During the American election contest, I found myself paying less attention than ever to the arguments, campaign slogans, promises and gaffes made by both sides – and I have to admit to having felt somewhat guilty about this at the time. Despite my contempt for mainstream politics both in my own country and abroad, a nagging little voice persisted in scolding me that one should at least study these things in some measure of detail.
On second thoughts, and having perused the election results, I think I should have paid even less attention than I did. As America advances towards Multi-Racial Utopia, the content of the national debates and media circus around its elections is going to become about as relevant to their results as the spectacle of a surfer dancing on the crest of a wave would be to an oceanographer. Political programmes and arguments that might once have been worthy of debate are degenerating into irrelevant entertainment, as demography and caste become the true determining factors.
Exit polls show that 93% of black voters voted for Obama, Hispanics voted for Obama by a huge 75-23% margin, and that even the Asian vote went 73% to Obama. The Republican attempts to “reach out” to Hispanic voters with Spanish-language ads, the threat posed to black interests by mass Hispanic immigration, and the screwing over of Asians by the racial spoils system – all of these pale into insignificance before the simple fact that the Democratic Party is the party of America’s non-white minorities, and they are ethnocentric enough to vote for it accordingly.
In comparison to this, the white majority – which voted 59% for Romney and 39% for Obama – might appear to be playing by the old rules (in its naively non-ethnocentric way) to a much greater extent. But it too is divided by a kind of social-ideological caste system (the “Brahmins” versus the “Optimates” and “Vaisyas”, to use Mencius Moldbug’s term), which in part hinges implicitly on race – i.e. whether or not one is allied with the foreign demographic tide presently destroying America’s old ethnic makeup. As Bishop and Cushing explain in The Big Sort, the ‘liberal-conservative’ political divide has already hardened into segregated neighbourhoods and tribal closed-mindedness – and thus we can safely surmise that regardless of the concrete political programmes and debate performance of election candidates, many white Americans would no more vote for the “enemy” side than swallow a pitcher of rat piss. And yet the American media continues to obsess over debates, gaffes, slogans and so on, as if these things will actually sway the minds of a majority of the electorate – as if they are the wave rather than the surfer.
As de Benoist argues, a true democracy depends on a true nation, i.e. a people who have a common cultural identity and can conduct national debates around shared values; in contrast, democracy in multi-ethnic societies (Afghanistan, America) is a sham determined largely by ethnic tribalism. The United States today fights wars in the belief that its democracy is superior to all other forms of government; but how long before this confident myth of American democracy goes the way of, say, China’s ruling Communist ideology? If and when this happens, the American state – unlike the Chinese – will not even have a clear national identity to hold it together.