Steve Sailer notices something interesting about sportswriters. First, the pledge from Grantland.com’s Bryan Curtis:
The baseball writer Roger Kahn and I talked recently about his days covering Jackie Robinson for the New York Herald Tribune. Kahn told me that the sports editor of a Cincinnati paper once came up to him, pointed a finger at Robinson in the batter’s box, and said, “The jig is up. Get it?” Nitwits like that used to preach to big chunks of America.
The prestige, from Sailer:
Uh, you know, uh … Jackie Robinson hasn’t been up to bat since he retired in 1956, which was 58 years ago. And Roger Kahn stopped working for the New York Herald Tribune in 1953. I’ve been remarking a lot on how the liberal conventional wisdom has zero sense that they’ve been in charge of racial attitudes for a long, long, long time now, but once you notice that, the evidence for this blindness to chronology is everywhere.
Yup. Chronological blindness is liberalism’s flux capacitor; it’s what makes faith in socialism possible. By my rough reckoning, the last really new idea the left ever had was Herbert Marcuse’s sex-crazed marxoblather Eros and Civilization.
That was 1955.
Since then, they’ve been partying like it’s 1899. You know, back when “science” actually meant science; people still thought “experts” had actual expertise, not just goodthink; and Lenin et al hadn’t proved the falsity of Marxism to the tune of 100 million corpses. Find me an internet political “debate” where a liberal doesn’t bring up the fucking Civil Rights Act — passed by Republicans, let us note, in 1964– within the first fifteen comments. Hell, Morgan’s idiot troll infestation still routinely links to pictures of Al Jolson in blackface as if that’s some kind of argument here in this, anno domini 2014.
I forget who said that Republicans were “building a bridge to the 19th century,” but he or she was dead on…. if you remember that the true spelling of “liberal” is P-R-O-J-E-C-T-I-O-N.