The "ethnocentrism" fraud
Most psychologists are Left-leaning, and leftists have an enormous talent for seeing only what they want to see, so we can be sure that psychological theories will show Leftists in a good light and conservatives in a bad light.
And, as we know only too well, race is a central Leftist obsession. They never stop talking about race and racism. American Leftists in the days of the Ku Klux Klan were very anti-black. The Klansmen were Democrats, as were segregationists Orval Forbus and George Wallace.
But when the atrocities of Hitler made anti-minority thinking odious, the Left abandoned that orientation, though it hung on in the South for a while. So what did the Left do when anti black attitudes became unfashionable? Did they abandon all talk of race and focus on something else. No way! With "affirmative action" and so on they did a rapid about-turn and became anti-white. They just love simple formulas and categorizing all sorts of different people in terms of race was too sweeping a formula for them to let go
And Leftist psychologists made it even simpler. They invented the concept of "ethnocentrism" -- which was a claim that you disliked "outgroups" because you were strongly attached to your own "ingroup". So all patriots were suspect racists. The Left hate patriots because the Left want to tear society down while patriots want to preserve it.
So it was an enormously convenient simplification if white racism could be traced to patriots. Leftists routinely accuse conservatives of simplistic thinking but if you want to know what Leftists are like, just look at what they say about conservatives.
And all that came out in 1950 in the form of a big book called "The authoritarian personality" under the lead authorship of prominent Marxist theoretician Theodor Adorno. Adorno et al. had to allow that some patriotism could be OK but it was under a cloud generally.
But the ethnocentrism theory is false. Leftist psychologists just assumed it. The only "proof" they had for it was that they could find some aggressive expressions of patriotism and some aggressive expressions of racism which correlated with one another among freshman students -- forming a reliable "scale". But at no time did they try to sample normal expressions of patriotism and normal expressions of racial attitudes and see if those two types of attitude were correlated. *
So I did that. I did it repeatedly in fact. And I always used proper general population samples, not available groups of students. And I always got the same result: Patriotism and racism were unrelated. Some patriots disliked blacks but roughly equal numbers of patriots did not dislike blacks. You could not predict from knowing a person's degree of patriotism what he would think of blacks
So far in my writings I have been content to point that out as it decisively explodes the central Leftist explanation for racism. But I now think I can go further. I think I can explain WHY Leftists cling to that falsehood. They believe it because that is the way they think. They judge others by themselves. They hate the achievements of whites and they also hate patriots. It is THEY who are ethnocentric -- but in a negative way. They are generally hostile. And that goes all the way back to Karl Marx. Marx hated everybody, including his own mother. It's in part his unwaveringly hostile tone that makes him an enjoyable study to the Left.
Instead of loving their ingroup Leftists hate it and they also hate those who thwart their goal of "fundamentally transforming" their country -- to use Obama's phrase of 2008. Attitudes to an ingroup and attitudes to what they see as an outgroup are strongly correlated among Leftists. Knowing what Leftists say about whites will enable you to make an almost CERTAIN prediction of their attitudes towards patriots. The whole affair is yet another example of my dictum that if you want to know what Leftists are like psychologically, just look at what they say about conservatives. Monolithic thinking is a trait of the Left, not of the Right.
The tendency of people to see their own faults in others is what Freud called "projection". And the Left are great projectors. They hate just about everybody so they think that conservatives do too. They even see patriotism as a form of hate. And many conservative writers these days have woken up to that and often now identify Leftist accusations as projection. A good example is to be found in the recent utterances of Hillary Clinton. Most of what she has been saying about Donald Trump would be much more apt as a description of her. I put up an article recently that gave some examples of that.
Her claim that Trump is attacking democracy is a particular howler. Who is attacking democracy? It wouldn't be the people who refuse to accept as legitimate and proper the result of a properly conducted democratic election in 2016, would it? It wouldn't be the people who are doing their level best to unwind the result of that election would it? It wouldn't be the collective sore losers of the Left, would it?
REFERENCE: Adorno,T.W., Frenkel-Brunswik, E., Levinson, D.J. & Sanford, R.N. (1950) The authoritarian personality. New York: Harper.
* It is however of considerable interest that anthropologist Elizabeth Cashdan used published codes and data collected for the standard cross-cultural sample of 186 societies to look at both ethnic loyalty and xenophobia. She concludes: "If interethnic hostility is the flip side of intraethnic loyalty, the two should be strongly correlated and have the same determinants. Neither is the case".
I noticed a leftist student being liberal with the word racism on Twitter earlier this year and I looked for his motivation. In one exchange he was asked what culture had to do with racism. The leftist wrote that the inclusion of "cultural belonging" to his definition of racism was in order to "wield bigger guns against those who discriminate against the groups in question". One motivation then is to put an end to noting differences/distinctions, the subdivision of thought - racism used as a label to gain power over others.ReplyDelete
The Democrats of yore were living in a different time where the appearance of virtue was perhaps not as important as it is to Democrats today.