As I have been saying for weeks, anti-racism is the defining idea of the post-World War II era and is about to plunge the West into its next major crisis which is currently taking shape:
“He is absolutely correct. This video, which features people (council members) who are Jewish, white Gentile, Latino, East Asian, and South Asian, is an absolute disaster of racialism and ideological policing. If you want to know what post-liberalism looks like in a pluralistic society, there you have it. For all its problems, I can’t see any governing system available to us in our pluralistic, multiracial democracy than classical liberalism. Just drop in on any of the clips I’ve embedded or linked to above, and see what a freaking catastrophe the race-conscience, post-liberal progressives bring about. It is the perfect follow-up to the liberal writer George Packer’s much-discussed piece last fall about how race-conscious progressivism is destroying New York City public schools. …”
Rod Dreher is incorrect.
This isn’t what “post-liberalism looks like in a pluralistic society.” This is what our current system looks like going through a fundamentalist revival that is plunging the system into a new crisis.
In our current system, “anti-racism” is celebrated as the highest good and “racism” is held up as the greatest evil. By anti-racism, we have also always meant White racism. Blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews have been encouraged to develop a strong sense of identity and to assert themselves as members of organized groups. Diversity is our strength. In contrast, asserting a positive sense of White identity or a White collective interest is the definition of “racism” and must always be called out. The Congressional Black Caucus isn’t a racist group. Neither is the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Ever since World War II, the “mainstream” culture has always been tilted against Whites like this. White identity has been uniquely repressed. Whiteness is evil and negative. White people as a race are uniquely guilty of a parade of horrors throughout world history. “People of Color” have been oppressed by White people. “White supremacy” has been stigmatized. This has been normal and mainstream progressive liberalism for as long as I can remember. As a White Southerner, we have been instructed for generations to celebrate every culture on earth except for our own which is just awful. The Germans have been taught this same nonsense. So have the British, Swedes, Canadians, Australians, etc.
This is postwar Western liberalism. It has always had this anti-White wrinkle to it. The definition of being “mainstream” for generations has been going along with this consensus. It has meant opening up the borders to these Jews, South Asians, East Asians and Latinos. It is what has made the New York City Community Education Council for Manhattan possible. It is the dominance of anti-racism and the postwar consensus that was built around it which turned the universities into breeding grounds for radicals who were immersed in white privilege and critical race theory discourse. No one else in higher education or the mainstream media or mainstream politics was allowed the space to push back against this.
This progressive version of “post-liberalism” isn’t a break with progressive liberalism. It is an intensification of it. The essence of the current liberal system is the idea that Whites are a uniquely awful race who need to be deracinated, punished and treated differently than everyone else. The next logical step is to create a racial caste system to do just that. In order to advance tolerance, we must not tolerate Whites. In order to advance justice, we must have social justice, not equal justice. In order to advance freedom, we must strip Whites of freedom. In order to fight racism, we must be racist against Whites. In order to fight bigotry, we must be bigoted against Whites. Eventually, progressives conclude they just have to get rid of White people and that whiteness is synonymous with racism and that the stain has to be removed. They’ve gone so far around the bend that they have emerged on the other side.
This is a logical development of the current liberal system which has been maturing for decades. It effectively means overturning the American Revolution and displacing the people who won it and who originally had the rights and liberties which were extended to everyone else.
Note: Click through to TAC to watch the meltdowns or skip ahead to 39:15 and 44:41 and 52:33.