[Peter Brimelow writes: Ive said before that Steve Sailer is under the characteristically innocent impression that he is the house moderate here at VDARE.COM, although he gets us into more trouble than any other single writer because of his subject matter. Here Jared Taylor proves Steve is indeed a moderate, by arguing that his ideal of a color-blind civic consciousness is not practical in an America that is being rapidly transformed by public policy. This is a serious debatewhich means you wont find it anywhere except VDARE.COM. Jared and Steve last debated on Californias Racial Preference Initiative, here and here. Steve will reply on Sunday night.]
By Jared Taylor
In what passes for political debate today there is so little in the way of principles that it is almost a compliment for someone to say, as Steve Sailer did in his September 18 VDARE.COM column The Color Of Crime And The New Orleans Nightmare: George W. Bush vs. Jared Taylor, that he disagrees with mine.
Discussing the futility of uplift programs that ignore the realities of race and IQ, Mr. Sailer mentioned my foundations recent report, The Color of Crime and predicted that the Mainstream Media would ignore it both because the contents are true and because I could be described as a white nationalist.
It was at this point that Mr. Sailer evoked principle. He conceded that all other races except whites unashamedly promote their own interests. But he pronounced himself in favor of citizenism, or acting in the best overall interests of the current citizens of the United States.
He then explained that because it is so unnatural [to work for the interests of a haphazard collection of people rather than ones own kin], its the least destructive and most uplifting form of allegiance humanly possible on an effective scale.
I am staggered that the usually hard-headed Mr. Sailer should promote something precisely because it is unnatural. Citizenism has an eerie resemblance to Marxs From each according to his ability to each according to his need. The goal of communism was to abolish selfishness and build a classless society in which all members would behave unnaturally, putting the public interest before their own. Very uplifting, to be sureand the cause of untold horror.
Societies cannot be built on mistaken assumptions about human nature. Citizenism assumes that race can be made not to matter, and that citizens will set aside parochial ethnic interests for the good of all. This is as grievous a misreading of human nature as was Marxs assumption that selfishness could be made to disappear.
Perhaps I should offer a correction: It is a misreading of non-white human nature. The whole idea of the Civil Rights Movement was for everyone to dismantle racial consciousness and become a happy band of brother/citizens. American whites made a genuine effort at thisat least they passed legislation and struck public poses consistent with itbut no one else did. When whites abandoned their collective interests it was unilateral disarmament. Every other group rushed to exploit this weakness.
Mr. Sailers rejection of racial consciousness for whites is inexplicable in light of what he understands about race. He knows the races are not equal or equivalent, and do not build the same kinds of societies. He knows non-whites make endless demands based on spurious claims of racism, which they claim accounts for their own failures. He has even described race as a form of extended family, which means it is the largest group to which humans feel instinctive loyalty.
Continue to preach citizenism when no one else practices it?
Continue to fill the country with people who do not hesitate to advance their interestsmaterial, cultural, and biologicalat the expense of whites?
Continue to act only as individuals in the face of organized dispossession?
Presumably, since he writes about it so much, Mr. Sailer wants all Americans to understand the association between race and IQ. But this would represent a revolution in racial thinking that would knock the already-rickety props out from under anything so unnatural (but uplifting) as non-racial citizenism.
Let us assume that Mr. Sailer has his way, and the facts about race and IQ become widely accepted. Whites now fully understand that blacks and Hispanics can never, in the aggregate, become like white people. They will always bring crime, bad schools, and more social costs for which citizens must pay.
And no matter how hard Mr. Sailer promotes it, citizenism just doesnt catch on with non-whites. Blacks and Hispanics continue to promote interests that cannot be reconciled with those of whites, and even Asians catch the spirit of tribalism.
Will whites still put uplift over survival?
Mr. Sailers other objection to white racial consciousness has nothing to do with principles: He just thinks it wont attract many people any time soon.
It is true that todays race-liberal white elites preen themselves on their fashionable views while keeping their own lives almost entirely free of non-whites. This kind of isolation will be harder for their children and impossible for their grandchildren. More and more whites are beginning to understand this.
However, this brings us to an inconsistency in Mr. Sailers views. He implicitly concedes that more whites will think in terms of race as they become minorities. But why should becoming a minority make any difference?
Why should whites persist in citizenism until their country has been transformed beyond recognitionand switch to racial consciousness only when they may no longer have the numbers necessary to salvage their society?
Every day that whites practice citizenism while non-whites fortify the racial ramparts makes it that much less likely that future generations of whites will have a society that reflects their heritage, their culture, their folkways, and their aspirations.
The nightmare ending for a white minority is already playing itself out in Zimbabwe, where whites have no rights, and will eventually be driven out or slaughtered. In another decade or three, South African whites will face the same choice.
Whites still have the power to save their civilization and to ensure their own survival as a distinct people. They will use this power only if they throw off the mental shackles of an unnatural and unreciprocated citizenism.
Jared Taylor (email him) is editor of American Renaissance and the author of Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America. (For Peter Brimelows review, click here.)