Separating national from local

Jack Trotter wrote and interesting review of Jared Taylor’s latest book in the August edition of Chronicles and which he showed some skepticism of what he believed was Taylor’s lean towards white identity politics and white cultural grievance the kind exhibited by Cultural Marxists. While I agree with the latter, I think we would naive enough to think the former hasn’t already begun. Sarah Palin is an example of such politics as was “Joe the Plumber” as far back as 2008 and the Tea Party to a certain extent in 2010 were all examples of such politics.

However, with whites a minority by mid-century, zero-sum “all-vs.-all” politics as Taylor correctly envisions in my view still works against them, because any candidate for President who can fashion multi-racial coalition (indeed, not all whites are going to play identity politics) is going to be the winner as Obama was.

For those (non-racist) white nats’ or other such voters who vote along such lines and social begins without necessarily being politically concious,  look for success will ahve to come at he local level. Which is why it is important U.S. politics must be separated, having a national sphere and a local sphere.

Canada is a country which has such politics. The Tories who rule Canada would be a centrist bunch if view through an American prism, but conservative enough by Canadian standards. They’re also a multi-racial, having support in various immigrant communities in Canada, especially Asian. That’s the kind of politics which works on the national level in Canada. A much harder-Right party was tried with the Reformers and the Alliance and failed miserably. This does not mean more conservative politics are a failure in Canada. It just means they are practiced at the local level in places like British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

If not Canada why not the U.S.? Why can’t a candidate like Ron Paul be successful on the national level while candidates of the kind of white identity politics Taylor envisions be successful locally in places where whites predominate, (especially in the empty corners which could easily be filled by white nats’?) Obviously this would be a difficult undertaking considering how nationally focused politics is, but it would be a worthy one in order to form a workable political framework for the new realities of the 21st Century.


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2 thoughts on “Separating national from local

  1. Bede

    Mr. Trotter in his review writes:

    We learn, for example, that a group of Italian researchers “found that when white subjects watched short film clips of needles pricking black- or white-skinned subjects, the sympathetic pain reaction was greater when the white hand was pricked.” Notice that the white subjects were not devoid of sympathetic reaction when the black hand was pricked, nor is it likely that, outside of such contrived laboratory conditions, the racial factor would prove decisive.

    He seems to dismiss this study without knowing much about it, or other studies of the same sort.

    Starting with WD Hamilton’s studies in the 1960s on kin selection theory, there have been subsequent studies showing that people generally show more empathy and altruism toward those with whom they share more genes.

    This is a complex phenomenon, and there are conflicting interests. It doesn’t mean that if a white person sees a black person slip and fall the white person isn’t going to help the black person or feel sympathy. Nor does it mean that there aren’t sometimes other competing factors.

    Nonetheless, although these evolved feelings of altruisim toward co-ethnics might be weak, they still seem to exist and they are adaptive in that they increase a persons inclusive fitness. There have been numerous studies on these tendencies by people all across the political spectrum.

    Perhaps the most influential book in this line showing preference for one’s co-ethnics is:

    Pierre L. van den Berghe’s The Ethnic Phenomenon

    Also of interest are Axelrod’s “The Evolution of Ethnocentric Behavior” and “Altruism via kin-selection strategies that rely on arbitrary tags with
    which they coevolve

    Steve Sailer reviews the literature in this piece and Frank Salter reviews current studies in this piece.

    Even Robert D. Putnam confirms these tendencies in “E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century — The 2006 Johan Skytte Prize

    See also J. Phillipe Rushton’s “Genetic similarity, human altruism, and group selection

    Xiaojing Xu’s “Do You Feel My Pain? Racial Group Membership Modulates Empathic Neural Responses

    Carsten K. W de Dreu’s “Oxytocin promotes human ethnocentrism

    The study that Mr. Trotter references is Alessio Avenanti’s “Racial Bias Reduces Empathic Sensorimotor Resonance with Other-Race Pain

    Here is CNN’s summary of the study:

    Humans are hardwired to feel another person’s pain. But they may feel less innate empathy if the other person’s skin color doesn’t match their own, a new study suggests.

    When people say “I feel your pain,” they usually just mean that they understand what you’re going through. But neuroscientists have discovered that we literally feel each other’s pain (sort of).

    If you see — or even just think of — a person who gets whacked in the foot, for instance, your nervous system responds as if you yourself had been hit in the same spot, even though you don’t perceive the pain physically.

    Researchers in Italy are reporting that subtle racial bias can interfere with this process — a finding with important implications for health care as well as social harmony.

    “Pain empathy is basically feeling someone else’s pain,” says Carmen Green, M.D., a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the research. “This paper tells us that race plays a role in pain empathy.”

    In the study, which appears in the journal Current Biology, people of Italian and African descent watched short film clips that showed needles pricking black- and white-skinned hands. As they watched, researchers measured the participants’ empathy (i.e., their nervous-system activity) by monitoring sensors attached to the same spot on their hands. They also tracked the participants’ heart rates and sweat-gland activity, a common measure of emotional response.

    “White observers reacted more to the pain of white than black models, and black observers reacted more to the pain of black than white models,” says the lead researcher, Alessio Avenanti, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Bologna.

    The researchers also showed clips of a needle pricking a hand painted bright purple. Both the Italian and African participants were more likely to empathize with this intentionally strange-looking hand than with the hand of another race, which implies that the earlier lack of empathy was due to skin color, not just difference. “This is quite important, because it suggests that humans tend to empathize by default unless prejudice is at play,” says Avenanti.

    The researchers gauged prejudice by testing the participants on how readily they associated good and bad concepts with Italians and Africans. The people who showed a strong preference for their own group in this test also tended to show the least empathy when the hand belonging to the other group was needled, the researchers found.

    Although the culture and history of racial bias is somewhat different in Italy than in the U.S., Avenanti suspects the findings would be similar if the same experiment were conducted with Americans.

  2. Bede

    ” Why can’t a candidate like Ron Paul be successful on the national level”

    1) The powers that be don’t want him to be president and 2) he has even lost the support of much of his own base by now sounding almost identical to Bill Kristol or Obama on the issue of immigration.

    But your intuition is generally correct: In a multi-ethnic state, people will vote for their own kind at the local level and sometimes support compromise-candidates at the national level.

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