Libertarianism: Silent Rationality and White Supremacy

I was reading ThoughtMerchant’s insightful piece on Ron Paul and something occurred to me which I thought I should post here, as well.  TM flags Paul as a Libertarian in the tradition of Barry Goldwater.  What caught my attention was question of race and rationality.

ThoughtMerchant wrote (Why Blacks Should Think Twice About Supporting Ron Paul):

“Libertarianism assumes that when left to their own devices, people will act rationally and make the best decisions minus government intervention. This is why blacks should think twice about supporting Paul’s candidacy. Libertarians fail to realize that, in America, racism has often been viewed as the most rational of behaviors to exhibit, especially when the government has sat silent and allowed it to happen. The question is, does Paul think the government should allow racism to happen as well.”

My response:
The Libertarians are not wrong on this.  It may be difficult to imagine, but racism (from a psychological standpoint) is a projection of extreme inadequacy.  The virulence of its expression is correlated, I believe (added), to those groups posing the greatest challenge.

I don’t believe I need to go too far down this road (with respect to an historical discussion).  The sense of inadequacy expressed by Europeans and the subsequent formation of “white identity” are steeped in a profound rationality.

It is worth noting that the historical record on Africans, Asians and “Indians” looked very different five centuries ago.  So too did the relative cultural, economic, political and military strength of “blacks”, “browns”, “reds” and “yellows.”  It was, then, not at all like it is today.  While I do not find the “white” reaction to these phenomena to be an expression of “human nature,” I find it entirely logical within the confines of the prevailing cultural/psychological values of the time.

The subsequent imposition of doctrinal “racial inferiority” merely served as a subterfuge to mask those pervasive feelings of inadequacy.  Nothing has provided much of a balm: not the wealth and power of the world; not physical control over black, brown, red and yellow bodies or legacies or futures – or even control of image-making across the globe.  The basic psychological monster remains unfed.

The libertarians probably see this clearer than most.  However, like others they have excluded this from their narrative in order to maintain a semblance of humanity.

4 comments

  1. racism (from a psychological standpoint) is a projection of extreme inadequacy….The sense of inadequacy expressed by Europeans and the subsequent formation of “white identity” are steeped in a profound rationality.

    The technical point sources who contrived and proliferated the racist memeplex did not feel in any way inadequate. Rather, they recognized that their political-economic force monopoly was at risk of military compromise from within a racially diverse though socially cohesive militia/populace.

    What easier way to mitigate that risk than to undermine social cohesion?

    Racism is in fact a profoundly sophisticated governance tactic and methodology by which individual instincts and feelings can be easily, effectively, and damn near permanently scripted to achieve desired governance and social control aims.

  2. “The technical point sources who contrived and proliferated the racist memeplex” – what time frame are you talking about?

    I believe the roots of this precede the existence of political-economic force monopoly. When do you believe Europeans established that monopoly? I don’t believe it was in effect until at least the late 1700’s maybe mid-1800’s with respect to the continent.

    The motive forces for that force monopoly were triggered and accelerated by the trade in African humanity – but I don’t believe that Europeans were able to dictate trade terms that early. I believe it evolved over time – and they always held in reserve the apparatus for war making with guns, cannon, etc.

    In reading some of the early narratives of sailors, I find that theme recurs. I have to dig up the originals – I found them one day walking the stacks at Harlan Hatcher Library.

    As for the psychology of inferiority, I have to take to my INBOX – it’s full of spam with folks selling Viagra and enlargement items for folks who are preoccupied with that sort of thing…now as fundamental as sex is – and as popular as Mandingo Clubs and cuckolding have been (in one form or another for centuries), I cannot dismiss the psychological aspect of this. If you’re arguing that that is a trailing factor rather than a leading factor, I’d be inclined to disagree – but I’m listening.

  3. what time frame are you talking about?

    Bacon’s Rebellion and what came to pass in response to it in the Virginia colony is the point of American origin – as far as de jure and de facto governance strategy goes – and it absolutely precedes the establishment of anything even remotely approaching a force monopoly.

    The force monopoly wasn’t even conceptualized until a century later (Constitution), and then put to the test a century after that (Civil War). However, the use of the racist memeplex was well established and has been continuously theologically, scientifically, and economically refined and perfected since that time. (ok, so it’s theological underpinnings have buckled during the last 50 years or so, but wtf is theology anyway in the larger scheme of the political economy?)

    I cannot dismiss the psychological aspect of this. If you’re arguing that that is a trailing factor rather than a leading factor, I’d be inclined to disagree – but I’m listening.

    The libertines in charge of the show don’t concern themselves with such petty details. Their mating privileges are in no way threatened or constrained by what the little people in the pedestrian peacock/peahen spectacle think or do. The humans are merely a buffet set out for their leisurely delectation, and it has been thus for a very long time.

  4. I was thinking about on the continent. In the United States or in any of the Americas, I’d certainly put the timeline forward as you have.

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