Thursday, November 11, 2021

Book Review: Facing Reality

Charles Murray is one of the most hated social scientists anywhere on the right, and the reason he is hated is not just what he says but the gentle and disarming way he says it. He isn't screaming on camera about the niggers and the wetbacks, he just calmly and rationally explains his methods and his findings. He is kind of the libertarian version of Jared Taylor, someone else who says naughty things in a disarming way that upsets the woke.

Murray is most famous for his book The Bell Curve that examined the forbidden topic of group racial difference in IQ. TBC is a bit weighty for the average reader, you can get bogged down in the methodology very easily but Murray's more recent book, Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America, is far more accessible. The two truths Murray focuses on are as follows:

"The first is that American Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians, as groups, have different means and distributions of cognitive ability. The second is that American Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians, as groups, have different rates of violent crime."

No one will be surprised by those two truths, although some will publicly deny they exist despite the overwhelming statistical and anecdotal data to back them up, compiled over decades of research (back when that sort of research was permitted).

I didn't find anything new in Facing Reality but I didn't expect to. The ground that Murray walks is familiar territory for many of us. His data is very useful and the book itself would be likewise a great tool to introduce normie friends to the idea of race realism. Unfortunately due to conditioning few of the people who need to read it are likely to do so. Murray scares the bejeezus out of the Left and is demonized by people in reviews of his books that clearly have not read any of his stuff in an effort to frighten normies away from considering his research. 

Narrowly focusing his book on the two topics makes it very accessible to people who are not statistics nerds. The bitter pill we are all going to be forced to swallow is that demographic changes are transforming America into something unrecognizable even 20-30 years ago and none of those changes are for the better. The America we are headed into in the next 10-15 years is going to be populated by people who haven't shown any ability or inclination to create or sustain a free and prosperous society. 

When America was 85% White we could try to ignore these racial differences but as America becomes majority-minority, the harsh reality of a population where more than half of the citizens are both significantly less intelligent and correspondingly more prone to violence will not be something we can ignore.

The most baffling and frustrating thing about Facing Reality is Murray's insistence on waffling about the implications of his findings. He shows over and over that different racial groups have different intellectual capabilities and behavior but then tries to emphasize the individual exceptions. This is not a nation of 330 million disconnected individuals, it is a nation made up of a few racial subgroups all competing against one another. It is the sort of libertarian cognitive dissonance that drove so many of us out of that group and into the dissident right. It also makes Murray far less effective as a voice than he could be. 

Regardless, Facing Reality is a decent and quick read, and might be worth recommending to normiecon friends who still like to pretend that "conservatism" can be color blind. 

4 comments:

  1. No one who is not already red-pilled will have anything to do with Murray. It matters not at all the research, thought, statistics and logic that went into Murray's book. And it doesn't help that Murray himself shies away from the hard and necessary conclusions.

    America is perhaps the first nation is History whose ruling elites murdered the very country they inhabit.

    There are many on our side who rummage through voting patterns of Latinos, and then conclude that somehow "they are on our side!" A nice fantasy, but wholly false. I speak as a man who is half-Mexican and who has spent 14 years of his adult life south of the Rio Grande. The Latino---and it matters not from which nation he hails---has no concept of individual liberty, of a man's total freedom from the voracity of the State. His politics is that of the mass: huge rallies, marches involving hundreds of thousands of people, banging pots and pans outside of windows, and so on. There is not---and never has been---anyone like a Thomas Jefferson or John Locke in all of Latin American history. The Latins gather around and worship this caudillo or that caudillo. Just one example among hundreds: To this day the Argentines---called the best educated of all Latins---worship the memory of Juan Peron and his slut whore wife, the once cheap prostitute Evita. I lived among these people for ten years, and I would not dare say anything negative about the Perons. Indeed, the Party of Peronism is still in power 70 years later. Imagine the Clintons ruling America for 70 years and you will see what I mean. Latin American governance is all about theft, conniving and political violence.

    In the border regions where Mexico and the US meet, it is really all Mexico. Wherever the Mexican goes, he takes Mexico with him. The poverty, electoral ignorance, violence and garbage everywhere are all hallmarks of Latin America, but now are in our own nation.

    There is no going back to how it was in the 1950s. And it does not take a genius to state that this will not end well.

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    1. That is always the problem with good information, the only people who it reaches already know it.

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  2. yes, it is true. and trying to enlighten people you care about to the dismal future that awaits them
    is, for the most part a complete waste of your time. far better thing to do. is smile and go about your way. do not even brother to try to talk sense into them. just be ready when they come to you crying about how everything went to shit before their eyes and can you help me/us ?
    spending 5 or more grand on vacation is great if you can afford to do so. but if you do and then want my food ? no, eat your pictures of you and the mouse. I have gotten very tired of people saying it anything happens I/we are coming to your house. it is the reason why they do not know where
    I live anymore or have my phone number.
    keep stocking up on what you can find and hope for the best. this is not going to end well for a lot of people in this country. this shit will get sorted out, but not without a lot of bloodshed.

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  3. yea, normies are pissing me off more than leftists. cognitive dissonance so thick you can't dent it with a bat

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