What is the matter with white people?

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.
-- From The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling
One of the most common and relentless criticisms of the alt-Right, both from the Left (but who cares what they think), and from the old Right (who really should know better) is that the alt-Right is really just alt-White. In other words, the platform that we support, and the values that we believe in, are the values of white people.

This assertion is always made by our critics in tones of anywhere from deep disapproval to outright horror. On the cuckservative Right, the alt-Right is viewed as a bunch of racist, sexist, homophobic Islam-hating, Jew-fearing Nazis (I paraphrase minutely) who, if we had our way, would happily setup concentration camps throughout the continental United States to finish what one Adolf Hitler started.

The major problem with this caricature of the alt-Right is, of course, that it simply isn't true.

With all of that being said, I do have to ask: what, exactly, is so bad about white people? Why is it that people seem to think that a white nationalist movement would be so terrible?

I am quite obviously not white. I am not even American. I was born and brought up in the Third World; though I speak better English than anyone native to the US (since I actually speak English, not American), it was not considered my first language until I was about 7 years old and I'd forgotten the four other Asian languages I spoke as a very young child.

But I've lived in Western nations for my entire adult life, and I've lived with what might be called "Western civilisation" and mostly Western values for my whole life. And I've seen some of the alternatives to "white" civilisation- which is really Western civilisation- firsthand. I grew up in an Islamic country. I've lived in Singapore for years. I visit Asia every year. I've traveled all over the Western world, and across much of Southeast and East Asia.

With that background in mind, if one is going to argue that white people are horrible and terrible and nasty and dreadful, and that white culture and civilisation is oppressive and patriarchal and cishetnormative and whatever the f@ck that's supposed to mean, then one must logically also ask:
What are the alternatives to white civilisation, and are they viable for Americans?
Let's look at the three nearest alternatives to white civilisation, starting with:

1. Black Civilisation

Black Nationalist: We want to live apart from white people.
White Nationalist: Ok. We will help you with that.
Media: That is horrible
— Parriah Pottymouth (@PariahPotimouth) September 9, 2016

Take up the White Man's Burden,
The savage wars of peace
Fill full the mouth of famine,
And bid the sickness cease
And when your goal is nearest,
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen folly
Bring all your hopes to nought
-- From The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling
Hoo boy. Starting off with one of the several "third rails" of American politics? Eh, what the hell, why not- if you're reading this, you either agree with me, at least up to a point, or you hate my guts. Either one suits me just fine.

The demands of black people for reparations from whites for the sins of their forefathers, whether real or imagined, have been growing louder and more violent every day for the past year. We all know this; we've seen the results of the riots that occur when "peace-loving blacks" decide to descend en masse onto whatever hapless city happened to experience a shooting in which a "dindu nuffin" innocent black man got killed to death by those racist, bigoted, horrible, terrible, no good, very bad po-leece.

Except... those stereotypes just aren't true:



Bill Whittle makes a very simple and very powerful point, even if only implicitly, that most conservatives are still reluctant to admit, but the alt-Right is not: black people's problems are overwhelmingly THEIR OWN FAULT. And it is well past time that white people stopped apologising for that fact.

The reality of black culture in the United States is that it experienced one of the biggest and most shocking declines in cultural strength and integrity, over the shortest time-span, ever recorded in human history.

Black America was once one of the most staunchly conservative (voting almost entirely Republican until the mid-1930s or so), religious, devout, family-oriented, and patriarchal communities in the USA. Marriage rates among black families were high, children grew up in dual-parent households, and black children practically grew up in Church. Say what you will about the awfulness of segregation, whether legal or implied, the fact remains that before 1965 or so, black culture, especially in many of the Northern states, was stable, God-fearing, and respectable.

And then it all went horribly wrong.

It is beyond my abilities (and limited time) to speculate as to exactly what happened. The causes are many and complex, but the outcomes are absolutely undeniable.

Black culture is today a shattered wreck. Children grow up without fathers; black women give birth to bastards by multiple fathers; and those children in turn grow up to perpetuate a cycle of violence and degradation that has made the "Black Undertow" in cities across America such a nasty phenomenon.

The effect that the destruction of black culture has had upon areas in which blacks live is quite simply astonishing. You have to see it to understand just how bad it is.

If you are ever in Manhattan, take a walk up Broadway from about 125th St. through Morningside Heights and then up towards Washington Heights. You will understand firsthand just how radically different black society is from white society.

Below the 125th Parallel, if you will, is a society that is clean, ordered, quiet, polite, civil, stable, and mostly white. Above it is a society that is dirty, chaotic, noisy, rude, dyscivic, anarchic, and largely black.

You will find that pattern repeated in just about every large American city you care to name.

Here's the thing, though- as dyscivic as black America's culture has become, this is AS GOOD AS IT GETS for blacks.

Consider the evidence:
  • Average white American IQ: 103
  • Average black American IQ: 85
  • Average sub-Saharan African IQ: 70
  • The 12% of the male US population that is black provides 37% of the male prison population.
  • Blacks commit violent crimes at 8.5 times the rate that whites do.
Camden, NJ; Newark, NJ; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL- these cities are all heavily populated by blacks. They are universally nasty places to be- when people refer to Chicago as "Chiraq", it's not as a compliment. They are dirty, dangerous, and noisy.

And they're still better places to live than most of Africa, especially the sub-Saharan part.

Take a look at Africa. Name one country out there that is in the ranks of the First World. About the closest that one can get are small nations that have largely stayed out of everyone's way and gotten on with the business of, well, business- specifically, Botswana and Lesotho. And yet both nations suffer from serious infrastructure and healthcare issues related to the spread of the AIDS virus throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Not for nothing did Keith B. Richburg once say:
Thank God. Thank God my nameless ancestor, brought across the ocean in chains and leg irons, made it out alive. Thank God I am an American.
[Emphasis added]

In other words, black Americans have benefited enormously from the tolerance and forbearance of white Americans to give them the opportunities to build their own distinct culture within American society.

And, with the very important and valuable caveat of Derb's ISWBs, they repay that forbearance with violence and destruction.

The same will not be true in reverse. Whites, and Asians, and Hispanics, who live in societies dominated by blacks will not be left in peace and allowed to thrive. If you want proof, just look at what has happened to white farmers in Zimbabwe, and what is happening to white folk in South Africa.

2. Asian Civilisation

Take up the White Man's burden,
No iron rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper--
The tale of common things
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go, make them with your living,
And mark them with your dead
-- From The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling
One can sum up the difference between the success of Asian culture in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and large sections of urban China, with the failures of black culture, in a single picture, courtesy of our friends at RoK:



Here is the thing, though: all of the highly successful nations that I have referenced above have two major factors in common.

First, the people of those nations are all from similar genetic stock. A Korean man may well be unable to bring himself to spit on a Japanese man- and who can blame him, given the long and antagonistic history between those two nations- but the fact is that, racially, they are related. The same goes for the Japanese and the Chinese.

Singapore is very roughly 70% ethnic Chinese, the last time I checked. Hong Kong is even more so.

In other words, the most advanced Asian nations all share a common racial characteristic that has undeniably been a part of their success.

It is categorically not true that other Asian nations have experienced similar rates of growth and success. The most notable exceptions are the nations of South Asia, especially the Islamic ones.

Of course, the "Asian tigers"- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and so on- lag behind their Chinese counterparts in terms of advancement and growth, yet there is a large ethnic Chinese component in those nations as well. What explains the difference?

Part of it comes down to fundamental values. And this brings us to the second major factor for the success of (East) Asian culture.

The Confucian ethic that pervades Sino-Japanese cultures is in many ways deeply alien to Western eyes, but it emphasises hard work, devotion to family and king, and unquestioning respect for authority. One of the side-effects of this philosophy is that it has a notable intolerance for the sheer stupidity and internal contradictions of the "social justice" ideology, which is why calls for equality between the sexes tend to fall a lot flatter in the heavily patriarchal Asian societies than they do in the West.

That's not to say that Asian culture is immune to social justice bullshit; Singapore, in particular, has regressed a long way in that regard. But it's still nowhere near as bad as the West has become.

So with all of that said, would white people be able to live under Asian culture?

No.

"White" culture, as we know and understand it, is based upon three pillars: Aristotelian logic, Graeco-Roman philosophy, and Christian morality rooted in the Ten Commandments. These traditions and ideas are utterly alien to the Eastern lands and people. The two cultures get along reasonably well when one is subordinate to the other; Asians have, after all, shown themselves to be fully capable of adapting to American and European culture when the occasion calls for it.

There is no good reason to think that the reverse is true as of yet.

Furthermore, most Westerners simply do not understand just how deep the concept of nationalism and cultural pride runs through most East Asian cultures. The Chinese and Japanese, in particular, are extremely parochial about their ways of life, and will brook no interference in the same by meddling Westerners if they can help it.

East Asian culture is about the closest and most comfortable alternative for whites who are denied the right to live in their own white societies. But it is by no means a good or even close approximation of what whites consider to be "their" culture, whether they admit it or not.

So that is Asian culture taken care of. What about the third major alternative?

3. Islamic Culture

Take up the White Man's burden,
And reap his old reward--
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought ye us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"
-- From
The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling
If I pissed you off with what I've written so far, stick around- you ain't seen nuttin' yet, considering that your head is still attached to your shoulders and hasn't exploded by this point.

The thing is, not all Islam-dominated societies are like Saudi Arabia, dominated by a bunch of RIFs who think that their "prophet" banned all things fun.

Some of them are, in fact, downright liberal.

At least one of the Arabian Emirates is that way. The Emirate of Dubai, for instance, is considered to be a very pleasant and modern place by most Western expats. Under the surface, of course, the story is very different, but in Dubai and Abu Dhabi you could, as a white Westerner, get away with fairly libertine behaviour- at least, in private. In public, not so much.

Note also that Western expatriate views of the Middle East are very much coloured by the fact that they tend to have their own segregated cultural enclaves in those regions. In Saudi Arabia, Americans tend to live in their own little bubbles, surrounded by other Americans, playing baseball and eating burgers and drinking beer. In Dubai, they can drink and party and dine at any of the city's numerous clubs and bars and restaurants. 

It is little surprise, then, that many Westerners quite enjoy their time in the Middle East- under such luxurious circumstances, who wouldn't? 

But if you're not an expatriate there on a work visa for a foreign company, or an Emirati one, then life in the Middle East is no picnic.

If you were to bring the real culture of an Islamist society over to the United States, and impose it upon the white, Christian, population of this country, you probably couldn't concoct a more effective recipe for turning a once great country into Hell on Earth.

But then, that's if you're importing the Wahhabi or orthodox Shi'a versions of Islamist canonical law to the West. What if you were to use, for instance, Indonesia's more secular approach to Islam? 

Well, even there, you'd have some serious problems. 

I spent a large number of my formative years in Indonesia. I can tell you from personal experience that the awful realities of Islam- the intolerance, the oppression of women and gays and Jews, the recidivism when it comes to science and technology and modernity, and all of the many other problems with Islam from a Western perspective- were kept at bay only by a strong central government and a totally secular military. 

And even that has not stopped fundamentalist Islam from taking hold in parts of Indonesia, such as Aceh. While their particular brand of RIFfing isn't quite as loony as what you find in Arabia or Persia, it's still not kosher to Western sensibilities.

So is Islamic culture a suitable alternative to Western, therefore white, culture?

To ask the question, given all that is going on in the Middle East and other parts of the world dominated by Islam, is to answer it.


So Now What?

Take up the White Man's burden--
Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness.
By all ye will or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your God and you.
-- From
The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling
The three main cultural alternatives to white civilisation have all been explored briefly. They have all been found wanting. (I didn't look into Hispanic culture because I have next to no experience of it- others are welcome to make up for this shortfall in the comments.) The fact is that all of them are at odds with white culture's unique combination of attributes.

And what, specifically, is so bad about white culture in the first place, I wonder?

Perhaps the best way to illustrate why I am asking this question is to look at what happens when an Asian guy like me takes a trip into the heart of white America. Which is precisely what I did for the July 4th weekend by driving up to Vermont.

There, I found a lily-white state where an outsider like me was very clearly different from everyone else. Yet at no point did I ever feel unwelcome. I was treated with the utmost politeness and civility; I was invited to share in the food and drink of my hosts; and I knew that as long as I returned decency in kind, I had no reason whatsoever to feel unsafe or threatened.

What I found was a safe, orderly, quiet, peaceful, and thoroughly decent society that is hospitable to well-behaved strangers.

Could it be, then, that white culture is in and of itself worthy of respect, and that white people should be proud of who and what they are?

Could it be, indeed, that white people can and should vigourously defend their people and their culture, just like everyone else does?

The only rational conclusion is, of course, an emphatic yes.

The Uncomfortable Facts

Take up the White Man's burden!
Have done with childish days--
The lightly-proffered laurel,
The easy ungrudged praise:
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers.
-- From
The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling
In the end, it really doesn't matter what you think of whites and white culture. The facts remain what they are.

Racial differences exist between blacks, whites, and others. They matter.

Cultural differences exist between those same groups. They matter.

Ignoring these firm facts of life is not only insane- it is suicidal.

As for the alt-Right being a supposedly "white supremacist" movement, there is a diversity of thought and opinion within it that makes an utter mockery of the Left's much-vaunted claims to a monopoly on the concept of plurality. (Yes, this is a massive contradiction in terms. Spend more than ten minutes trying to figure out how a Leftist thinks and you'll realise that their entire philosophy is a mass of mutually contradictory nonsense.)

Within the alt-Right, you will find a complete melange of people and ideas, who often disagree quite violently with each other on a very wide range of subjects. It is perfectly normal to have a 1488r (or Stormfronter), who is openly and virulently anti-Semitic, arguing hysterically with natural conservatives and the intellectual types about the Jewish Question, just as it is perfectly normal to have an ardent Zionist arguing with a paleoconservative of the Pat Buchanan mold about the best way to secure America's borders.

In my experience, two things unify and define the alt-Right movement- and they have nothing to do with skin colour.

The first is the feeling, common among all of us that identify as "alt-Right", that Western civilisation is under unprecedented attack. We consider the Western way of life, of war, of peace, of individual freedom supported rather than controlled by a minimalist government, to be far and away superior to any of the available alternatives.

And that would be because, by just about any objective measure, it bloody well IS.

And that is why we feel that we have been called to shoulder a glorious burden- to fight, in any way that we can, for the civilisation and the culture that we hold most dear.

The second is the certainty that, no matter how much we might differ from each other on specific points, there are no enemies to the Right.

I don't expect everyone here to agree with what I write. Nor do I particularly care if you do or don't agree with me. I am solely responsible for what I write and believe- not what you believe. The same goes for all of those whose writings I follow- including, of course, the Supreme Dark Lord of the Vile Faceless Minions, Vox Day, with whom I agree with on like 98% of what he says. There are still a very small number of things where I don't agree with him.

It just doesn't matter- we have bigger problems to worry about than ideological purity. So, to quote the man himself, SHUT UP AND SHOOT LEFT.

Comments

  1. Well said. The core of the Alt-Right is Identity. White Nationalism. A lot of people don't understand this.

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  2. We are all in the same deplorable basket.

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  3. I've lived in Japan and Taiwan (East Asian culture) and Malaysia (semi-Islamic culture). I do consider East Asian culture to be fully equivalent to Western culture. Generally, I was perfectly fine in both Japan and Taiwan. The only problem I have with East Asian culture is that the East Asian people (Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) do not have a pioneering bone in their bodies. My wife (who is Japanese) agrees with me on this 100%. Having said that, I personally am perfectly comfortable living in the East Asian societies and do consider them an acceptable alternative to the West.

    I cannot say the same for Islamic culture, even though Malaysia is a rather functional place. I will tell you that the Overseas Chinese are largely responsible for the economic performance and development of the Southeast Asian countries. Their comparative level of development correlates with the percentage of Chinese in their populations.

    I am essentially one of those "Ayn Rand" libertarian types. But at heart I am more of a "producerist" than anything else. The reason why I fit in well with East Asian societies despite their penchant for authoritarianism is because at the end of the day they are functional societies comprised of a productive people. This is a very big deal for me.

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  4. a) PREACH! friend.

    b) I've seen the whole "face saving, kowtow to authority" thing in asians. Indians have it worse - can't get off a fucking script to save their goddamn lives, and can't fucking admit things are going badly with the plan, much less they fucked up.

    c) Asian "unquestioning obedience to authority"? Hell yeah. OK - I view the 47 ronin as a perfect example of dealing with the consequences of violating one oath to protect another, dialed up to 11, but look at Chinese cinema. Especially the original non-US endings to Jackie Chan movies, The Hero, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, etc.

    Every time a man has to step outside of or beyond his roles to challenge authority, even for the greater good, his life is sacrificed. He's not a good hero unless he's a _dead_ hero.

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  5. Westerners have argued whether or not foreigners have natural rights since the Catholic invaded Southern America.

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