Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Julian Assange on Multiculturalism and US Politics

Julian Assange recently tweeted out a series of interesting comments on multicultural identity politics in the US as follows:


America was historically a majority white nation. By opening America’s borders to a tidal wave of Third World mass immigration and the relentless pushing of identity politics for everybody but white people by the Cultural Left, the US white population has been driven to a type of implicit white identity politics too, which is what Trumpism was in part about.

If the same policies are continued, there will be a massive shift to explicit white identitarian movements in America, and in Europe too, since white people will start to realise that – with low fertility rates and massive immigration – they will become minorities in their own nations, and perhaps even hated and persecuted minorities.

As Western nations are turned into multicultural states, modern democracy and politics will cease to exist as we know them. Instead, Western nations will see the Islamisation of their societies, their transformation into dysfunctional, Balkanised areas with rent-seeking nepotistic and mutually hostile ethnic and religious groups fighting for control of the state, and in conflict because of their own mutually-incompatible ethnic/religious interests. In that world, white identitarian politics will be a matter of survival for white people.

Quite possibly, democracy itself will not even survive in an extremely multicultural Europe or America, and Julian Assange pointed to this fact about multicultural Singapore:


This is also why the kind of class-based politics of economic justice – so beloved by the old Labour, Social Democratic, or Democratic Socialist Left – cannot survive in the multicultural society. An effective Social Democratic vision for the Western world – or indeed virtually any society – with left heterodox economic policies entails a high trust and, whether leftists like it or not, a highly homogeneous society.

Now you would think that a sane, reasonable, rational Left would actually want to create a society where its own politics can work, and be opposed to the looming multicultural disaster. But – in reality – most of the Left these days is unwittingly in favour of the disaster happening, even if they don’t consciously understand what the consequences of their policies will be.

If people on the Left wanted to halt and reverse the rise of far-right white identitarian politics, then the pragmatic solution is clear enough: support closed borders and immigration restriction, and work to create a sane Left that is purged of Cultural Leftism and its identity politics. The Left should also support some kind of civilised Nationalism too, with the understanding that nations are based on social cohesion, and that people need national homelands where they are majorities to flourish.

We have already seen that this pragmatic approach to immigration or national identity was supported by socialists of the past (see here, here, here), and there is no reason why we can’t have such a reasonable Left once again. Even John Maynard Keynes, for example, would never have supported the insanity of the modern multicultural Liberal Left and their stances on open borders.

The traditional Leftist concern for the Third World (which I support) can then be based around reform of the international economic institutions, the abolition of Neoliberalism, and development aid using Post Keynesian economics, so that people in the Third World can attain strong economic and social development in their own nations, instead of wanting to come in the millions into ours.

13 comments:

  1. I think the route is to promote patriotism rather than nationalism (h/t Noah Smith) and focus on citizens rather than immigrants, eschewing racism in favor of common unity. Even if majority white, it has always been mixed and divisiveness works counter to that.

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    1. Trump has been very consistently doing this btw. American citizens > all others.

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    2. Americans are very patriotic (muh military, muh flag, muh freedom) but this has not prevented the rise of racial conflict in politics.

      Your prescription is the same as neoliberalism - the citizen is the person abstracted into a theoretical frame of reference. It ignores a vast swathe of human experience, where conflict emerges.

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    3. Eventually civic nationanalism undermines itself because it involves taking the implicit norms of the white majority, and imposing them on minority groups (Jews, blacks, Hispanics, etc). Invariably, this creates resentment leading to 'muh cultural leftist politics'.

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  2. Provide a guaranteed middle class level of income and macro stability with universal dividend and retail product discount policies...and most of the zenophobia or multicultural complaint will crawl back under its rock or otherwise disperse.

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    1. Surveys showed Republican voters in key swing states like Ohio were reacting to perceived cultural/racial threat first and foremost, not economic motives.

      LK you have to get these egalitarian materialists, who think man lives by bread alone, out of your camp. The only difference they have with the centre right is the model of distribution. They're still subscribe to the view money and goods = successful polity.

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    2. “And it’s deadly. Doubtless, Crosscheck delivered Michigan to Trump who supposedly “won” the state by 10,700 votes. The Secretary of State’s office proudly told me that they were “very aggressive” in removing listed voters before the 2016 election. Kobach, who created the lists for his fellow GOP officials, tagged a whopping 417,147 in Michigan as potential double voters.”
      http://www.gregpalast.com/trump-picks-al-capone-vote-rigging-investigate-federal-voter-fraud/

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  3. This white identity stuff is asserted without evidence. Romney got a higher % white vote than Trump. Trump did better with minorities that Romney did. Trump's appeal is class based more than race based IMO.

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    1. Trump won every category of whites except women with graduate degrees.

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    2. How about Romney? The argument is that suddenly whites voted for Trump for tribal reasons. But that is contrary to how he did with whites compared to other candidates. Trump did not win whites by more than his predecessors but by less. He did not do worse with non whites than his predecessor but better.

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  4. Excellent article, LK.

    Some of the commentary here about civic nationalism is also correct, I think. One does not become Australian, or American or Vietnamese simply by moving countries and claiming to support whatever groupthink happens to be fashionable with the ruling elite at the time (muh values). This is why Turnbull's new Australian citizenship test is such a waste of effort.

    Nationality is genetic, historic and cultural.

    It may be that in future, Western countries (the things we call 'nation states') are actually administrative states fixed to a geographical area, but governing multiple separate nations. Thus, indigenous Australians would be a separate nation to white Australians, but we'd share a state apparatus that might seek to provide some autonomy for each nation.

    The current UK is an example of this model, there being no British nation as such - there's a British state governing English, Scots, Welsh and Ulster nationalities.

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  5. I have been reading your blog lately, and I enjoy it a lot and I agree with most of your criticisms of 'identity politics' as far as I understand the term.

    But I think some of what you say goes too far and ask you to consider two groups in my own country of the USA- African-Americans and Native Americans.

    Neither of these groups here began as willing members of today's dominant culture. And I imagine that quite a few wished they could be allowed to be, but were refused even so.

    They are at least as American as I am and probably more so. Who are you to say that they don't have issues they feel affect them as a group and that they shouldn't use group politics to help them address those issues?

    I personally believe the 'capitalists' have exploited group differences to benefit themselves at the expense of working 'class' overall. But that does not mean that some groups don't have very legitimate gripes that need to be addressed.

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    1. Some really interesting points that you raise, Jerry,

      To my mind, nationality is like an extended family tree, with the addition of a shared culture, history, homeland and self-awareness as a distinct group.

      By this definition, indigenous Americans and African Americans are separate nations to White Americans. All three might share the same homelands and State apparatus. And that's OK. But - in my view - all three would be better off being given a degree of autonomy by the State.

      Capitalism is intent on exploiting the differences between nations living under the same state because it undermines any working class solidarity that might organically arise in an ethnostate.

      There's a reason why socialist economics is best supported in homogeneous nations..

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