Category Archives: prejudice

Make the world safer for cannibals

They’re only human.

People who eat the flesh of their own kind, members of the Ku Klux Klan, rapists, etc., are human. Stigmatising these communities because of choices different from yours is pure prejudice. Work within yourself to end stigma.

  • Make the world safer for blacks, browns, whites, immigrants, refugees, strangers, Muslims, Jews, Christians, old people, children, disabled people, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, straights, northerners, southerners, easterners, westerners, cowboys, Indians, poor, rich, criminals, addicts, people in recovery, and everyone else you secretly diminish to inflate your ego and self-worth.
  • Make the world safer for warmongers, genocidal murderers, racists, religious fanatics, cannibals, child-abusers, slave-drivers, pimps, and other stigmatised groups.

British social policy defined

An idiocy wrapped in a lunacy wrapped in an absurdity, to produce misery and squalor

Dalrymple writes:

A tax on knowledge is a terrible thing, but a tax on ignorance, prejudice, evasion and half-truth is worse. That is what every British household with a television must pay, for the privilege of having the earnest but frivolous lucubrations of the BBC purveyed to it, whether it wants them or not.

This poll tax — or licence fee, as it is known — is the equivalent of nearly $200 per household a year, and is thus worth evading. Unfortunately, it costs nearly three times as much to catch evaders as the licence fees would have raised if paid. One proposal is to halve the licence fee for single mothers. Dalrymple comments:

In other words, we should subsidise a subsidy, in the name of a universal right to misinformation and trashy entertainment (and at the same time confer yet another incentive for single parenthood).

Morals and art will deteriorate

Dalrymple tells an interviewer:

I suppose I am a bit of a Confucian in the matter of the rectification of language. And I am afraid that in the present climate, the connotation of words has often taken over in importance from their denotation. Thus, since irrational racial antagonism is a manifestation of prejudice, all prejudice comes to partake of the quality of irrational racial antagonism, and the right-thinking person thinks he has to overthrow prejudice as such. This is not realistic: no one has ever lived or could ever live as if this were the case. Hence we live in a state of humbug.

Extract from the Analects:

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

Em Defesa do Preconceito

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Neste livro, Dalrymple não pede que abandonemos o racionalismo, pede apenas mais humildade de nossa parte e mais respeito aos preconceitos tradicionais. Como escreve o autor,

É necessário bom senso para saber quando um preconceito deve ou não ser abandonado.

E bom senso é algo que tem sido esquecido na nossa luta contra os preconceitos ruins, que são deixados de lado junto com os bons.

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A disgusting American ritual

Screen Shot 2015-09-07 at 07.58.21The French public, writes Dalrymple,

was rightly appalled

by the way in which the US criminal justice system treated Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The case against him was dropped, but not before he was made to undertake the perpetrator or ‘perp’ walk, which was

not only humiliating but prejudicial, for the very name of this disgusting but now commonplace ritual is contrary to the presumption of innocence.

The judge

presumed DSK’s guilt when she said that his rushed attempt to catch the flight, which he had long booked in advance, indicated a risk of absconding. Although to this day he has not been found guilty of any crime, his life has been, if not ruined exactly, at least profoundly affected by the way in which he was treated.