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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The EDL is Culturalist - Not Racist

[Above: an example of 19th century 'scientific' racism. The EDL laughs at such examples. It also laughs at the later, more sophisticated, versions. Left: the Houses of Parliament is a institution and tradition which is culturally superior to anything that Islamic Sharia law - and revolutionary Leftists! - have to offer. Right: the Communist organisation Searchlight/Nick Lowles/Hope Not Hate earns its living from 'smashing' fascism and racism. And if it doesn't discover genuine fascism and racism, it finds it necessary, career-wise and politically, to invent it.]

Accusations of ‘racism’ (especially from the red-fascist (far) Left) are so annoying, ridiculous and unfounded that they are hardly worth responding to. However, I will give an off-the-cuff definition of racism to clarify things.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries racism was essentially a pseudo science. Clearly, it was a doctrine about the differences between races. More precisely, it was about differences of blood. In cotemporary terms, genetic differences.

Racism was also a causal argument. Certain races have genetic traits that necessarily lead its members to acquire - or have - negative personality or character traits. For example, ‘Blacks are innately good lovers.’ ‘Jews are instinctively miserly.’ ‘Arabs are inherently deceitful.’ ‘The Irish are born thick.’ ‘Germans lack a sense of humour.’ And so on. All this is bullshit. But only if seen in blood/genetic terms, not necessarily if seen in cultural terms.

In the traditional racist sense of race, races like that simply don’t exist. Although there may be genetic determinants – in some loose sense – of certain character traits, they are not race-specific.

In strict logical and scientific terms, it only takes a single black person to be a bad lover, a single Jew to be philanthropic, a single Arab to be honest, a single Irishman to be intelligent, etc. to belie the racist claims of genetic determinism. (If anti-racist groups have radically different accounts of racism, as the UAF/SWP/Hope Not Hate/Searchlight/Communists/Trotskyists/etc. do, it would be interesting to hear them.)

The EDL is, however, a culturalist movement. There are certain aspects of certain cultures (e.g., Islamic culture) that the EDL finds culpable (in its own ‘Eurocentric’ way).

Again, this has nothing whatsoever to do with race. Many Muslims are terrorists and fundamentalists - but not ‘by nature’. All Muslims don’t even belong to the same race. It only takes a single Muslim, as per above, to become, say, a rock star or a liberal Anglican vicar, to prove the point against – scientific – racism.

But the EDL is culturalist! For example, personally I have a big problem with R ‘n’ B. It is sexist, materialist, soft pornographic, reactionary, self-indulgently melismatic, etc. R ‘n’ B is a part of black culture. Therefore, according to some (say, guilt-ridden middle-class Leftists), I am a racist. Don’t doubt this. Some anti-racists do reason is such a blatantly simplistic manner! It is even possible that a person could be against all aspects of black cultures and still not be a racist. However, he probably would be a racist.

The problem is that many people make a living – if only directly – from the ‘race industry’(e.g., Nick Lowles and Searchlight). So they consequently see racism everywhere. (Much as the Puritans saw sex and sin everywhere in the 17th century.) Others use the ‘fight against racism’ as a political tool to further ends that have nothing to do with combating real racism (which clearly exists). This is the Trotskyite strategy in which all means are justified by the end which is revolution or radical social and political change.

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