Everybody Views The World In Ways That Make Their Group Is Best

Here is a complicated article by academic Richard Landes about a topic explained much more simply by Tom Wolfe in 2006.

I particularly love this excerpt from Landes:

As one NPR commentator noted (during the intifada!), “Any Palestinian with a three-digit IQ knows that Israel is here to stay.”

Most Palestinians have two-digit IQs. Most Muslims have two digit IQs. Most Arabs have two-digit IQs. They are never in times of peace going to excel Jews, whites, and orientals. Unable to live with this humiliation, they will tell themselves lies and launch jihad after jihad.

In a 2006 lecture, Tom Wolfe said: “Each individual adopts a set of values which, if truly absolute in the world – so ordained by some almighty force – would make not that individual but his group…the best of all possible groups, the best of all inner circles.”

The same dynamic that animates Arab hatred of Jews animates black hatred of whites. Blacks and Arabs subscribe to conspiracy theories at a high rate because living in delusion is the only way to avoid humiliation.

About Luke Ford

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