Today’s more-than-typically excellent Z Man column says Our Thing is going to go nowhere until we start convincing Normals that the old assumptions are wrong. People aren’t all the same, they sure as hell aren’t infinitely malleable, and there’s no one ideal form of human organization. The question then becomes, how do we convince Normals of this? Here’s my stab at an answer:
Africa has always been “problematic,” as the kids say, for save-the-worlders. The place seems impervious to modernity, and has been since “modernity” was “three malarial Portuguese dudes in a rickety sailboat.” Even so cucky a cuck as Jonah Goldberg once wrote a column — sorry bud, the Internet’s forever — arguing in effect that because Africans are so congenitally hopeless, we should re-colonize the place for their own good (i.e. before the Chinese, who use King Leopold’s Ghost as a how-to manual, beat us to it). Faced with the utterly inexplicable primitive weirdness one sees every day on the Dark Continent, Old Africa Hands simply shrug and say: “Africa wins again.”
This is why, of course, the “race is just a social construction” crowd never venture much past 1800 when instructing us that, as one of the most hilarious of recent tomes puts it, “race does not exist, and the very factors that we think of as determining it a person’s heritage or skin color are mere pretexts for the brutalization of powerless people by the powerful.” The authoress — who is, natch, as dusky-hued as Elizabeth Warren — is the recipient of such prestigious scientific awards as the “Taft Prize in Labor History” and the “Spruill Prize in Southern Women’s History.” If those don’t qualify one to unravel the mysteries of the human genome, I ask you, what would?
And furthermore: See what I mean when I say I’m the only guy I know who really believes in evolution? I’m quite comfortable with the idea that Somalians became Swedes over the course of 500,000 years or so, because evolution is so obviously copious, local, and recent. The race-is-just-a-social-construction crowd, on the other hand, would have a hell of a time explaining just what part of “society” turns your skin pale, your eyes blue, and your intestines lactose-intolerant… which is why they never bother trying. Ditto with inherited behavioral traits — if those are “social constructions,” too, then “society” must’ve turned wolves into dogs somehow… but hey, what do I know? I never even made it past the quarterfinals for the “Brown Publication Prize in Black Women’s History.”
Anyway, all that is just logic, which as we know won’t do squat to convince the ideologically inconvincible. We’ll have to go at it another way.*
Since this is the Internet, I assume you all have played some variant of the classic strategy game Civilization. Let’s suppose a version of that game set in 1,000,000 BC. You win by achieving world domination, via culture, technology, or the space race. You load it up, and the computer assigns you to Sub-Saharan Africa. What do you do?
scientifically literate a so-called “race realist,” of course, you just reboot the damn thing, because you know you’re screwed. But let’s stipulate that you’re a cuck. Let’s further stipulate that you’re in God mode, so you can do whatever you want to the physical environment. You can re-route rivers, alter coastlines, cut down malarial jungles, assign yourself natural resources, whatever. You can, in short, re-create Sweden down to the individual salted herring, so long as you retain the original human genetic group. Now what do you do?
The answer, of course, is the one Goldberg suggested in that long-ago column, the one he’ll be forced to read from at his show trial early in the Warren administration: Impose Sweden on it by force. If “race” really is meaningless — if the only reason Somalis aren’t Swedes is because Somalis act like Somalis, not Swedes — then the only way to prevent your computer civilization from becoming Somalia is to force them to act like Swedes. Which is, after all, the fundamental premise of games like Civilization — whether you’re Queen Victoria or Mohandas Gandhi, Isabella or Montezuma, Peter the Great or Shaka Zulu, the different outcomes are solely dependent on the efficient use of culture.
To really drive the point home, let’s stipulate a mod of Civilization called White Man’s Burden or something, set during the Scramble for Africa. Your goal isn’t world domination this time; instead, you’ve got to get your African civilization ready to achieve independence as a functioning member of the modern society of nations. Again, you’re in God mode, so you can do whatever you want to the physical environment. You can edit your cities, too, so that you can give, say, Kinshasa a modern seaport and an industrial base. What do you do?
To ask is to answer, and hopefully by now even the Normals are starting to get it. Even if we grant the ludicrous premise that “Race is just a social construction,” any attempts to solve the problems “racism” left behind involve the kind of cultural hegemony even a guy like Macaulay never dreamed of. If it’s NOT a social construction, though, the answer is….?