Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com
I got a little blast from the past reading Razib Khan's May 13th piece at National Review: Conservatives Shouldn't Fear Evolutionary Theory.
Just some background on Razib. I have known him for more than twenty years, since we were both on Steve Sailer's original Human BioDiversity discussion group. Razib is a geneticist, most particularly a population geneticist, with a wonderfully comprehensive knowledge of how the various peoples of the world differ from each other and how they got to be where they are.
Razib runs the Gene Expression blog at gnxp.com. His May 11th post there on the Uighurs is pretty representative of his interests: history, religion, and population genetics.
Just a word of warning: If you feel you want to comment at that blog, let me tell you that Razib is a serious rival to Greg Cochran for the world championship of Not Suffering Fools Gladly. If you want to challenge him, just make quite sure you know what you're talking about.
Well, on Tuesday Razib published this piece at National Review. It’s is a polite and non-vituperative but very eloquent defense of the scientific approach in general, and of modern evolutionary biology in particular. Sample quote: "Nature is not wish fulfilment; reality is not constructed by social ideologies."
As I started by saying, this struck me as a blast from the past; and it stirred a peculiar kind of nostalgia in me. Let me try to explain that.
Earlier by Washington Watcher: Kushner’s Plan Maybe Not DISASTROUS For Immigration Patriots, But Trump Should Go Back To RAISE Act Anyway
President Trump finally announced Jared Kushner’s much-anticipated immigration plan Thursday. It’s not as bad as the catastrophic Gang Of Eight bill or the various Bush Amnesty proposals. But it’s still an assault on American workers, shifting focus now to the educated middle class, and on the Historic American Nation.
The bill aims to make America’s immigration system more “merit-based” and move us away from chain migration. The merit-based part means that it will rapidly increase the number of skills-based visas, such as the H1b, in its implementation. Kushner’s plan keeps the number of visas issued every year the same. However, the plan’s stricter requirements may result in a modest reduction in immigration.
It also makes an effort to curb illegal immigration.
“Our proposal is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker,” Trump said in his White House announcement speech. “It’s just common sense. It will help all of our people including millions of devoted immigrants to achieve the American dream.” [Trump immigration plan revamps asylum, requires work skills and learning English, by Franco Ordonez, McClatchyDC, May 16, 2019]
The plan itself has not yet been released. But based on Trump’s announcement, various news reports, and the Watcher’s sources, we can get a fairly good picture of what’s good and bad about the plan.
Ben Shapiro got DESTROYED, as one of his own fanboy videos might put it—and as he has admitted [Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro admits he was ‘destroyed’ after cutting short TV debate, by Rob Picheta, CNN, May 13, 2019]. Shapiro surprisingly lost his cool and cut short a BBC interview with UK media Big Foot Andrew Neil.
Shapiro, who appeared completely unprepared, committed several major blunders:
On March 7, I posted “PATRIOTS HAVE RIGHTS. THEY HAVE JUST NOT ORGANIZED TO DEFEND THEM—UNTIL NOW.” Peter Brimelow On VDARE.com’s First Amendment Civil Rights Suit Against CO Springs RINO Mayor John Suthers, which summarized of Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers’ attack on our First Amendment rights and its role in the 2017 cancellation of our planned Colorado Springs conference. Explaining our need to raise money to fight back, I wrote:
Litigation can be expensive, time-consuming and distressingly unpredictable. But, like the American immigration patriot movement in general, VDARE.com has entered what the Chinese military theorist Sun Tzu called “death ground”— we must fight or die.
We aim to spend money efficiently—to achieve specific tactical victories and begin to turn the tide of falsehoods and arbitrary abuses of power that will otherwise smother America’s quest for a patriotic immigration policy.
I also expect, as VDARE.com’s Editor, that opening this new legal front will generate some really interesting articles.
The law is on our side. Now we just need you. Please give generously.
I want to thank our wonderful readers who responded to this appeal.
And in particular, I’d like to thank our lawyer readers who went to the trouble of reading our brief and writing in with really helpful suggestions. As a financial journalist for 40 years, I’ve long been aware that there are readers out there who will check all numbers posted in any article and point out mistakes with glee. It now materializes there is also a whole species of patriot lawyers out there willing to inspect and improve legal filings.
All too notoriously, the promise of the internet has been clouded in recent years by shadow-banning, deplatforming and assorted Silicon Valley Social Justice Warrior atrocities. We are resorting to legal action in considerable measure to stop them (more on this to come). But, in respect of crowd-sourced patriot litigation at least, the promise of the internet is still bright.
Our original filing is here [PDF ]. Note that we are claiming, among other things, compensatory damages of ONE MILLION DOLLARS—AND attorney fees and costs! As I said in March, there is very extensive federal case law establishing the principle that local governments must respect the First Amendment rights of even unpopular groups. It’s not a close call. This is why our lawyers are so confident. We have a very real chance to score a stunning victory for VDARE.com—and for the cause of immigration patriotism.
Since then, there have been several developments: