Why Are Whites Cancelling Their Race? Chapter 8 of Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition

Whites cleaning messy destruction of blacks in Minneapolis

Do you know why Europeans across the political spectrum — Liberals, Conservatives, Socialists — are morally committed to a politics that is leading to the dissolution of their millennial racial identities while promoting the racial identities of non-white immigrants within their own nations?

There are many answers out there. Whites have been brainwashed by elites in control of our schools, media, and government institutions. The importation of immigrants is a strategic ploy by leftist parties to create a permanent bloc of immigrant voters. Corporations are looking for cheap labor and real estate development.

But the deeper answer puts the blame right in front of White themselves: immigrant diversity is rooted in a culture that takes the individual as its basic ontological principle, disparages any form of ethnic nationalism among Whites in favor of the rights of all humans to become citizens of European nations. The Western ideals of individualism, egalitarianism and moral universalism are the ultimate causes.

White Moral Communities

In our extended review of Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition we have seen that for Kevin MacDonald individualism is the core principle of Western civilization. The root of this principle is the separation of the individual from kin-based ties. It would seem, then, that MacDonald would hold this separation responsible for the plight of Whites today. His answer to this question, however, goes beyond a straightforward blaming of liberalism. The West today is not dominated by free-wheeling individuals. It is dominated by extremely powerful “moral communities” in the media, universities, “civil rights” organizations, political parties, and business groups. These moral communities are “pervasive throughout the institutional structures of the West”. The “conventional morality and intellectual discourse” of the West is dominated by “leftist ideologies of race and ethnicity”. While the “cohesion” of these communities is not grounded in ethnic ties, it is still “tribal” in the sense that those who dissent from its values are “socially ostracized” and curtailed in their ability to make a living.

These moral communities, moreover, are not bereft of a biological basis — they are anchored in an evolved psychological need humans have to seek a “social identity” inside groups where they are positively valued. The members of these moral communities are no less inclined than kin groups to view outgroup members in negative terms. The negatively evaluated outgroup is defined primarily as a white who has an ingroup attachment to his ethnic group or race. The individual rights of those who dissent from these moral communities can be curtailed since they are members of a hated outgroup.

While the moral communities of Whites are not based on kinship ties but on morally approved principles, MacDonald brings up research studies, including his own, showing that ingroup favoritism and discrimination against outgroups remain very powerful biological drives. Experiments have shown that Western individualists will favor their own group even when those groups are “constructed using random labels for ingroup and outgroup…and even if there are no conflicts of interest between the groups”. The need to identify with a group, to wish to be validated by ingroup members and discriminate against outgroup members is an evolved result of natural selection, and it is a tendency that continues to prevail among Whites despite their condemnation of biologically based identities. The mental processing that goes on in the expression of these identities is “not the result of conscious reflection but more like an innate psychological reflex”.

In the same vein, MacDonald draws a distinction between implicit and explicit processing of social or ingroup identities among Whites. Just as Whites have an instinctive need to form ingroups that exclude outsiders, they have an instinctive inclination to prefer members of their own race, as is evident in white flight, choice of neighborhoods and schools, and in what some have identified as “stuff White people like to do”. But since these biases are prohibited in White communities, these behaviors are manifested implicitly rather than expressed consciously or explicitly. Whites have been socialized to control their ethnocentric tendencies. Their evolved ethnocentric inclinations are thus kept in check by their conscious “higher brain centers located in the cortex”, which is the area of the brain that reasons and assimilates the values of society. Since Western culture is “hostile to white ethnocentrism”, the higher brain inhibits the instinctive ethnocentrism of Whites.

White moral communities also provide lucrative jobs, security, and emotional comfort to White individuals who abide by the ideological rules. We are not dealing with ethereal beings motivated by high minded principles. Those who engage in “competitive virtue signaling” are self-interested creatures with highly charged emotional feelings of moral righteousness. These feelings are very pleasurable and may lead to an irrational addiction for incessant moral approval from one’s ingroup members. MacDonald cites an authority about “the pleasure of knowing, with subjective certainty, that you are right and your opponents are deeply, despicably wrong…that your method of helping others is so purely motivated and correct that all criticism can be dismissed with a shrug, along with any contradicting evidence”.

PM Justin Trudeau’s political career has been all about virtue signalling

In other words, to understand why Whites are so vehemently obsessed with diversity and so keen (or at least indifferent) about their own replacement, one needs to keep in mind the powerful economic incentives and emotional comforts which characterize the supposedly “conscientious” communities of Whites. The “empathy” whites have for non-whites is backed up by “a very elaborate infrastructure” that provides multiple opportunities for Whites. Whites have been “incentivized” economically and emotionally.

Some in the dissident right think the way to overcome these moral communities is to encourage Whites to exhibit stronger ethnic identities just like blacks and other minorities. But this message would go against the central thesis of MacDonald’s book, which is that White individualism has a genetic basis. The moral communities Whites created in the past were not antithetical to their interests but were indeed the most successful communities created in history, the basis of immense achievements. As I argued in earlier parts, following MacDonald’s line of thought, the city-states created by the ancient Greeks, the incredibly successful republican form of government created by the Romans, the highly dominant nation states of modern Europe, can all be seen as “moral communities” created beyond the old tribal and highly nepotistic communities of non-whites.

Personality of Whites

This chapter has a very insightful section showing that Whites have unusual personality traits. Insomuch as Whites developed relations with wider tribal networks and went on to create city-states and institutions based on merit, their concern for reputation did not end “at the border of the family and the wider kinship group”. Whites sought “a moral reputation as capable, honest, trustworthy and fair” in the wider society and nation. There were evolutionary pressures for conscientiousness, responsibility, reliability, trustworthiness, dutifulness, and honesty outside the kin group. It is not accident that all the moral philosophies seeking concepts with universal validity (fairness, impartiality, due process) were developed by Whites.

I can’t recall a historian of civilizations writing about this fundamental contrast in personalities. Modernization theorists in the 1950s identified these personality traits as products of modernity per se. Educational experts and aid packages were lauded as the way to create multiple Switzerlands in the African continent. But personality systems run deep. Corruption and ethnic nepotism are pervasive in modernized Third World nations.

This lack of trust beyond the kinship group is the fundamental problem that prevents the development of civil societies in much of Asia and Africa, where divisions into opposing religious and ultimately kinship groups define the political landscape. People who have good jobs are expected to help their relatives, leading to high levels of corruption.

But if we can’t remake our personalities in an African way, how are we going to counter the suicidal moral communities of the West? MacDonald’s answer is that Whites do have an implicit inclination to favor their own race, to be ethnocentric. The problem is that the left controls the moral communities. These communities were not anti-White in the recent past. But the “culture of critique” is currently in charge of “programming the higher areas of the brain” of Whites, so the explicit culture is continually suppressing the “implicit ethnocentric tendencies of White people”. This is what the ADL and the SPLC are about: policing the thoughts and behavior of Whites while promoting the ethnic interests of Jews.

MacDonald anticipates that as Whites become aware of their “impending minority status” this will trigger White ethnocentrism. Whites will come to the realization that their culture of individualism, rule of law, and social trust require them to create moral communities that are “adaptive in a Darwinian sense”. Whites will come to the realization that in nations that are committed to multiculturalism and the celebration of the ingroup identities of non-whites, their only hope for survival is to create strong ingroups based on moral principles that value white history, traditions, and family — and exclude those who seek the destruction of Whites.

Reposted from EuroCanadian.ca

14 replies
  1. Seek
    Seek says:

    A superbly argued piece. While an ethic of individualism is necessary for guarding rights, it cannot be the basis for building or maintaining a nation. Enoch Powell, for example, though market-oriented in his economics, knew this well. England was not created by profits. It was built by the English — people who think, speak, act and look English. To ignore this reality is to invite national suicide. And England is well on its way.

    • bruno
      bruno says:

      All of this is so heartbreaking. I personally saw all this. Trips to London were enjoyed. Ah, the special taste of English tea. Then, within about a decade things changed and it became darker. This also altered the character of the average English Tom ambulating on the street. I use to fill up a car truck with books and drive back to Warsaw, stopping along the way to see friends in various countries. Then, one day, I had enough of London’s Detroitization. Ah, what one could write. You write about it, I saw it. Heartbreaking, indeed.

  2. Nigel Durant II
    Nigel Durant II says:


    1. Controlled media by hostile warfare racemixed idiots. Pushing propaganda for white guilt, racemixing the subsaharians and the different races forced together society they created together with their idiot cousins, commies, satanist and goim slaves/cattle.

    they controll information and choose what we can see.

    2. No true new art by pure whites.

    3. White inferiority complex. Caused by achievments of other races and them being pushed by ppls mentioned in point #1, and other races themselves, aggressively.

    Artist Emily Youcis mentioned having extreme white inferioririty complex since the age of 12. She was also bullied for being white apparently.

    The subsaharians in the USA knew they needed a culture to have something to fight for. that was created. Obama was often referred to as the hip hop president. Achievents, being the best means power. It was their put into words strategy to use the inventions of whites to do it. And they steal from whites.

    Superiority is power.

    Why has no true new art been produced by whites. Confusion, propaganda ownership and control of record companies, hollywood and it companies are factors. Someone a genious has to be the fist lead the way.

    Document of Elders of zion: “the genious is the real threat, should be supressed”. or similar and then the freemasons follow you know who…

  3. John
    John says:

    Another example of how American Whites, in this case Christian Whites, have been loathe to speak up and act in their own defense is their relative silence about Jewish power in the US and the Jewish lobby’s hold on American foreign policy.

    White Christians have been so beaten down and cowed by Jewish intimidation that it’s no surprise that they won’t speak frankly about Blacks and the current riots.

    In fact, some Jews are more critical of Jewish power than most White Christians are.

  4. Nigel Durant II
    Nigel Durant II says:

    And the media owners and others tend to be racemixed so are their allies and slaves employees most often.

    And the probably don’t get pure white expressions and also supress them.

    But then you might argue that whites did great things in art, music ad litterature 120, 70 or 400 years ago.

    Yeah but people want the new stuff, happening NOW! And they ain’t getting it from whites.

  5. PetrOldSack
    PetrOldSack says:

    In general, I notice a higher grade in frankness at theoccidentalobserver.net these last months. All for the better! Outstanding, do not go the unz.com route!

  6. Tom
    Tom says:

    The West was fine up until the adolescent Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. A large leisure class of easily-fooled and immature college students, something never before seen in American society because survival demanded that children start work early, had devastating consequences for the psyche and values of the nation. Like the old saying goes: idle hands do the devil’s work.

    • Achilles Wannabe
      Achilles Wannabe says:

      I would say the West ceased to be fine back in the 30’s when the Jews and their WASP allies in England and America engineered WW2 and took down the only kind of political hope there was – Fascism.

  7. Fenria
    Fenria says:

    Don’t expect whites as a race in full to turn back towards ethnocentrism when the precipice of the cliff draws fatally near. Owing to our afore mentioned proclivity for individualism, we will hit a critical mass of whites which might encompass half our race containing individuals of various ideological bents who desire to have a future time orientation as white. Half or even more of our race will slough away into dysgenics and race mixing. Expect it. I have made my peace with this under the pretense that those members were always the weakest links anyway, and good riddance. Let the closets clean themselves. When speaking of whites, remember, we are currently and will be in the future, a race within a race. We must aim our future messages accordingly.

    • Canadian goy
      Canadian goy says:

      It is not just about turning back towards ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism and group unity are a skill themselves that we have to learn. Read the controversy of zion to see how long it took Jewish priests to develop their legal code. Their ability to work together and develop a uniform worldview took a lot of effort,

  8. Wilburn Sprayberry
    Wilburn Sprayberry says:

    “MacDonald anticipates that as Whites become aware of their ‘impending minority status’ this will trigger White ethnocentrism.” Don’t bet on it. Most whites of above average intelligence are already well aware of their impending dhimmitude. They don’t care, or believe Jesus tells them they shouldn’t care, or have given up and are frenetically entertaining themselves to death with various forms of consumerism: sportsball, shopping, vacations, hobbies. Somewhere between 5 & 10% are reachable. Many of these – almost all under 40 – are leaning our way already. Our only hope is to reach out to them, cultivate them, educate them, & protect them as much as possible. All we (and they) can hope for in the immediate future is survival (not victory), & slowly growing our numbers towards a critical mass, which can re-enter politics at some point in the future.

    • Karlfried
      Karlfried says:

      Last sunday, 13.September2020, we had local-town-elections in Nord-Rhine-Westphalia, that is a part of Germany with 14 million people allowed to vote.
      —>There are parties in Germany which say: We have more than enough foreigners within our country, let us start to reduce that number. The party with this aim got 6% of the votes.
      —>The other parties say: We have space and money, let some addional foreigners in, Afghans, Negroes, Arabs. These parties got 94% of the votes.
      —>50% of those who are allowed to vote did actually vote. If you include this into your calculation, you can say:
      —>Only 3% of the population voted against to much foreigners.

      The title of the election was “local” that means usually schools, kindergarten, universities, street cleaning and other local actions. But nonetheless the result shows the present situation in Germany.

  9. Junghans
    Junghans says:

    Thanks for this excellent article, Ricardo. Western Whites are indeed afflicted with some critically troubling psychological baggage, both innate, and inculcated. The drip fed intellectual poisoning of the White psyche in the last century, or so, has resulted in the racially self destructive dystopia that we find ourselves wallowing in today. In short, time is of essence for Whites to wake up to their existential racial dilemma, and articles like this certainly help to do that!

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