Citizenism v. White Nationalism: Reform or Revolution?
October 9, 2005

I think the proper phrase for the largest political category in which I actively participate would be "racially aware," usually meaning "racially aware white people." A racially aware white person knows that there are profound differences between major racial groupings and that these differences show up in things like average IQ scores, average SAT test scores, average incomes, criminal tendencies and so on. Furthermore, racial awareness implies a belief that such measurable differences are only partly the result of environment, upbringing, schooling, etc. In other words, if discrimination and racism disappeared completely, and if everyone had a fine upbringing, there would still be "disparities" in things like success rates at universities and percentages of people under supervision by the criminal justice system. Racially aware white people also understand that their awareness puts them at odds with all major factions of the establishment which wants everyone to think that observable racial differences are always the result of environmental factors, e.g., discrimination and the like.

"Racially aware" includes a huge spectrum of positions. On one end you find ultra-moderates like Steve Sailer and on the other end you find extremists such as the rabidly anti-Semitic Alex Linder. As one might expect, various establishment figures try to paint any form of white racial awareness as extremism or hate. That causes resentment and, sometimes, perhaps, an excessive effort to distance one's self from various radical elements.

It also creates a real need to be specific about one's positions. Thus, Steve Sailer, in his VDare.com article The Color Of Crime And The New Orleans Nightmare: George W. Bush vs. Jared Taylor, while recognizing the significance of the data in the new edition of The Color of Crime: Race, Crime and Justice in America recently released by the New Century Foundation with which Taylor is associated, also found it necessary to distinguish his own position, which he called "citizenism," from Taylor's White Nationalism. See my blog entry from a week ago, Hi! I'm Your Intellectual!, for details and links.

This whole "citizenism" v. "nationalism" issue has become quite a controversy lately. This blog entry is part of my participation in it. Rather than launching into some great dissertation, for now I want to comment on Sailer's most recent post and then mention an idea about "reform and revolution" while it is still fresh in my mind.

In Sailer vs. Taylor, Round II --Citizenism vs. White Nationalism (VDARE.com, 10/08/05), Sailer writes:

While citizenism is compatible with a realistic appreciation of racial differences, it opposes wasting political capital and energy on expressions of hostility toward our fellow citizens who are African-Americans--energy that could far more profitably be devoted to rallying broad support for preserving the value of our citizenship.
Two problems here. First, references to the kinds of racial differences in IQ and behavior that Sailer writes about are always portrayed by the establishment as "expressions of hostility" towards American Blacks. You just can't call attention to anecdotes about Black criminality or to the collective intellectual shortcomings of Black people without sometimes seeming to be "hostile." But such anecdotes need to be told because the establishment is utterly resistive to the kind of moderate racial realism that Sailer advocates.

The second point is: White ethnocentrism does not necessarily involve "expressions of hostility" towards American Black people. A key target of White ethnocentrism is the huge structure of affirmative action, racial preferences and heavy-handed government involvement in our businesses and neighborhoods. Although such targeting will be portrayed as hostile to Black people, it doesn't have to be hostile in fact. It is simply an ethnocentric response to the establishment's blatant hostility toward White people. By the way, I have seen many pointless expressions of general hostility towards Black people, and I do not believe such comments are beneficial to a healthy White ethnocentrism.

Sailer also writes:

Moreover, making immigration restriction into a white nationalist crusade would wreck the chances of immigration reform passing.
I suppose things could turn out that way. But I tend to think that if any expression of White ethnocentrism would "wreck the chances of immigration reform," then we White people have already lost. We've been "Stockholmed" into racial unconsciousness.

My own positions are ethnocentric and very radical, but they are short of "White Nationalism." I will give a full explication on some other occasion. But I will not change my positions to placate anyone whose goal is to discredit me, one way or another, regardless of what I might or might not actually believe.

That being said, I'd like to ruminate a bit on the old "reform vs. revolution" question. Many far-leftists think that reform is a bad idea because it lessens the pressures necessary to bring about a revolution. As a right-wing radical, I'm much more easy-going. If Sailer and similar ultra-moderate reformer types get their way and bring about a true "citizenist" political dispensation in the U.S.A., I'll just have to tell myself, "Golly, I wrote all that radical stuff for nothing! Yeah, it was fun, but I prolly could have done something better with my time...."

I arrived at my pro-White radicalism after many, many years of hoping for "citizenist" reformation. It is now my opinion that such a thing will never happen. I also believe that in the next five or ten years there will be a major economic and social crisis in America -- something significantly worse than the Great Depression of the '30s. It might lead to a "Civil War II."

Again, if seriously bad things do not happen, then all my lovely radical screeds are for naught. That would be OK. I don't "hope" for things to fall apart just so I can feel like a prophet. But if bad things do happen, we need to be mentally ready. We need to snap out of the mentality of racial oblivion that befogs the thinking of so many otherwise intelligent White people. We will need to be ethnocentric. That means, explicitly pro-White.

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Addendum, October 12, 2005:

There is an excellent discussion of Sailers "citizenism" on American Renaissance.

Addendum, November 9, 2005:

A new article by Jared Taylor was posted on VDARE.com yesterday: "Citizenism" vs. White Nationalism: A Second Reply to Steve Sailer. There is a discussion thread on Taylor's "Citizenism" vs. White Nationalism piece on American Renaissance.

 
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