Monday, June 15, 2015

A Confederacy of...? The National Review Online, Paul Ryan, Patrick Moynihan, and Chauncey DeVega

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I am always surprised by how our virtual salon and the work that I try to share here often gets attention from surprising places. It would seem that eyes are indeed on the truth-telling that we offer here.

To wit.

Writing at The National Review Online (NRO), John Fund has a new piece about how "liberals" and "the Left" do not understand that Daniel Patrick Moynihan famous report on poverty and the black family was in fact "right".

Fund's essay features an obligatory picture of scary rampaging feral black people that are coming to destroy white American in what the NRO predicts will be a summer of savage "riots".

The National Review Online also cites a piece that I wrote on Paul Ryan and the Republican Party's misuse and abuse of Moynihan's work.

[In the NRO story, I am just a "blogger". At some point, I would like a promotion to the title of "interesting person", "occasionally insightful member of the public", "witty black guy", or "the man who wears interesting and ill-fitting pants". A man is allowed to dream, is he not?]

The Republican Party's gross misuse of Moynihan's work suggests that they never actually read the report or any other of his writings on race, poverty, class, and civil rights. On issues of poverty and race, the Republican Party is the equivalent of a doctor who is killing the patient with poison and then complaining that the latter is still sick.

The NRO's "Most America's Expect a Long, Hot Summer of Racial Unrest" is laughable, under-theorized, and intellectually dishonest. I suggest you read it because such thinking about Black America, class, and poverty are standard assumptions for the politics of evisceration, misery, and racism that organize the fantastical and myth-filled world that constitutes both "popular" and "elite" discourse on the White Right and the Republican Party.


Miles_Ellison said...

It probably sounds more convincing in the original German.

drspittle said...

You should be flattered. It's NRO. Their initial instincts would be to call you the other word that ends in "ger", but they restrained themselves.

OldPolarBear said...

I'm sorry Chauncey, I only made it into the second paragraph of that "story," where they seemed to be making a causal association between the passage of Great Society legislation to the riots of 1965. I'm afraid I just can't afford to subject my beautiful mind to the "writing" in the National Review, not even for you.

chauncey devega said...

You are made of tough stuff to get that far!

chauncey devega said...

OT. Me thinks not. I wonder what their relationship to reality is?

chauncey devega said...

Zing. Reminds me of that classic joke about Pat Buchanan.

joe manning said...

When racists are corrected for citing "biological inferiority" they reflexively default to "cultural inferiority," and proceed to vacillate between the two, in complete disregard of the facts.