“No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.”
In other words, people are- present company always excepted- are just awful. Especially if those people happen to be not-quite white. Notice that Paul Ehrlich is not panicked by being caught in the tremendous squash and jostle of rich folks around the bar in the Churchill Downs clubhouse on Kentucky Derby Day. Nor is Charles C. MAnn worried about the opening-night crush at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. And Malthuas, when talking about a race of unwashed brutes who live in a miserable spot and don’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain, is not discussing Highland lairds. Fretting about overpopulation is a perfectly guilt-free– indeed, sanctimonious– way for “progressives” to be racists.
Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history, mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.
The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.
One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it’s remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver’s license.