David Thompson


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February 27, 2011



Re Omar Kholeif:

No evidence of foul play appears in the piece and a lot seems to hang on the claim of a "disproportionate ratio" of minority employees.

Some 'disproportionate ratios' are more equal than others…

"Where are the lobby groups demanding that something must be done to correct this gender discriminatory outrage?"


Michelle Raines

David, the Omar Kholeif article actually annoyed me. (His, not yours) He just sounds childish and irresponsible. How can he take public money on false pretences and not feel ashamed of himself?



I’m not privy to the workings of Mr Kholeif’s conscience, though, no, his rationalisations aren’t an edifying read. But if those rationalisations are shared by his peers and confer certain advantages, well… maybe it’s not surprising that they go unanalysed. After all, the prevalence of such attitudes isn’t random or accidental.

As AC1 pointed out a while ago, stoicism is a defining feature of adulthood and is therefore frequently undermined by peddlers of identity politics, whose worldviews tend to entail, and propagate, a kind of whiny infantilism. If you want to foster pretentious victimhood and an entitlement mentality, stoicism, realism and emotional maturity are obvious obstacles. When stoicism and realism have been suitably undermined, we arrive at attitudes like those of Dea Birkett, Linda Bellos and Mr Kholeif.

It’s like Spartacus in reverse:

“I am a victim, even though I can’t prove it or argue my case. I deserve racial favours and public subsidy.”
“No, I am a victim. My choices aren’t my fault. I deserve taxpayers’ money!”
“No, my suffering is the greatest. See how little I am pampered. I demand compensation.”

And the more these attitudes are encouraged and rewarded, the more it escalates.



Read the above. Remember Projection is the defining aspect of leftism, so maybe by playing "victim" they are try to cover up guilt of some kind?


"the only discernible obstacles he mentions are the limited market value of his chosen skills and the preferences of his own parents"

A middle-class kid wastes four years getting a joke degree and then can't believe there aren't many jobs where his joke degree is worth anything. So he blames this on racism, disadvantage, parents, etc. Not on the fact he chose a joke degree.

Some people just don't want to grow up.



“Not on the fact he chose a joke degree.”

Yes, it’s hard to believe the world has little use for yet another person schooled in media studies and “queer film theory.”

“Some people just don’t want to grow up.”

But if behaving like a child is rewarded – say, with bursaries and favouritism – then there’s an obvious incentive not to bother growing up. The Guardian panders to these inclinations more than most, which may explain why so much of its commentary sounds so adolescent. Unfortunately, adolescence often involves infinite self-righteousness and grievance by default. As Kevin and Perry might say, everything is so unfair.

To claim that systemic racial injustice is taking place in an unlikely sphere and yet offer no evidence to that effect – and then, despite that lack of evidence, to make demands on other people’s money as if one were simply entitled – has an adolescent ring to it. If a person’s alleged “disadvantage” hinges on their choosing a career path of which their parents don’t wholeheartedly approve, then they’re stretching the definition of “disadvantage” to the point of parody. Again, adolescent. Mr Kholeif’s article doesn’t reveal any evidence of his (or anyone else’s) supposed disadvantage, let alone disadvantage rooted in “historical oppression.” It does, however suggest a mix of opportunism, vanity and disingenuous coaching. His presumption and sense of entitlement have of course been rewarded.

Though some may think that a mixed blessing.

sackcloth and ashes

Talking of academic matters, David, I assume that you've been following the debacle within the Libyan - sorry - London School of Economics and Political Science:


It comes as no surprise to me that Shami Chakrabarti, the champion of civil liberties and human rights, is on the LSE Council, and that she had no problems accepting Qadafi's blood money.

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