The Traitors Gate

UAF Hunting Club

23. You are a xenophobe.

One of the silliest yet most persistent tactics that I’ve heard used to dismiss the arguments of civilizational patriots (or anti-jihadists or Islamo-realists — take your pick) is to lump us in with some ideology or another — preferably one that is widely discredited. Some assume that all of us are radically anti-religious, or white supremacist, or thoughtless Colonel Blimps who blindly despise every culture but our own. These charges are persistent, and we have to waste a fair amount of time refuting them.

One useful tactic, I suggest, is to turn them on their head. If someone accuses you of being a xenophobe, inquire what the opposite of that is. Most likely, your critic will say something like: “A tolerant person,” or “a liberal.” At that point, you can correct him: “No, the counterpart of someone who is mindlessly hostile to foreign people and things is someone who promiscuously accepts them, who snobbishly prefers them over things home-grown and domestic. If you think I’m a xenophobe, I suggest you might unwittingly have become a xenomaniac. Now what would be a moderate common ground, a golden mean between those two extremes?”

With those amenable to rational argument, such a gambit just might work. With those who aren’t, you shouldn’t waste your time. I don’t engage such people, but rather make a point of mocking them (gently at first, then with a rising level of ridicule) till they stop emitting pink clouds of nonsense from every bodily orifice. If there’s no hope of that, at least I make sure that innocent third parties who overhear or read the exchange know better than to give these dupes any credence.

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Xenophobe | , , | Leave a comment