Friday, January 22, 2016
Ethnopluralism and the constitutional principle of states' rights
The constitutional principle of states' rights is the legal and conservative way to establish ethnopluralism, without radical revolution. Ethnopluralism and states' rights are not code words for supremacist racialism, or the old segregation of the South. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution preserves the rights of the states and individuals and could accommodate ethnopluralism if we wanted it too. By ethnopluralism I mean regions and states generally set aside for distinctive ethnic cultures, and protected by the federalism of the constitution. Ethnopluralism is the sensible legal solution to the increasing civil disruptions caused by natural competition between competing ethnic, religious, and political groups, which have always torn nations apart.
America did not, and will not, melt into a motley creed of sameness or oneness because human nature does not act that way, no matter what various intellectuals preach. In every human culture ever studied human nature included kin-selection preferences, marriage, hierarchy, division of labor, gender differentiation, localism, ethnocentrism, with group-selection as the main unit of selection. As E. O. Wilson reminded us, within groups, selfish individuals beat altruistic individuals, but groups of altruists beat groups of selfish individuals every time. If a culture proposes to not include these traits of real human nature the culture does not last long and always returns to these things. This view of human nature is affirmed at the core of conservatism and tradition, whereas many of these traits are missing in the modern political creeds of both the left and the right.
People with courage and influence need to rise and work for this conservative and legal solution. I see no other workable or moral long-term solution to the decline of America and the West.