Sunday, December 12, 2010
The inconsistency of Lawrence Auster
I have long noticed this particular inconsistency, but it wasn't until the other day when I saw two articles by him juxtaposed next to each other that it hit me rather vividly.
Here's the inconsistency in a nutshell:
1) Auster frequently takes Robert Spencer to task for elucidating how dangerous Islam is but then leaving in suspense any suggestions of what measures could be taken by our society to counter that danger in ways rationally proportional to that danger as elucidated. Thus, one of the two articles Auster published the other day rehashed precisely this argument.
2) with regard to the problem of blacks in American society, Auster frequently does pretty much exactly what he is criticizing Spencer for doing: i.e., Auster elucidates the problem (involving both amassment of data about black sociopathology and violence, as well as analytical extrapolations therefrom), often in ways that leave the reader quite wound up and alarmed about the problem, and yet as far as I have ever seen, he never offers the kinds of specific concrete proposals on what our society can do about this problem so elucidated that he expects from Spencer in the context of the problem of Islam. And that's exactly what he did in the second of the two articles that happened to be juxtaposed.
When Auster does gravitate toward the vicinity of addressing concrete policy in this regard, it has struck me as insufficiently proportional to the nature of the problem as he has elucidated it. I see little difference, for example, between Auster's vague suggestions in the direction of segregation without any concrete proposals on how exactly we would force blacks to remove themselves from white society (for it would be ludicrous to think American blacks would do so willingly in numbers sufficient for solving the problem), on the one hand, and on the other hand, Spencer's similarly vague and limp-wristed suggestions about "curbing Muslim immigration" and "surveilling radical extremist mosques", etc.
If any readers can persuasively disabuse me of my perception here, I'm all ears.