom. For a given racial/ethnic mix, government or private-sector intervention merely shifts resentment from one group to another. It is as if there were a conservation of resentment principle operating. In a meritocratic culture all the resentment is from the bottom. Chopping away at the meritocratic ideal by introducing equal-outcome components like affirmative action reduces resentment in one group, shifting it to another.”

— “2048,” La Griffe du Lion, Volume 2, Number 4, April 2000

“A great many sins disappear when one becomes an “anti-racist” activist. Lives that would ordinarily be insignificant become important; hostility, contempt and hatred becomes reframed as moral outrage; and one has a delicious repertoire of epithets to use against critics and skeptics. As an “anti-racist” crusader, one can do things and say things to other human beings that would be out of the question otherwise and not only get away with them, but receive praise for them as well.”

— Laird Wilcox, excerpted from The Watchdogs: A Close Look at Anti-racist “Watchdog” Groups. Also author of Crying Wolf: Hate Crime Hoaxes in America.

Predictably, Jason Blair, shame of the New York Times, blames racism… [Observer]

“Anyone who tells you that my race didn’t play a role in my career at The New York Times is lying to you,” Mr. Blair said. “Both racial preferences and racism played a role. And I would argue that they didn’t balance each other out. Racism had much more of an impact.”

Mr. Blair had many opinions about racism at The New York Times. For one thing, he said, “there are senior managers at The New York Times who want African-American reporters to succeed, and there are hundreds of white junior managers who resent that and don’t.”

And he also said: “There are a lot of people who are not racist. But there are a lot who are. I have anecdotes upon anecdotes upon anecdotes that I’m not going to share. A book full of anecdotes.

…”I don’t want to go into the specifics of alleging X, Y or Z, but it’s not just in my regard,” Mr. Blair continued. “It’s every black reporter, except for a handful that are protected.” MORE

Every black reporter?

[See previous post here]

"All the qualities of a

“All the qualities of a man acquire dignity when he knows that the service of the collectivity that owns him needs them. If proud of the collectivity, his own pride rises in proportion. No collectivity is like an army for nourishing such pride….” William James – “The Moral Equivalent of War”

Philosophy aims at the logical

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in philosophical propositions, but rather in the clarification of propositions. Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries.

Ludwig Wittgenstein – “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”

The Newcomen Steam Engine [science]

“The Newcomen Steam engine, the predecessor to the Watt engine, is one of the most interesting pieces of technology developed during the 1700’s. This engine along with Watt’s are called “atmospheric engines” because the steam was under only slight pressure. The real driving force of these engines was a vacuum created when steam is condensed back into water. ” MORE