I found myself in the greater Detroit area on business and to end my visit, I went to a high-end barbeque place recommended by a co-worker. At the end of the bar I noticed a large portrait of Franklin Roosevelt. I asked the bartender what was the deal, and she said she didn’t know. I told her she should make up a story, but she said she didn’t know enough about him. She was a racially indeterminate woman who looked a bit like Maya Rudolph; other places she could be Hispanic but in Detroit she probably had to be black. A member of a race made by FDR, in a place where the working class was made by FDR, doesn’t know who he is. I suppose it is the destiny of each of us to be forgotten, even the celebrated and powerful.
Foseti had a post on what Steve Sailer calls “liberal creationism”, the belief that evolution stopped 50,000 years ago and humans are neurologically uniform. Like many people of the same beliefs, he seems a bit frustrated and confused that this belief, patently false, should be so widely accepted. I made a comment explaining why this would be so, but it didn’t appear. I don’t think he has banned me- he doesn’t seem like the sensitive type- but it was something I needed to expound on in more detail anyway.
As I have said before, HNU used to be mainstay of white populism. Social Darwinism was the philosophy of late 19th century robber barons who felt it meant they should be able to do whatever they wanted. HNU was the Christian belief of Midwestern farmers who wanted to pay what they wanted for shipping their grain, cattle and pigs and get paid what they wanted for the same goods. In their minds they were the salt of the earth and in no way inferior to the bankers and railroad magnates of New York.
These same people in no way, however, believed in the equality blacks, or even all white people. The Catholic immigrants crowding the Northeast were frightening and almost subhuman scum who were ruining the country. This attitude can be seen today at VDare, and sometimes is expressed by Southern nationalists, although these two groups overlap somewhat.
So you have an elite, arrayed against two non-elite groups who are hostile to each other. The term “hostile elite” is used by various commenters usually to describe Jews- I’m not sure who coined it, maybe Kevin McDonald. The term implies that elites are often not hostile, and that a Protestant elite would be non-hostile- McDonald did once allow for a hostile non-Jewish elite, but only in the context of Transcendentalism.
I contend the American elite or elites have mostly been hostile, with a period of non-hostility, or more accurately restrained and concealed hostility, in the New Deal period from 1933 to 1965. The Puritan elite I have talked about at length and little more is left to be said. The Southern elite was hostile to the Puritans, hostile to lower-class Southern whites, and hostile to democracy in its control of the Supreme Court through John Marshall and Roger Taney. Southern nationalists would claim all whites were equal in the antebellum South, but lower-class whites were expected to defer to the elite in all ways.
Lower-class whites had a lot of democratic power post Civil War, but the Progressive era put an end to that, all in the name of reform of course. Prohibition was an attempt to sober up the dirty drunken Irish and German Catholics. Herbert Hoover defeated the Catholic Al Smith for the Presidency in 1928.
The Depression led to an opportunity for a reset. Rather than fighting lower-class whites, the elite decided to co-opt them. Machine politics became institutionalized- the federal government gave money directly to the urban machines to support them. A brotherhood of man was declared, and all whites were to be regarded as equal. HNU for European Americans became the rule.
Lower-class whites responded strongly and positively to this. After the war they became educated and prosperous, eventually too educated and prosperous, and had to be taken down a notch. The argument for bringing blacks on board was that just as blacks were being treated as inferior, lower-class whites had once been treated as inferior. Give blacks equal access, and they would make just as good Americans as lower-class whites had.
If people aren’t as eager to embrace HBD as its advocates would like, maybe it is because they remember that at one time it was used against them. The whites who do support HBD are those who realize it has been used against them again since the early 1960’s, when the image of the stupid, ignorant southern redneck or northern worker became common.
Class consciousness is needed to produce racial consciousness. Whites, even very conservative whites, who believe they are equal, dignified citizens of a democratic, constitutional republic will not support racial realism. Those who see a hostile, oligarchic elite that despises them will.