This blog post was written for people who believe that ethnopluralism is nothing but a racist’s rhetorical feint to sound more intellectual, less unethical. In truth, rather than being dog-whistling racists, ethnopluralists are proponents of international self-determination and global ethnical self-defense.
- ethnicity = a people’s common ancestry, culture, language, society, homeland, and history1
- racism = the normative statement that one ethnicity—typically one’s own—is biologically, culturally, or spiritually superior to other ethnicities
- ethnopluralism = the normative idea that every ethnicity has the international right to be different from other ethnicities, that is, to stay relatively homogenous, to not be invaded, to not be colonialized2
Ethnopluralism values global ethnic diversity as a moral and/or aesthetic good. It is not racist because it does not claim the superiority of any one ethnicity over another.
1. Institutional Racism
If a people is granted the right to stay ethnically different, it will build and maintain institutions that benefit coethnics. These institutions might discriminate against other ethnic groups, leading to the systemic oppression of ethnic minorities in a country. For example, people who can’t understand the national language won’t get into public office. Institutional racism is a power structure that produces ethically relevant consequences regardless of normative judgments.
To curb institutional racism, immigrants must assimilate to the host culture. They must adopt the culture, customs, values, and language of the host society. Cultural assimilation is an imperfect solution, of course, because individuals cannot assimilate genetically.3 Moreover, since large groups of people cannot assimilate, cultural assimilation requires strict control of immigration. Mass immigration amplifies the problem of institutional racism, which makes the institutions ethically unjustifiable and forces them to change. Changing potentially oppressive institutions is the multiculturalist approach to immigration called ‘integration’, which violates ethnopluralism and undermines a nation’s ethnic identity, institutional efficiency, and social cohesion.
2. Favoritism & Xenophobia
Even though ethnopluralists do not morally judge other ethnic groups, they usually are emotionally biased towards their own ethnicity. They favor their own coethnics and want others to favor theirs, which is enough for some people to label them ‘racist’.
To put this problem into perspective, let us consider an analogy. Having built a lovely family, you are a proud father of two children. Naturally, your own children are more important to you than someone else’s children, and you can favor your children without claiming that they are substantially superior to others.
Now, imagine you meet a stranger in a tavern and he tells you, “I’m also a proud father of two children, but I love yours just as much as mine. They’re all equally important to me. I’m equally passionate about them all.” You would probably assume that there is something wrong with this guy. A father should be emotionally biased towards his own children. If he is not, we must doubt his mental health.4
The father who loves all children equally is like a multiculturalist who loves all ethnicities equally. But why do we need impartial love that benefits everyone with equally
strong weak passion? We do not have a pejorative label for a man with an emotional bias towards his children; we call him loving. Likewise, we should not use ‘racist’ as a pejorative label for a man with an emotional bias towards his ethnicity; we should call him loyal.
In-group love is not inherently bad. But it turns bad when it feeds on out-group hate. This is the problem of xenophobia.
Albeit politically useful for ethnopluralists, xenophobia is negative on a personal level. I recommend that we individuate strangers and judge them by their individual merits and character in order to overcome our instinctive negative feelings towards them. Who wants to be a disgruntled asshole all the time,
fearing resenting everybody who reminds him of his ethnic decay? Immigrants are not responsible, so don’t fume at them. Many aliens are lovely people. Be angry at the real problem: myopic immigration policies.
Nowadays, more and more native Europeans, especially those living in urban areas, wonder whether they even have an ethnicity. They are taught that race is a myth, and with profound collective guilt in their souls, they ask, “What is culture?”
They grow up as ethnic orphans—alienated from their ethnic identity, uprooted from their culture, void of a sense of genetic belonging. Like an orphan who does not know what it’s like to have a family, modern Europeans do not know what it’s like to have an ethnicity. They lack a strong positive emotional bias towards an ethnic group, like an orphan lacking a strong positive emotional bias towards a pair of adults.
Today, such estrangement is marketed as ‘moral progress’ towards the universal equality of an ethnically neutralized mass of atomic individuals. Yet a lack of ethnic belonging is not moral progress! It is almost as unfortunate as the fate of a child who has to grow up without parents, and we should not let ethnomasochists tell us otherwise.
- Guillaume Faye on Anti-Racism
- On the Ethics of Ethnopluralism
- Tribalism and Human Nature
- Why Ethnicity Matters: An Ethical Case for Ethnic Nationalism
- Note that ethnicity involves both nature and nurture. This is critical because some right-wing groups overemphasize biology and genetics (‘race realism’), whereas left-wing groups overemphasize sociology and cultural anthropology (‘social constructionism’). In reality, both genes and culture constitute ethnicity.
- This definition conceptualizes ethnopluralism from a global perspective. On a national level, ethnopluralism would lead to apartheid, i.e., the segregation of ethnic groups within a country.
- The larger the genetic distance between immigrants and natives, the greater the problem for assimilation. From a biological perspective, preferring genetically similar immigrants reduces the loss of ethnic genetic interests.
- Maybe he is spiritually enlightened, but that is rather unlikely.