Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Naughty philosophers

Nigel Warburton is a ‘renowned philosopher’ and he’s not happy. Well, I suppose that's the way philosophers are meant to be. Writing in the July edition of Prospect, he bemoans the election of Nick Griffin of the BNP. His main cause for concern? ‘while it’s tempting to dismiss BNP voters as stupid Griffin is in fact an intelligent Cambridge graduate’.

Well fancy that!

Warming to his topic he then looks back at major Enlightenment figures and finds, to his horror, that they were racists!

Nurse – the screens!!

He quotes David Hume, arguably the daddy of all Enlightenment figures 'I’m apt to suspect the negroes to be naturally inferior to whites’.

Oh dear.

Then it appears that Kant at one point declaimed that negroes talk so much that ‘they must be driven apart by thrashing’. But the ultimate indignity comes from the patron saint of liberalism, John Stuart Mill. Johhny apparently referred to ‘those backward states of society in which the race itself may be considered as in its immature stage’

O deary deary me! What’s a good philosopher to do?

Nigel sadly shakes his elegantly coiffed head at all of this. But the interesting point from my perspective is that, as a philosopher, he falls at the very first fence. By this I mean he fails to subject the foundation of his criticism (that all races are equal) to even a cursory validation. He just accepts it as true, and based on this unsupported assumption, undertakes his critique.

A true philosophical approach would subject all assumptions to searching questioning and validation before deploying them in an argument. And of course we know that the scientific evidence essentially supports what these ‘mistaken’ Enlightenment philosophers were saying. But then of course, these old-style philosophers didn’t have PC Stalinist Thought Police to contend with.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

They're all having a go at Griffin now because they know the potential of the BNP and are rightly scared of it.

Even Marx and Ghandi have spoken low of the negroes. All this simply shows Warburton as another politico hack with an agenda.

Anonymous said...

Warburton is employed by the Open University where his job is to act as a PC progagandist. Expect nothing different.

18 k@@rt said...

The people who control the thought police, operate on the principle, 'I think it's true; therefore it is', and vigorously denounce anyone who disagrees with them as an "anti-semite", "racist" and "xenophobe". It really works!

kulak said...

Not to worry Nigel, nobody feels let down by you. We've never heard of you before, and probably never will again.

eh said...

'Most Britons actually support BNP policies'

The orchestrated campaign against the BNP -- and it is nothing less than that -- relies on the worst kind of mindless demonization, which unfortunately has become rather commonplace nowadays.

Anonymous said...

BNP voters stupid? They're simply voting for their interests just like the muslims who vote labour. What are white labour voters then? Intelligent? Everyone accepts that blacks in general are superior athlethes in the face of the overwhelming evidence. The evidence that countries under their governance are corrupt hellholes is also overwhelming. But strangely the philosophers don't want to talk about this.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post, Savant. Excellent.

Anonymous said...

Warburton is a prick! End of....

Anonymous said...

The likes of Warburton infest academia on both sides of the pond and are largely responsible for the social/multiculti mess that we're now all in.

Viking said...

Great post, Savant!

Anonymous said...

This is very sharp of you Savant. Of course you're 100% correct. Just another example of PC blinding people to underlying facts and principles.

Anonymous said...

The BNP break-through has changed things no duobt. Fair play to Nick and his team. Let´s hope people start talking more sense from now on.

Anonymous said...

I´m on holidays in Galicia at the moment. What´s struck me is the vibrancy of the local culture here, ie. food, drink, land ownership and general general attitude towards life. There hasn´t been a Negro spotted so fa and definitely now freshly imported Negroes from Africa with no skills and many childen. Why is it that the PC madness seems to dominate in English speaking countries? I feel sad when I think of the Ireland and compare it to these proud Galicians; jut proud about themeselves in everyday life, a real living culture. We don´t seem to have that because of history etc. Really, whereever the English language goes things turn to shit.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but they're headed up towards Galicia - it's just that they haven't reached there yet. Give them time. If there are good pickings they'll be there.

Joe O'Neill said...

It is an actual fact that when working class people started to have holidays overseas the bubble was sure to pop.Working class people are meant to work, overseas holidays are for rich people like me not you fucking rabble.

Anonymous said...

That's tellin' 'em Joe!

Croesus

Anonymous said...

Joe, have you not previously stated your initial upbringing to be working class or financially impaired thereabouts? You have broke with tradition(!).

Niggers know no borders, neither does egalitarian dogma. Expect Israel or any white safe areas of SA to eventually head the same way.

Anonymous said...

This underlines as well how genuine academic rigor is being forced out to accommodate PC theology.

Anonymous said...

"Really, whereever the English language goes things turn to shit."

By God, I think you are on to something here! It seems so obvious now that someone else has thought of it! Seriously, how better to spread the PC/MC virus than to have a carrier as virulent as the one million word strong English language [virtually dwarfing all others] and its attendant culture that commands so many fields?

Speaking of pride, try visiting Colombia. Those folks have pride, in the positive sense of the word. Maybe dignity is a better word. Then compare with Mexico or Peru or C. America. It is like night and day, though still the former is one f----up country with no end in sight to some very serious problems. Still a fascinating study in contrasts.

leadpb

kerdasi amaq said...

understand PC for what it is, it's socially sanctioned bullying.

Anonymous said...

"BNP voters stupid? They're simply voting for their interests just like the muslims who vote labour. "

Which is why the liberal left hate them!