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The Federalist: Why It’s Preposterous To Say Western Civilization Is About ‘Whiteness’

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The Federalist:

The West is the best.”—Jim Morrison

One of the truly frustrating aspects of our all-too modern and post-modern era is how easily radicals dismiss anything to do with western civilization as a racialist celebration of “whiteness” and of Caucasians. To believe such a thing, one must first believe that “races” actually exist, something no scientist worth her or his salt would believe. Yet, even assuming that such a thing as “race” does exist, where does it matter in terms of history?

There are, of course, relatively simple ways to blow this objection to western civilization as “white civilization” to smithereens, but few are willing to accept the corrective, preferring the easy lie to the more complex truth. One only has to imagine St. Augustine of Hippo, arguably one of the two or three greatest citizens of western civilization, to realize how absurd the whole “whiteness” or “white supremacy” argument is. …

The next time someone tells you that the West is about whiteness or racial superiority, remind them of several things: 1) that race is a modern construct, the fruits of progressivism; 2) that one of the greatest Westerners, St. Augustine, was an African; 3) that Heraclitus sought only unity; and 4) that the Spartans gave everything for dignity greater than any one people. You may very well fail to persuade them, but, at the very least, you can befuddle them.”

This is your brain on mainstream conservatism.

“Bradley Birzer is Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American studies and professor of history at Hillsdale College. Author of several biographies, he is also the co-founder and editor-at-large of The Imaginative Conservative.”

I’m sure it all makes perfect sense to this Yankee.

See what Robert Lewis Dabney said about Northern conservatism in 1897, “The only practical purpose which it now serves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it “in wind,” and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy, from having nothing to whip.”

Nothing further needs to be said about the subject. Literally nothing has changed in nearly 125 years. Go look at Ronald Reagan’s California where the GOP has virtually gone extinct. That’s what happened to Northern conservatism when it had to play ball with the Left on its own turf.


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