December 03, 2007

Racism, nationalism, and ancient human remains

Some human physical traits show positive spatial autocorrelation. Race is a cultural construct related to this fact. Racism consists of using this construct to guide policy, typically by granting privileges to some people by the use of force.

Language, religion and other cultural traits show positive spatial autocorrelation. Nation is a cultural construct related to this fact. Nationalism consists of using this construct to guide policy, typically by granting privileges to some people by the use of force.

Democracy is based on the premise that the majority has the right to enforce privileges. Democracy currently provides the moral justification for implementing racist and nationalist policies. The moral alternative to each democratic, racist and nationalist policy is individual freedom and voluntary agreement.

The
ongoing confusion over the ownership of ancient human remains in North America is about racism and nationalism. Some so-called "Native Americans" wield racist and nationalist arguments to get exclusive privileges over the remains for free, and the majority accepts those arguments.

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