In The New York Times, David Brooks points out some obvious truths about the Haitian earthquake. A 7.0 earthquake struck the Bay Area in California in 1989. It only killed 63 people. The earthquake itself cannot explain the devastation in Haiti.
Brooks quickly dispels several liberal myths: foreign aid will work in Haiti, the country is poor because of the legacy of slavery and colonialism, the environment is holding Haiti back. Unfortunately, he goes on to say that Haiti suffers from “a complex web of progress-resistant cultural influences” which have retarded its development.
Like Steve Sailer, I don’t believe Brooks is dumb enough to actually believe this. Racial differences in intelligence are at the root of the problem, but Brooks cannot come out and say this in the mainstream without violating PC etiquette and losing his sinecure as prominent columnist in the Obamanation.