*The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead*

That is the new forthcoming Charles Murray book and the subtitle is Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life.

Murray by the way just published a review of Average is Over in the latest Claremont Review of Books which I enjoyed very much.  It is not yet on-line but cited here.

For the pointer I thank Alex.

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Wow, just wow. I can't believe Tyler is linking to known crime-thinker Charles Murray.

He does that from time to time. I'm fairly sure Roissy became known outside PUA circles in part because Tyler linked him at one point (He did right?). And he mentions Sailer by name from time to time.

I seem to remember he refused to link but made it easy enough to find Roissy (back when he still went by that name). I definitely found him through that episode (though I was familiar with the PUA stuff way before that)

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Like dufu said, this isn't unusual at all. Theories abound as to his motivations, but you can understand why he wouldn't want to talk about them.

And occasionally he likes to imply that he's some kind of Straussian. I'm sure it made his day the first time Sailer called him Cheap Chalupas.

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Hell, I thought he was still working on his counter-insurgency plans, after having achieved his goal of mass jailing in the U.S.

Of course, his work in another this area has been well rewarded - '“a huge number of well-meaning whites fear that they are closet racists, and this book tells them they are not. It’s going to make them feel better about things they already think but do not know how to say.”' - Losing Ground book proposal.

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/01/project-s-h-a-m-e-the-recovered-history-of-charles-murray.html

So P_A, you think that working to keep genocide on the Cambodia side of the Thai-Cambodian border was a bad thing do you? Can you please explain to us all how you can look at the fighting in Indochina and decide the good guys were the Khmer Rouge?

And what counter-insurgency plans?

The problem of relying on on-line Trots is you end up looking like a fool. If you are quoting people who think that Murray was evil despite endorsements from everyone to the right of, and including, Bill Clinton, it is not Murray that is the extremist.

Myself, I would think Charles Murray is one of the ten greatest intellectuals presently working in the US.

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Mentally ill as always PA?

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But people don't get ahead by right behaviour, tough thinking or clear writing. I take it that the title is sarcastic.

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I've got One Rule for Curmudgeons who want to get...ahead...Own Your Own Business.

Good advice for not only the curmudgeon, but also the hostile, volatile, and those with other forms of low self-control.

John, all those traits will assure you will not own it for long.

What it came from was my experience working for large companies (thousands of employees) down to smallish (60). I had non-crazy management for the most part. But my friend who worked the lower range (6-12) had some crazy stories to tell. Fired because the owner's poodle (brought to office) didn't like him.

Since it's a poodle, I'm going to side with your friend.
A Lab ...

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Doctors hate him! Read on for this one crazy trick!

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The title is a little like "The Poxed Man's Guide to Getting a Date."

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I can't say I share Cowen's enthusiasm for Charles Murray....

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Does he suggest writing a poorly researched book arguing for white supremacy and then cashing in the sweet, sweet wing-nut welfare for the rest of your life?

Projected reply by Z, to save her time:

"Your liberal idiot cult got a billion people killed...CML = gas chambers...moonbats all around...the hive....the state...so many moonbats..."

You're welcome.

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I don't think Charles Murray would know whether that was true or not because he has never written a poorly researched book or advocated white supremecy.

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That comes right after he suggests being an internet troll is a productive use of time.

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@ Matt,

I would suggest that you read the book before making comments! The Bell Curve is a very well researched book and if you follow psychometric research, you'll find 20 years on it holds up pretty well.

I'd recommend this earlier review from Christopher Chabris.

http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~cfc/Chabris1998a.html

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For a long time, I've been pointing out that Malcolm Gladwell makes far more money lecturing at corporate events than does Charles Murray, even though Malcolm's a little obtuse.

http://isteve.blogspot.com/2011/05/this-doesnt-happen-to-malcolm-gladwell.html

It will be interesting to see if the zeitgeist has shifted enough (e.g., Gladwell is going out of fashion -- even President Obama bought David Epstein's book attacking Gladwellism "The Sports Gene") for Murray to cash in on the Airport Book market.

Murray's last book "Coming Apart" was treated with respect by most reviewers, while his extraordinary 2003 book "Human Accomplishment" was largely ignored as punishment for "The Bell Curve" in 1994, so the mental atmosphere at the top may have improved enough.

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"Tibet independence" by several steps under the guise of a "middle way" and "non-violence", according to the article. No matter how the Dalai clique changed their approach, their attempt to internationalize the "Tibetan issue" has remained the same

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I remember George Will once pointed out three things common to 90+/-% of people above the poverty line: HS diploma, no children outside of marriage, no children and no marriage before age 21. Of the 90+/-% below the poverty line, they missed one or more of those three. You can scale that up that to the macro level: prosperous countries have, to varying and relative degrees, free markets and the rule of law.

But the Cathedral always talks about poverty as some purely exogenous event, as if hundreds of millions of people and entire countries just have this incredible run of bad luck, year after year, decade after decade.

I think we're still on the tail end of that trope; the Cathedral has a few more hat tricks it will roll out to End Poverty. After that, I foresee government aid--and foreign aid--being conditioned on sterilizations or demonstrated infertility.

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