A commenter asks how one can be ethnocentric whilst rejecting the ethnic nationalism that seems to naturally grow out of it as a branch from a trunk:
Ethnocentrism seems to walk a fine line with Ethnic Nationalism IMO; how have you been navigating this line?
All humans are naturally ethnocentric. Just Whites have had it beaten out of us lately. I was a race-denying White self-hater PC posturing Whiteness Studies “Whites are inferior LOL” type for decades. I thought it was cool and hip. Then I moved to an Hispanic city and felt what it’s like to be a minority. I started waking up every morning thinking, “Thank GOD for making me White!” It sure feels better!
Ethnic nationalism is a bunch of shit, obviously. I still hate it. But as a natural outgrowth of perfectly human ethnocentrism, it’s unfortunately a phase of normal. But then so’s fascism. Read the original Left theorists on fascism from the 1930’s. The menace of fascism is that it taps into such basic human needs and roots. The fascist is simply the “ordinary man.” The “shirtless ones” under Peron. This is what makes it so dangerous, it’s potential popularity.
Same with ethnic nationalism. It’s like crime and wife-beating. Normal for humans (part of our natural behavior), but you have to fight it anyway.
I don’t begrudge these White nationalists, for instance, as some kind of freaks. They’re engaging in a quite normal human project for any race. I oppose it because I’m against it, not because it’s abnormal. It’s not abnormal at all, and that’s why it’s a bit scary. If anything’s abnormal, it’s race denial and self-hatred.