Just recently, I had a very edifying conversation with my father about race and the American experiment. While he conceded my point that most of the world looks at American style multiculturalism askance, he nevertheless asserted that my “white supremacist” views are anathema to the majority of Americans – most of whom believe in American exceptionalism to some degree. In other words, while the majority of people around the world believe in immigration restriction, majoritarianism, and a strong sense of ethnos, Americans pride themselves in being a mixed people bound by lofty ideals.
In fact, Americans (especially white ones) are downright proud of their unique and exaggerated pathologies. Compared to most other nations – particularly rich ones – we’re among the fattest, not to mention that our health care system is utter garbage. Many Americans also take perverse pride in ignorance and anti-intellectualism. Likewise, despite their defiant, freedom loving posturing, Americans worship wealthy elites and tolerate inequality to a degree that would be unthinkable in any supposedly effete “eurotrash” country; this is reflected in the insane number of hours that Americans work, which puts those workaholic Japanese to shame. But who cares about all that? We’ve got the best military, and we spend a shit-ton to maintain it. And to top it all off, we’re the undisputed prison capital of the world. USA! USA!
So no, most regular white Americans don’t seem too perturbed by the fact that the US is unique for mostly bad reasons. Therefore, trying to discredit American multiculturalism by highlighting global norms is perhaps the wrong approach. In fact, one of the great ironies of our time is that SJWs are some of the biggest promoters of American exceptionalism; despite branding the founding fathers as a bunch of wicked racists and slave owners, denouncing the American flag, and condemning patriotism, leftists inevitably invoke American exceptionalist beliefs to justify their bizarre views. Here are just a few examples:
- Immigration: How could one possibly oppose immigration? After all, America is a nation of immigrants. By opposing immigration, one is not only a horrible racist, but un-American as well.
- Race: America is not defined by race and a dominant majority culture, but rather ideas. I remember Cenk Uygur – host of the ultraliberal The Young Turks – once argue many years ago that the US could become 100% Mexican, and it would still be America.
- Equality: As much as leftists abhor the founders, they’re always glad to invoke that “all men are created equal” line from the Declaration of Independence in order to push for greater and greater equality. Since we’re supposed to be equal, then any manifestation of inequality can only be the result of pernicious discrimination, which must be duly challenged.
Along with elite support, I think that one of the major reasons why the left is winning the culture war is because they know how to cleverly appropriate quintessential American ideals. By leveraging the language of equality, they successfully push conservatives into a corner; oppose gay marriage, and you might as well piss on the legacy of Jefferson.
So how do we combat this? I confess, I don’t have too many solutions in mind. However, as white Americans continue to decline – both domestically and internationally – maybe, just maybe, they’ll begin to recognize that the constitution (what’s left of it, anyway) and noble ideals are inadequate substitutes for racial consciousness and solidarity. In the meantime, tactfully challenging their cherished American exceptionalist beliefs will be a rather arduous challenge.