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Good Old Social Darwinism 

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To the editors:

Reading Michael Solot's review of Mencken: A Life [July 7] made me nostalgic for those simpler times when gross racial and ethnic generalizations could be passed off as acerbic social commentary. It's so stifling today, what with "crackpots" like Noam Chomsky cluttering up our social discourse with their "saint[ly]" distress over various forms of U.S.-sanctioned genocide. (Chomsky's problem, as Mencken would have surely pointed out, is that like all Jews he has "learning without wisdom.") Solot's quite correct when he suggests that the true dissident is someone like Mencken, a white guy who so eloquently touts the supremacy of his own ethnic ancestry at the expense of Jews, blacks, or "dagos." Yes, sir, good old-fashioned social Darwinism is in short supply these days. I mean, it's gotten so bad that a writer can't dismiss and deride a whole race of people without someone calling him a bigot--even when the derision is expressed with a nice turn of phrase. Yep, too many people these days--most of them likely Jews, blacks, and "dagos"--just can't appreciate good "dissident" thought.

Guillermo "The Spic" Perez

N. Hoyne

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