Sailer In TAKIMAG: Carved Upon the Landscape—Thomas Jefferson And UVA
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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

Carved Upon the Landscape

by Steve Sailer, August 16, 2017

Why the ever-increasing hatred for America’s past?

You might think that, on the whole, American history is, relative to world history, fairly impressive and heartening.

But it’s precisely American history’s virtues, more than anything else, that enrage so many people these days against the great men of the American past. While the Founding Fathers might be nominally condemned for their misdeeds, they are largely resented for their accomplishments.

Human history suggests that people are naturally prejudiced in favor of their own ancestors, because the accomplishments of their forefathers reflect well upon them.

America is increasingly dominated by people with shallow roots in this country. So it’s hardly surprising that they find it insulting to reflect upon what Americans not related to them once accomplished. Instead, it’s heartening to denounce the Founding Fathers as bad men whose descendants deserve their displacement.

Punching down is safer and more fun than punching up. Hence the less dominant become the founding stock, the more their lineage is abused.

Read the whole thing there.

On the other hand, it could be that Washington rather than Jefferson will come after Lee and Jackson. After all, Robert E. Lee was Washington’s step-grandson-in-law, so that practically means that Washington was corrupted by blood.

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