Many of us have experienced being slapped with an ad hominem label (parading as criticism) such as “racist”, “anti-semite”, or “bigot”, simply for speaking factually about the trends of human behaviour.
The latter term is undoubtedly subjective to its core, and well-worth ignoring. The middle term “anti-semite” is a very strange emergence in our language, given that “Semites” refers to the peoples who speak the Semitic languages – those in the line of Shem, Noah’s son. Etymologically, it is not a term specifically relating to Jews, given that the Jews didn’t emerge as a distinct people until 13 generations after Shem, with Judah, brother of Joseph (of amazing technicolor dream-coat fame).
I feel that the first and most commonly shrieked term of derangement, “racist”, requires some unemotional elucidation in light of what is happening in the political sphere in the West right now.
“Racism” has unfortunately lost its coherent meaning through overuse. Just as when you repeat any word over and over, devoid of context or coherent relevance, it becomes an empty sound – more akin to the cry of an animal than human speech – “racism” means so many different things to different people, and has become so overburdened with conflicting meaning and moral connotation that it has essentially conflated with “hatred” or “evil”.
“Racism” is bad because racism is “evil”. 🤔
When a word ONLY derives its meaning from a moral position (i.e. an agenda to justify a desired outcome as “truth”) then it becomes a religious term, instead of an empirical one. It is a non-falsifiable truth non-apt statement. As Jordan B Peterson might put it: “it depends on what you mean by racist“.
To function across time, words must have objective and fixed meanings, hence the existence of dictionaries to collect them, and the result is civilisation. Certainly new words are formed all the time, and meanings or phonics change across the annals of history (our own language English is an unlikely bastard love-child of Latin, Greek, and German), and this evolution of applied language can’t be entirely stopped. But when language becomes too malleable, the very logos of our culture becomes putty in the hands of the tribe with the greatest will to lie. We need only look at the quality of literature, film scripts, popular music lyrics, and the modern methods of communication amongst the masses (Twitter and Snapchat spring to mind) to see that a dumbing down has occurred. Long-standing and powerfully unique words are being aborted from the English lexicon faster than unborn babies at the hands of Planned Parenthood “doctors”. Many words are being co-opted. Gay is a beautiful word, describing a light and frivolous joy that most people only experience when they are truly happy, or in the throes of hormonal overload due to the kindling of new love. Now, you’re only “gay” if you rub your genitals against someone who has the same genitals as you. That’s a shame. I liked that word.
Racialism is a term that used to be used in decades gone by, and the additional syllable compared to its modern equivalent “racism” suggests a possibly greater and more specific, objective meaning than mere “wrong think”, “hatred” and “bigotry”, as have become the entire content of the modern definition of racism (if you could call it that).
Some wonderful people have digitised the entire Webster’s dictionary of the year 1828 on the internet, and a quick search yields no result for the words “racism” “racist” or “racialism”. Curious. The word race is defined as follows:
RACE, noun [Latin radix and radius having the same original. This word coincides in origin with rod, ray, radiate, etc.]http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/race
1. The lineage of a family, or continued series of descendants from a parent who is called the stock. A race is the series of descendants indefinitely. Thus all mankind are called the race of Adam; the Israelites are of the race of Abraham and Jacob. Thus we speak of a race of kings, the race of Clovis or Charlemagne; a race of nobles, etc.
Hence the long race of Alban fathers come.
2. A generation; a family of descendants. A race of youthful and unhandled colts.
3. A particular breed; as a race of mules; a race of horses; a race of sheep.
Of such a race no matter who is king.
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word racialism first came into use in 1882 as a new term for tribalism. The word tribalism does not appear in the 1828 Webster’s at all, but is defined at Etymonline as “group loyalty”. The point should be clear; despite the concept existing for literally the entirety of humanity’s tenure on Earth, the specific words that are commonplace today have only existed for less than 200 years in the English lexicon, and have only had a negative moral connotation for less than 100 years.
According to Etymonline:
Prior to the 1800s nobody batted an eyelid about racial in-group preferences and out-group suspicions, and prior to the 1930s, nobody would have thought you evil or unusually bigoted for holding such views.
Indeed, racialism is not at all the same as hatred, bigotry, or evil, and all claims or insinuations along such lines should be ridiculed or ignored. One can be “racist” or a “racialist” without in any manner being full of hatred, jealousy, murderousness, or any other emotional state whatsoever. The thieves of our language (the postmodern academy) know this is the case, which is why they are working so hard to perpetuate the ridiculous lie that race is merely a social construct – biologically skin-deep only – and ought to be imagined away at any cost (unless it’s towards white people, in which case, collectivise and judge away!).
Race is real. It is absolutely clear to anyone paying attention, at virtually any resolution of study; historical, genetic, aesthetic, cultural, behavioural, cognitive, physiological, even cranio-skeletal! There are more observable differences between Mongoloid and Caucasoid (now considered archaic terms) H. sapiens than between the jackal and the canine, which are undoubtedly classed as unique subspecies, even though they can produce offspring together (as can any humans of course). Now don’t get me wrong; we’re all human beings and there’s no doubt about that, but it is irrational to claim that we’re all the same, when it’s simply not true.
The racial categories (broad-stroke as they may be) have been ~50,000 years in the making; each race has adapted to vastly different environmental, climate, and cultural pressures in nearly complete isolation. The difference between sub-Saharan Africa and Scandinavia might as well be Venus and Mars, and it’s no wonder that over time these regions produce such different peoples that they appear to each other at first encounter almost as different as interplanetary aliens might (if they ever show up!). The world is a beautifully diverse place, and it’s my firm belief that this was God’s plan and intent. One world, many peoples.
Despite these statements (which in a non-hysterical world should be uncontroversial), in 1950 the newly formed United Nations issued a statement attempting to debunk the concept of race for the first time.
The establishment of the United Nations (UN) following World War II led to a surge in declarations, conventions, and organizations aimed at promoting human rights and equality. The legacy of Nazism and the failure of the League of Nations galvanized the UN to formulate two critical postwar documents: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and the Genocide Convention (1948). The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was established in 1945 to “embody a genuine culture of peace.” It was within this international atmosphere that UNESCO, as one of its early public acts, issued a Statement on Race in 1950.https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/unesco-statements-race
Racism was the essence of Nazism, and the defeat of that regime provided an opportunity to pursue an egalitarian agenda. Despite the defeat of Nazism, racism in the late 1940s remained a powerful ideology. Segregation in the United States was in full force, and southern racism was yet to be challenged politically. UNESCO took up the challenge and established a committee of experts that published the 1950 Statement on Race, which declared that there was no scientific basis or justification for racial bias (The New YorkTimes, July 18, 1950). The publication created a controversy that, in various forms, has lasted ever since. Nevertheless, the publication of the statement marked the emergence of a new scientific orthodoxy that continues into the twentyfirst century. This persistence is most remarkable given the ongoing changes in the study of the life sciences. But perhaps as noteworthy is how the specific makeup of the committee fanned the controversy, for while the subject matter reputedly dealt with issues of physical anthropology and biology, the scientists on the UNESCO committee were largely social scientists. The question of whether race is a biological phenomena or a social construct was, and remains, controversial.
The 1950 UNESCO statement was revolutionary. Although during the previous two decades significant shifts had taken place in scientific perspectives concerning the biology of race, the claim of biological equality advanced in the statement was unprecedented as a declaration by an official public body. The committee asserted human equality based on four premises: (1) the mental capacities of all races are similar, (2) no evidence exists for biological deterioration as a result of hybridization, (3) there is no correlation between national or religious groups and any particular race, and (4) “race was less a biological fact than a social myth,” and that biology proved the “universal brotherhood of man.” The first three, viewed from the perspective of half a century later, have become part of the mainstream, or at least part of liberal orthodoxy. But the fourth claim presented an epistemologically radical position. The “brotherhood of man” had a subversive ring to it at the beginning of the cold war, and the positive assertion about equality based on science remains controversial today. In 1950, many viewed this claim to be the weaker point of the statement, and it was subject to widespread criticism.
The full statement from UNESCO can be read here.
All that said, race is changing, to be sure. The last century has possibly seen the most interracial marriages and families born than any other time in human history, and if the trend were to continue, we would see the development of new racial subgroups (segments of a population with significant common genes due to closeness of kinship) who may give themselves new names. This is how countless related but distinctly different subsets of the five major races have emerged over time. But just because there is difference between the Han Chinese and Miao Chinese ethnic groups, does not mean that we must ignore the far greater genetic divide between Chinese people as a whole (including the internal ethnic minorities) and sub-Saharan Africans. There’s a great deal of difference between ethnic Greeks and Anglo-Saxons, but those two tribes of Europe have more in common genetically and historically than either group has with Australian Aborigines. I won’t bore you with more examples of the principle. At least on the internet, this categorisation and nomenclature is already beginning with various nicknames for half-Asian half-white people, et cetera.
The following can be stated with confidence from the wealth of historical, genetic, and statistical information that we have:
- The major racial groups either:
- were created differently than each other by God (potentially the most dangerous possibility to exist in the zeitgeist as far as peaceful relations between races go), or;
- emerged from more primitive hominid forms at different times on their own unique evolutionary trajectory, or;
- emerged from a common ancestral gene pool and separated across geography and over a vast period of time they mutated genetically and/or adapted behaviourally to their respective, and quite varied, climates and social/survival conditions, and became the groups that they essentially have been for most of recorded history. This latter possibility seems to be the most commonly held belief in the modern Darwinist zeitgeist.
- The racial groups are physically different in many ways, and have developed unique cultures in their respective geographical regions.
- For most of history, most racial groups have either lived in isolation, or in conflict. Multicultural/cosmopolitan regions have been hotbeds of conflict and, ultimately, war or collapse, sometimes only lasting decades peacefully before returning to a vastly dominant racial group rule. In the scheme of history, decades are really not much time at all. Barely a blip on the radar of the epoch of man.
- Today, even in our multicultural societies, the racial groups have significantly different average IQs (a well-documented claim antithetical enough to the social justice narrative that it led to the “unpersoning” of Nobel Laureate James Watson in 2000), differences in criminal proclivity which do NOT correlate with demographic bloc size, and in some ways they have distinctly different cultural norms and affectations. Compare say a New York Jew with a Compton African American; these are not two people of the same culture or race. Yet, under law they are both Americans and (theoretically) subject to the same rights and responsibilities.
Despite the law being colour-blind, the people themselves still cluster together with others like themselves. In 2013 (perhaps before the social justice race-denialism trend reached fever-pitch) the Huffington Post ran an article showing a pointillist map of American cities with colours representing the five major racial groups, based on the 2010 census data collated in a study by Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia. The article itself acknowledges the pattern of racial segregation found in every major city, and at that time, described the patterns as “beautiful”. Aesthetic and moral judgements aside, the trend is clear: birds of a feather flock together, as my Grandfather used to say. It’s not a prescription, simply an empirical observation.
Personally, I love the idea of a multicultural utopia, for mere convenience. It’s expensive and time-consuming to be exposed to many different cultures if they live in isolation from one another. Lot of frequent flyer mileage! Lots of languages to learn. Travellers understand what it takes to really get to know a culture; to visit its homeland and live amongst its people. For most folks, myself included, we’re too busy or broke to live the gypsy life, and so it’s convenient and fun to be exposed to numerous other cultures on a simple visit to the marketplace (or in your day-to-day life within it). Unfortunately, my whims and fancies have absolutely no significant effect on the course of history for man, or the stability of various civilisational models. Very few men (and women) in history have had the agency and destiny to truly change the course of mankind.
But what happens when a non-native culture begins to grow from a tiny minority found mostly in the commercial marketplace (e.g. that one local Indian restaurant and the family who runs it), to a really significant chunk of the population? Well, what tends to happen is the formation of enclaves, both in the suburbs and the marketplace. It’s only natural, people tend to want to be among their own kind; people who share their skin colour and language. Yes, I can hear some of you now calling bullshit because your community is more multicultural than mine, and you are so high and mighty that you don’t view the world that way. To you I say: exceptions don’t destroy rules. If you live in Newtown, or West End, or any central city suburb/metropolis in the capitals, of course your area is not a “racial” enclave (yet). Why? Because it’s the marketplace! You live inside a commercial district. The suburbs however, the place where people raise families and want to live in peace and be AWAY from the market, are predominantly populated by a single racial group, with a few minorities perhaps (and sure, some exceptions you could point to right now). Every Australian city has its racial areas. We know the white suburbs and the Maori suburbs and the Muslim (Arab) suburbs and the Jewish suburbs and the Sudanese, Vietnamese, Chinese and even the Greek, Italian, and South American suburbs in some cases. You also know which suburbs in your city are unwise to visit at night because of your skin colour.
Why does this happen? It’s simply about family. You love your children more than anyone else partly because they are the closest things to replicas of you that you will ever experience (if cloning goes full commercial, this article won’t age well). Even better, they are made of your genes, and your partner’s genes (and presumably if you’re having a baby, you and your partner love each other very much, are married, and have consciously chosen to permanently unite your genetic lines in these children and their future offspring). We instinctively know as well that when we meet another person of similar heritage to ourselves (for instance when I meet a person from Ireland, or from Irish stock) we immediately feel a sense of kinship because we know that we have common ancestors and our people have moved through history together. For many it’s not conscious at all; mere impulse. Others are fully cognisant of it and express it joyfully. While some people experience this in a disgust (or genuine hatred) reaction to those vastly different in heritage to themselves, this is not necessarily so merely because of the positive feelings that we experience when meeting others from our own ancestral tribe(s). Preference for your own people is not tantamount to racial supremacy. That is another conflation of unique concepts.
There is something very powerful and worthy of consideration about a population of people who share so much genetic capital that they are, for all intents and purposes, extended family to one another. When that sense of racial kinship extends into building societies and making scientific, agricultural, economic, and medical innovations that strengthen the tribe and the nations formed around it, we call it “civilisation”. When unenrolled outsiders want to be beneficiaries of the wealth of such a civilisation, eventually, they may label the progenitors with morally-laden terms of slander like “privileged” and ascribe a negative moral value to any advantages enjoyed by the descendants of these architects of civilisation.
We live in a global world now. Information is no longer dependent on physical carriage. We zap ideas and memes across the planet instantaneously. Is the internet the harbinger of the end of the diversity of the world? I think the answer should be obvious if we honestly observe the increase in tribal division and subcultures that we experience daily on the internet. People want to be part of exclusive tribes. In the case of the current zeitgeist, many so-called progressives seem to want to be part of a multi-ethnic tribe which reduces all aspects of what it considers “white culture”, or completely excludes whites (yes, even in their own ancestral homelands like Great Britain).
Though in the informational sphere these new progressive tribes are seldom oriented around ethnicity (why should memes be subservient to genes?), in the physical world, birds of a feather still flock together. It’s only rational.
Will we all eventually melt down to a mono-cultural, mono-ethnic, hegemonic global nation? Every racial group has moved beyond its ancestral home (as they always have if you examine a large enough time slice) and there is a small but growing segment of the population who come from either a bi-racial union, or from a multinational heritage across a few generations. I myself am largely Irish and English in my DNA, but with some more ancient Viking blood, and 3% South Asian (Indian) DNA, which stems from my paternal grandfather’s mother who had one Indian grandparent. As also seems to be the “racist” way of human behaviour across time, all of my subsequent ancestors in the line stemming from my great, great, great grandparent who was Indian married back into the dominant racial group of the time and region (for India was well and truly under British economic and administrative rule at this time) and the Indian genes have subsequently diminished with each generation. The truth is that people behave rationally when it comes to the continuation of their genes, even if their espoused moral convictions contradict their actions. There is a rational reason why many white westerners are converting to Islam, outside of any spiritual revelations or experiences that draw them there. People put themselves in the highest status tribe they can afford with their social credit or genetic free passes, and they do this because strong groups are safe groups. Every group has its strengths and weaknesses and we are all struggling to survive and must collectivise in order to do this.
While progressive liberals tend to scream epithets at you for acknowledging the existence of race as a white person, whilst simultaneously decrying your whiteness, Libertarians also tend to be very squeamish around this topic, perhaps because they feel that such acknowledgement of the macro-societal reality somehow removes agency from individuals and promotes judgement of individuals based entirely on collective truths that simply may not apply to the given individual. Certainly, some people do that; they are morons.
I have an ethnically Jewish father-in-law, a Chinese step-mother (technically speaking, since she is more like a sister in terms of age and we are great friends), and over the years I have had many friendships, some of them deep and long-lasting with people from South America, New Zealand (Maoris), China, Japan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, West Ghana, and just about every European nation you can think of. I view every person I meet as an individual, and I approach them with curiosity, an awareness of my biases and racial prejudices, and then as I get to know them I construct a map of that person which is distinct from the map I have of their racial group, but usually has a lot in common with it. It is very rare to meet a person who doesn’t live up to their own racial stereotypes to some degree; I myself am no exception. That is precisely why stereotypes exist; they are useful shortcuts to understanding differences en masse.
The Cultural Marxists desperately want us to believe that race doesn’t exist and that any acknowledgement of it (except those venomously directed at white people) is an expression of hatred, self-supremacy, and a desire to conquer and oppress all other peoples. To do this, they have to make race go away, and muddle our children and young people with the despicable notion that just because there’s empirical evidence that race (not to mention binary gender) exists, it’s all an illusion derived from some evil that pretty much only white people embody, and that (specifically) Jews are the biggest victims of in history, particularly in 20th century Europe.
I would say this to anyone who cares to understand it: You can observe and quantify the migratory, cultural, and warfare behaviours of a racial group and make some pretty informed assumptions about how that demographic chunk is going to vote, breed, and socialise with other groups. To pretend that this division doesn’t actually exist, and isn’t happening right before our eyes, is akin to the sycophantic fools of the court who vehemently proclaim their admiration of the Emperor’s new cloak, which simply isn’t there. Collective wilful blindness appears to be the hallmark of the speciating Social Justice Warrior – a tribe which, thankfully, appears to also be hell-bent on its own gene death through Climate Change Derangement and copious abortions (though I mourn the latter, since it comes at the expense of the innocent). This last point makes it seem that the media and academia manipulators of this lost generation of blue-haired facially-pierced “Nazi”-punchers are hoping they can simply use them as canon fodder in the escalating unrest we witness in Western nations, and that they won’t last more than a generation or two. Useful idiots who cull themselves from the gene pool.
Importantly, if you allow your well-informed and factually correct racial generalisations to cloud your judgement such that you cannot recognise the uniqueness of the individual in front of you and generate a matrix of identifiable correlations and aberrations between the person and their group(s), then you may be a moron. It’s really not that hard to do, and in my experience, most Australians (of all races) get it. Just not the ones fed through the Cultural Marxist mincer of government-subsidised Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Questions of the State and governance of the masses are collective questions, and so individual cases are almost completely irrelevant to them. While individuals who don’t fit the patterns of collective behaviour will always exist and often suffer the injustice of collective law-making, it is a far greater injustice to ignore the empirical patterns of the masses and allow for an individualistic approach in making laws. Laws are by definition for collectives, and so we must rationally sort and study the ways in which people collectivise, and govern accordingly. If we must have rulers at all, we must accept that they rule in broad strokes, and that micro-management at the individual or family level will only come at the cost of effective rule. This is what we are seeing occur in the West now; liberalism is failing, because it is denying the bigger picture. It is a tragedy, but there seems to be no getting around it. Christianity has done it best over the centuries, but now we are removing the Christian foundation of the modern West, and we are already paying the price. Democracy is a jumbled mess, the tyranny of the majority, which is especially rife with problems when ill-considered open-borders immigration policies are forcing us to abandon state-based collectives and reorganise ourselves along ideological, religious, and racial lines. That is perhaps the salient point on Government; rulers don’t get to choose how people collectivise, only how to rule the collectives in their dominion. If governments don’t adapt to the reshuffling of human collectives, they are fairly quickly overthrown by the collective with the greatest will to power. This is the way of the world. Not how I would choose it, but again, it’s not up to any of us. The myth of progress beyond race and religion has been perhaps the most divisive program of lies ever constructed. We are, as a species, what we are.
So am I a “racist”?
I suppose so, if you de-conflate the concept with some kind of moral or emotional meaning. I have no feelings specifically about other races. It is irrational to hate an amorphous collective. I don’t even really hate any individuals either, it’s simply not in my nature. If people make themselves my enemy in some way, I simply establish a boundary between myself and them. Every day I am surrounded by and interacting with people from all walks of life whom I love, to some degree or other. I am indifferent about strangers because I know almost nothing about them (by definition). I certainly make some assumptions about people when I do meet them, based on things like skin colour, hair colour, age, gender, clothing, handshake firmness, eye contact. You can form a pretty detailed map of someone from that first impression, but if you’re not in awe of your own towering intellect, you also assume correctly that most of that map is slightly, if not completely, wrong. Remaining curious about another individual is the best way to develop a lasting friendship, if they too are curious about you.
I’m certain that reasonable political leftists and even some of those whom I might characterise as Social Justice Warriors would probably see the sense in what I’m saying, but no doubt the most hysterical among both the extreme Left and Right will take some umbrage with these statements. Lunatic leftists will say I am ignoring my white privilege (I’m not, I’m just simply not apologising for it. I’m grateful for my white privilege, and owe nobody except my ancestors and God anything for it). Rabid racialist right-wingers will say I’m ignoring the detrimental long-term social effects of miscegenation, and I’m not (nor am I accepting that premise here), it’s simply a topic for another conversation. As always, I invite any reasonable refutation or correction, but I suspect that those who have taken the most offence will resort to the kind of pedestrian conflation of morality and reality that I described at the start.
As has been the most powerful realisation in my personal path of learning, the most important to thing is to understand your enemy’s motivations. When they are shrieking at you that you are evil, wrong, racist, whatever… have a modicum of compassion for them. They have been lied to, indoctrinated, and in many cases abused or neglected by their parents. They weren’t educated properly, they lack all manners that we associate with Christian European liberalism, and they aren’t curious about you. They have a map in their head of you that looks exactly like a Nazi brown-shirt, and very little you say, if anything, will grant them the clarity of thought to see what is truly before them and, with curiosity, begin a relationship of discovery. So, you cannot take their insults and lies personally. They know not what they do. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be punished for their lies (how else will they learn?), but they are not coming at you for a Socratic dialogue, or a syllogistic debate, so don’t engage with them in one. At the first sign of moralisms, shaming, straw-manning, or other forms of dishonest argumentation, simply bail. You don’t owe them your time if they are speaking an incompatible language. They are rhetoricians, and while rhetoric is very useful and effective in mobilising political action groups, it is all about conflation, emotion, morality, and has little to do with reality. Rhetoric is a tool with a specific agenda (a desired outcome); dialectic is a process of peeling back the layers of error and falsehood which conceal something approaching Truth.
The main thing I want you to take away from this article is this:
The charge of “racism” only has power over you if you deny it or apologise for it. Simply own it, and be willing to explain when asked in genuine curiosity that it is a simple matter of fact, and has nothing to do with your emotions or your treatment of the individuals you meet. This cognitive dissonance of holding multiple resolutions of examination (your conflicting but related maps) in your mind at one time, is impossible for the ideologically-possessed to grasp, but is very useful for yourself and other genuine thinkers.
Hopefully that clears the air about this “racism” nonsense, and perhaps if enough people grasp this, we can get on with having truthful conversations about this human project called “Western Civilisation” and what might be done to save it, improve it, or replace it with something(s) better. I won’t hold my breath.
James Fox Higgins is an author, blogger, podcaster, musician, and social commentator who believes firmly in the power of wisdom, truth, courage, and historical/political literacy, and above all else, CHRIST to transform your ability to not merely cope with the depredations of the fallen world, but to also revel in the adventure of life in Creation! War is coming; face it smiling.