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Among the most important books I've read in my life
on September 1, 2011
I am not the sort of person you'd think would be touting such a book. I am a child of Holocaust survivors, I have a Ph.D. in social science from Berkeley and subsequently taught in Berkeley's Graduate School, I am a moderate Democrat--strongly in favor of equal opportunity, against unfair treatment of people of any race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. And I host a show on an NPR affiliate in San Francisco. Indeed, I have been threatened to be kicked off the air for having had the author of this book on my show (twice.) But I will continue to have him on and strongly recommend this book that the politically correct will relentlessly excoriate UNFAIRLY.
This book uses a wealth of good evidence and the quality reasoning one would expect from the Yale graduate the author is. The quantity and quality of that evidence far exceeds that of most of the endless torrent of diversity-celebratory books published by prestigious publishers. Taylor uses that evidence to compellingly argue that:
-- diversity is NOT a strength
-- Eurocentric culture IS worth saving. Yet whites, educated by colleges and the media to feel they must step aside, are, without a shot being fired, surrendering the U.S. to a Black-and-Latino-centric culture. Such a culture, as Taylor's evidence so strongly indicates, is not one that gives one confidence about America's future. After all, I cannot find one Black- or Latino-centric nation among the world's 200 that inspires confidence that the world will be better when whites step aside.
I also want to mention that in Jared Taylor's book and in his other writings, it's clear that he is not some xenophobe who disparages all non-Whites. He's as quick to praise Asians' culture and accomplishments as he is to express concern about Black and Latino cultures.
He's also restrained and measured, a role model for how we all should be. He writes based on thoughtful reflection, not impulsive, near-religious irrationality, as do so many of diversity's True Believers.
I only wish that Jared Taylor would be invited into the national conversation about race and about immigration that this country desperately needs but is too afraid to have. Alas, that's particularly unlikely in light of our media being too brainwashed by their overwhelmingly leftist social science professors, and without the counterbalance of much real-world experience, to assert anything but "Diversity is our greatest strength."