Ilana Mercer, the dimwit I have delightfully skewered for years after she actually said that homosexuality “denude(s) sex of its Randian majesty and meaning” (yes, she meant Ayn Rand), is stepping up to defend John Derbyshire’s racist nonsense.
In an interview with Brian Sack on GBTV, columnist and author John Derbyshire inadvertently anticipated his future in commenting about the dismissal from mainstream of another iconoclast, Patrick J. Buchanan:
“MSNBC is a private company. They can hire and fire who they like. But Buchanan is a serious guy who talks in a serious way about serious issues. Yet he is out of the national conversation. That’s bad.”
Not long after, Derbyshire was dismissed from National Review, where he freelanced. The “girlie boys” of NR had taken offense to “The Talk: Nonblack Version,” a column Derbyshire published at Taki’s Magazine…
Tons of pixels have since been spilt in response to Derbyshire’s article and subsequent dismissal. The dimwitted discourse reflects a polemical landscape from which the Derbs of this world have been uprooted. None of John’s critics can write or reason as he does. None has his “range of historical and literary allusion,” as Mark Steyn observed. John Derbyshire’s is pellucid prose at its best…
More so than enforcing conformity – ousting John was about safeguarding the future of mediocrity.
As professor Clyde Wilson of Chronicles Magazine has written,“Tocqueville in the 19th century, and Solzhenitsyn in the 20th, noted that conformity of thought is powerfully prevalent among Americans.” Indeed, Americans cannot abide enormous talent, unless it presents itself in a mindless or uncontroversial field: sports or the hard sciences.
Oh, of course. Derbyshire was fired because he’s just so brilliant. She does have a point here though:
Conservatism once had the genius of James Burnham, Russell Kirk, Frank Chodorov and Felix Morley; now the brand boasts S. E. Cupp, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Rich Lowry, and their editorial enablers.
Hard to argue with that. It’s a pretty steep drop from Russell Kirk to Rich “Palin’s wink sends starbursts around my living room” Lowry. And don’t even get me started on S.E. Cupp. But then Mercer is her own special kind of stupid and vapid, so she fits right in.