White Pride and Statism

There seems to be some confusion among my politically right wing and liberty loving friends about the topic of “white pride”. Memes are circling around the supposed logical inconsistency in minority groups having the social freedom to express their racial pride while whites expressing white pride is seen as an expression of racism.

I can empathize with the desire to not feel left out and I am aware that most of my friends with this confusion aren’t closet racists or attempting to belittle the suffering of minority groups. However there is a lot of good reason why white pride is seen as a negative. There is a deep historical relationship between whiteness, the government and oppression.

First let me make clear there is a meaningful distinction between whiteness and being of European descent. It is one thing to identify with say your Irish heritage. This is widely accepted socially. Irish parades, British flags, so on. What seems to be Philosophically problematic is the embracing of whiteness and white pride.

Whiteness has been a sort of political identity. One used to indicate a position of power over others. It is an oddly fluid thing with its existence being largely depend on historical statism. For example, The United States government changed white on the Census in order to include or exclude Hispanics from immigration to meet demands for labor throughout the decades. Irish and Italians were sometimes referred to with the N word to emphasize their exclusion from whiteness and the position of power.

This is why white pride is unique from other forms of racial pride. At Least in the United States. White pride is almost always accompanied with prejudices and a grasp for political power. White pride is  statist in its nature and liberty lovers will do good to be weary of it.

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Strict adherence to the law is a terrible vice

There is no virtue in following the law without question. I don’t mean it’s bad to follow the law in all cases. Certainly if you don’t want to snort lines of coke then you shouldn’t feel obligated to. However there are many laws if not most laws that following makes you less of a virtuous person.

Speed limits are probably the most obvious example. Most of studies done in the last 20 years about driver safety suggest the best way for drivers to behave is to match the speed and direct flow of the traffic. Often this means going over the speed limit, following the spontaneous order of the road ways. The driver who slows to meet the speed limit puts everyone on the road at risk. Literally by following the law they create an unsafe environment for those around them.

Imagine the mindset of the individual who believes they ought always follow the rules. The type of person who the concern of others around them and for their own freedom is second to being a good citizen. The person who isn’t ever willing to consider the unintended consequences of their actions.  Worse yet they might feel superior or more mature for their submission. It’s gross at the very least and unethical at the most.

Long live the outlaws for they live a life of virtue.