Well, the stakes might not be as high as they were in late 19th Century France, but that doesn’t mean intellectuals of goodwill shouldn’t be on record in this day and age regarding our own Dreyfus-like affair. Instead of anti-Semitism, however, our elites these days seem to suffer from a different medieval problem (with none of the greatness of the medievals!) – they are hunting for witches and if one pops up (the signs are easy to spot – anyone who professes a belief in the reality of race or the reality of racial differences in IQ) they must be discredited and hounded out of polite society.
As usual, Steve Sailer* has the best recap of the Jason Richwine affair, but to their credit (after their shameful treatment of Derbyshire), National Review has also has a number of good pieces on the subject, including this piece by Jason himself, explaining what it was like to go through the madness of those days when the heretic hunters went after him.
I have no idea how my fellow bloggers feel about the Richwine affair, but I feel it is important personally to be on record as a supporter of Jason – both as someone who admires his original Harvard dissertation and as someone who supported his work with Robert Rector at Heritage. Heritage (and Jim DeMint) is one of the principle villains among all the left-wing heretic hunters. They should have never, ever backed down from Jason’s work and should have been willing to back him up as a scholar and researcher of the first caliber – which he was ever since Heritage hired him to crunch numbers for them years ago. I had high hopes for Senator DeMint when he came to Heritage and was thinking of donating money to the organization based on their impressive work on the past couple of years (including Mr. Rector’s immigration work). I can no longer link to them or think of supporting them in any way after this shameful affair.
God bless Jason Richwine and his young family – I hope he lands a new job soon and his obviously keen intellect can be put to good use for conservative causes again by a think tank or political leader who isn’t afraid (like Emile Zola?) to take on the anti-Richwine forces of our modern world.
*My favorite quote from the Sailer piece:
Q. Does the rank order of how groups perform on cognitive tests ever change?
A. Sure. When I first got interested in the social sciences in 1972, the usual rank order of cognitive performance was Oriental, then Caucasian, Chicano, and black. Now, it’s Asian, then white, Latino, and African-American. So everything is different.