Rand on racism

I’m working on a potential talk about the false promises of the alt-right — specifically, how parts of its veneer might be appealing to a libertarian student (anti-interventionism for example) but how beneath its often whitewashed marketing are some really ugly, evil things.

On that last point, I was looking today for some quotes to work with and I again just returned to Rand on the topic.

“Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.”

“Like every other form of collectivism, racism is a quest for the unearned. It is a quest for automatic knowledge—for an automatic evaluation of men’s characters that bypasses the responsibility of exercising rational or moral judgment—and, above all, a quest for an automatic self-esteem (or pseudo-self-esteem).”

I don’t know whether or not I’ll end up giving the talk but it would be a fun break from my usual stuff and some annoying personal experiences recently have made it much more exciting to talk about.