In case you haven’t seen it yet, there is a series of very cool podcasts at Ricochet (part 1, part 2)where Steve Sailer and Charles Murray — the arch thought criminals themselves! — hash out some interesting and topical ideas. I’ve been reading Sailer’s columns for decades, and consider him to be one of the most out-of-the-box thinkers I’ve ever read. Murray mentions it a couple of times in the first podcast, but Sailer somehow manages to connect outlandishly disparate ideas (e.g. golf course design, baseball statistics, and human genetics) in ways that lead to often unexpected new directions. He’s probably the most influential writer on the right that no one ever quotes by name — probably because there’s this brigade of skinny, acne-faced communists that Google his name and try to cancel anybody that acknowledges his existence (they’ve commented to this blog before, and can, as a merry little pink-haired group, go fuck themselves). And of course Murray’s book with Richard Herrnstein, The Bell Curve, is a classic of the genre of “calmly argued, imminently sensible books that have inspired violent mobs of fragile people to do incredibly stupid things“. It’s also up there with great books like Ulysses, Atlas Shrugged, and The Koran, that lots of people have very strong opinions about without ever having taken the time to read like, a single word of them.
Anyway, have a listen, it’s worth your time. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if they could have gotten Thomas Sowell in on the conversation as well.