The standard definition of racism has been given by Ayn Rand: “It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry.” (Racism, The Virtue of Selfishness)
But the egalitarians have now moved much ahead of the idea that racism occurs when people are classified on a biological basis. They have broadened the concept of racism to include any judgment on the basis of values that individuals or institutions may pass on other individuals, groups or cultures.
It is clear that the egalitarian intellectuals are overreaching, but the broadening of the concept of racism has ensured a vast increase in the number of instances that can be branded as racist. There are now more racist foes to vanquish. There is rise in the numbers of the victims of racism in whose name the egalitarians can demand a further redistribution of wealth.
When passing judgments on basis of values is regarded as a racist crime, then no one in society is safe. Every individual, business and institution can be accused of racism.
The egalitarians are increasingly resorting to find racists where they obviously aren’t. Even if everything is fine in society, they try to convince certain communities that the hate is out there and they are its victims. They find racial subtexts in the most logical things that people say.
According to the egalitarians, you are a racist if you believe that the welfare state is inefficient and free markets are good for everyone. You are a racist, if you believe that a capitalist society is superior to a socialist, communist or theocratic state. You are a racist, if you disagree on issues like gay marriage, climate change, tax rates, or abortion. You are a racist, if you look for values.
The egalitarians want everyone to believe in the multiculturalist principle that all cultures are equal and that the capitalist system is in no way better than the worst mass-murdering dictatorships. They hate capitalism and the free market system because it rewards people unequally on the basis of the values that they create.
If you are a business owner and you wish to hire people on basis of their competence, then you can be accused of racism. It does not matter to the egalitarians that when people with excellent qualities aren't getting rewarded, then the people with the most horrible qualities (those who live by graft, corruption, demagoguery, and outright violence) will corner the rewards.
Whenever people judge on the basis of values, those who are more moral, intelligent and capable will get higher rewards. But the egalitarians believe that every human being is equal in terms of morals, intellect and capabilities. They want everyone to have the same material benefits, and any evaluation on the basis of morals, intellect and capabilities is an anathema for them.
By equating the acts of judging people and cultures on basis of values with racism, the egalitarians are promoting skepticism. They are claiming that people don’t have the power to analyse reality and pass judgments. They are claiming that it is morally wrong to judge and that to hold any value is a sign of racism. This kind of view is anti-life; it is nihilism of the worst kind.
Such nihilistic conception of racism ensures the downfall of the entire society, because instead of raising everyone up, it crushes everyone down to the level of the worst performers.
When people are not allowed to judge on basis of values, they will not be able to measure themselves and others against any high moral or intellectual standard, and this will eventually pave way for the nation’s economic, cultural and political decline.