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to determine one’s “racial hygiene” (1933)
The following is Chris Cutrone’s attempt to explain what he actually meant by this controversial formulation. While I find his ex post facto explanation adequate, the original formulation still seems extravagant and misleading. Nowhere does he address the “anthropologically dissimilar” comment either, which is troubling.
Once again, it does not necessarily reflect the views of any other member of the organization, and certainly does not represent the organization’s views as a whole.
I must speak to my “rational kernel of racism” comment, which is being taken out of context to try to impeach me.
I did not mean of course that somehow it is reasonable or otherwise OK to be racist.
By this statement I was applying Marx’s comment about the “rational kernel” of the Hegelian dialectic, which aimed to take it seriously and demystify it, not debunk or dismiss it.
The same is true in addressing racism as ideology — as the “necessary form of appearance” of social reality.
I was trying to address the issue of supposed “racism” in terms of the Marxist tradition of “ideology-critique,” or the immanently dialectical critique of ideological forms of appearance, or, explained more plainly, the critique from within of ideologies according to their own self-contradictions, in the interest of seeking how they might be changed. Continue reading