Why is race such a “thing” in modernity?
May 27, 2014 § 42 Comments
I propose two possible reasons:
1) For liberals race is a natural group distinction – an inequality – which cannot be washed off in the shower or changed at will. So it represents a constant personal intimate nagging reminder that we are not atomized free and equal individuals self-created through reason and will: a reminder that liberalism is in conflict with reality.
2) For neoreactionaries race provides a center of putatively illiberal ‘loyalty’ which, unlike traditional centers of loyalty such as family, church and country, does not require anything of us personally and therefore does not encroach upon our unfettered freedom.