Groups Don’t Act, Only Individuals Act

“The Jews” never did anything to you. “The White Man” never did anything to you. “The Blacks” never did anything to you. “The Muslims” never did anything to you. Individuals do things, and deserve credit or blame for what they do. And statistical patterns and tendencies don’t change that. If, for example, 50% of some demographic category did nasty things, that still wouldn’t equate to all of them doing it.

And if 90% of some type of nastiness is committed by a particular category of people, that doesn’t make everyone in that category evil. For example, it seems to me that white men are rather over-represented when it comes to psychopathic serial killers. (I have, however, heard some dispute this.) But if someone declared that, “This is what white men do!” I would object.

Apparently pack-mentality nationalists still can’t comprehend this simple concept. They take so much misplaced pride in their race, or their nationality, or some other accident of birth, that the idea of judging individuals by their actions is too uncomfortable for them, and takes too much thought. So they prefer caveman think: “My clan good, other clans bad!” And that feeds right into the divide-and-conquer tactics of tyrants of all colors and creeds.

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Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Superstition.