The Left Conservative: Ralph Nader, White Guilt and Black Nationalism

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Writes Dylan Hales:

"Kudos to Ralph Nader for telling the truth about Barack Obama:

'He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he’s coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it’s corporate or whether it’s simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up.'

Very early on in this election cycle I realized that Obama's skin color was a huge drawing card for yuppies and hipster, liberal, youth desperate to feel good about themselves by voting for a member of the "oppressed underclass". As Nader notes, Obama is the best of both worlds for voters like this. Obama's blackness allows them to pull the lever for "social responsibility" and "diversity" without having to vote for a populist or "small d" democrat, that might challenge the managerial elite they so desperately cling to.

Mr. Nader also does a fine job destroying the myth of Obama as a "black nationalist". Obama isn't running on a theme of black self-help or community separatism, he is running on liberal internationalism. Obama is no different than Adlai Stevenson, aside from possibly being more of a militarist. Those worried about Obama pulling an FDR and "changing course" once in office, may want to consider what in fact a black radical/nationalist/et. would actually do for America.

The truth is that conservatives, traditionalists and other "small is beautiful" folks, can only dream of an authentic black nationalist getting anywhere near the White House. While black nationalism has its ugly and unrealistic side (the obsession with reparations for slavery, topping the list), the reality of the matter is that the basic program and dominant themes of black radicalism would be a marked improvement for our society. Small bands of self-reliant families, that are reflexively opposed to the corporate cartel class and the big government welfare statism of the modern world do not endanger whites, America or White America. Conservatives who know nothing about black nationalist and black power movements have created a "black radical" straw man, without understanding what in fact such radicalism has historically represented. That the same people who rant about the dangers of an Obama presidency, regularly cite Booker T. Washington as an appropriate model for black Americans, is a telling example of how clueless many of these people are (Obama is above all a globalist. Washington was a conservative black nationalist).

One can safely assume that these comments will get Mr. Nader into as much trouble with certain "civil rights" leaders, as his previous comments on "gonadal politics" got him into with the feminist racket. That Ralph Nader doesn't care what these liberal interest groups think, seems to indicate that on at least some of the "taboo" issues, the American Left is as willing to confront the fallacies of PC culture as is the American Right."

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