Is Race Equivalent to Thought?
It is no revelation that the Nazi ideology held fast to racial determinism: the idea that race was consistent with mind and thought. Having grown from the Darwinian spore that heralded men to be as fated as flies of a season, this biological fatalism reduced humanity into an organism that was contingent upon stimuli and responses -- blind necessity and material reduction. From there it was only a necessary step to social and racial theories in which loathsome ideologies could flower in the foul detritus of pseudoscience.
It was then inevitable that "Enlightened Minds" expressed postulates of superiority and inferiority from which the former were given a naturalistic right to rule and the latter were therein condemned to: dehumanizing rhetoric, loss of rights, experimental vivisection, and eventual systematic destruction. The smashing of such theories -- ideas that would have poisoned civilization for ten thousand years if victorious -- very nearly destroyed the West. Who can deny now that our civilization was indeed ripe for this racialist contagion once we had abandoned our Judeo-Christian ethos and the American concept of inalienable natural rights for doctrines that applauded the technocratic herding of humanity like so much cattle?
But so ingrained is the worm of evil in our characters, that as soon as error is bludgeoned in one form, it sprouts forth in another. A civilization that had rebelled against the Moral Law, the Decalogue, and the notion of moral absolutes soon found succor in the intoxicating cocktail of Progressive Marxian liberalism: the political faith that an unfolding materialistic necessity will inevitably bring about the ascent of mankind into emancipated beings via the State. And as such, this evolution will occur, regardless of mankind's moral or spiritual character. Juxtaposed in bitter conflict against the worldviews of the past which it holds in high disdain, liberalism's secular Gnostic faith holds that our liberated innate goodness will by necessity free us from material want, outmoded moral constraints, and usher in that Earthly City. What was not immediately apprehended, however, was that this same equivalence of race and thought was smuggled in and would provide that same faulty bedrock whereupon utopian longings would once again poison the possibility of freedom of thought and individual conscience.
To hold that the group interests of African Americans, females, Caucasians, or Asians are monolithic is part and parcel the reinvigoration of that Nazi foundation that masquerades under the shadow of the Progressive Science of Politics. As it now stands, only a minority of whites would make the claim that in choosing Paul Ryan over Joe Biden or even Alan Keyes over Barack Obama, one was exhibiting the psychology of a false consciousness or racism. But because the great commanding majority of Blacks have bought into the Progressive lie, they have been herded lockstep as fodder for the spiritual destruction of American civil society. Indeed, the cynical canard of "Black Authenticity" has laid a blanket claim to minds that do not necessarily agree with all aspects of the Progressive project. For Liberals, anyone who does not toe the line which reinforces the mentality of victimhood or the soft racism of lowered expectations is thus perceived as a race or gender traitor to be exiled to the outer darkness of political orthodoxy. To the Progressive consciousness that fortifies this straitjacketed world view, the political /moral interests of race and biology are equivalent to thought.
The Progressive Marxian worldview accustoms its adherents to view their society as being involved in an intractable battle for preeminence -- a historically determined struggle where the interests of classes and groups are in a state of siege. That these Progressives believe that they can duly command these disparate groups, once the old regime is brought down, is more owing to hubris that reality. The Progressives are effective at evangelizing discord and destruction. Their track record in creating solvent self-sustaining societies, rooted in mutual peace, is dismal at best and requires command and force to bond together alienated factions under the supreme aegis of the homogenous State.
Progressives love to trumpet the words of Martin Luther King, who in transcending politics with the spiritual force of Christ's words, spoke to and transformed hearts through peace while eschewing the Marxian doctrines of enmity and alienation. But for these small men of race and revolution, the "content of one's character" is a slogan to be damned. It is the egalitarian tribal mindset that attaches itself to color and externalities that are primal to the Progressive zeitgeist -- a Marxian formulation that demands the balkanization of society under gender, class, color, economics and all the stratified groupings that divide a people into a series of warring camps in a zero sum game of all against all. If the concentration of one's melanin pigmentation means more in civilizational terms than what we have to offer each other as unhyphenated Americans who share the common heritage of freedom from coercion and constraints, we will have failed in securing our Founder's vision that so many have shed their blood to maintain.
Glenn Fairman writes from Southern California. He blogs as The Eloquent Professor at http://www.palookavillepost.com/and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org