Many of us in the Dark Enlightenment are recovering libertarians. Radish has a great post on libertarianism’s race problem.
There’s one aspect of this topic that deserves a bit of extra analysis. It’s possible to logically prove that libertarianism is racist. Here’s my shot at it:
1) Any system which results in “disparate impact” across certain groups is racist.
2) Libertarianism is a system in which no government force will be used to ensure equality across groups.
3) Traits, such as intelligence, athletic ability, etc, vary across groups and the levels of certain traits are highly correlated with outcomes in a world absent government coercion.
4) Therefore libertarianism is racist.
I think point 1) is terrible definition of racism, but it’s the operative one in our society.
Conservatives would do well to recognize that the same chain of logic applies to them. They (and libertarians) would be even more wise to stop discussing racism as if it were defined in a way other than 1). A few decades ago, racism may have been about treating everyone equal, but that ship has long since sailed.
If you follow this logic correctly, you’ll see that all non-progressive systems of government are racist.