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  • eupraxis@aol.com
    Jim, Thanks for that post. You are, of course, quite correct. I would like to add one additional point to this discussion that seems often to be missed by many
    Message 1 of 39 , Jul 3, 2008

      Thanks for that post. You are, of course, quite correct. I would like to add
      one additional point to this discussion that seems often to be missed by many
      of us, and probably to all of us once in a while.

      All of us embody various prejudices, especially of the xenogenetic variety.
      We prefer the folks in our own house to those next door, our street to the
      next, our town to the ones remote, our country to others; just as we feel closer
      to those gens most familiar to us. The point of a philosophical engagement with
      life, including our own life, is to be critical about it. We may hold a
      secret, or not so secret, point of view stemming from our tradition or upbringing,
      etc., but that does not amount to our 'true' position. It is precisely what a
      reflective life has to be vigilant against. Upon reflection, we may actually
      affirm the 'superiority' of, say, the European Enlightenment over, say,
      religious authoritarianism, as I in fact do. But more often than not we have to
      retrain our entrails and reorient our instincts to a sensibility more in keeping
      with our future better natures, which is an unsettling and difficult matter.

      The goal of philosophy, in my opinion, is not to affirm one's life, but to
      change it.


      In a message dated 7/3/08 6:50:23 AM, jjimstuart1@... writes:

      > Louise,
      > Thank you for your reply.
      > You write:
      > "As I hope I made clear, this is my great concern, that treasured and
      > unique cultural ways disappear, if we are not vigilant about what
      > happens to all of us, regardless of nationality or skin colour. If a
      > man or woman were to complain to you that s/he felt belittled on
      > grounds of Englishness, for instance, I hope you would be fair-minded
      > about that. It seems a lot to ask, sometimes, from those who shelter
      > behind the liberal label."
      > I can understand the idea that some white English people wish to go
      > back to a mythical past when England was inhabited by only white
      > English people.
      > Indeed there have been pockets of such all-white communities in
      > England until recent years. In my county Nottinghamshire such towns as
      > Heanor and Langley Mill seemed to have managed remain all-white until
      > the last few years.
      > Of course large cities have had Jewish inhabitants since the Middle Ages.
      > I can also understand the idea that some white English people feel
      > that their traditional way of life is being threatened when they see
      > Asian and black families moving into their neighbourhood.
      > However, unless we set up something like white-only reservations to
      > protect white culture, rather like the Indian reservations in North
      > America or the aborigine reservations in Australia, I don't see any
      > practical way of racist nationalist whites achieving their goals.
      > The fact is that human life is dynamic, not static, and the desire to
      > recreate a mythical past is a desire that is very unlikely to be
      > achievable.
      > In this country, I would guess that a very small minority of whites
      > think like you do – hence the consistently low votes cast for the
      > British National Party.
      > Repatriation for non-whites is a non-starter because the majority of
      > black, Asian and Jewish people who live in England were born here.
      > Where would they be repatriated to, given England is their home country?
      > Also a lot of young white people are attracted to black people (and
      > vice versa), and the number of mixed race children born over the last
      > thirty or so years must run into the millions. These mixed race
      > children, of course, spoil your utopia of a pure white nation.
      > So all-in-all, I feel that your utopian dream is but a pipe dream.
      > For myself, I would find an all-white England a living hell. I live in
      > a traditional working class area, and I find the young white people
      > generally unpleasant, and I much prefer to have Asian and black people
      > as my neighbours. (I actually like the elderly white people in my
      > neighbourhood, so perhaps I'm just getting old-fashioned. neighbourhoo
      > non-white immigrants who have come to this country since the Second
      > World War have improved life here immensely, bringing a diversity and
      > vibrancy which is missing in those communities which have remained all
      > white.
      > I suppose in the end it comes down to a matter of taste. For yourself,
      > a traditional all-white English culture is to your taste. For me, a
      > cosmopolitan culture made up of many different racial and cultural
      > groups is to my taste. The trouble starts when a section of society
      > tries to impose their view of the best society on the rest of the
      > population. Political programmes aimed at large scale changes in the
      > nature of society usually result in more harm than good.
      > Jim

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    • louise
      ... due ... two ... by ... stone. ... with ... of ... Thanks for the advice, Bill. I trust your judgment. There is plenty more to be said about these
      Message 39 of 39 , Jul 15, 2008
        --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "bhvwd" <v.valleywestdental@...>
        > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "louise" <hecubatoher@> wrote:
        > >
        > > It is an excellent question, and one that I wish to answer with
        > > care. My hope would be to have something ready to post within
        > or
        > > three days. There are also one or two points raised recently by
        > Jim
        > > that I have not yet got around to addressing.
        > >
        > > Louise
        > > Louise, Do not bite on that cunard. Wil is a logic bomb and he
        > will take you apart. You do not need the grief . Americans have a
        > very different concepts of racism and it is very well documented
        > that little problem called the Civil War. I do not understand the
        > Civil War and I have studied it for many years. That horror changed
        > us, made us see race from an entirely different perspective. I have
        > stood in the Lincoln Memorial in DC and read Lincolns words in
        > They would be very difficult for you to comprehend as they were for
        > me. If you should wish to find our beginnings of thought regarding
        > race go to Jefferson. We are not confused as to desired outcomes of
        > racial argumentation but our course has been violent and filled
        > hate. Wil, as a New Yorker living in Dixie knows the ins and outs
        > the melange to perfection. I would drop it were I you. Bill

        Thanks for the advice, Bill. I trust your judgment. There is plenty
        more to be said about these subjects, and my intuition confirms in
        any case what you write about the different concepts of racism held
        by Americans. It is all a various and bloody picture, and existlist
        is clearly not the place to discuss the matter further. Louise

        > > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@ wrote:
        > > >
        > > > The ball is in your court. What is your philosophy of race?
        > > >
        > > > Wil
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