James D. Watson: Broken By The PC Inquisition, Betrayed By The Righteous Right


James D. Watson
, perhaps the most distinguished
living American scientist, has now been

kicked to the curb
by the Cold Spring Harbor
genetics laboratory he

rescued and rebuilt
over the last 40 years for making

politically
(but not

scientifically
) incorrect statements about

African IQs
.

Watson`s crimethink was to say he
was

"`inherently gloomy about the

prospect of Africa
` because `all
our social policies are based
on the fact that their
intelligence is the same as ours—whereas

all the testing
says not really.`

"

[The
elementary DNA of Dr Watson
, By
Charlotte Hunt-Grubbe,
TimesOnLine.
October 14, 2007]

A few lessons from this shameful
affair:

As we can see by the enormous number
of

journalists
and

bloggers
who couldn`t wait to put the boot in when
the great man was down, and by the negligible number who
came forward to defend the co-discoverer of the
structure of DNA, the chattering classes of the 21st
Century are composed, by and large, of

bullies
and/or

cowards
.

Why did so many so enthusiastically
sign up as auxiliaries of the

Thought Police
?

Because it`s fun.

The psychology of those who rushed
to attack Watson was memorably outlined in Orwell`s

1984
, when the

interrogator O`Brien
explains to his prisoner
Winston Smith the exciting future envisaged by the
Party:

"Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of
victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is
helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a
boot stamping on a human face—for ever. …The heretic,
the enemy of society, will always be there, so that he
can be defeated and humiliated over again. … The more
the Party is powerful, the less it will be tolerant: the
weaker the opposition, the tighter the despotism.
Goldstein and his heresies will live for ever. … Always
we shall have the heretic here at our mercy, screaming
with pain, broken up, contemptible—and in the end
utterly penitent, saved from himself, crawling to our
feet of his own accord."

  • Watson`s putative defenders betrayed him. 

Out of the vast pile of ephemera
published on, say,

National Review Online
during the week and a
half that this disgraceful brouhaha has been going on,
Google shows Watson`s plight being

mentioned once
, by

John Derbyshire
—and not at all by anybody else.

The level of intellectual integrity
on the Right—let alone courage—is catastrophically lower
today than just 13 years ago, when the

John O`Sullivan
-edited National Review
responded to the

publication
of The Bell Curve by devoting
most of its

December 5, 1994 issue
to an

impressive
symposium

on race and IQ.

In it, Richard Herrnstein and
Charles Murray`s bestseller was attacked by some, but
also stoutly defended by

Michael Barone
,

Michael Novak
,

James Q. Wilson
,

Dan Seligman
,

Arthur Jensen
, and

Ernest Van den Haag
.

Where have you gone,

Michael Barone?
(Or

John O`Sullivan
, for that matter.)

Another example: As of October 27, a
search

revealed
that not one of the myriad
columnists and bloggers at TownHall.com had even
mentioned the Watson scandal.

As I

noted
at the time of the Trent Lott Lynching, a Righteous
Right
has emerged, especially in Washington,
which has in effect internalized the left`s hysterical

race denial
. The betrayal of Watson is further
evidence of the profound cost of this development to
American public discourse.

When you beg forgiveness, the

hate-filled jackals
just smell your fear and
weakness. It excites them, so they pile on. Further, the
watching crowd can`t tell who`s right, so they respect
whoever seems the master of the situation at the moment.

In his October 19 response in the
U.K. Independent, "To
question genetic intelligence is not racism
,"
Watson seemingly tried to be subtle, arguing that there
was a difference between inferiority and diversity, then
pointing out the Darwinian implausibility that everyone
could have evolved to be identical.

Well, swell. But the politically
correct don`t engage in rational argument. They

just hound and bludgeon.
So you have to stand your
ground.

There is so much

agitprop
in the media about IQ and race that only
aggressive, confident responses can cut through the
lies. For example, Watson could have hit back like
this: 

Q.
Is there really such a thing as "intelligence" and
can IQ tests measure it?


A.
Don`t be
ignorant. The

U.S. military
has spent a fortune from WWII onward
giving an IQ test to

everyone
who tries to enlist. The Armed Services
have turned away millions of

would-be volunteers
and draftees because their

IQs were too low
. How come?
Because the

Pentagon
has done numerous studies showing that on
average higher IQ people outperform lower IQ people.

Thus the PC Inquisition has several
times tried to destroy the careers of

Pat Buchanan
and

Ann Coulter
. But Pat and Ann simply won`t let them.

In contrast, as soon as

Larry Summers
, president of Harvard, started

apologizing
for

telling the truth
and offering

$50 million in other people`s money
as payoffs to
the

Sensitivity Stasi
, he was doomed.

As I

noted last week
, in the epilogue of his new memoir, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science,
Watson makes clear his contempt for Summers` cowardice.
Not the least of this tragedy is that, when it came to
the point, his own nerve broke too.

They`re vulnerable. Thus perhaps the
most

widely quoted
smear-artist attacking James Watson
has been

Steven Rose
. Rose is a professor emeritus of
neurobiology at the

Open University
, a sort of British 1960s lefty
version of the

University of Phoenix
. Rose is a

Marxist
and the co-founder of the

boycott Israel
movement among British academics.

He was also the co-author, with

Leon Kamin
and

Richard Lewontin
, of the 1984 manifesto with the
amusingly unprophetic title Not In Our Genes.
(Here`s Richard Dawkins` scathing

review
—which led to Rose

threatening to sue
Dawkins for libel!)

During the attack on Watson, Rose
wrote in The Guardian:

"As for freedom of speech, these freedoms are and must
be constrained. We don`t have the right to casually cry

fire in a crowded theatre
, or to use

hate speech
—at least in

Europe
, as opposed to the US. Watson`s now retracted

[sic]
remarks came into these

unacceptable categories.
So the repercussions are to
be welcomed."
[Watson`s
bad science
, October 21, 2007]

Not surprisingly, Steven Rose has
been accused of practicing what he preaches: having the
government silence scientists whose ideas he dislikes.

According to social scientist

Volkmar Weiss
, a dissident under the East German
Communist dictatorship, Rose ratted him out to the

East Berlin regime,
setting in motion the crushing
in East Germany of IQ research and human behavioral
genetics.

Weiss explains this in a 1983

essay
entitled The Suppression of Human
Behavioral Genetics by the Radical Left
—unpublished,
for obvious reasons, until 1991. He wrote:

"In 1980, the manuscript of the monograph
Psychogenetik
(Weiss 1982a) was complete. Now some
fierce dogmatists were discovering that a cuckoo`s egg
had been laid in the nest of socialism. One example: S.
Rose asked his East German colleague, the professor of
neurochemistry D. Biesold at the Karl-Marx-University of
Leipzig (personal communication by Biesold), whether
there was no means of stopping further publications by
Weiss, because such publications printed in a socialist
country were particularly disadvantageous to the
propaganda of the Radical Left in the Western world. …”

Rose`s wish appears to have been the
East German Communists` command:

"[A]t
the end of the year 1982
[Walter] Friedrich [director
of the Central Institute of Youth Research in Leipzig]
sought and obtained the backing of high-ranking
officials of the Communist Party and all further
research in psychogenetics in East Germany came to an
end."

Weiss

goes on to describe
the aftermath he endured, which
would be familiar to anyone who saw the tremendous 2006
film about life in East Germany under the thumb of the
secret police,

The Lives of Others
:

“… the cited author was under the threat of arrest and
had already lost all possibility of doing further
empirical work of defending his field of research. After
1984, Weiss was forced to work in a quite different
field … What follows is the usual story of life and
resistance under totalitarian conditions. In order to be
published abroad, any new theoretical contributions had
to be smuggled out of the GDR."

I asked Weiss about the incident. He
replied:

"What I have written and published is completely true.

"However, in 1993 a journalist of a leading English
daily (which I do not remember) visited me in Leipzig
and tried to confirm my publication by independent
sources. At this time

[Dietmar]

Biesold
had

already died
, his widow did not know anything.
Biesold, who had done research together with Rose, had
told me about Rose under
four eyes
[in secret], and there was no
witness. Evaluating this, the English daily, afraid to
be sued for libeling by Rose, did not publish anything.

"After my publication, Rose had published in the
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
a note in which he
declared that he never was involved in activities
against East German scientists. My name and my
publication was not explicitly mentioned, and I had
never personal contact with Rose. He tried never to be
active in any direct way against me and never mentioned
or cited me.”

Rose is

notoriously litigious
(recently threatening to

sue for libel
the

author
of a comic book). But the US, no doubt to
Rose`s displeasure,

still has a First Amendment
. If Rose wants to
dispute the Weiss`s account, he is free to write us a
letter.

But the bottom line is the same:
Watson has been suppressed by brute political force. The

Righteous Right
ran away.

As after the very similar case of
Italy after Galileo, the consequences for

science
in the

Anglosphere
could be a new

Dark Age
.


[Steve Sailer (
email
him) is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and

movie critic

for

The American Conservative
.
His website


www.iSteve.blogspot.com

features his daily blog.]