It occurs to me that some of the commenters may have slightly missed the point of my previous post. The argument is not about the merits of Ian Ayres's study. I am perfectly willing to listen to those who quarrel with Aryes' (and my) conclusion that the different prices quoted to black and white men and women are evidence of racism. But to make his case Ayres put together a study involving 242 car dealerships and a carefully selected group of testers. He engaged, in other words, in social science. If you want to dispute his conclusions, it strikes me that it is incumbent on you to prove your case, and present evidence to the contrary. Sailer didn't do that. That's the problem. In response to social science, he simply asserted--without any corroborating evidence--that the whole business simply came down to the fact that black men liked to be seen overpaying for cars. That is not an argument. That is a smear.
Sailer, it turns out, has posted about my challenge on his blogs, urging his supporters
to vote on his behalf. Apparently--as is clear from the comments section--they have complied. So I thought to myself, I'll go to Sailer's blog and make this argument about the difference between matching science with science and simply pulling a racist stereotype out of your hat.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that Steve Sailer doesn't allow readers to comment on his posts. Can you believe that? Here we have the aggrieved Steve Sailer, donning the cloak of victim as he decries my attempt at censorship. Here we have the allies of Steve Sailer, speaking out on behalf of the virutes of the free exchange of ideas, the importance of confronting one's critics,the necessity of fighting the good fight in arena of free speech. And all the while their leader is cowering behind the gates of a comment-free blog.
Oh my. Is it possible that in addition to everything else, Steve Sailer is also a chicken?
Here's the deal. Steve Sailer can post all he wants on my blog so long as he allows
readers to post on his blog. Sound fair?