“Inequality is too often seen as something that results from defects in society that can be fixed by a more robust economy, more active social programmes, or better schools. It is just not so.”

Charles Murray


“There’s a new book, The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire, which got an interesting review in The Wall Street Journal. The subhead: ‘Gandhi fought for Indian rights in South Africa, but his concern for the black majority was minimal.’ This has been known for a while, so why is this portion of Gandhi’s life so eternally controversial? I think it’s because Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has gone through the apotheosis, and the reality that he was a man of his time is uncomfortable for many. The past today is populated by gods and devils, not men. But Gandhi was a man.”

Razib Khan

“It’s Not Fair”

“For the infantile moaners, it’s always about manufacturing outrage over ‘unfairness,’ but never about acknowledging the instances that disprove bias. The Oregon standoff could end in a government-perpetrated massacre tomorrow, and leftists would still maintain that the white occupiers were treated preferentially because they weren’t immolated on day one. This is the main reason to ignore the career complainers who whine endlessly about ‘it’s not fair.’ Nothing will ever satisfy them, no action will ever appease them. So it’s not worth trying.”

David Cole