What's up with the brown dudes on bloggingheads.tv

By Razib Khan | October 9, 2009 7:39 pm

A friend pointed out to me that the regular brown guys on bloggingheads.tv (Reihan Salam, and to a far lesser extent Ramesh Ponnuru and myself)
1) have names that start with “R”
2) lean Right

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Blog, Culture
  • Otto Kerner

    Does Reihan Salam really lean right? I know people, including himself, describe him as a “conservative”, but I’ve listened to a several of his diavlogs and I do not recall him ever actually saying anything conservative or rightish.

  • toto

    Except on immigration, I haven’t read anything so rightish from you either – and even on that, a lot of European social-democrats would tend to agree with you at leat in part (see Pim Fortuyn’s success in the Netherlands). In fact, from your posts on religion and economics, one could easily get the idea that you’re a bona fide liberal!
    Don’t know that Ponnuru guy, checking The Oracle
    *reads*
    *double blinks*
    Ok. Now that’s what I call “right-wing”.

  • http://uppershelf.com zyxwvutsr

    Obviously the Powers That Be at bloggingheads.tv are engaged in some sort of right-racial profiling.

  • TGGP

    Reihan seems like a smart, well-informed guy, but for some reason he’s a self-professed neoconservative (at least when it comes to foreign policy). He’s the only person I’m aware of who liked Kristol’s NYT column.

  • http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp razib

    a lot of people are confused about reihan. but if you pin him down, he will identify as conservative.
    In fact, from your posts on religion and economics, one could easily get the idea that you’re a bona fide liberal!
    well, perhaps i’m a bit more *populist* when it comes to economics than i used to be. in any case, i don’t post much about politics around these parts, as i don’t have that much distinctive value to add.

  • http://bloggingheads.tv Phil K

    What about John McWhorter & Glenn Loury? Neither starts with R, and only the former leans right, while both are more regular than Ramesh.

  • B.B.

    Phil K says:
    What about John McWhorter & Glenn Loury? Neither starts with R, and only the former leans right, while both are more regular than Ramesh.
    Those are black dudes with brown skin.

  • TGGP

    McWhorter also refers to himself as “conservative” with hand-quotes, denying that he is in fact one. He was actually more pro-Obama than Loury (a Hillary supporter). Loury has had an interesting intellectual history which I discuss here.

  • http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp razib

    i’m talking about *brown*, not *black*, heads.

  • Drawbacks

    And r²= ?

NEW ON DISCOVER
OPEN
CITIZEN SCIENCE
ADVERTISEMENT

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Gene Expression

This blog is about evolution, genetics, genomics and their interstices. Please beware that comments are aggressively moderated. Uncivil or churlish comments will likely get you banned immediately, so make any contribution count!

About Razib Khan

I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com

ADVERTISEMENT

See More

ADVERTISEMENT

RSS Razib’s Pinboard

Edifying books

Collapse bottom bar
+

Login to your Account

X
E-mail address:
Password:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it e-mailed to you.

Not Registered Yet?

Register now for FREE. Registration only takes a few minutes to complete. Register now »