Untimely Observations

Racism, Schmacism


James Edwards, the congenial and insightful host of the Political Cesspool radio program, has just released his first book, Racism, Schmacism: How Liberals Use the “R” Word to Push the Obama Agenda. I read the book in manuscript, liked it a lot, and wrote this back-cover blurb,

Peter Brimelow once observed that “the modern definition of a ‘racist’ is someone who’s winning an argument with a liberal.” As James Edwards demonstrates in his enjoyable new book, this definition has recently been expanded to cover “conservative white person” and even “white person who meets with other white people in groups.” Linguistically speaking, the word is borderline babble; politically speaking, it’s a powerful weapon used to squash dissent and humiliate traditional Americans. Luckily, James is here to show us how to fight back. European Americans — the majority that dares not speak its name — should be proud of their identity and cultural heritage. Being “racist” means holding views that were once characterized as being “American."

I suggest that all AltRight readers pick up a copy of Racism, Schmacism -- or better yet, get a couple of copies and give them to your viscerally conservative friends and relatives. You know the type: the people who listen to Rush Limbaugh, maybe read World Net Daily, and are staunchly patriotic -- and who have a sneaking suspicion that something has gone horribly wrong with their country, even if they can’t articulate what it is exactly. (Such people probably don’t read AlternativeRight.com, or have shelves lined with Nietzsche, Alain de Benoist, and Hans-Herman Hoppe. But that’s fine. Movements work through the division of labor, and James commands a large and vitally important constituency.)

The power of “the R Word,” as James points out, can’t be underestimated. John McCain was willing to lose an election lest he be called a “racist” (which would have resulted if he really took Obama to the mat); large corporations -- even ones unable to turn profits -- are willing to spend billions on “diversity training” and hire untold number of unqualified people so as not to appear as bastions of white supremacy (or get served with a anti-discrimination suit); in terms of career-wrecking potential, the charge of “racism” probably ranks just below those of incest and murder.

The R Word is tossed around constantly at the elite levels of business, media, and academia, of course, but then, the term wouldn’t have nearly as much power as it does, if it didn’t hold a certain power in the minds of average white Americans, whom the elites can count on to cower and pull at their forelocks whenever “racism” is uttered.

Many in the Alternative Right (writ large) are interested in secession, radical traditionalism, political orders other than welfare democracy, and more. It’s important to remember that none of these are possible until normal Americans begin to understand that the ubiquitous “racism” charge is a tool used to attack them and denigrate Western heritage -- and isn’t about fair play, individualism, and the like. The R Word is, in many ways, the spearhead of contemporary social engineering.

For these reasons and more, Racism, Schmacism is an important volume -- and a powerful gateway drug.