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Saturday, January 4, 2020

The mind of a racist, part 5: Steve Sailer and Taki's Magazine

I pointed out in part 4 of The mind of a racist: Steve Sailer and VDARE that Sailer has decided that all race issues were resolved in the 1960s, in spite of systemic racist practices like redlining.

In spite of the evidence in media reports as in the NYTimesSailer denies that redlining exists:
But, you don’t understand, the 2017 homeless subsidization program is going on now, while redlining hasn’t happened since 1968, so, obviously, redlining is more determinative of today’s behavior.
Steve Sailer believes whatever he wants to believe. And he has so little self-awareness he wrote a response in Taki's Magazine to Race, genetics and pseudoscience - an explainer in which he actually claims:
In contrast, I tend toward the exact opposite writing style. I may not convince you of my ideas, but I’m going to provide you with a lot of data and examples.
But as we've seen, he couldn't even be bothered to Google "redlining" and learn that redlining is still happening now.

Steve Sailer is lazy and delusional and racist, but luckily for him, those are advantages in a world with a vigorous racist network, funded by wealthy men such as Ron Unz and Panagiotis "Taki" Theodoracopulos.

Theodoracopulos is ten years older than Donald Trump but they sound like they have much in common, and their families traveled in the same circles:
The Donald told Harry Theodoracopulos (brother of Taki), 77, from New York, that he was no longer welcome at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach because he claimed he verbally abused caddies and talked too loudly on the driving range.
The Theodoracopulos brothers, like Trump, became rich by being born into it, although the Theodoracopuli haven't had multiple bankruptcies, unlike Trump, by avoiding high-stakes endeavors like casino-building. Taki Theodoracopulos works for mainstream publications like The Spectator, a weekly British magazine:
The millionaire playboy has breezily called himself a "soi-disant anti-Semite" and peppers his conversation with words like "wop", "yid" or "dago"; yet he has survived seven editors and five proprietors. 
Taki has his own online magazine, where he doesn't have to worry about editors. "Taki's Mag" has a rogues gallery of far right columnists.



And let's not forget it was once edited by neo-Nazi Richard Spencer.

It was in a column in Taki that Gavin McInnes expressed his admiration for Steven Pinker:
... I'm talking about brave souls such as Ezra Levant, Anthony Cumia, Ann Coulter, Greg Gutfeld, Kathy Shaidle, Bill Whittle, Jared Taylor, Dana Loesch, A.J. Delgado, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Charles C. Johnson, Mary Katharine Ham, James O'Keefe, John Bolton, Sean Hannity, Phelim McAleer, K.T. McFarland, Mark Steyn, Steve Sailer, Jon Derbyshire, Steven Pinker, Thomas Sowell, Charles Murray, Peter Brimelow, Jonah Goldberg, John Stossel, Doug Stanhope, Jim Goad, Naomi Schaefer Riley, Katie Pavlich, Charles Krauthammer, Kevin D. Williamson, and Garfunkel and Oates. 
Another member of the IDW, Charles Murray, gets a mention, as does white supremacists Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, Claire Lehmann's buddy Ezra Levant and Steve Sailer.

I've been asked why I pay attention to a nobody like Steve Sailer. It's because in the world of right-wing racists, Steve Sailer is somebody, living on the largess of plutocrats.

So far as I know, though, Sailer has not been able to get funding from the top level of the eco-system, Charles Koch. But that could change. I'll talk about that next.