Things I am not:
- A white supremacist, defined by Merriam’s as “a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races”.
- A white nationalist, defined as “one of a group of militant whites who espouse white supremacy and advocate enforced racial segregation”. Parenthetically, given this definition Facebook’s ban on advocating white nationalism along with its pre-existing ban on advocating white supremacy is consistent.
- A fascist, fascism being defined as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition”.
Things I am:
- An empiricist, empiricism being defined as “the practice of relying on observation and experiment especially in the natural sciences”.
- A free speech near-absolutist. If a perspective does not advocate illegality and is not dehumanizing, it should be given a hearing. If it is not given a hearing, its proponents will often find another way of expressing it. Life is not a video game*. Violence is not golden. War is not glorious, war is hell. I fully support all efforts to avoid violence. Sheath the “s”–I want words, not swords. Engagement does not indicate endorsement, it indicates an open and critical mind. This pertains to both what I write and to the comments others post here.
As I’ve gotten older, it has become increasingly clear to me that my comprehension of the amount I don’t know grows incessantly faster than things I am certain that I do know. I personally withdraw any and all previous assertions made here over the years that do not rest on sound empirical foundations even though all that has been written since the blog’s inception in 2005 remains at the Unz Review as content I do not have ownership of.
Also, while I’ve voluntarily handed out literature and talked to people about various political campaigns, I’ve never been an official part of any political campaign nor have I ever received payments of any kind for helping any political campaign.
As I am not a public figure in the legal definition of the term, any media portrayals contrary to what has been outlined above are to be considered legal grounds for libel and/or slander against a private person. We could all stand to learn a thing or two from Nick Sandmann.
* If simulations are possible, we are almost certainly in one, because if they are possible then there should effectively be an infinite number of simulations–and simulations within simulations–underway at any given time. Thus the chance that our existence is the single exception in an endless sea of simulations is infinitesimally small. But even if we are in a simulation, no one has convincingly broken through the fourth dimension to prove that it is so and thus no one should act as though he is in a simulation.