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Racism and Individualism

Racism is essentially judging a person negatively mostly on the basis of Race. A key component of Racism is that the individual is ignored, and his unique identity devalued. The lesson of History is that great deeds are done by individuals, great discoveries are made by individuals, and that even when a nation or team, accomplishes a triumph, there is always a leader or teacher at the forefront. On the other hand, evil often hides behind the mob, as happened with the Ku Klux Klan in its foul legacy, the Nazis (original and neo-), and countless cults, gangs, sects, and hate groups. Racism takes malignant energy and focuses it against targeted individuals with the intent to tear down and destroy, while individualism calls upon a person's identity and will to grow and achieve on his or her own merit, working alongside others but without detracting from their own identities. An example of such individualism can be found in the Gospel accounts of the disciple Peter, or the Apostle Paul. In each case, the men worked to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ, denying the self while exhibiting their individual identity and growing as individuals at the very same time. The same effect occurs in Science, where individuals build upon the work of predecessors and follow common procedures, yet accomplish unique results and individual discoveries. Einstein built on Newton, and Hawking built on Einstein, yet all three accomplished individual triumphs.

Racism is inherent weakness in a person, while Individualism makes a person stronger. The difference can be shown through the difference of arrogance and self-confidence. The arrogant person asserts superiority by his person alone, that simple existence qualifies him to demand primacy, while self-confidence is rooted not in contention but knowledge of your own limits and growth, the balance between weakness and strength, risk and opportunity, and your ability to advance solutions and consensus. The arrogant man demands others do as he wills, the individual offers solutions and options, and is open to alternatives. So with Racism; the racist demands that his race be dominant in any situation, and is opposed to any debate or discussion, while the individualist accepts, even welcomes, alternative perspectives and options. The inevitable result of these paradigms is that Racism stagnates and atrophies any demographic where it is prevalent, while individualism advances community goals and common ideals.

Racists succeed only in isolated situations, and only when they can intimidate individuals into silence and acquiescence. Consequently, racists are likely to choose fascist methods, force and threats as well as suppression of and attacks upon perceived enemies and opponents. Individualists are aware that they cannot achieve their goals through force or intimidation, and so from the start must gain support through consensus-building and alliances on moral strength of their argument. It is a reasonable measure of a person's character, therefore, to note the method of their presentation and attitude to different and opposing opinions.


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IMO you overdid your analys... (Below threshold)

IMO you overdid your analyses. I've known Individualists who used intimidation, threats and display many of the flaws you pointed out. I also know Individualists who take it too far and refused to work with a group to accomplish common goals.

Racists do compromise and if one chooses they can point out situations where it help a group or individual.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not defending racism. It just your analyses is flawed. Also your definition of Racist and an Individualists and the way your apply them is a bit shaky.

Years ago I read a newspape... (Below threshold)

Years ago I read a newspaper or magazine piece describing some outfit or another offering its list of "racist code words" that they said people shouldn't "fall for."

"Individual" was prominent on that list.

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The twin fascisms that causes most massacres, wars, "conflicts" today:

Arabism is racism (Arab racism)
Millions upon Millions are/became victims of [pan-] Arabism which is the worst current form of racism in its gigantic proportions, like: Kurds Jews (not just in Israel) Berbers (the real natives of North Africa), Africans (not just in the genocide in the Sudan or in Egypt on native Nubians by Arab invaders - till today), Persians, etc.

Islamism is bigotry
The Islamic supremacy that "works" towards its vision of "final Islamic domination on the entire planet", from Middle east to Africa from Asia to Eurabia, from terrorism & massacres in multiple countries (like: Thailand, Phillipines, China, Indonesia, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon India, USA, France, Israel, Russia, UK, etc.) to propaganda, the war includes on Muslims who are not radical enough...,

Let's face it! that entire war on Israel & the Jews since the 1920's by infamous facsist Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini who started the "genocide campaign" [and continues by the children, grand children of Arab immigrants into Israel - Palestine - now convenienently called "palestinians"] in a clear outlined declaration to 'kill all Jews', is nothing but out of pure Arab Muslim bigotry.


Why does biased media blame Israel defenders from vicious Arab Muslims who use civilians when they attack Israeli civilians... so that their civilians (they prefer kids to) die then parade with the casualties as "innocent victims"???

While the Islamo Arab dictatorship goes on...
Israeli [ungrateful] Arabs won't mention FAVORITISM by democratic pluralistic multi-racial Israel in: land, courts & universities.

I think you're lumping too ... (Below threshold)

I think you're lumping too many things under the label racism. Racism was an outgrowth of science, and is not a normal part of any historical worldview. Tribalism is the original and still extant version of what you're calling racism; nationalism as opposed to patriotism is more prevalent today but still not quite the same thing as racism. What we call racism in Japan or China is really nationalism; a larger-than-normal tribe who considers themselves naturally superior to everybody else.

Racism was born from scientific investigation and observation; flawed and now shown to be totally incorrect, but in its day the cutting edge. The entire concept of 'races' now is known to be utter bunk; the old ideas of Caucasian, Negroid and Mongoloid are laughable in the face of genetic evidence. Yet it seemed so reliable at the time, and once Darwinian evolution was added, we ended up with Racist eugenics and a hierarchy of 'races.' What we have now is just the last vestiges of scientific racism; just like any scientific theory, it doesn't die until its adherents do. It can take generations, but recall that it hasn't been all that long. I was born in 1968, the same year MLK was assassinated, so within my lifetime racism was normal in many places. The good news is that racism, like tribalism and nationalism (and individualism and patriotism) have to be taught; xenophobia is natural, but none of the others. Racism is dead in America; there are just a few leftover maggots giving the corpse the semblance of movement.

There are plenty of other nasty '-isms' that aren't going anywhere for a while yet, but on the plus side individualism is gaining some traction. There are some lamenting that the 'millenials' aren't really going conservative, but they really are--they just don't know it yet. To the uninformed liberalism often seems individualistic, but it certainly isn't. The problem (or a problem) is just the name itself; conservative is a terrible word to use. What use is a word that is relative to the past? Been needing a new term forever, and too many Republicans have tarnished that word even though it's the most appropriate. I've been trying to think up something better for about 15 years without success, so I reckon somebody else will have to do it.






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