Josh Barro Thinks You’re Scum

Corporate bagman, shill, stooge, toady, and mouthpiece Josh Barro thinks people who support John Derbyshire are scum.

Officially, Barro looks at this as an opportunity “for conservative writers and publications to earn credibility on race.” But Barro doesn’t care about race any more that leftists do. Barro wants people shilling for the business community to have a share of the loot, and kicking non-elite whites to the curb lets the people in power know whose side they are on.

He opens with “I’m pleased to see that National Review has fired John Derbyshire as a result of his racist screed in Taki’s Magazine last week. Derbyshire’s remarks were beyond the pale, and this severing of ties is important for the credibility of one of the pillar institutions in conservative publishing.”

“Screed” is a favorite leftist word to describe any writing they don’t like. It literally means a long piece of writing, a rant, or a diatribe. Derbyshire’s column was none of those. It was a brief, matter-of-fact explanation of certain things he saw as being the case, which Barro does not see fit to answer. “Beyond the pale” means outside of the civilized world. Things that every discerning person does, even if they are not talked about, can’t meet this definition.

More interestingly he describes NR as a “pillar institution of conservative publishing.” An institution has to serve somebody, but who? What is the constituency of NR? Forbes serves people interested in business. I know a little about rich people, and I suspect they don’t actually read it, that it’s really for wannabees, their circulation claims notwithstanding. But it’s about money, and nothing else. Barro makes the mistake that issues like criminal justice, racial issues, the distribution or resources, the nature of the law, and immigration are not of legitimate interest to conservatives, only money is. Conservatives, broadly defined, support the free market not because they worship money like Barro, but because it avoids concentrated government power abused by leftists. They have many other interests and issues as well, and race touches almost all of them. To dismiss valuing these as racist makes Barro the worst sort of traitor.

Barro, without people whose primary interest in politics is not making sure they can make money, there is no conservative politics. But you’re probably perfectly comfortable with the crony capitalism of the mature New Left, so why not just be a liberal? Mainstream conservatism is dead. Non-elite whites used to trust people like you. We thought business, if it was prosperous, would hire people and pay them good wages. It sort of worked back in the old days, but that hasn’t been true for decades. You make it quite clear you can barely stand our stench.

Fuck you, Barro. Like every other human being you’ll end your days shrivelled up in a hospital bed, looking back at your life. You will have spent it as a flack for the rich, specifically the pervert Malcolm and his grasping son Steve. I would suggest you reconsider but I’m just a filthy prole and you aren’t going to take advice from me. But regret is a terrible thing, so think twice.


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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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3 Responses to Josh Barro Thinks You’re Scum

  1. Remnant says:

    One of the many ironies to come out of Derb’s ousting is that Derb himself previously scolded Lowry for his leftist use of the term “screed”, which Lowry was at that time applying to Tom Tandredo.

    Whether Lowry was intentionally using the term here as a kind of slight or he was simply falling back into liberaltalk when acting as a PC enforcer, who knows.

    (H/T VDare, but I can’t link to them as they have closed off the site for fundraising.)

  2. Remnant says:

    Jay Nordlinger has written a warm note concerning Derb’s departure in his latest Impromptus (a column I probably haven’t read in five years, but I knew this was coming so I looked for it). It is not a defense of Derb but along with Mark Steyn’s posting is probably the strongest support Derb has yet received from the NR crew. Most notably, Nordlinger does not say he agrees with the decision, a telling lacunae.

    But, despite the overall positive note Nordlinger strikes, I must point out the following statement which shows how detached the mainstreatm right is from alternative right ideas:

    “If not for his views on race — a big “if not,” granted — Derb might be quite welcome on the left.”

    To me, this reflects the mentality of someone who is barely if at all aware of paleocon / alt-right ideas. Leaving aside the issue of abortion, I’m not sure there are any significant political differences between Derb and Pat Buchanan. Would Nordlinger call Buchanan a man of the left? or Ron Paul? Just unbelievable.

    (And as a matter of practical politics versus ethics, I’m not sure Derb actually differs from Buchanan or Paul on the issue of abortion: I wouldn’t be surprised if Derb thinks it isn’t a federal issue and should be left to the states, which is what Buchanan and Paul think as well.)

    Link to Nordlinger’s article:

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