New Criterion publisher and editor Roger Kimball would like to say what he really thinks, but the left is so insidious they’ve rendered subjects he wants to discuss taboo. Take “the genetic basis of human intelligence” or the real birthplace of Barack Obama; public figures bravely wanting to discuss these matters are so consistently persecuted by the liberal press that only the few brave souls will speak out. “The most effective form of censorship is also the quietest.” Kimball gravely tells us:
It's not simply that, in many walks of life, you cannot express certain opinions about [the genetic basis of human intelligence]; you are not even allowed to raise any questions about it. Questions admit doubts; and about certain subjects doubts are tantamount to heresy. This is something that Larry Summers discovered when he had the temerity to suggest that maybe, just possibly, there were fewer women than men at the pinnacle of mathematical achievement because women as a group were less adept at mathematics than men. Mr. Summers asserted nothing: he merely raised it as one hypothesis among many. That was his tort, for which he paid, and continues to pay, dearly.
Another example concerns the nativity of Barack Hussein Obama. It's not just that you are not allowed to express certain opinions about the subject. You are not even allowed to publicly entertain any questions about it.
Forgive me if I’m not particularly sympathetic to conspiracy theorists who don’t have a large enough platform to shout their demands that Obama show his papers, and accept that he’s genetically inferior. Of course, Kimball doesn’t actually say black people are stupid—John Derbyshire already made that case—he’s just wondering why he and genetics expert Larry Summers aren’t allowed to be curious about facts supporting the biological superiority of certain groups.
Let Kimball express these thoughts on a message board along with all the other internet trolls. Publicly funded publications like the New Criterion do not serve the greater good when they publish material that encourages sexist and racist views, a line that publication and their for-profit partner PJMedia too often walk. Kimball goes too far. His words aren’t just politically incorrect, they’re morally reprehensible and taking a stand against them isn’t censorship. It’s acting responsibly.