Ta-Nehisi Coates, political dissident

John Derbyshire once characterized the political dissident thusly:

The dissident temperament has been present in all times and places, though only ever among a small minority of citizens. Its characteristic, speaking broadly, is a cast of mind that, presented with a proposition about the world, has little interest in where that proposition originated, or how popular it is, or how many powerful and credentialed persons have assented to it, or what might be lost in the way of property, status, or even life, in denying it. To the dissident, the only thing worth pondering about the proposition is, is it true? If it is, then no king’s command can falsify it; and if it is not, then not even the assent of a hundred million will make it true.

Well, it looks like we have a latecomer to the praevalebit club — and no less a man than Mr. “black bodieshimself:

Hillary Clinton made a claim—half of Donald Trump’s supporters are motivated by some form of bigotry. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it,” she said. “And unfortunately, there are people like that, and he has lifted them up.”
Whether or not it was a false thing remained uninvestigated.

I have no doubt that Mr. Coates will display the same dispassionate studium towards other controversial issues, such as crime and IQ gaps. Onward, brave soldier! Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas and all that.


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