Acting Man Defends Marc Faber

Acting Man founder Pater Tenebrarum (an alias name) defends Marc Faber. Tenebrarum says the Faber quotes are out of context. He provides a link to the complete statements.

The October issue of the Gloom Boom Doom report was an in depth look at some of the more important economic and social questions of our day, placed in the broader framework of history. We suggest strongly that you read the full Gloom Doom Boom letter which we provide here and then decide for yourself what was really said by Marc Faber.

Conclusion by PT

As readers of this blog know, we are equal opportunity offenders here. We regularly publish articles by people who have no respect for political correctness whatsoever. We only try to make sure that those we publish know what they are talking about. Whether it is Republicans, Democrats, Catholic Popes, EU Commissars, central bankers, or the political leaders of India – no-one is safe. Of course, for allowing no-holds-barred criticism of these poor, powerful authority figures, their courtier intellectuals and in the case of politicians, the people voting for them, we have occasionally been accused of bigotry. Such accusations often strike us as a case of projection.

As mentioned above, we would probably have expressed ourselves differently than Dr. Faber did, but bluntness is part of his style. We admire that he has refused to knuckle under and is sticking to his guns despite the backlash.

The October Gloom, Boom and Doom Report can be downloaded below – context is important and this provides a lot more of it than was available elsewhere: Gloom, Boom and Doom Report, October 2017 (PDF).

Matter of Style

Tenebrarum notes that being blunt is part of Faber's style. It's part of mine, and it's part of Tenebrarum's as well.

The problem I had when I wrote my article is a problem I still have.

If one believes that blacks are inferior, then one is a racist by definition: "A person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another."

What Made the US Great?

In my article, Marc Faber Banned from CNBC and Fox, Ousted from Sprott Board for Racial Comments: Is Faber a Racist, I commented that I cannot and do not condone statements like "Thank God white people populated America."

I added "The US is great because it was founded by an amazing group of free-market capitalists and right-minded educated intellectuals. Race was not a factor." Repeating a block of text from the above article ...

The Constitution's Bill of Rights is what makes the US great. There is nothing else like it in the world. It's a unique constitution put together by a unique set of educated lawyers and other scholars.

The First Amendment grants freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

That's what enables Faber to say what he did. And that's a good thing, whether you agree with him or not! China imprisons or kills people for saying something the state disagrees with. Numerous countries in Europe would fine Faber for such remarks.

The First Amendment prohibits state-sponsored religion. Many Republicans who allegedly want a strict constitution, ought to take a closer look. School prayer does not fit in.

Democrats might wish to consider the Second Amendment.

Everyone should appreciate the right to be secure in their home. That's the Fourth Amendment.

The Sixth Amendment grants a speedy trial.

Race has nothing to do with the brilliance of the US constitution other than the fact it happened to be drafted by whites. One can accurately state that at that time, there were not as many educated blacks as whites, but it was education level (arguably coupled with sheer luck), not race, that made the difference.

Slippery Slope

Some readers pointed out the slippery slope the US is on.

I certainly agree. Look no further than homeland security, civil forfeiture, and collegiate enforcement of politically correct speech to the point of absurdity.

But slippery slope or not, I doubt that any group of people (white, black, red, yellow, or purple) other than the amazing set of individuals who were in the right place at the right time, could have drafted the Constitution of the United States.

Is Faber a Racist?

Tenebrarum comments: "Perhaps one should ask his Thai wife if she thinks he hates her or considers her inferior. Or maybe one should ask his mixed-race daughter what she thinks about it. We actually happen to know her personally and although we only met her on one occasion, our educated guess is that her reaction to anyone posing such an absurd question would be to laugh them out of the room."

Political Correctness

In the name of political correctness, ESPN removed Robert Lee from calling Virginia game in Charlottesville due to his name.

Be careful what you name your kids folks, it might offend somebody.

On numerous college campuses across the country, it is impossible to say or do anything without offending someone. Even words like “he” and “she” are offensive.

If you think I am making this up, please consider Cardiff Metropolitan University Bans All “Politically Incorrect” Words: Amusing List of Banned Words.

And please, try to avoid words like “mother” and “father” unless you can say “mother and father” together. Yes, the article states that.

Gee, is there an order for this? Yes, there is. It better be random. Always saying mother first could get you in trouble. The article did not say but the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” clearly has to go.

Victim of Political Correctness?

Is Faber a victim of political correctness? Tenebrarum presented that case.

However, Faber made a racially-charged statement when he could have and should have cited education and culture, not race.

Culture and Education

Tenebrarum and many of my readers put a spotlight on culture whereas I noted "free-market capitalists and right-minded educated intellectuals."

Culture and education are interesting points in this regard.

If blacks in the 1700s did not have the navigation skills, the shipbuilding skills, a firm understanding of property rights, and the required spirit of adventure (collectively the necessary educational skills and culture), then it would have been impossible for blacks to found America because they could not or would not have crossed the Atlantic ocean in the first place.

There was no need to "Thank God white people populated America" because anything else was deemed educationally and culturally impossible.

Lost in the debate is the banning by news media of the author of what I believe is the best investment book ever written: Tomorrow's Gold, by Marc Faber.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

"And every IQ testing/research/official statistics shows blacks in Africa at the very bottom of the planet" The enter button should not automatically post. Just how does one skip down two lines to start a new paragraph? IQ testing, created by whom? Take a group of white people living on welfare and what will their IQ be? "You can improve a bit by better schooling, but you're not going to remove the entire difference by that." Jaimie Escalante took a group of low income hispanic students and turned them into math whizes. I guarantee he could have done the same with students from Africa.

i can't for the life of me understand what faber was thinking when he wrote this. it comes off to me tat he was channeling none other than archie bunker. totally excusable. the 1st amendment does't guarantee racist speech and that's what this is.

"I can't for the life of me understand what Faber was thinking"

I think you do understand what Faber was thinking. He said what he wss thinking

No hate here, but I read one time, have no idea where, that with black folks the average IQ of the men was 15 points lower than the average for the women. Since they live in the same environment the difference had to be attributed to genetics. A black women's IQ was the same as a white woman.

It's become a blood sport to accuse others of racism - it implies one's own relative virtue. (Look at the delight all politicians found in condemning South Africa's apartheid system, despite other Africans literally breaking down the fences to try to get INTO South Africa as the blacks and coloreds there were vastly better off than in any other African country. South Africa is now on track to become another Zimbabwe with the blacks largely in control.) English is not Faber's first language. If he had meant to say that the USA should be grateful that people following the "European tradition" of scientific research leading to technological advancement populated the country, instead of those following the African tradition of hunting and gathering, who would object to that? At the time, "European" was completely synonymous with "Caucasian", and this surely is what Faber meant.

So someone who has paid to hear Marc Faber's musings in his private subscription service takes offenceto an opinion presented in a private pay-for subscription service. They break the copyright (which is stated on every report up front in case of any doubt).

crikey this new website is awful

Is it also racist to say that blacks are far better athletes than asians or whites (olympic track sports, basketball/football players) because they are less inclined to adopt political correctness and more inclined to celebrate their "coolness"? Or that Indian sub-continent people are physically inferior to everyone, because they suck at ALL sports, except cricket? Each of us is better than others of different cultures, skin colors etc and thank god for that. People's differences are what makes living a pleasure. Positive or negative discrimiation is a crime.

If you actually dig a bit deeper, one would discover that native americans had advanced civilisations here long before europeans showed up. In fact based on reading the diaries of those who first came to the americas, you will find that many libertarian ideas came out of native american societies (such as equal rights for both genders). That Marc Faber maybe ignorant of such things is not a problem. What would be good is to point him towards facts related to how advanced many of these civilisations (where you had clean streets with running water and people bathed on a regular basis) were compared to the europeans who arrived in the Americas. It would help to shift his ideas (since Mr. Faber comes across as someone who basis his ideas on what facts he has at hand rather then opinions) from what some consider to be racist.

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