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date: 11 December 2019

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Holding a racial identity is problematic because it turns one into a practicing racist. On the surface this should not be controversial. White supremacists of all stripes, either of the North American variety or the Nazi counterpart, have given us ample evidence of the nefarious nature of strong racial identities, especially when they are wedded to a political ideology that demonizes racial minorities such as blacks or Jews. But we can and should go much further and suggest that the concept of race, simpliciter, is bad. The concomitant practice of holding a racial identity voluntarily and living one’s life as a raciated creature is a form of biological collectivism and racial subjectivism. It matters not whether one is black, white, Indian, or a member of any other designated group; the principle that binds all racial identities together—polylogism—is identical. To self-referentially hold a racial identity is to collude with a great social evil.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, identity politics, race, moral character, polylogism

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