It always puzzles me that people get so riled up about the ever-affable Steve Sailer (who is under the happy impression that he is VDARE.COM`s house moderate) but NRO`s John Podhoretz is really upset about Steve`s Racial Reality And The New Orleans Nightmare. JPod pronounces a Sailer comment—
What you won’t hear, except from me, is that `Let the good times roll` is an especially risky message for African-Americans. The plain fact is that they tend to possess poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups. Thus they need stricter moral guidance from society
—to be “the most disgusting sentence yet written about Katrina.”
As Steve says, JPod makes no attempt to refute his facts or logic—”he just tries to read me out of the clique of People Like Us.”
This is particularly fascinating to me because, as a student in England, I was very influenced by Ernest Van Den Haag`s argument in National Review that the 1960s riots were caused, not by racism, but by a failure of white politicians` will to provide…moral guidance, i.e. police power.
That, of course, was then. Steve`s article is bidding fair to be one of our most emailed-out ever.