Mailvox: Adolf and me

You know, when you reach the point that you’re comparing Dominos to Hitler because the delivery boy was five minutes late with your pizza, you just might be going overboard:

“Hitler would have loved you. Welcome to the club of white supremacists who think that the Jewish Lobby is running America, and the rest of the world. JEWS DO NOT TRY TO PREVENT CHRISTIANS FROM EXERCIZING THEIR BELIEFS. EXCEPT, when those expressions openly call for the end of Judaism, or criticize Jews for what they believe. What makes Christians think that it is OK to tell everyone that Jews are going to Hell because they do not accept Jesus, that they are not “perfected Jews,” that they are being punished for not accepting Jesus, that they are “errantly waiting for the wrong Messiah,” or that their “Old Testament Laws” have been replaced by Jesus?

A Jew crying Hitler, now that’s new. And it’s an amazingly stupid statement anyhow, considering that National Socialists have nothing in common with libertarians. I mean, exactly what would a National Libertarianist Holocaust look like anyhow?

AH: I haff a vunderful idea! Vee must kill all zee Juden!

VD: With what?

AH: Vat do you mean, vith vat? Vee haff zee Soldaten, zee Polizei, zee Gestapo, and zee immense National Libertarianist bureaucracy, nicht wahr? And are vee not Cherman? It vill be like a great machine clockverk of death!

VD: What bureaucracy? All we’ve got is Ilke and she’s out getting coffee.

AH: Vat? Unglaublich! Vat happened to zat massiff army of bureaucrats vee inherited from zose veaklings of Veimar?

VD: They’re all working in the private sector now. The Wehrmacht and Post were privatized, the police were downsized and decentralized, the universities were given back to the churches and since the income tax, social security and public schools were abolished, we only need Ilke to cover the phones now.

AH: And zee Geheimene Staats Polizei?

VD: Secret state police don’t roll with human liberty, dude. I fired them all and we sold their guns and stuff in a public auction. Some guy named Helmut bought all the leather trenchcoats.

AH: But what about my SS, my personal army sworn to loyalty even unto zee death.

VD: Sorry, they all quit when they found out they weren’t getting paid by the state anymore. EA hired the Ahnenerbe, though, because it turns out that they’re such complete freaks that they make for pretty good game designers. Gerhardt came up with the most amazing spin on Call of Cthulhu for this MMO they’re developing-

AH: I don’t care about zee verdammt MMO games! Are you vollständig verrückt? If vee haff no Heer, no Polizei, no Gestapo and no Staatsbürokratie, how do you expect me to kill zee Juden zen?

VD: (rummages through desk) Hang on, I think Ilke has a letter opener around somewhere….

Of course, it’s totally obvious to any casual observer that Jews must be in charge of American foreign policy, given the way it is now run as a Hitler of the Month club. Milosevic, Bin Laden, Hussein and now Ahmadinejad.

The point is that those who believe in strong central governments and legal monopolies on violence are far more intrinsicly dangerous to Jews, (and every other human being), than the most viciously anti-semitic libertarian could ever be.

Hitchens appalls everyone

Christians, atheist scientists, gay libertarians… no one is impressed with atheism’s enfant intoxiqué:

This ex-Trotskyist, whose support for militant secularism led him to idolize the founder and first commander of the Red Army, has gone so over the top with his crusade against all religion that he has come to advocate wiping out entire populations. “Demolish it!” he said, when asked about Iran – with apparently no more moral compunctions about the slaughter of the innocent than one might normally exhibit toward a swarm of midges….

Although I am not religious, I’m acutely aware of the dangers posed by radical secularists in the course of modern history, and the death of communism has left people like Hitchens still itching for Armageddon, the final showdown between the forces of Modernity (represented by his fat, smug self), and the forces of medieval Reaction (represented by Iran, or the Muslim enemy of the moment).

Some things never change. “Demolish it!” shrieks Hitchens, as Voltaire shouted “Écrasez l’infâme!” And then their supporters pretend to be surprised when all this Enlightened passion eventually turns into guillotines and gulags.

I don’t agree, however, with Raimondo’s wish, similar to Deutsch’s regarding Coulter, that media outlets refuse to give Hitchens a platform. By all means, let them spread his ideas far and wide, as he may be the most self-refuting, self-destructive intellectual I have ever seen.

Setting aside science

It’s not religion that poses a threat to science, but rather equalitarian ideology. And yet, because many scientists are equalitarians, they remain silent about it:

One of the world’s most eminent scientists was embroiled in an extraordinary row last night after he claimed that black people were less intelligent than white people and the idea that “equal powers of reason” were shared across racial groups was a delusion.

James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America’s leading scientific research institutions, drew widespread condemnation for comments he made ahead of his arrival in Britain today for a speaking tour at venues including the Science Museum in London.

The 79-year-old geneticist reopened the explosive debate about race and science in a newspaper interview in which he said Western policies towards African countries were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when “testing” suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade….

Anti-racism campaigners called for Dr Watson’s remarks to be looked at in the context of racial hatred laws. A spokesman for the 1990 Trust, a black human rights group, said: “It is astonishing that a man of such distinction should make comments that seem to perpetuate racism in this way. It amounts to fuelling bigotry and we would like it to be looked at for grounds of legal complaint.”

It is interesting how ostensibly scientific issues are increasingly being settled in the courts, as recent examples include evolution, global warming and now human intelligence. Naturally, atheist scientists haven’t made a peep about this, preferring instead to get their panties in a bunch about a non-existent threat from religion.

Speaking of which, I’ve yet to hear anyone make a coherent case for how religion currently threatens any of the three aspects of science.