Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Women's Sufferage Bad For Society, Claims Man Who Is Bad For Society

John Derbyshire is one of those guys that you don't think about very often, but whenever you do you're filled with a temporary white hot rage that threatens to overwhelm even the most apathetic among us. Then you realize he's simply a meaningless foot soldier in the conservative movement's march towards neo-feudalism, and the world becomes a slightly less daunting place.

To bring you up to speed on Derby, this is what he wrote following the Virgina Tech shooting:

"Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn't anyone rush the guy? It's not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness' sake—one of them reportedly a .22. At the very least, count the shots and jump him reloading or changing hands. Better yet, just jump him. Handguns aren't very accurate, even at close range. I shoot mine all the time at the range, and I still can't hit squat. I doubt this guy was any better than I am. And even if hit, a .22 needs to find something important to do real damage—your chances aren't bad."

OOOOOO!!!! So brave! Or, maybe: Hahahahahaha! So funny and ironic!

Either way, we should pistol whip The Derb and then blame him for not predicting it like a soldier would have done.

Now he's back in the news after saying society would be better if women didn't vote. A few days ago he told Alan Colmes that he didn't think women should have the right to vote, and then he kind of walked it back, but not really. Here's a transcript from a different radio show he did recently, in which the host, Thom Harman, revisited the issue. Derbs has just admitted that women probably should be allowed to vote.

HARTMANN: Why then is the title called “The Case Against Female Suffrage”?

DERBYSHIRE: Because it is a case against female suffrage. [...]

HARTMANN: Did you not say to, for example, my colleague Alan Colmes that women should not be allowed to vote, that it would be a better country anyway if women were not allowed to vote?

DERBYSHIRE: Well, you know, my mentor Paul Buckley used to say, he who say [sic] a must say b. And the logic of that chapter, that chapter five in my book, rests on the proposition that women voting is bad for conservatism, and as a conservative, of course, I think that’s bad for society.

HARTMANN: So therefore if women were not allowed to vote it would be a better country in your opinion?

DERBYSHIRE: I think as a hypothetical I think that’s arguable, yeah. Yeah, I think so. Yeah.

What a wonderful wit this gentleman displays. OOOOHHHH!!!! He thinks it's so charming and caustic to say offensive things, to make a point, that is offensive and dumb. Great way to spend your time, Derby. The worst part about this is that he's got a book coming out soon, which is why he's on this media tour, and all this nonsense is just drumming up publicity for his idiotic caveman pamphlet.

Neanderthals like this are often better left ignored, but I did want to let everybody know just how tough and funny and provocative this piece of shit is. So...back to other things now.

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