It was the great Trinity of the French Revolution, and you can still see it carved in stone over town halls and elsewhere in France: ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’.
But the greatest of these, it turns out, is ‘Equality’. ‘Liberty’ soon bit the blood-spattered dust along with ‘Fraternity’ as the drive to the unattainable goal of ‘Equality’ took over as it was bound to do.
The urge for ‘Equality’, meaning equality of outcomes and rooted in amour propre, envy and spite, is by far the strongest of the three motivations. It is a lie which can only survive through oppression.
The Daily Telegraph is a schizophrenic Newspaper these days. Skipping the News and Comment pages to reach the still-excellent Obituary columns, as people of a certain age tend to who have seen it all before, one often comes to stirring examples of the courage and achievement of the kind of men (and it was mostly men) who made Britain the great country it once was .
The very kind, in short, that the Telegraph was once the voice of and is no longer. Such people still read it though. More, one supposes, out of habit than anything else.
Richard Lynn is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Ulster and currently probably Britain’s foremost academic having the courage to write on race differences in IQ and achievement. (There are undoubtedly many who agree with his views but who are afraid to put their heads above the parapet in the prevailing Cultural Marxist climate of fear in academia as elsewhere).
Lynn's latest book, "The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence and Achievement" is a survey of the Jews’ success world-wide using much the same methodology as in other work of his such as ‘IQ and the Wealth of Nations’. He analyses their socio-economic status and achievements in various societies and relates these high achievements to their correspondingly high average IQ and other attributes. He addresses the apparent contradiction of a relatively unexceptional average IQ in Israel by suggesting that there are in that country a total of four races of Jews of varying intelligence.
‘Nothing is safe that does not show it can bear discussion and publicity’ – Lord Acton
Widespread publicity was given last week to the findings of two research psychologists, Dr Gijsbert Stoet of the University of Leeds and Professor David Geary of the University of Missouri, that show fundamental flaws in the research on which has been based the widely–held view that the relative lack of success of women at the highest levels in the field of mathematics and (by extension) disciplines with a strong mathematical basis such as physics and engineering is due to a lack of role models and poor self-image.
Alex Salmond has been credited with fox-like cunning and raptor–like ruthlessness in pursuing his goal of an independent Scotland. But does he deserve this reputation?
The Salmond Strategy
He appears to have been pursuing a strategy of showering Scots with benefits such as free University education, personal care for the elderly, dental checks and prescriptions etc in order to impress upon the Scots the general wonderfulness of having a Scottish Nationalist government.
This strategy has also tried to alienate the English who whilst themselves not getting these benefits find themselves subsiding the Scots for them. Under the Barnett formula for allocating public funds, the Scots get £1,600 per head more than the average, or 20% more than the English.
Those who are ever open to broadening and deepening their knowledge about certain subjects, perhaps on the basis of ‘know the enemy’ and thumbing their noses at leftists and others who comfort themselves with the belief that nationalists are all knuckle-dragging thugs, might as your writer did, consider a post-graduate course in Islamic Studies. They might then look at what Birkbeck College, University of London has to offer along these lines.
Why Birkbeck? Well, this great institution, which was founded in 1823 as the "London Mechanics’ Institute’, has a proud history of offering part–time and evening courses to working people. Your writer holds a post-graduate degree from Birkbeck.
Anyway, on getting details of the courses on offer, it will be discovered that the Professor in charge of courses on Islam is one Basheer M. Nafi. Who's he? Who indeed.