In an earlier post I used the term “utopian whites” to describe the type of white person who is responsible for the current state of our country. Upon further reflection, I have come to conclude that this really is the most precise term to use for this group, as it is more accurate than terms like “liberal,” “progressive” or even “apostate,” as many professing Christians cling to this one fundamental error of utopianism.
The term “utopia” literally means “nowhere,” or “no place.” That is, a utopia is an ideal society that does not exist anywhere. A utopian is someone who has been deluded into thinking that such an ideal society can be brought into existence, despite the fact that there is no evidence to suggest that this is possible. This mistaken belief has been responsible for more human death and destruction than any other faith system. As the ideal society fails to come into existence, committed utopians refuse to rethink their presuppositions, and instead seek out scapegoats to punish for their own failings.
Utopian thinking has come to dominate large segments of elite Western opinion over the last few centuries. Ironically, utopianism has often prospered alongside a supposed trust in “science,” even though the scientific method is incompatible with utopianism. According to the scientific method, we should only accept facts and axioms that have been verified by positive observation. By definition, utopianism assumes as an article of faith that certain conditions that have never been observed are possible.
Communism is based on the belief that class conflict can be eliminated in an industrial society, even though this has never been observed. Current anti-racist dogma asserts that all races can be completely equal in achievement, even though this condition has never been observed. According to the scientific method, racial equality should be no more than a hypothesis until it has actually been observed. Today we have an entire political and social structure based on the premise that this condition of racial equality which has existed nowhere can be achieved.
Not only do utopians hold that these impossible conditions can come about, but they even commonly assert that they inevitably will. Their ideal future is not simply a possibility, but a certainty. This adds to the emotional anguish experienced by the utopian when he experiences any setback, and explains the severity of “Trump derangement syndrome.” It is not simply that the utopians in this country were offended by what Trump represented, but they had been assured that “the right side of history” had already triumphed over “racism.” Trump and the Alt-Right shook their faith in the inevitable victory of racial equality.
Many on the far-right like to point out that white liberals are governed by their feelings rather than facts. This is certainly true to a degree, but it does not fully explain the utopian phenomenon. Utopianism is not pure emotionalism, as it does require a strong intellectual component; but rather than focusing the intellect on the observation of actual facts, utopianism focuses the intellect on mental abstractions that have been divorced from observation. When used for logical exercises and thought experiments, abstraction can be a very useful intellectual tool. However, when divorced from observation of the outside world, mental abstraction can create an alternate reality, and when individuals become deeply emotionally attached to this alternate reality, it can be very difficult to escape back to the real world.
The tendency to become trapped in a world of abstractions is especially common amongst whites, which helps to explain why we as a group are simultaneously so successful and so self-destructive. Amongst post-Christian whites, there is also often a messianic, dominionist will intertwined with the fixation on an abstract, idealized society. And this will becomes quite violent if it is thwarted.
The current social chaos is a direct result of the failure of the facts to align with the utopian scheme of racial equality. We cannot simply blame BLM or Antifa. All white people who have ever affirmed that racial equality is possible and that “racism” is evil are responsible for what is happening. This unfortunately includes the vast majority of Christians. For if “racism” is the greatest evil, then there is no way to defend the status quo. After sixty years of mainstream liberal policies, we have effectively made zero progress towards equality of outcome. If sixty years of mainstream policy have not successfully vanquished the greatest evil, then revolutionary tactics become the only moral choice.
What we are seeing today is not a black uprising or even really a globalist coup. We are seeing utopian whites seeking desperately to avoid the severe emotional trauma of admitting that their worldview is a lie. Rather than accepting that blacks simply are not as intelligent or law-abiding as whites, they are being pushed to the extreme measures of abolishing the police, abolishing standardized tests in college admissions, paying reparations to the descendants of slaves, and canceling anyone who disagrees. Unfortunately the utopian’s commitment to his alternate reality is quite strong, and often it cannot be overcome without much suffering.