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March 28, 2003
Pim Fortuyn killed to "protect" Muslims
I hope retro-progressive multiculturalists won't assail me for a link to this article, Gay Politician Killed 'To Protect Muslims' in the Gay News Forum. Here is a very telling quote:
The radical Left activist likely does not see the irony in killing a man who spoke of the dangers to freedom of speech and action in Dutch society with the growth of Muslim influence. Now that many on the Left are whispering about anti-Semitism because of their solidarity with the oppressed people of color, perhaps they will start to engage in homophobia as well, since it is a decadent practice often condoned by the "white power structure." When you look at it numerically, it seems like a no-brainer, a small segment of Western society that is shielded by outmoded Eurocentric values such as liberty and freedom set against the panoply of diversity and the time honored traditions of people of color....
I am tempted to paraphrase Niemoller here, "First they came for the Jews, and then they came for the queers...."
(thanks for Steve Sailer for pointing me to this story, though the choice of website to link to was all mine)
March 27, 2003
From The Economist
March 25, 2003
Red headed chicks feel less pain, I just thought they were a pain?
Minor note, will be in Portland for a few days doing stuff-posting will be light....
Also, I'm thinking of moving to Austin, TX. If you have any opinions or advice on the town, email me at razib -at- gnxp.com.
Beliefnet has an article highlighting the split in the Muslim community between those who think it is acceptable to join the American military forces and those who do not. Please note that this is not a new problem. During the Franco-Prussian and Austro-Prussian Wars in the 19th century there was some worry among the junker officer corps that newly incorporated Catholic Germans would not fight against co-religionists (this turned out to not be a problem). Additionally, early Christians generally did not join the Roman military because they considered the state inimical to their own interests. The legions remained one of the last bastions of paganism in the Roman state-early in the 5th century the emperor rescinded an order that officers had to be Christian because of objections from followers of the old cults that were well represented among the centurions (the rankers were almost all German at this point). I understand that American Christians have fought against Christian powers, but then, America is a Christian nation itself. The situation with Muslims is not quite analogous, as it seems quite likely that the next few years will involve a fair amount of conflict with Muslim polities, and Muslim soldiers will have to fight under the command of Christian officers.
March 24, 2003
Moral relativism & the white man's burden
Note: I am posting the first paragraph of this piece and have a link to the whole thing (it is long). Thanks to Jason M for the editing help. There were some technical difficulties with adding the whole entry.*
It is in vogue today on the multiculturalist Left to speak up for 'indigenous' people-giving voice to the voiceless . There are those on the Right who take an expansive view of conservatism who also harbor such sentiments, but they are a distinct minority in their camp . In my experience, the question is less 'is it good for the indigenes?' and more 'how did whitey screw up now?' This explains part of the focus on white on non-white oppression (and yes, I know there are many examples) as opposed to inter-non-white conflicts (the body count is probably far higher in
*I tried to post the whole thing, but MOVABLE TYPE causes an "Internal Server Error" when I try to build it. I seems that this doesn't happen when I attempt to put about half of it in, but beyond a certain size, I can't get it to post. My initial liberalism posts were pretty long, so I don't know what's going on. I thought perhaps it was the hyperlink tags, but when I removed them, the same problem occurred. Anyone encountered this? I switched to MySQL and I double checked the data type for the entry is TEXT so it shouldn't matter-and it wouldn't give that error anyhow if it was a MySQL problem from what I know. Email me at razib -at- gnxp.com if you have any ideas or have had the same problem.
March 23, 2003
Quote of the day