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"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Is the Irony Obvious Enough?

Posted on | February 9, 2022 | Comments Off on Is the Irony Obvious Enough?

To extend this quote from Henry Rogers, a/k/a Ibram X. Kendi:

“The conjoined twins are two sides of the same destructive body. The idea that capitalism is merely free markets, competition, free trade, supplying and demanding, and private ownership of the means of production operating for a profit is a whimsical and ahistorical as the White-Supremacist idea that calling something racist is the primary form of racism. Popular definitions of capitalism, like popular racist ideas, do not live in historical and material reality. Capitalism is essentially racist; racism is essentially capitalist. They were birthed together from the same unnatural causes, and they shall one day die together from unnatural causes. Or racial capitalism will live into another epoch of theft and rapacious inequity, especially if activists naively fight the conjoined twins independently, as if they not the same.”

Do you see the method here? It’s argument by assertion — Rogers/Kendi believes that he has proven something merely by writing it. Pejorative adjectives — e.g., “destructive,” “ahistorical,” “unnatural,” “rapacious” — are employed to provoke feelings of hatred. Ludwig von Mises once remarked on the rhetorical methods of Marxists:

Marxism criticizes the achievements of all those who think otherwise by representing them as venal servants of the bourgeoisie. Marx and Engels never tried to refute their opponents with argument. They insulted, ridiculed, derided, slandered, and traduced them, and in the use of these methods their followers are not less expert. Their polemic is directed never against the argument of the opponent, but always against his person.

By declaring himself an anti-racist, and arrogating to himself the moral authority to lecture others, Rogers/Kendi sets up a trap by which anyone who disagrees with him or criticizes him is automatically condemned as a defender of racism. This a tautology, and the fact that he categorizes racism and capitalism as identical and inseparable — two features of the same system of “rapacious inequity” — is placed beyond scrutiny, since only a racist would doubt anything this eminent anti-racist says.

We must therefore abandon any hope of avoiding the “white supremacist” label, if we are disposed to question this astounding doctrine promulgated by Rogers/Kendi. Devotees of “anti-racism” are certain that Rogers/Kendi has delivered a sort of inerrant scripture, a Holy Book of Truth. All who doubt Rogers/Kendi are, according to the “anti-racist” cult, adherents and defenders of white supremacy.

Well, who is paying Henry Rogers/Ibram X. Kendi $20,000 an hour? Are black people throwing money at him? No, of course not — this money is being paid by white liberals who seek to purchase racial salvation.

This is what some people would call a sweet hustle. Others might call it a racket. But the point is, the person calling himself Ibram X, Kendi has gotten filthy rich peddling “anti-racism” this way, and I suppose I’m not the only one who suspects that he’s invested his new-gotten wealth in mutual funds and other instruments of capitalist profit-seeking — no matter how “essentially racist” profit-seeking may be. Furthermore, I suspect that Kendi has purchased expensive homes and luxury cars, and that he expects first-class accommodations when he travels, for business or pleasure. He is laughing all the way to the (racist capitalist) bank, and the joke is on the white fools who paid him to denounce them as racists.



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