What is racism?

Best-selling philosopher Ayn Rand on racism:

Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.

Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas—or of inherited knowledge—which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between animals and men.

Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination. [“Racism,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 126]

  • white liberty

    “The notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry.” If intelligence is a key factor in thinking ahead and impulse control, then IQ, which is genetic has a strong impact on character. This means that “internal body chemistry” has a strong impact on our character despite willful philosophical ignorance of human biology. If intelligence is the mark of creativity and IQ is its basis, then certain genes in certain men are worth more than other genes; which is to say certain men are more useful than others, have more to offer than others, and are of greater value than others.

    Additionally, since you cannot live without a body, your race is individual. It is not a form of collectivism.

    To see what is in your interest, what is in your family’s interests, what is in your nation’s interests, and what is in your race’s interest is an extension of one’s individual interests. What happens to your family happens to you. What happens to your nation happens to you. What happens to your race happens to you. It’s all an aspect of self.

    Race realism is a very powerful argument against Objectivism and libertarianism, which are solely logic engines that have no eyeballs on human biology. So, they overlook the real world and want gluttonous immigration to pour into the US to cancel out the liberty vote. That destroys our freedom.


    • writeby

      Thus speaks the Gospel of determinism.

    • devilof76

      Intelligence is less important than rationality, which is (case in point) not hereditary.

      • white liberty

        How much intelligence do you need to be rational? That is the question of the century.

        Certainly, if you have none, you can’t be rational, at all.

        How smart do you have to be to see the folly of long-term self-destruction, despite short-term pleasure? To whom would the future matter more? If you are smart enough to see the future, it would concern you. If not, not.

        Given that whites/Asians had to be concerned with surviving winter, their intelligence was rewarded. The idiots who partied died. Do that for 10,000 years. That explains the aggregate differences in IQ between those who lived under the Ice Age Quotient and those who didn’t.

        What level of intelligence must you have in your society to have a society you’d want to live in, i.e., one with peace and comfort?

        How many millions of people can’t read Atlas Shrugged, but are rational enough to stab you for your sneakers or vote for Obamaphones, Obamacare, and all the goodies in your house because that’s all they know how to do?

        • devilof76

          How much intelligence do you have? Not enough to regard stealing my sneakers as irrational.

          • white liberty

            Insults don’t score points.

            Within the limits of their intelligence, they are acting rationally. See food; eat it. See woman; rape woman. See bank; rob it.