Today I ran across this headline: “Reading ‘Harry Potter’ makes you a better person, according to science,” and I wondered “what does a ‘better person’ mean to the person who wrote that headline?” Because I am a sucker for these sorts of headlines, I clicked on it to find out. Something told me that this author’s idea of a “better person” would probably be my idea of a worse person. I was right.
The study is interesting in itself, and probably worth a blog post of its own, but I won’t give it that today. I just want to muse for a moment on the ethos of the alt-right and White Rights Advocacy.
The article explains the headline thus:
According to a recent paper published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, kids who read the books and identify with Harry are more open-minded and less likely to be prejudiced against minority groups.
Just as I suspected, a “better person” to this author is someone who has less in-group loyalty and identification. While it’s true that so-called “prejudiced” is not the same thing as in-group loyalty and identification, years of paying attention to anti-White leftist thought has taught me that when they say someone is less “prejudiced” what they really mean, of White people at least, is that they are less pro-White, less loyal to other Whites and White interests, and less closely identified with their Whiteness in a positive way.
That is the background; the reason why “prejudice” looms as such salient “sin” to leftists. If they didn’t hate in-group loyalty for Whites, prejudice would not be the cardinal of cardinal sins. One sin among many perhaps (depending on the definition of prejudice), but not the worst.
It got me thinking about the image of the good person we all have; the image that each movement has of what goodness means in someone. This ethical image of goodness is critical to any movement. It represents the goal of personal development for those within the movement. It sets personal standards of morality and creates the rubric by which actors will be judged heroes or villains. It is also the soul of a movement, allowing a movement to clearly comprehend the true fault lines between them and their enemies so that they can more effectively fight their battles.
For pro-White people and the alt-right, racial in-group loyalty and the celebration of a positive White identity are important indicators of moral worth and value. These are necessary traits of a person of good character.
In contrast, the anti-White left values treason to the in-group, and calls isolated individualism “identity”.
There can be no common ground between such radically different images of goodness.
For us, here are the fault lines: loyalty v treachery, identity v isolation. The White rights movement and wider Alt-right must continue to fight the voices of treason and isolation, comprehending them for what they are, and looking deep within to draw inspiration from true goodness.
Racial loyalty and identity for White people: the rallying cry of White rights in the 21st century. This is what we stand for. This is true goodness.