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In a society where skincolor has an influence what is the best method of approaching thuis issue? Should a person just be aware of his color when it is relevant to others? Is there rational grounds for feeling some connections to strangers of the same color given the racially diverse society? To be clear I am speaking of a semi-free state The Netherlands. There is by no means a civil war. Color does matter in The Netherlands socially and also unfortunately politically (affirmitive action).

asked Sep 16 '11 at 08:51

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edited Sep 16 '11 at 09:44

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Racism, per Ayn Rand, is the crudest form of collectivism. There is no rational basis for having any connection to any other person other than a mutually beneficial, freely chosen connection (eg trade, friendship, romance etc.). Tribalism and racism are close cousins. If you have any doubts, check the situation of tribalist and racist nations in history. Their sorry record speaks for itself. If you are interested in this topic you may wish to read: "The Return of the Primitive" by Ayn Rand http://www.amazon.com/Return-Primitive-Anti-Industrial-Revolution/dp/0452011841

(Sep 18 '11 at 12:05) Danneskjold_repo Danneskjold_repo's gravatar image

This is a simple question about racism, but it is likely to be difficult to answer until one realizes that racism cannot stand on its own, without a wider context. If one lives in a free society, one will be free to engage in production and trade in defiance of racial prejudice, and so will one's customers. Over time, the economic cost of persisting in racism that interferes with one's productiveness will severely penalize and marginalize the committed racists, while substantially benefitting and strengthening all who ignore racial considerations in their relationships with others and in their own choices in life.

If, however, there is a strong element of physical force enshrined in the country's basic system of law and government, then racism will be far more likely to endure, and the freedom of production and trade will be correspondingly infringed by the element of physical force. The fundamental issue is force versus freedom. Racism is merely a secondary phenomenon that either rises or falls according to the degree of a society's freedom, i.e., freedom of action by the society's individual citizens.

What one should do in response to one's social conditions depends greatly on what kind of society it is. If one is relatively free to produce and trade with others, do so. If others choose to be racists, either avoid dealing with them or feel free to trade with them if they are willing, secure in the knowledge that one will profit by so doing, and that it is they who are compromising their own racism by engaging in such trading.

If one is not free to engage in production and trade guided by reason, then consider emigrating elsewhere. Again, the fundamental issue is freedom -- it's presence or absence, and what one does with whatever freedom one possesses -- not racism.

One may also be free to form racially oriented enclaves within the larger racist society, as countless immigrants everywhere have so often done. If they are not adamant racists themselves, they nevertheless "gravitate" toward racial enclaves partly in self-defense and partly because they still have much to learn about how to produce and trade effectively with others outside their own enclave.

In sum, the best course of action is to function as productively and impartially in trading with others as possible, and to consider moving toward more lucrative territories and pursuits as the need and opportunity arise.

answered Sep 22 '11 at 02:15

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