If/when Western civilization collapses there are a few things at whose feet historians will be able to lay most of the blame, and two of the biggies are Political Correctness and White Guilt. They are a cancer. The former is an enemy of free speech and honest discussion, and literally gets people killed (see Ft. Hood massacre, a microcosm of greater things to come); and the latter what Shelby Steele calls a “faustian bargain” on the Left: “we’ll throw you a bone like affirmative action if you’ll just let us reduce you to your race so we can take moral authority for ‘helping’ you.”
That “you” in Steele’s quote above, we at CCHQ believe, applies not only to racial minorities in the U.S., but to all people of colour across the globe that ever suffered the indignities of Western colonialism (and even those who didn’t) or any form of cultural imperialism–from the “imposition” of christianity, to beauty standards, to Coca-Cola (note: the imposition of secular humanistic values is apparently never something about which to apologize). The “you” I’m talking about is anybody who could be considered the “other,” regardless of where they find themselves on the globe. In other words, anybody who isn’t white. That is the “you” that the Left has made this Faustian bargain with: Let us reduce you to your race so we can take moral authority for ‘helping’ you.” Books could be written on White Guilt and its effects on our culture and society. But our focus is more narrow here. I just want to show you one of its permutations; what Liberal guilt for being white looks like; what this Faustian bargain looks like when it takes the form of policy on a grand scale:
In the 1970s and early ’80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in. OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history. Why not them? So in grand U.N. declarations and conferences, they began calling for a “New International Economic Order.” The NIEO’s essential demand was simple: to transfer fantastic chunks of wealth from the industrialized West to the Third World.
On what grounds? In the name of equality — wealth redistribution via global socialism — with a dose of post-colonial reparations thrown in.
The idea of essentially taxing hardworking citizens of the democracies to fill the treasuries of Third World kleptocracies went nowhere, thanks mainly to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher (and the debt crisis of the early ’80s). They put a stake through the enterprise.
But such dreams never die. The raid on the Western treasuries is on again, but today with a new rationale to fit current ideological fashion. With socialism dead, the gigantic heist is now proposed as a sacred service of the newest religion: environmentalism.
Politically it’s an idea of genius, engaging at once every left-wing erogenous zone: rich man’s guilt, post-colonial guilt, environmental guilt. But the idea of shaking down the industrial democracies in the name of the environment thrives not just in the refined internationalist precincts of Copenhagen. It thrives on the national scale, too.
Socialism having failed so spectacularly, the left was adrift until it struck upon a brilliant gambit: metamorphosis from red to green. The cultural elites went straight from the memorial service for socialism to the altar of the environment. The objective is the same: highly centralized power given to the best and the brightest, the new class of experts, managers and technocrats. This time, however, the alleged justification is not abolishing oppression and inequality but saving the planet.
Global warming is more than just mere science. It has the impetus of an entire worldview behind it. Worldviews are not scientific. They are everything the progressive Left accuses conservatives of being–anti science. And because it is driven by ideology, the science of global warming has been compromised. Their “science” has become an act of contrition for their sense of guilt. Guilt for being white, guilt for being Western, guilt for being prosperous. And unless they can pay the indulgence, their guilt requires them to do the penance. This Faustian bargain is that penance. Perhaps this is why opposing views are so frantically dismissed by them (which we expect in politics, but not science) and why “climategate” doesn’t even put a dent in them. And to that, this person of colour has only one thing to say: White people, for crying out loud–get over it. I beg of you. Your misplaced sense of guilt is going to be the death of us all.