Why Elizabeth Warren is Wrong, and Race Shouldn’t Matter!
While we are on the topic of reparations, let’s talk about the worldview of one of its staunchest supporters, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. For those who aren’t following her story, Warren is one of the bigger names running in the ‘progressive’ lane of the Democratic primaries, a lane which is of course led by Bernie Sanders. As you would expect, Elizabeth Warren supports a lot of Bernie’s policies. From what I see, I would describe her as the SJW version of Bernie Sanders. She’s like how Bernie Sanders would be if he suddenly decided to become an SJW. I don’t know if there’s a market for that though, because many people supported Bernie in 2016 precisely because he wasn’t an SJW. I seriously don’t think there would be too big of a market for an SJW Bernie. It baffles me as to why Warren has chosen this strategy for her run.
If Bernie’s message is that economic justice matters, then Elizabeth Warren has an additional message: RACE MATTERS! In fact, she said those two words, loud and clear, at a rally earlier this year. As you would expect from that attitude, race does inform her platform, and we see it in the form of support for race-based reparations. It seems that, in Elizabeth Warren’s worldview, we cannot build a just world without thinking about race constantly.
But is that really the way to build a fair society? I don’t think so. I mean, as I always say, past injustice is a fact, and there should be plenty of acknowledgement of that. But if we keep focusing on race in building our future society, how can we move forward towards a colorblind world, where people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, as per Martin Luther King’s wishes? As a Moral Libertarian, my primary objective is that every individual has Equal Moral Agency, and I can’t see how that can be achieved if we see people by their race all the time.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dispute that past prejudicial policies continue to have an effect on people living in the here and now. I would support officially acknowledging this fact. But then, we can choose to focus on correcting what residual effect past injustices continue to have, or we can choose to move forward and build a colorblind future, but we cannot do both. It’s like we are on a sinking ship, we can save an old man or we can save a baby, but we cannot save both. I think most of you would agree with saving the baby, because the old man probably doesn’t have as many years ahead of him. In this analogy, the baby represents the future. If we focus on building the colorblind future, then the residual injustices of the past will eventually be ironed out. To do this would be like to choose to save the baby. On the other hand, to focus on the residual injustices in the here and now so much as to create racially divisive policies would be to shut out the possibility of a colorblind society forever, because once you create racial divisions there will be no going back. It’s like saving the old man but letting the baby drown.
Life is often a trade-off between different objectives. If you don’t allow free speech, you may make some minorities feel better, but you take away the crucial free market of ideas. Similarly, if you create a racially divided political landscape, you poison the well of equality forever.
Originally published at taraellastylia.blogspot.com on March 22, 2019.