The Thin Line Between Truth and Intolerance

By Gord Gekko
web posted August 1996

So I’ve got The Who blaring in the background, looking for something interesting to read on the Internet. As I sometimes do, I went to Yahoo! and made a search for conservative magazines to read the latest issues of some e-zines that I like. There was a magazine listed that I had not previously read. Calling itself conservative and devoted to issues concerning race, I thought I would check it out. Rarely is this issue dealt with intelligently on either side so I was curious as to how this magazine would deal with it.

I am disturbed by what I find on the Internet sometimes. I recently wrote an article about pornography on the Internet and its possible effect on society, but what I found on this site disturbed me more, because it promoted ideas under the banner of conservatism that I find to be a complete anathema to our movement.

Ideas like:

"Each of us is conscious of race almost all the time – and for good reason."

"If massive non-white immigration continues, and welfare keeps encouraging high birth rates among blacks and Hispanics, whites will soon become a minority in the United State. This would irreversibly change our nation. Our bedrock values, our entire way of life would be swept away."

"Unless the European-American majority defends its legitimate interests, Western Civilization will slowly disappear…"

Throwing around insults is a liberal thing to do, but in this case, I have no choice. This is racist. This is not conservative. This is intolerance masquerading as a cogent thesis about the problems that North American, particularly American, society faces. It also shows the inferiority that these people must face.

"To ascribe one’s virtues to one’s racial origins, is to confess that one has no knowledge of the process by which virtues are acquired and, most often, that one has failed to acquire the. The overwhelming majority of racists are men who have earned no sense of personal identity, and who seek the illusion of a "tribal self-esteem" by alleging the inferiority of some other tribe." - Ayn Rand Racism ( from The Virtue of Selfishness)

Racism is the lowest order of collectivism. It presumes several things. It presumes that people coming from a similar background all share a collective identity. This serves people who generalize and are incapable of thought. It presumes that your genetic history predisposes you to a particular mindset. It denies the individual and the mind. By supposing that all ‘non-whites’ share particular characteristics, we assume that all races, no matter what their skin color, will act in a roughly pre-determined manner. Racism itself is related to the idea of innate ideas, something conclusively disproved by science.

Blacks are criminals. Germans are belligerent. Italians are loud. The French speak with their hands. The Irish drink too much. The Asians are good at math and science. The Scottish are cheap. The English are pretentious snobs. Aboriginals would rather drink than work. If you buy into what those thoughts above expressed, then you ought to believe the tripe in this paragraph.

"…culture is not the anonymous product of undifferentiated masses, but the sum of the intellectual achievements of individual men" - Ayn Rand Racism (from The Virtue of Selfishness).

Instead of focusing on the color of someone’s skin, on their religion, or their cultural background, we in the conservative movement must logically focus on the mind. We look at a human being as an individual. We see what a person does, how they live their life, what values they believe, and what they ultimately stand for. As conservatives, we must educate those in the conservative movement who would bring our party down to the level of a hate group, albeit one that is cloaked in a veneer of respectability.

So why the title you may have asked. Very simple. What people like these often say sounds good if you don't think about the logical conclusion of their arguments. They often point out valid problems. If this group had attacked quotas, I would have certainly supported that. But these people are offering reasons that may sound plausible, but are nothing more than a 'complex' racist belief structure. Blaming the economic and social problems of North America on non-whites is illogical and plain stupid. Instead of focusing on something as ridiculous as race, these people should like at the half-witted morality we have been teaching to people for a long time.

It would be tempting to give out the URL of the magazine that published those thoughts, but I would rather not give press to a group that I truly consider evil. I realize that that is a strong word, but it is truly the only word that fits an ideology that will ultimately end in bloodshed and a collectivist mindset. Us vs. Them is not the core of conservatism. It is I and you.

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