It is easy to imagine a generation of young men being raised without fathers and looking out the window like a kid in an after-school special, waiting for Daddy to come home … Some of them end up grown men still staring out that window, waiting for the father-führer figure they have spent their lives imagining, the protector and vindicator who will protect them, provide for them, and set things in order.Shall I pause for a nanosecond while you figure out who Kevin has in mind as the father-führer figure?R-i-ight. These are Trump voters!It's all just victimology, says Kevin. Quote: "Nobody did this to them. They failed themselves." Another longish quote:
The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets … The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump's speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn't analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.This article of Kevin's generated a lot of outraged criticism, some of it fair, some not.Among the fair criticism: people saying that Kevin would never write so scathingly about poor blacks; and, if he did, National Review would not publish it. Both things are true. [Right: A 2010 NR cover story by Williamson called Keeping Blacks Poor which blames liberal policy initiatives for black poverty, and a book called What Doomed Detroit, answer: more liberal policy initiatives. ]It is further true that, as dysfunctional as the white underclass may be, they are nothing like as antisocial, certainly nothing like as homicidal, as the black underclass. Nor are they anything like as big a proportion of the white population as underclass blacks are of the black population.See, Kevin? I can say these things on VDARE.com, but you can't. Eat your heart out, pal.I know Kevin fairly well. My rather strong impression is that he's a race realist, in an intuitive sort of way. I mean, he has no math or science, and understands nothing about the quantitative study of human nature; but at some level, he knows the score.He is, though, young and ambitious. He can't take the kind of risks that a geezer like me, at the other end of life, can cheerfully take. He knows what happened to Jason Richwine, and he's not going to let it happen to him.Further, he wants to cut a figure. Last week, you'll remember, I said there are really four political parties in the U.S.A. today:
Bob has already referred to my take-away from all this with the ways in which we really need a civic Great Awakening. However, I've got to say that the fact is, civic Great Awakenings have about as much chance of transforming what's going on as a full implementation of Bob's "purple" programs does.The parsimonious way to extrapolate the trends that Bob describes so beautifully in the book is to predict an America permanently segregated into social classes that no longer share the common bonds that once made this country so exceptional; and the destruction of the national civic culture that Bob and I both cherish. I hope for a better outcome: I do not expect it.The American dream in crisis? A discussion with Robert Putnam and Charles Murray, Streamed live on Jun 22, 2015And if you think that's the bad news, talk to an AI alarmist—one of those people, I mean, and the category includes some very smart people indeed, like Elon Musk and Steven Hawking—one of those people who think that Artificial Intelligence will advance to a point where all of us, our entire species, is the aborigines, our culture superseded by one much more advanced, Homo sapiens shuffled off into reservations to drink ourselves to death.Yesterday, the Eskimos and Apaches; today, the white underclass; tomorrow perhaps you and me. Who knows?Like Charles Murray, I hope for a better outcome, but I do not expect it.
VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: I’m reluctant to interfere with Derb in his full We Are Doomed mode, but the official VDARE.com position is that tightening the labor market through an immigration moratorium must improve wages and job prospects for all American workers—including, on the margin, the underclass.John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He's had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.Readers who wish to donate (tax deductible) funds specifically earmarked for John Derbyshire`s writings at VDARE.com can do so here.