Money versus Ethnocentrism

Jim Goad’s recent article at Taki’s Magazine on the power of ethnocentrism has got me wondering whether there any social forces more powerful than ethnocentrism.

Religion and money are the only likely contenders since these are about the only other things people will willingly die for. Some might say that family is more important than ethnicity, but family is really just a subset of ethnicity.

People will often betray their race or country for money, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the case of wealthy businessmen (and women) who put pressure on their governments to import cheap labour. Here in Australia, aesthetically challenged mining mogul Gina Rinehart (pictured below) and retail big wig Gerry Norman, are among those keen to flood their country with unwanted third world immigrants in the name of big business.

It’s a similar case with left-wing liberals, who are keen to promote the virtues of multiculturalism since it offers them the potential for work opportunities as civil servants, social workers, charity workers and other agents of the therapeutic state.

This all sounds wonderful for enterprising “post-racial” liberals, but there’s a big problem with relying on money – there’s just never enough of it to go round, and some people will always miss out.

Take for example the victims of affirmative action. If you provide someone with an affirmative job or college placement, then by definition you must be denying another person an opportunity, and therefore that other person will need to be compensated. If they don’t get compensation, then chances are they will be resentful and angry at having to make a sacrifice for someone else. One way in which affirmative action victims articulate such resentment is by switching their voting patterns from the left to right, which partly explains why so many working class white males in America now vote for the centre right.

Furthermore, in recessionary times like today, there are even greater numbers of people who are socially or economically frustrated by multiculturalism, but unfortunately for liberal elites, there is less money around to compensate them. The recent Occupy Wall Street movement highlighted that even many idealistic left liberals are now more concerned with their own careers (or lack of them) than they are about the social plight of minorities and foreigners.

In Western Europe, liberal governments have been compensating the victims of multiculturalism through welfare. Perhaps the most remarkable example of this can be seen in Spain, where both immigration and unemployment are very high, but the native population hasn’t got very uppity about third world immigration. To meet its austerity targets though, Spain is now having to get tougher on welfare and is apparently restricting unemployment benefits to six months.

It’s going to be very interesting to see if the Spanish authorities can stop race relations from boiling over when a big chunk of the native population lacks the cushioning effects of welfare to protect it from the full impact of multiculturalism.

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