Showing posts with label Political Theory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Political Theory. Show all posts

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Oikophobia and the friendship.

Glen Reynolds posts:

OIKOPHOBIA UPDATE: Robert Wargas: Behold The Self-Hating White Person.“Since progressivism is largely a status game, in which people compete for social prestige by repeating a set of approved phrases and opinions to other status-seeking mandarins, it’s not surprising that some will go to sado-masochistic lengths to remain part of the alpha group. By now, the increasingly creepy tendency of using the word ‘white’ as a glib insult has become well established in left-wing commentary.”

To be fair, for many the self-hatred is fairly justified.

This seems to follow a recent facebook discussion about the loss of political power by American Protestants and whether Protestants should care:

SJ - I don't claim to speak for Protestants or any other group, just myself. And I am not above being concerned, I'm just not concerned. I've never thought of Protestants as MY team and Catholics as the other team. Is that how people think? Man,

I need to get out more! You may not believe it, or think I'm dodging the issue, and there is really no way I can convince you, but I really don't care what the "balance of power" is between Catholics and Protestants, and have never ever even thought about it. I believe that anyone that names the name of the biblical Jesus Christ is on the same team I'm on. Life was going just fine. Now I find that I lost control of the government and didn't even know it! Now remind me again why I should care.

12 hours ago · Like.

Peter Sean Bradley

You are making my point about the fissiparous future an of atomized Christianity.

Up until very recently, Christians have understood that they live in a community, that they are, in fact, a community. That understanding is
at root a biblical belief. Christ founded a church. The church is the body of Christ. Christians as a community share their faith, the ethical standards, their practices, etc.

It is natural for a community to seek to share its good, insofar as they feel they have a good to share. An aspect of sharing that good is to take pride when a member of the community excels and achieves recognition. We call this feeling “friendship,” particular when it is based on a sharing of some desire for excellence.

It is human to love the things in which we see ourselves. In fact, St. Thomas teaches that love springs from the sharing of the good as part of which we see ourselves in others and we see others as another self. To deny that natural human feeling that we feel when we see members of our community achieve is, well, inhuman, or else it means that the community we purportedly share no longer truly exists.

St. Thomas explains the point I’m making this way:

“Likeness, properly speaking, is a cause of love. But it must be observed that likeness between things is twofold. One kind of likeness arises from each thing having the same quality actually: for example, two things possessing the quality of whiteness are said to be alike. Another kind of likeness arises from one thing having potentially and by way of inclination, a quality which the other has actually: thus we may say that a heavy body existing outside its proper place is like another heavy body that exists in its proper place: or again, according as potentiality bears a resemblance to its act; since act is contained, in a manner, in the potentiality itself.

Accordingly the first kind of likeness causes love of friendship or well-being. For the very fact that two men are alike, having, as it were, one form, makes them to be, in a manner, one in that form: thus two men are one thing in the species of humanity, and two white men are one thing in whiteness. Hence the affections of one tend to the other, as being one with him; and he wishes good to him as to himself….”

Now, obviously, this natural and good human feeling can become distorted and become “chauvinism” and “bigotry.” However, that needn’t be the case, it often isn’t the case, and the attempt to stifle the natural human feeling - which is a virtue when properly ordered in that it permits collective action, orders the community and ensures that people have a stake in the just ordering of their community – is itself a disordering of human feeling and community.

As I said, if you don’t care, you don’t care. However, what that suggests is what I said earlier, the community – as opposed to your atomized, individualistic faith – which you should belong to as a Christian doesn’t seem to be making much of a claim on you.

8 hours ago · Like · .
Peter Sean Bradley -

Finally, I'm curious. Do you recognize the election of Barrack Obama as America's first black president to have a historical significance? Do you think it says something about America at this time?

If not, why not?

If you do, how could you not find the development of Protestants being "shut out" of the control of the institutions of American life, wherein they have had a hegemony for 200 years not to be equally interesting? For 220 years, except for one president who did not complete his term, all of our Presidents have been white Protestants. Historically, there has only been one Catholic on the Court at one time. Now, those rules don't seem to apply. Is that good? Is it bad? I don't know, but it would seem to say something as a cultural and historical matter.

7 hours ago · Like

By the way, it is not the case that such people are "above" having a rooting interest in political outcomes; it's just that they have "re-ordered" the schedule of values by which they root. Hence, progressives aren't above rooting for their kind of people; rather, their kind of people are those with the far narrower social and cultural values of the "progressive block," which is a subset, generally speaking, of the broader and more inclusive category of "white person," a category that unfortunately in their opinion includes the de classe hoi polloi.
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