Friday, September 2, 2016

The Spectre of White Identity Politics

When the young rich kids Karl Marx (son of the best lawyer in Trier) and Friedrich Engels (son of the textile firm of Ermen & Engels) wrote their Communist Manifesto they began:
A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.

Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as communistic by its opponents in power?
And so on.

But are we not now facing the spectre of white identity politics? The reason is not hard to find. Back in 1930, according to La Wik, the US was 89.8 percent white. As late as 1970, it was 87.5 percent white. But the 2010 census put whites at 72.4 percent.

Of course, this change is mainly a result of the 1965 immigration act that opened up the gates to immigration from areas other than Europe. Not to mention the elite benign neglect of illegal immigration.

Back in the 1960s, when the US was overwhelmingly white, it seemed to be a small thing to give blacks a helping hand in the job market with Affirmative Action. And anyway, as it turned out, the folks that paid for Affirmative Action were not upper-class white tolerant liberals but working class whites.

In the decades since, of course, liberals have discovered, thanks to Frankfurt School types like Herbert Marcuse, that race and gender politics is electoral gold. If you scare up blacks enough they will vote Democrat by 90-10. If you create a racial and gender spoils system, people will vote for race and gender loot. And who cares about the racist, sexist, bigoted Archie Bunkers left behind?

The answer is, of course that when the Archie Bunkers are hurting enough, from years of de-industrialization, and embattled enough, because the Democratic Coalition of the Fringes starts outvoting them, they start to see the point of identity politics. After all, blacks do it; Hispanics do it; Jews do it; women do it; gays do it. Why not us?

This is something that our liberals friends have not really thought about, bless their hearts. They think of themselves as enlightened activists battling against the patriarchy and the white-archy, just as haut bourgeois Marx and Engels saw themselves battling against the bourgeoisie for the liberation of the working class.

Liberals do not think, cannot think, that, just as Marx and Engels proposed a politics that would rain misery upon the working class, so liberal encouragement of racism in blacks and sexism in women, mixed-gender bathrooms for transgenders, would rain misery on just the people they pretend to help.

And so the result of a half-century of race and gender politics is to create a movement of white identity among people that used to think of themselves as Americans of German, Irish, British, Italian, Jewish origin.

Yes, did you know that German-Americans are the biggest US white ethnic group, at 50 million? and then Irish at about 33 million, and British merely in the 20-something range? Who knew?

Now you know the reason for my catchphrases: Government is force, Politics is division, Government is injustice. It's easy to play politics and divide up the electorate imagining that you are smart enough to manipulate all the divided groups with your superior intelligence. But government is force, and is experienced by the people on the receiving end as injustice. The more politics divides people by race and gender and the more the victors force injustice on the losers the more that the losers get angry and start to coalesce into a rebel coalition.

It is going to be much harder to put America back together again that it was to split it apart. I don't believe in the alt-right argument that America was to be willed to the British Posterity of 1790 America. It's too late for that. The slaves are here, the Germans are here, the Irish are here, the Italians are here, the Mexicans are here, and now the Chinese and the South Asian Indians are here.

Yes, but what happens next? Really, nobody has a clue. But I think we can guess that the political parties will realign along a different axis than today. And we will still have Big Government at the end of it.

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