With notably few exceptions, so-called “HBD” (or “human biodiversity”) is a movement that exists largely within the confines of the Internet, Misdreavus notes:
This, of course, has done absolutely no favors to its dispersal within society at large, because if technology has taught us anything, it is that the anonymity of the web tends to bring out the crazy and stupid in everyone, Surely there was a time when people actually tried to research certain topics before launching a slurry of half-baked and inchoate opinions with an audacious (and entirely unwarranted) degree of self-confidence — not so much because people were any better informed in yesteryear than they are today, but because certain structural barriers posed an impediment to the crazy and incompetent expressing their ideas in lofty places. Now that (most of) these have been safely dismantled, we’ve got nutters from Stormfront sparring tête-à-tête with anthropology professors over elementary facts that anybody can look up in a linguistics textbook. How splendid is that.
As Jay Man adds, “If the facts about heritable human differences are to be ever taken seriously, it needs to be extricated from such utter nonsense, as well as from the mean-spirited sentiment.”
Too many blogs are being dragged down by ignoramuses, T. Greer says:
There are smart people among the Neoreactionaries. Many of them are very, very smart. I don’t always support their politics, but some are interesting to read and others even a pleasure to engage with.
But beneath these intellectuals lies a mob. It used to be that the reactionary rank and file was a bunch of computer scientists and engineers who had nothing better to do with their spare time than play around with the EconLib. But now the reactionaries have breached the public consciousness and achieved the sort of ‘critical mass’ to keep the movement from sizzling out. A pity. With few exceptions (say, the commentators at Isegoria), the reactionary masses are crude, savage, and just as caught up in mindless groupthink as the “Cathedral” ever was. (And the folks from Chateu Heariste/Red Pill group are all of this but worse.)
And now they spread. It has been sad to watch the comment sections of several different blogs I follow fall apart over the last month. Over at Gene Expression Razib is accused of the Lewtonian fallacy; over at Slate Star Codex Alexander Scott is closing comment threads and introducing mods to keep the place under control; at the West Hunter discussion mentioned above one must wade through 10 posts of utter intellectual muck just to find the participants who actually know what they are talking about.
One of the major reasons I have never written anything explicitly HBD or in response to reactionary ideas (some of which I sympathize with) is that I know that will summon the hordes. I just don’t want to deal with that.
We do try to avoid being crude, savage, and mindlessly groupthinky.