Haven’t done one of these for a while. Here are a few interesting things I saw today.
Thomas Sowell gives us The Inconvenient Truth about Ghetto Communities’ Social Breakdown.
We are told that such riots [the riots of the past year] are a result of black poverty and white racism. But in fact — for those who still have some respect for facts — black poverty was far worse, and white racism was far worse, prior to 1960. But violent crime within black ghettos was far less.
Murder rates among black males were going down — repeat, down — during the much-lamented 1950s, while it went up after the much celebrated 1960s, reaching levels more than double what they had been before. Most black children were raised in two-parent families prior to the 1960s. But today the great majority of black children are raised in one-parent families.
Such trends are not unique to blacks, nor even to the United States. The welfare state has led to remarkably similar trends among the white underclass in England over the same period. Just read Life at the Bottom, by Theodore Dalrymple, a British physician who worked in a hospital in a white slum neighborhood.
You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.
Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.
The headline says it all: Anti-Gun Democrat Lawmaker Blasts Girlfriend’s Car With Shotgun. Remind anyone of the anti-gun gun running state senator from California, Leland Yee?
A truly stupid list, not because it’s bad but because of the way it’s billed: “Books That Literally All White Men Own: The Definitive List” and “If you are a white man and you think you do not own one of these books, try looking under your bed, it’s probably there.” You don’t even want to know how few of these I’ve read, since many of them are “must read” books. I do find it interesting that she specifies the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf, which is truly beautiful and is even better in the audiobook version, read by Mr. Heaney himself.
As an aside, don’t log in to the Chicago Tribune using a Gmail account. It asks Google to give you an immense number of permissions and data, and doesn’t allow you to prevent it from managing your contacts.