On VDare Ilana Mercer talks about the demise of the white Protestant society of the Afrikaners in South Africa-
Mercer is a Jew, at least culturally; I rejected the 60’s Catholicism I was officially raised with, but I think I retain a lot of the pre-Vatican II Catholicism in my mental makeup. My brother once asked me if the similarity between me and Oliver North might be that we were both ex-Catholics; I admitted that may be true. Jews are culturally more like the WASP elite than Catholics; but they are pragmatic about matters of survival, at least their own survival. If Israelis supported the Afrikaners it was because they appreciated having a friend who was in a similar, if not the same boat. Other Jew went along with the WASP elite, for the social reasons Mercer states.
It’s easy enough to see why more powerful WASPs put these burdens on different and less powerful WASPs and other groups- northern WASPs on southern WASPs and ethnic whites in the US, American and English WASPs on South African WASPs and the Dutch/French Calvinist Afrikaners. But why do the less powerful accept these burdens?
Mercer is at least somewhat right about the guilt, the ambivalent attitude Puritans have towards power; but coming from a culture that has never been on the receiving end of it, I don’t think she understands just how vicious they have been when it suited their needs. The capitulation of the Afrikaners had more to do with the shaming and isolation and the excessive hopefulness that all human beings are prone to when faced with dire straits.
The shaming and isolation are well-reported, but what about the excessive hopefulness? I think the Afrikaners thought that they had good relations with blacks, that they had always treated them decently and respectfully, other than refusing to share power with them. And they probably hoped things would continue much as they had, with blacks working on their farms. Things were OK in Rhodesia for a good while, only when Mugabe came along did things really go bad.
And maybe this excessive optimism is really the worst enemy of the West- optimism is a great characteristic and necessary to achieving and thriving, but wishful thinking and denial are pretty close to it and it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes. Even now the ethnic cleansing is in slow motion, and easily dismissed as just crime, as if black crime was just crime. I think it is safe to say though that with blacks and Moslems optimism is never warranted.