Every so often, for whatever reason. US conservative thinkmags step on Darwin’s rake. A while back, it was “Darwin’s conservatives” Larry Arnhart (First Things, 2000, response here ) and John McGinnis (National Review, 1997). But that was just the usual stuff.
Now, just recently, doctoral student in genetics Razib Khan got into the act, again at National Review, proclaiming that “Conservatives Shouldn’t Fear Evolutionary Theory” because “It is a crowning achievement of Western civilization and a rejoinder to the modern myths of the Left.”
Hey, wait a minute. Who talks up a storm about “Western civilization” anyhow? Ah yes… the rake…
Khan, it turns out, knows more apparent racists and anti-Semites than is good for his reputation:
Was Khan unaware of what was going on around him at the alt-right magazines? He spoke to the online journal Undark:
“Khan said that he used to be more tolerant of those perspectives. “Obviously, I don’t condone it,” he said. When I observed that standing by silently — and even linking to [Steve] Sailer’s work — seemed like the definition of “condone,” Khan hesitated. “In terms of being at Unz, I was probably there too long,” he said.”
“Probably there too long”? Gee, do ya think so? Actually, today his name is still on the Unz homepage, at the very top of the list of “ARCHIVED BLOGS AND COLUMNS,” juxtaposed with newer stories including “‘The Holocaust’ Is a Myth That Conceals Our Shame,” “9/11 Was an Israeli Job,” “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars,” reflections on the “Old Testament, Israel’s Trojan Horse inside Christianity,” and the current banner article at the top promoting the “magisterial” scholarship of Holocaust denier David Irving. I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that this was all a colossal misunderstanding, that he demanded that Unz take him off their putrid site, but was rebuffed. David Klinghoffer , “Razib Khan: A Geneticist and the Alt-Right” at Evolution News and Science Today:
Well, if he isn’t really one of them, he could threaten to sue, couldn’t he?
Klinghoffer recommends that Khan watch Human Zoos: America’s Forgotten History of Scientific Racism
Also whistling past: New Scientist asks, “Does population genetics have a racism problem, even today?” Well, so far as we know, the problem never actually left. No matter what the politics espoused, racism is implicit in the nature of Darwinism as a way of understanding human history. At best, political correctness is a cover for it.
Remember, with Darwinism, someone must be the subhuman. That’s the point. They cannot find him, so they invent him.
Note: Five years ago, there was also the curious saga of retired science writer Nicholas Wade and his book Troublesome Inheritance, which few seemed able to discuss honestly – with unfortunate consequences for at least one party.
We thought, after it all blew over, that the Dark Enlightenment had moved on. To judge from recent antics at National Review, maybe not.