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Yesterday I saw the above photo on Facebook, posted by some Christian Intellectual friends. They used this photo as proof that the terms “White Supremacy” and “Racism” are actually weapons being used by the Left to undermine the very foundations of Western Civilization.
I heartily concur with that estimation, and I would like to elucidate one example of the serpent-like cunning that the Left is using to achieve their ultimate goal. It is an example of a “philosophical package-deal.”
The philosopher Ayn Rand defined a package-deal as “the fallacy of failing to discriminate crucial differences. It consists of treating together, as parts of a single conceptual whole or ‘package,’ elements which differ essentially in nature, truth-status, importance or value.”[i]
How is this deceptive tactic used in the photo above? I see a very specific process at work.
The presumed “characteristics of white supremacy” include perfectly reasonable and good ideas:
- Objectivity: facts and reality are what they are, regardless of my wishes or desires, and I use my mind to perceive them.
- Either/Or Thinking: man’s responsibility of making judgments based on logic.
- Individualism: man is an end in himself, an independent value, not to be sacrificed in the name of any collective vision or purpose.
- A Sense of Urgency: the recognition that life requires movement, action, productivity, and purpose.
- Perfectionism: not necessarily a sense of pharisaical priggishness, but an earnest ambition towards greater perfection in character and competence.
- Worship of the Written Word: a commitment to exactitude in language; the belief that words have an objective meaning and they cannot be manipulated to suit the subjective whims of any person or group.
These are certainly true and noble concepts that cannot be refuted by any honest, rational person. The woke Left knows this, so their only option is to use other means to undermine the credibility of these ideas.
What do we see in this list? The noble ideas are packaged together with vague terms such as defensiveness (with no explanation of what is being defended), paternalism, power hoarding, and fear of open conflict (an ironic charge given the frequent complaint of Western Civilization’s aggressive war-mongering). In the current cultural conversation, these terms are widely understood to be derisive, intended to evoke a general feeling of revulsion in the heart and not necessarily any particular concrete example in the mind.Subscribe
In addition, a few other choice catch phrases are included: “Only one right way,” “I’m the only one,” “progress is bigger,” “right to comfort.” These phrases are so absurd as to be meaningless, but when included among the “characteristics of white supremacy” they further encourage a response of disdain and even contempt from the woke crowd.
The ultimate aim of the Left is to encourage their unthinking disciples to lump all of these concepts into one supposedly coherent system. Then, if you claim, for example, to be a person who values objectivity in thinking, the Left can also portray you as a defensive, paternalistic power-hoarder concerned only about his own right to comfort. If you accept Aristotelian philosophy, you are a white supremacist. If you are a hardworking businessman with a sense of urgency, you are a white supremacist. If you read the Bible on its own terms as the written Word of God, you are a white supremacist.
The purpose here is obvious: the Left seeks, without the necessity of reason, logic, and honest debate, to invalidate the good and true ideas that made the West the greatest and most benevolent civilization in world history. Deep down the Left knows that if they debate with reason and logic, they will lose. Therefore, they need to discredit those very concepts as evil tools of the white man. Anyone wishing to fight for truth, for goodness, for their own values, must expose this nefarious tactic for exactly what it is: a demonic lie that cannot be reasoned or compromised with but only exorcised.
[i] Ayn Rand, “The Metaphysical versus the Man-Made,” in Philosophy: Who Needs It. (Bobs-Merrill, 1982), 24.
Jeffrey KahlJeff holds a B.A. degree in history and political science from Ashland University and an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary. He’s a full time pastor and part time scholar. Like C. S. Lewis, he considers himself “a converted pagan living among apostate puritans.”
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