Reddit overloaded by common sense; Gawker cries racism
Oct 3rd, 2011 by Unamused
Via Aaron’s Holy Mountain: last Monday, the popular link-sharing website Reddit was “basically” taken down by the extreme popularity (“13000 comments in 5 hrs”) of one thread: “What extremely controversial thing(s) do you honestly believe, but don’t talk about to avoid the arguments?” The thread (below), which had to be temporarily blocked, is now up to 15,922 comments.
- I think that on average, women are worse drivers than men.
- Affirmative action is white liberal guilt run amok, and as racial discrimination, should be plainly illegal
- Troy Davis was probably guilty as sin.
- Western civilization is superior in many ways to most others.
Edit 2: This is both fascinating and horrifying.
Edit 3: (9/28) 15,000 comments and rising? Wow. Sorry for breaking reddit the other day, everyone.
“Extremely controversial,” in this case (and so many others), actually means “kind of obvious.” Set aside the women drivers (women are more likely to get in an accident, but men have more severe accidents, and who cares anyway?) and consider the other three examples of “extremely controversial things,” which are all at least tangentially race-related (coincidence?).
First, affirmative action is, in fact, white liberal guilt run amok. It also, by definition, racial discrimination, and should therefore plainly be illegal. See below.
- “How Diversity Punishes Asians, Poor Whites and Lots of Others” (July 2010) by Russell K. Nieli of the excellent Minding the Campus
- “A Chronicle of Capitulation” (August 2002) by John Harrison Sims (a review of Hugh Davis Graham’s “Collision Course: The Strange Convergence of Affirmative Action and Immigration Policy in America”)
- “End affirmative action” (December 2010) by Roger Clegg, President of the also-excellent Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), which recently caused a stir — and a near-riot by leftist thugs — when it proved that the University of Wisconsin-Madison discriminates against white applicants (see here, here, here, here, and here)
- “Fifty Years of Affirmative Action Is Enough” (February 2011), also by Roger Clegg
- “Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege” (July 2010) by James Webb (ignore where it says “America still owes a debt to its black citizens”)
- “The End of Affirmative Action: Society Calls for a Change” (spring 2001) by Diane Nagel
- “End Affirmative Action to Avoid White Backlash” (August 2010) by Erik Hayden
- “Affirmative action’s time is up” (August 2010) by Gregory Rodriguez
- “Racism is Not the Problem” (June 1999) by Dinesh D’Souza
Second, the convicted murderer Troy Davis was guilty as hell; see Ann Coulter’s “Mumia’s The Word” (and a follow-up by Ace of Spades). I, for one (and Paul Kersey for one other), rejoice in Troy Davis’ death. The world is a marginally better place without that bit of human garbage stinking it up.
Third, Western civilization is superior, in almost any way you’d care to name, to all others. (The only possible partial exception is North-East Asian civilization.) That’s why, in spite of all their crying about racism, the blacks will never go back to Africa; they’ll just keep streaming in from Haiti and Jamaica and everywhere else, until and unless we close the borders. (Any time now, America.) That’s why the illegals will never go back to Mexico; why the Muslims will never go back to the Middle East; why the feminists and homosexuals and all the other whiners and deviants will never, ever leave. It’s just better here, in the white man’s world.
Proving Western civilization is superior
White people build great nations. Black and brown people, on the other hand, do not. Is this really something we need to analyze further? It is? Well, then we’re lucky that I recently acquired “IQ & Global Inequality” (a sequel to “IQ and the Wealth of Nations”) by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen. I highly recommend it. (Frankly, it makes “IQ and the Wealth of Nations” obsolete.)
“IQ & Global Inequality” features an unprecedented amount of data on the intelligence of nations and global inequalities in human conditions. The authors measure these inequalities with five carefully chosen (and carefully justified) variables: (1) the gross national income per capita measured at purchasing power parity (PPP GNI), (2) the adult literacy rate, (3) gross tertiary (higher) education enrollment ratio, (4) life expectancy at birth, and (interestingly) (5) the level of democratization, of which the authors write (p. 85):
There are important global inequalities in human conditions not only in material but also in non-material aspects of life. People need not only to eat well and to live long but also to have freedoms in their life; especially economic and political freedoms to pursue their targets, to make choices, to express their opinions, and to participate freely in political decision-making in their society. …
The freedom of life has varied and still varies form slavery to extensive civil liberties and political freedoms. Governmental systems vary from despotic autocracies to highly democratic systems. In despotic autocracies people are without any significant political rights and civil liberties and completely dependent on their rulers, whereas in fully developed modern democracies all people and their groups are allowed to compete for the highest political power positions and to select by voting the persons who are entitled to use the highest legislative and executive powers.
The degree of democracy certainly matters and may affect the level of inequalities in other spheres of social life. It is reasonable to assume that when political power is shared by the many, attempts will be made to reduce economic and social inequalities and to further the interests of the many, whereas in despotic autocracies the rulers will primarily further their own and their supporters’ interests and discriminate against the interests of the majority of the population. Therefore we shall use indicators of democracy to illustrate and measure global inequalities in political conditions. It is reasonable to argue that the higher the level of democratization, the higher the quality of human conditions in a society.
The five variables are then “combined into an Index of the Quality of Human Conditions (QHC),” ranging from 0 to 100 (in principle), “in such a way that each single variable has the same weight in the composite index because we do not have any theoretical grounds to weight them differently” (p. 87); specifically, by a simple arithmetic mean.
PPP GNI per capita (variable 1) in 2002 ranged from $500 (USD) in Sierra Leone and Somalia to $53,230 in Luxembourg, with the upper limit (100%) reduced to $35,000 (only Luxembourg, Bermuda, Norway, and the United States exceed it). Adult literacy rates (variable 2) ranged from 17 percent in Niger to 99 percent in many countries (including Andorra, Austria, Barbados, Belarus, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Russia and Tajikistan, among others). Gross tertiary enrollment ratios (variable 3) ranged from zero in Guinea-Bissau to 85 in Finland. Life expectancy at birth (variable 4) ranged from 32.7 in Zambia to 83.5 in Andorra. The Index of Democratization (variable 5) in 2002, after standardization, ranged from zero in several countries (including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Iraq, North Korea, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, among others) to 88.4 in Denmark. The highest-scoring country overall was Norway, at a QHC score of 89.0; the lowest, Burkina Faso, at 10.7.
The authors also consider alternative measures of human conditions: the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index (HDI), the UNDP’s Gender-related Human Development Index (GDI), the Economic Growth Rate (EGR), the Gini Index of Inequality in Income or Consumption (Gini and Gini-WIID), poverty, two measures of undernourishment, Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Economic Freedom Ratings (EFR), the Index of Economic Freedom (IEF), so-called population pyramids (the MU index), and human happiness and life satisfaction (Chapter 6). What primarily distinguishes Lynn and Vanhanen’s approach to the quality of human conditions is that they incorporate the level of democratization.
Shall I list some of their findings? Here are QHC (Quality of Human Conditions) scores for some Western countries (Appendix 3): Australia 82.8, Austria 80.7, Belgium 85.6, Canada 77.8, Denmark 85.4, Finland 85.1, France 78.1 (but I assign bonus points for having so many gratuitous hot French girls, so let’s say… 99.9), Germany 78.0, Iceland 80.0, Italy 78.9, the Netherlands 82.8, New Zealand 76.2, Norway 89.0 (we have a winner!), Spain 75.8, Sweden 82.9, Switzerland 82.2, the United Kingdom 76.7, and the United States 86.8.
And here, for comparison, are QHC scores for some non-Western countries (Appendix 3): Afghanistan 13.2, Algeria 39.9, Angola 13.7, the Bahamas 56.1, Bangladesh 29.8, Bolivia 49.7, Brazil 51.1, Burkina Faso 10.7 (:c), Chad 20.2, China 39.7 (surprised?), the Democratic Republic of the Congo 17.9 (no surprise there), Cote d’Ivoire 18.1, Cuba 46.5, Djibouti 22.0, Egypt 37.3, Ethiopia 16.7, Haiti 20.4, Iran 40.2, Iraq 28.1, Japan 71.4 (surprised?), North Korea 38.0, South Korea 75.4 (pretty good), Mexico 52.9 (not so good), Niger 13.5, Pakistan 26.2, Singapore 60.7, Taiwan 79.4 (pretty darn good), Yemen 24.5, Zambia 21.8, and good ol’ Zimbabwe 25.2, now that the white farmers are all but extinct.
Gawker weighs in
The popular pseudo-news website Gawker (Tonight: Cops eat pot brownies! Porn on the Internet! Black man doesn’t tip — or pay $1,060 tab! AND MORE) reports the incident as follows (“‘Post Your Racist Opinions Here’ Thread Nearly Shuts Down Reddit”):
… Redditors got so excited about a safe space for their racism and misogyny that they almost shut down the site. …
[W]e somewhat knew what we could expect when [the thread] appeared in the Ask Reddit section. And from the first post — “I think that on average, women are worse drivers than men… Western civilization is superior in many ways to most others” — the thread delivered! We just didn’t realize that Redditors were so desperate for a place where they’d be “allowed” to post their “controversial opinions” that they’d force the site’s administrators to block the thread for “basically [taking] the site down.
The author of the Gawker article evidently believes three things:
- Simply observing the objective superiority of Western civilization (see above) is “racism” — the term has no real meaning but supposedly denotes the very worst thing in the whole entire world.
- The aforementioned inherent “racist” quality is self evident — no explanation required. It’s just obvious that anyone who prefers, say, Belgium (QHC score 84.1), Canada (77.8), Germany (78.0) and New Zealand (76.2) to, say, Bhutan (QHC score 24.1), Costa Rica (53.7), Ghana (33.7) and Nigeria (27.3) is a “racist.”
- His readers, and right-thinking people everywhere, agree with him.
Given those beliefs, he is nevertheless somehow surprised that people who like Western civilization and want to see it survive (and even, God forbid, prosper) should be “desperate for a place where they’d be ‘allowed'” — what on Earth are those scare quotes for? — “to post their ‘controversial opinions'” — and those!
In the community’s defense, there are Redditors out there attempting to correct, reason with, and make fun of these people. But they’re losing the battle. All of those comments were among the top-voted in the thread (described as “best” by the site’s algorithm).
I wonder: how much political “correctness,” how much leftist “reasoning,” how much eye-rolling and LOL’ing and mindless sarcasm (as opposed to my highly mindful sarcasm) will it take to make the Democratic Republic of the Congo (I, II, III) livable?
In the meantime, what are some other horrible, ghastly opinions the author found “a little bit less… palatable” than “Nuclear power good! Reality TV bad,” or his personal favorite, “Clubbing is stupid and boring”?
For the most part, they’re fairly obvious. Many of them are race-related, again, because contemporary racial discourse is chock full of Big Lies.
[P]eople from distinct gene pools often have similar behavioral characteristics that are influenced as much by genetics as by culture…
Womens studies is a silly major to choose… Possession of child pornography should probably not be punished by decades of jail time… While I do it, Tipping waiters/waitresses is stupid and they should just be paid fair wages.
People who make their careers on racial studies and affirmative action promotion are part of the problem; their making a living is dependent on the existence of racial conflict.
half the black people in my area are lazy complainers – it’s especially annoying to have them complain about Mexicans who work their asses off and get no aid while the black people get wellfare, food stamps, and free housing because they keep popping out babies. Note, this is for my area, where this is common practice, I have no idea how it is in other places… most women who claim to want equal rights are full of shit; saying they can have the same jobs yet roll their eyes at stay at home dads, say that it’s unfair for guys to hit girls, etc.
Feel free to dispute these in the comments, but I see no pressing need to explain them to enlightened ‘Park readers. This next one, on the other hand…
Men and Women have different strengths and weaknesses… the androgenization of our culture (LOL – Ed.) does not necessarily strengthen us as a society.
So… men and women do not have different strengths and weaknesses? Hm. Is that why the men’s Olympic record in every athletic event (100m, 200m, 10,000m, high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin throw…) beats the women’s Olympic record? And a 17-year-old American boy can beat the women’s world record in the 100 meter dash? (Obviously, I could go on for pages with differences in athletic ability alone.)
Is that why, in the words of evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, “any reasonably attractive young woman exercises as much power as does the (male) ruler of the world”?
Is that why study after study after study keeps finding sex differences in intelligence, making gender feminists cry themselves to sleep at the thought that somewhere out there are scientists who refuse not to notice things like male over-representation in math, science, and engineering, especially the very highest levels (think Nobel Prize — no, not for “Peace”), and attempt to explain them without resorting to the feminist standard: “waaaaaaah sexism waaaaaaah”? (More on that here.)
The author reserves his mocking laughter for the notion that our culture is being rendered androgynous: “having traditional male and female roles obscured or reversed,” “neither specifically feminine nor masculine,” or perhaps even “having the characteristics or nature of both male and female” (Merriam-Webster).
On an unrelated note, the Daily Mail recently reported that in California, the adoptive lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy are defending their decision to subject him to “controversial hormone blocking treatment… to stop him going through puberty as a boy.” The boy’s sex change operation began when he was only eight.
Meanwhile, the radical left-wing pseudo-news website Huffington Post wants you to know that dolphin-f*cking is just another alternative lifestyle.
Steve Sailer writes:
Well, now that the forces of enlightenment are well on the road to their inevitable triumph on gay marriage (without, so far as I can recall, ever winning a popular vote on the topic — they were 0 – 31 last I checked, but who cares about democracy?), they need a new issue to demonstrate their moral superiority. … And, what comes after the transsexuals win (however winning is defined – presumably, after various people have had their careers ruined for suggesting that there’s anything the least bit yucky about having yourself castrated)? There’s too much energy, too much anger, too much self-righteousness, and too much money for the taking for the civil rights movement to ever declare victory and go home, no matter how diminishing the returns. So, what’s the next stage beyond trans rights?
Anyway. “Androgenization”? Nah, that could never happen.