Growing up, I always resented the person who seemed more punitive. The person who had a strong personality, a strong opinion, the person who would make no bones in passing judgment etc. As a kid I had (admittedly psychopathic) fantasies about ridding the united states of these people either by deportation or extermination. But even then, there was always the nagging thought that wasn’t I being equally punitive, strong and or passing of judgment?
I thought of this more recently when the zman in either one of his blog posts or one of his podcast episodes – mentioned how black americans have something of a negative identity which is basically that they view everything about themselves in relation to or vis-a-vis whites. This had me thinking of my own political viewpoints and my worldview in general. As I mentioned before, I defined my politics as anti-punitive or anti-punitive people. So naturally this led me toward the left or at least the democratic party.
Likewise, my interest in football stems from the fact that the catholic high school I went to was a football powerhouse and is major rivals with one of the neighboring high schools. The series has largely gone back and forth between the two schools but when I was in high school, we pretty much always lost to them and they were always winning state or at least coming close to it. Again, this was something of a negative identity. I wanted our high school to win of course but I wanted the other high school to lose even more. Even my tastes in music, even though I do genuinely like said music, is probably music I listen to because I view it as in opposition to the punitive peoples (Steely Dan, the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Emerson lake and palmer).
One thing I’ve thought is that maybe a negative identity is merely an identity masquerading as a non-identity. And is it a healthy thing to have? It’s kind of like if devout christians were told that the devil was defeated and that evil had lost for good. Would they still give a fuck about christianity? I doubt it because without the devil or a stand-in for it, they don’t really have a reason for existing.
A contemporary example would be this – if pro-white identity whites were in opposition to anti-white identity whites – and largely were endogamous – after a few generations, wouldn’t the pro-white identity and anti-white identity whites be effectively different ethnic groups? The anti white identity whites would then become an ethnicity of there own with there own ethnocentric worldview! This is part of my theory that for whites – ideology is identity and for less advanced (read: third world) races that identity is still identity and they haven’t gotten to the point where ideology comes into play.
Lastly, the idea of an anti being against a pro and as a result, the anti becoming the pro itself is an interesting concept. It’s like the oxymoron, the double negative, or the math problem that can never be solved.