Friday, April 20, 2007

Mark Kleiman: "Conservative" = "Lying racist"? Who Knew?

Mark Kleiman trashes Ross Douthat and company:

The Reality-Based Community: "Conservative" = "Lying racist"? Who knew?: 1. Professional racist Steve Sailer writes a dishonest, bigoted anti-Obama screed for The American Conservative, in which he grossly misrepresents Obama's Dreams from My Father. 2. Assistant editor Alex Koznetski, having failed to convince his bosses not to print a piece of lying trash, quits The American Conservative in protest. 3. Ross Douthat makes fun of Koznetski:

If you're not at least somewhat conservative, you probably shouldn't go to work for a magazine called, um, The American Conservative. And if you do, you probably shouldn't get all outraged and resign in protest when they turned out to be, um, conservative.

So telling racist lies is a natural and expected part of being, "um, conservative"? (Douthat doesn't challenge Konetzki's careful account of the falsehood of Sailer's review, or Sailer's own solidly racist credentials as a contributor to the VDare website.)

Am I missing something, or did Douthat just imply that "conservative" connotes "lying racist"?

If I were a non-racist, non-lying conservative, I'd be offended. It will be interesting to see if there are any still around.

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