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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Racists in Our Midst: A Screed Against the White Nationalists Part 3

This is part 3 of an extensive essay that was intended as portion of my book and conservative standpoint series. However, with the modern course of events and the explosion of racist conversation among social media users and in the public forum it mutated. I will post a new post in the essay on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

This post briefly explains why conservative principles have nothing to do with race and Burke's conception of prejudice can be misconstrued. 

 The focus is on why White Nationalists and 'Race Realists' have made mistaken judgments on the nature of culture and civilization. 

Part 3 The Mistakes of White Genocide 

If these racist individuals have grown in influence then it is necessary both to highlight the means by through which they have achieved growing influence and also to highlight some of the obviously spurious reasoning that forms the background for their claims and arguments.

First among claims advanced by WN’s is that the western world is experiencing a white genocide: the individuals look at the growing proportion of South Asians in Britain, Muslims in France, and Latino’s in America and see the Caucasian majority disappearing. They are right to fear it because it is reasonable in some instances to assert that without care we may lose the architecture of western civilization to growing minority groups in a country, but at the same time there is no white genocide; Caucasians rather, are just failing in the baby business. White people are the Chinese of the western world; we stopped having more than one child years ago, and this is a shame, but the failure of white people to have children is not a cause of white genocide, rather it is likely a disease brought on by western affluence. Despite the racist’s trepidation over miscegenation, miscegenation or mixed marriage for a more appropriate term is a miniscule factor in the fall in the number of Caucasian babies, in fact, mixed marriages and children of mixed families are a complete red herring that consists of a lilliputian outrage at something, which poses no danger outside of the psychological. Mixed marriages in extremely diverse Canada for example only make up 4.6% of unions and unions between an ethnic minority and a non-minority [Caucasian individual] only number 3.9% hardly cause for alarm. Even the city with the most mixed marriages in Canada, Toronto, still only has approximately 7.1%.Keep in mind that these figures originate in a country that has a population that is made up of 25% foreign born individuals. The truth is that there is no white genocide, but rather an increased minority population combined with a declining Caucasian population due to affluence, but on the whole Caucasians are marrying intra-ethnically and will do so for some time to come; there is no risk that whites will go extinct despite the claims of alarmists.  

The other claim that is often advanced by WN’s, and race realists, as sympathizers often euphemistically refer to themselves is that culture is a product of race. Despite, the patent absurdity of such a proposition, I will briefly refer to it just to point out that such a position has been comfortably refuted both through real world examples and through research by various scholars: Jared Diamond, in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel, gives a precise causality for much of the western ascendancy and cultural superiority based on environmental pressures; Ian Morris illustrates the same in writing Why the West Rules for Now; Thomas Sowell has tackled the topic numerous times his books Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Race and Economics, Markets and Minorities, Ethnic America, Economics and Politics of Race, and Intellectuals and Race, all the above do not encompass Professor Sowell's Oeuvre on the subject of racial differences and culture.

Real world examples also exist. By observing the past we can ask and in fact find out to at least some extent how and why western institutions and culture so outperformed their overseas competition since the end of 17th century.  Perhaps, the best example of the institutional and cultural pressures, which determine social and economic outcomes, may come from Professor Neil Ferguson in his otherwise lacklustre book Civilization: The West and the Rest. In the book he gives a detailed thesis on the divergence between Latin America and North America. The divergence is couched in the distribution of property and the personal and legal autonomy that is corollary to such property ownership. Ferguson uses the example of the Spanish discovery of Potosi along with lavish cities and manors in Latin America do draw a contrast between the Spanish and British Colonies in the New World. ‘Prior to 1550, gold worth around 10 million pesos was taken from Peru. . . . the output of the silver mines rose steadily . . . to over 900 tonnes by 1780.’ Meanwhile, ‘The Spaniards appeared to be laying the foundation for an entirely new and spectacular civilization. . . .Mexico City had 100,000 inhabitants in 1692 at a time when Boston had 6000. Twenty-five Spanish American Universities were founded. . . . hundreds of lavishly adorned churches were built. . . . [T]he Crown owned all the land.’ Ferguson describes what the colonists of Carolina found as a ‘bone-yard of bleached tree-trunks.’ North Americans had a more precarious position on the eastern seaboard with fewer resources and more resistant aboriginal peoples yet, North America flourished while Latin America flounders both were founded by Caucasians and experienced wildly different outcomes based upon the institutions present. British settlers quickly adopted representative government from their homeland alongside common law. The Spanish quickly adopted despotism and centralization. Ferguson recognizes, ‘British colonization generally produced better economic a results than Spanish and Portuguese. . . . Arizona is richer than Mexico and Hong Kong richer than Manila.’ Ferguson summarizes the chapter by highlighting the fact that independent of racial diversity or homogeneity countries in Latin America have experienced exceptional growth rates upon adoption of reforms along the lines of those practiced in nations descendant of the British tradition. We would not see these same results in Europe, in Asia, or in the America’s otherwise.  

Next time I will post an examination of how the media is detrimental to the conservatives who wish to have a positive discussion about civilizational issues and immigration.