After the recent incidents in Charlottesville, many on the actual political right (as opposed to the inaccurately monikered alt-right) have haphazardly rushed to social media to ensure that everyone knows we are against racism. What is it, though, that compels us to feel like it’s necessary to make absolutely sure others know the right is anti-racism? Is racism a plank in the conservative political platform? Do people running as conservatives or libertarians use racist talking points in their campaigns? The answer is no, they do not, because that kind of collectivism is antithetical to the belief in individual liberty that constitutional conservatism is based on; and yet many on the right still feel compelled to apologize for and (pathetically) virtue signal to an American political left that is consistently advancing the insane (and wildly racist) narrative which blames one specific racial group (via white privilege) for all of the problems that minority populations in the United States are experiencing (or have ever experienced). Ben Shapiro, a popular constitutional conservative pundit, lays this out quite concisely:
Columbia and Harvard University alumni, Dr. Tom Woods took to Facebook on Monday to express his frustration with the growing chorus of right wing pundits tripping over themselves to say they were against racism. There is nothing racist about the libertarian/conservative political platform. Buying into the premise of the left (by shouting through a megaphone that the right isn’t racist) implicitly provides warrant for believing that, because the right is trying so hard to say it isn’t racist, well, maybe it actually is.
The American political left, on the other hand, is filled with (and fueled by) racism on a scale unprecedented since the slavery / race politics of the Democrats in the 19th century. In the last several years we have seen left wing rioters and militants (i.e. Antifa, Black Lives Matter (BLM), etc.) kill multiple people, injure many more, and inflict millions of dollars of property damage; almost all of which was apologized (defended or excused) by the American left-wing media or simply swept under the rug. Would you like to see a small portion of the racism on the left? Here is a collage of left wing love and tolerance from Twitter (some of which have direct affiliation with BLM and Antifa [two other left-wing hate groups also present at Charlottesvile]).
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Racism is an ugly form of collectivism; and that is why the left is so obsessed with nurturing and maintaining it for political expediency. They are collectivists. People on the actual political right (again, the alt-right isn’t a conservative or right-wing group despite their popularly used label), are generally individualists. We don’t believe in group politics, as Dr. Ron Paul points out below, and shouldn’t feel compelled to need to grossly over-assert we are against something that is obviously antithetical to our entire ideological worldview in order to appease the left.
Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. – Dr. Ron Paul
Conservatives should not buy into the false premise of the left on this or any other issue. Fascist movements, like the Nazi’s, are not in anyway ideologically connected to the political right. They are flat out socialists. Collectivists who do not believe in individual liberty, and play on the politics of the group. They are leftists who want the state to control everything; just like the American political leftists of the present. Conservatives and libertarians need to be careful to stay away from anything resembling the group politics of the left and consistently offer something far greater as an alternative; standing for the rights of what will always be the smallest minority in America — the individual.