I’m reading about the alt-right yahoos at Portland State University, and it’s horrifying. It’s a long story, focusing on a small group of admitted racist trolls who have absorbed 4chan/Reddit culture and have decided that openly parading their ignorance and bigotry is fun. What’s particularly appalling to me is that they claim that their views are scientific and rational…but when I read them, they’re just wrong about everything.
Well-read in the authoritarian right, Kolychev says he supports the liberal values of the Enlightenment.
This is a common refrain among certain kinds of conservatives. They claim they are the True Liberals, or neo-liberals, and they are simply returning to the original values of the Enlightenment. There is a grain of truth to that, but they’re doing it wrong. A central value of the Enlightenment ought to be the embrace of change, accepting the idea that we can learn more and become better; it’s not a fixed set of rigid values. You especially cannot support the liberal values of the Enlightenment by thinking that you should turn back the clock three or four hundred years.
The Enlightenment arose in the 17th/18th centuries. It was also a time of colonialism, empire building, racism, slavery, oppression of the poor, and vicious punishments. You don’t support the Enlightenment if you think everything about the past was virtuous, so therefore we should bring back public hanging, workhouses, and colonial exploitation.
Modern liberalism is different than 18th century liberalism. Ideas change. Seeking justification in the past is a conservative value.
He wraps liberalism around his advocacy againstforced segregation and forced integration,by describing it asfree association.He refers to white nationalist Jared Taylor as the source of his ideas. Taylor hit the spotlight in January by placing robocalls to Iowa voters in support of Trump. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Taylor wrote,Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears.”
This is just ahistorical crap. It was non-Europeans who first built civilization — all that stuff along the Nile, the Yellow River, the Indus, the Tigris & Euphrates wasn’t constructed by invading hordes of Germans and Celts. What about the kingdoms of Mali and Songhai, or the culture built up around Zimbabwe? Human cultures often arise, flower, and collapse, so pointing to the disappearance of the Mali empire is no more a sign that black people are incapable of maintaining a civilization than that the collapse of the Roman empire, the absence of a Visigothic empire, the destruction of the Third Reich are proofs that white people just can’t build anything that lasts.
It’s also the case that the aftermath of that Enlightenment, or concurrent with it, was a period of intense invasion and destruction of non-European cultures by us white people.
In addition to naming Jared Taylor as an influence on his ideas, Kolychev lists Ron Paul, Milton Friedman, Thomas Jefferson, Margaret Thatcher, Joseph McCarthy, Pinochet, Spanish fascist Francisco Franco, South Korean dictator Park Chung Hee, Zionist fascist Meir Kahane, and William Luther Pierce, an American neo-Nazi who influenced both Timothy McVeigh, who bombed Oklahoma City in 1995 killing 168, and Thomas Mair, who allegedly murdered British Member of Parliament Jo Cox on June 17, 2016.
The jarring name in that long list of awful, horrible, no-good people is Thomas Jefferson’s. But it actually makes a useful point: you can’t simply say “Enlightenment” and claim unleavened virtue. Jefferson was a mostly good guy, unlike those others, but at the same time he was a slaveholder, he authored a flawed founding document for our country (the cowardly way it dealt with slavery and demeaned some human beings has poisoned our entire history), and of course he bought up a huge chunk of the North American west without a moment’s concern for the people who actually lived on it.
The most prominent face of Portland State Students for Trump, Kolychev says,I have Black and Hispanic friends,and people should be judged as individuals not ongroup aggregates.
Except that he’s about to judge entire
He also saysThere are biological differences between Blacks and whites. There are I.Q. differences, a lower ability to postpone gratification. A quicker gestational period.After receiving a quizzical look, Kolychev clarified,Blacks breed quicker.
This is simply racist nonsense. There are IQ differences, because IQ is a deeply flawed measure, and because it’s sensitive to cultural variation and environmental effects. The “gratification” crap I’ve heard before, but it’s just more pseudoscience.
The gestational period differences are actually kind of interesting, but they don’t say what Kolychev thinks they say. The human gestational period typically varies between 37 and 42 weeks; there is no real problem if birth occurs within that period. There have been a couple of statistical studies of gestation periods in black and white people in England and the US, and the average for white people is 40 weeks, and the average for black people is 39 weeks. However, there are a lot of confounding variables.
A bigger, more consistent factor in gestation is the number of children: primiparous (first child) births have longer gestational periods, on average, than multiparous or subsequent births. Birth is accelerated if the mother is a smoker. Timing is also associated with maternal weight. So this is a parameter that is all tangled up with issues of class, and the variation, what there is of it, is small and still within the normal range.
I know these goons are very concerned with being outbred, but reproduction rates are complex and associated with so many different factors that you can’t simply point to a small difference in gestational period and blame it on that. If you’re really concerned about black people outbreeding white people, there’s a simple solution: give black women more opportunities for education, provide adequate medical care, and stop killing their children, and they’ll voluntarily and spontaneously have fewer babies, same as white people.
Aping Taylor, Kolychev says,Diversity weakens a country. When you have people of different cultures and ethnicities in the same place you have conflict. It’s natural.
Says the guy fomenting hatred and conflict in a diverse country. You know what would weaken our country? Electing a president who has announced that he wants to immediately deport 11 milliion people. You know what would strengthen our country? Encouraging cooperation and coexistence.
I really wonder what he’s going to say in another decade or so, when the US becomes a “majority minority” country — when white people of European descent are no longer the majority. It’s happening, the demographics are inevitable. Will he voluntarily get up and leave with all of his family, to avoid weakening the country with his admixture of minority racial characteristics? Where will he go?
If that happened, I can imagine the Swedes rising up in outrage at this influx of goddamned racist American immigrants flooding the country and bringing in intolerant non-Scandinavian values.
When asked about the socio-economic status of African-Americans, he said,For some reason Blacks don’t accept American values and culture. There’s high ethnocentrism among Blacks. It’s natural. Bats are with other bats.For Kolychev race is biological destiny,Africans have an IQ of 70, Blacks in America have an IQ of around 85 because they’re one-quarter white. Whites have an IQ of 100, Asians 108, and Ashkenazi Jews are 117.
Tylor Phelps struck a similar note about Mexico,The I.Q. there is about 80,attributing it to a lack of resources.
Guess what, Mr Kolychev? Black culture is American culture. Why are you having such difficulty accepting that fact? Historically, socially, and politically, America is a complex gemisch, and you don’t get to single out one thread of the fabric and say “That is American”, while ignoring all the other threads as somehow irrelevant to the American experience. It’s particularly ironic, though, that an immigrant to the US from Russia is complaining about our lack of purity.
The rest is garbage, and makes my point that IQ is a lousy metric. No, most Africans are not mildly mentally retarded, barely able to function independently. Mexico is not a country packed with stupid people. I’ve been to Mexico City, and I rather doubt that a culture so full of art and music and great food and fabulous literature is the product of intellectually incapacited people.
This is one of those things racists often say that is patently false* — it’s literally anti-factual. You can’t simultaneously claim that IQ is an unbiased, fair measure of general intelligence and that the populations of entire nations are deficient in intelligence, because those nations are complex, thriving, generally successful groups of people.
What you have to recognize is what IQ is: it’s a measure of preparedness and ability to succeed in academics in a Western school. It is not a measure of general intelligence, but of a uniquely specialized kind of training. That’s how it can change in populations far faster than genetics would allow: because we can shape an adaptive intelligence, which all human races have, to perform well towards a specific goal with early childhood education.
That’s also how someone like Kolychev, who probably has an adequate IQ score, can get into an American university while being so lacking in basic humanity and understanding of the breadth of human experience. He’s not very smart. All of his intelligence is committed to meeting a narrow metric that doesn’t actually work very well, but is great for folding oneself into most conventional measures of success.
It’s a shame that Portland State University is afflicted with such vocal shitheads, but it’s also a problem in general that universities everywhere have entrance requirements, and strategies for success, that don’t necessarily encourage much variation in ideas. But maybe the metrics for admission ought to start including tolerance and cooperativity and openness, which, last I looked, are not measured on the SATs.
*This “African IQ is 70” is such obvious nonsense that even the racists have been trying to explain how their beloved IQ scores can be so at odds with the actual experience of meeting black people and seeing black societies function. If you don’t mind being sickened, google “winning personality” and IQ — the racist explanation is that black people are really dumb, but they’re also cheerful and extroverted and gregarious, so they fool everyone into thinking they’re normal.