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September 07, 2009



I think that personalities are a combination of often-correlated characteristics. If they are unacceptable personalities, we call the combination a syndrome.

So of course, your First Racist comes to mind. I think that K’s syndrome includes an exaggeration of traits that all of us share with a de-emphasis on others that we share.

K’s syndrome includes but is not based on:
• Fear of the “other” which leads to hatred of the other and ideations of self supremacy (racism),
• A tendency toward authoritarianism, which includes blind faith in Daddy, (or Uncle Sam or general so and so, or God), chauvinist thinking and action,
• Patriarchal organization,
• And conservative, i.e. preferring tradition and stability over experimentation and action,

The primal cause appears to be hereditary, as well as environmental. What the proportions are, I have no clue.
My name for this group is ‘Hateful’. LOL

Since Tradition in our country, at least what we were taught in PS 217, was/is to favor individual rights over community rights, the Hatefuls’ blind adherence to libertarian rather than the communitarian ideology is simply following tradition, which fits their syndrome. Remember the days of McCarthy while we were in 217. I took a dare one day back then, and said the word ‘communist’ on the corner of Ditmas and Rugby. This kind of childish belief and fear motivates the Hatefuls today. Comes in handy when you want to exploit others but still feel morally good.

And so on…..

Otis Jefferson Brown

The racist-conservative connection may appear valid at the moment, but in the long view of American history it doesn't hold up. They don't come any more conservative than John Adams, yet on racial matters (and on women's rights) he was far ahead of his contemporaries, while Thomas Jefferson - champion of individual liberty and patron saint of the modern Democratic Party - flunks miserably. Washington, the conservative, freed his slaves; Jefferson didn't. Racism was rife among the populist followers of William Jennings Bryan - have-nots all. There were many racist southern Democrats who were faithful supporters of FDR and the New Deal; if judged solely on their economic agenda, they'd be considered left-wingers. If you studied voters in West Virginia today, I'm sure you'd find that liberalism (on economic matters) and racism can co-exist quite comfortably. It's a big, complicated subject. Without having read it, I'd guess that Richard Hofstadter's "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" should be required reading for both of us.


Wow - that last paragraph really says it all. Thanks for posting this.

Otis Jefferson Brown

There's always something weird about Brooklyn kids from the 1940s who rooted for the Yankees. Think Rudy Giuliani.

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