Monday, August 12, 2019
Washington Examiner examines El Paso "manifesto" and nationalism
Byron York has an analysis of “the manifesto” from the perpetrator of the El Paso incident that bears reading.
York shows how legitimate political ideas (many of them from the Left, like universal basic income) can go wrong in the mind of someone who is not able to function well in life on his own and turns to collective identity. The preoccupation with race seems to come from the fact that “white identity” was all he had to turn to. Then he just goes off the rails.
But it was striking to me, when I read it, that he seemed distracted by some self-discipline ideas, like “dirty work” (benefiting from the regimented labor of others, a Maoist idea) and the sustainability of modern life styles (that should lead to climate change or maybe technological dependency and the power grid.)
Also check Batya Ungar-Sayton in the Examiner, “Why nationalism won’t go away”. The writer discusses a conference on National Conservatism in Washington DC where to be admitted, you had to submit to a social media audit to prove you were not a white nationalist, and some people were excluded after “applying”.
The author somewhat hesitantly concedes that it is difficult to strengthen nationalism without stepping on vulnerable minorities. He also notes that the culture of nationalism is more about obligation, loyalty, tradition and common good, and less about consent, wise choices, and contract.