One of the worst things about marginalized worldviews is their tendency to marginalize those who hold them. This is usually a good thing, as most deviant worldviews are in fact false. On a great number of things, the majority is right at any given time. When we deviate from the majority because we see certain things as true or false that others do not, we will inevitably incur a psychological cost. The purpose of this article is to help those who agree with Kinist principles with some practical suggestions of how they should manifest themselves in one’s life, in a society where one is likely to find little agreement in the broader local community. In the same vein, I think there are many people who see the plausibility of Kinist principles, but worry about what the implications might be. It can seem to be a set of principles that “proves too much,” in the sense that belief in it would require extreme lifestyle changes. I deny this is the case and believe that there is a reasonable, rational way to live out Kinist principles in modern America. I will call this collection of guidelines “Practical Kinism.”
Practical Kinism Principle #1 – Kinism should not be central to your identity.
Our primary identity should be that of Christians, sons, fathers, daughters, wives, and for me, a Southerner and Georgian. Kinism is a set of beliefs that essentially formalizes the implicit ethnocentrism of our ancestors. It is necessary that it be developed into a systematic set of beliefs to counter the Alienist agenda. However, we do not want a weapon we fashion to correct the errors of modern multiculturalism to become a means of turning us into ideologues. Kinism is simply a tactical system for implementing Chesterton’s “democracy of the dead” in regards to traditional ethnocentrism. It is not a general guide for life as a whole, and it should play a minor role in how we define our essential identity. To do otherwise is to deny the foundation of Kinism and morph into racial nationalism. Racial nationalism, such as that practiced in 1930s Germany, seeks to obliterate local and familial bonds in order to promote primary loyalty to the race and a totalitarian state as the embodiment of that race.
Kinism is a bottom-up ethnocentrism, as we argue that our loyalty to our people and nation should be in proportion, relative to the rest of the world, as we are loyal to our family relative to the rest of our nation or tribe. Our primary loyalties must remain with our families and local communities if we are to be consistent with Kinist principles. There is no consistent Kinist conception of a person primarily concerned with the welfare of his nation or race relative to his family, so it is crucial, even though no Kinist would profess to elevate his race (or racial views) above all other considerations, that we in practice avoid this imbalance.
Practical Kinism Principle #2 – Don’t conform to Alienist stereotypes.
Confession: I grew up as a lower-middle-class white kid from rural Georgia. The “n-word” and its variants were part of my vocabulary from a young age. Older relatives were open segregationists and proudly displayed their Confederate flags. Growing up as I did in the 1970s, these were relatively mainstream things at the time. As I have matured, however, I see the futility of using archaic terms and symbols to fight a new ideological battle. If anything, the approach of many white Southerners to the “Civil Rights” movement reflected a lack of strategy in dealing with the mass media age, forgoing a calm and reasoned defense and thus prejudicing the remainder of the country against us. We played into the Gandhian trap laid by Michael King when we relied on legal abstractions (states’ rights) and law enforcement rather than moral appeals. When you lose, it is more profitable to reassess and correct flawed strategy than to nurse resentment at the outcome.
Furthermore, use of these archaic terms and symbols is now a major marker of social class. Genteel southerners generally rarely used them, and I do not want to hinder my children’s entrance into and reputation in our local community by deliberately choosing the most offensive, reactionary way of presenting our beliefs. Yes, you may object, and so do I, at the means, the media propaganda, which was used to marginalize these archaic terms and symbols; I am similarly sickened by our Victorian prudishness on matters of race and ethnicity, a prudishness that seeks to exceed God in its righteousness (see St. Paul’s inspired stereotypes about Cretans). Nevertheless, at all times in all cultures there have been certain markers of social status, some rational, some righteous, some sinful, some arbitrarily benign, and some silly. We must never cater to sin, but choosing a winsome way of communicating our views to accommodate the silly sensitivity of our times is wisdom. Doug Wilson’s conception of classical education is helpful here – it is necessary that we get beyond mere facts and arguments. The complete man certainly does his best to discover the true and the good, but the capstone of godly communications is the beautiful. Beauty in rhetoric and communications is an exercise of finesse among constraints. People are most open and receptive to Kinist ideas when we present them in ways that do not needlessly offend, however irrational the basis of that offense may be.
Practical Kinism Principle #3 – Don’t self-destruct.
Doug Wilson is infamous in Kinist circles for his tendency to almost say something, but not quite say it. It has earned him the alliterative moniker of “Dishonest Doug.” I do believe Wilson takes it too far, though I am hesitant to be judgmental; he has done much good in his career for traditionalist causes, and I have never been in the crucible of public scrutiny as he has for much of his ministry. Wilson has expounded before on one of his rhetorical principles, which I paraphrase as, “if you don’t want to get beat up, don’t hand your opponent a stick.”
Not self-destructing means that when we awaken to Kinist principles, we must not immediately seek to aggressively proselytize our families, churches, and neighbors. Young men should not hinder their long-term ability to provide for their families by recklessly using their real names in public forums. I encourage anyone writing on Kinism, at this point in time, to carefully consider the use of a pseudonym. My own prosperous business operates in a mid-size city here in southern Georgia and has many interactions in contracting with government officials. My family could be hurt financially if I were to foolishly be indiscreet in this area, and the witch hunts are real – especially so in the Reformed, Christian community, which is ten times more prudish on racial issues than your typical Tea Party group. And for what gain in using one’s real name? Is not an idea expressed by a pen name still valid? As long as we do not use pen names as an excuse for self-indulgent extremism, I see no harm and only gain from such an approach.
Now, I must add a caveat to this idea – if exposed, we must not become craven and lie about our views. A good friend of mine who writes under a pseudonym was recently “exposed” by a busybody in-law. Since my friend did not deliberately go out and seek exposure, he had credibility when assuaging his family that he would never intentionally try to draw attention to himself needlessly and that he was motivated in his writing by genuine idealism for things he believed to be true and good. He did not apologize for the views, and held firm in his frame, but the fact that the “exposure” was unintentional and malevolently motivated did much to smooth over the situation, and to this day he enjoys congenial relations with his in-laws despite the “exposure.”
The promulgation of Kinist principles must be seen as akin to a pilot light in a gas water heater. Our job is to maintain the flame, but we are powerless to create the environment where the flame will ignite into a significant world-changing movement. The Holy Spirit moves as He will, and we cannot rush the process. We may go our entire lives without seeing any fruit, and in the meantime we have significant responsibilities to our families and communities that must be met. Self-destruction by injudicious attention-seeking behavior in promoting unpopular ideas can be negligence if it hinders our obligations to our primary loyalties. It is no doubt a pernicious evil when fellow “Christians” seek to cause a man to lose his job because of his Kinist beliefs; anyone who participated in such a campaign would need to seriously question his own election, in my view, for he is monkeying with something very holy: an employment relationship by which a man provides for his family. That this act is particularly evil does not entail that we make it easy for our enemies to make us martyrs for the cause.
Practical Kinism Principle #4 – To win your wife and family, be genteel.
There are many important truths in life that must be obscured in public to some degree. Let us take one of the obvious ones: money. We all understand how inappropriate it would be for a person to go around telling his friends how much money he made last year. The general sense of these things is usually obvious from the person’s lifestyle, but the less obvious, the more genteel and classy. Genteel families will often live in well-made, older (or deliberately older-looking), subtly luxurious homes, with somewhat worn-looking but beautiful antique furniture. Their financial accounts are obvious enough, but subtlety plays a strong role in allowing a sense of community. The anesthesiologist making $500,000 per year can interact as social equals with the primary care physician making $150,000 per year, because both have the social sense not to make money a big deal. The opposite of the genteel approach is that of the “gangsta” culture, where young, prosperous blacks spend their first $100,000 on bling and Cadillacs, to make it as obvious as possible to any observer that they have (more likely, had) money. Civilization requires modesty in displays of wealth, just as it requires it in displays of sex. This modesty enables people to live in community and serves as a hedge against the temptations of envy and contempt.
Sex is another area where discretion is required. It is arguably more powerful of a force than money, as the Bible describes it as hot coals when handled improperly. It is also an area of inequality, like wealth, where good manners, discretion, and genteelness help a community live in harmony. Even within its proper confines, say in a local homeschooling community that practices biblical courtship, discretion is wise. Young men and young women are not equal in their attractiveness. When a particularly beautiful young woman, for example, must reject a suitor because she or her father judges him as an unequal match, genteel manners will require that the young man be let off easy. It is no good to tell the plain truth, “Son, you are fifty pounds overweight, short, and ugly, and you struggled to pass Algebra I. I think my daughter can do better.” People eventually figure out their “league” on their own, but it does no good to point it out for them.
Racial matters require a similar gentility. If Kinist principles are true, we are talking about massive inequalities between groups of people that are divinely ordained and cannot be helped or improved; to mock these differences is rightly seen as cruelty, every bit as cruel as mocking a young man for his lack of height or a young woman for her lack of beauty. The ethnostate is the ideal implied by these principles, as immutable differences between different groups cannot but erupt into envy and hatred. The peace-maximizing solution is separation, with intercourse through trade and diplomacy between the leaders of both peoples, not intermarriage and immigration. A further implication is that, in the meantime, before we can achieve the ethnostate, gentility is required to minimize conflict with our brothers and sisters in Christ of other races.
So we see that sex, money, and race are the sort of subjects that are rightly not discussed explicitly outside the family, but are important subjects also requiring frank discussion within the family. By showing your gentility on these issues in your public interactions, you gain credibility with your wife and children in discussing the subjects frankly in private. Our children need instruction in these areas, certainly, but frank talk about race needs to be a private subject, as private as a discussion of family finances or the relative merits of potential spouses.
Practical Kinism Principle #5 – Make subtle lifestyle changes.
If you are reading this website, you are likely an educated professional who must live reasonably close to an urban area. However, within a reasonable radius of almost anywhere, you can find white communities. This is still our country if we count by acreage. Seek those out as primary social circles, and seek to live under the government of your own people. Moving a county over to where whites constitute a strong majority is consistent with Kinist principles.
If you have roots somewhere, move back to that place if you can. By “roots,” I mean a family history in the area extending back before the era of the suburb, i.e. organic connections to extended family. If you have the misfortune of growing up in a soulless suburb, if you are a nobody from nowhere with family spread across the country, or have other reasons for avoiding the place of your childhood, live somewhere where the same fate will not befall your own children. Small and mid-size cities in the South are ideal in this respect. You can find community with other whites who are organically connected to a real place, and they are usually surprisingly welcoming to newcomers. Your children will have an identity and sense of place by osmosis, as children growing up in, say, Greenville, South Carolina, are going to have more of a sense of continuity and history than some suburb of Atlanta. While I have too many organic connections to leave my local community, in doing some research, it appears that the most desirable places for an unconnected white family to live are all in middle and eastern Tennessee. Nashville, Knoxville, and the Johnson City areas, in descending order of urbanism, all have significant local, Christian, conservative white majorities, and a community of intelligent white professionals that those of sufficient literacy to read Faith and Heritage will enjoy. The climate and scenery are beautiful as well, and the lack of a state income tax is a nice bonus.
Practical Kinism Principle #6 – Live in peace with your wife.
We should appreciate that holding deviant views is very hard on a woman. Whereas men tend towards idealism based on principles, women tend toward conformism. Holistically considered, this is not a bad thing. Men are prone to all sorts of ideological errors and petty obsessions. Wikipedia, for example, bemoans that the only people interested in writing about arcane subjects for free are generally white males. The problem for women is that most male ideological obsessions are wrong-headed. God has given them a filter to see men who are unable to control these obsessions as low-status. From a woman’s perspective, it is very hard to distinguish between a man who holds true convictions because of right principles and a man who is defectively obsessed with something that may hinder his ability to provide for a family. Even a man with true principles may be overly obsessive about them, and such a man does not make a good husband.
If you have a wife who agrees with your Kinist views, recognize that she is a treasure, an exemplary member of her sex who sees the good and the true in you despite her instinct to conform. If you practice the gentility recommended in principle #4, you may find she becomes a very ardent advocate of practical Kinism. Once she knows you are serious about being discreet in this area, and are seeking the good of the family rather than negative public attention, she may come to admire you for your principles.
Practical Kinism Principle #7 – Don’t disrupt your local church.
Even in majority Christian areas, there may only be one church that truly conforms to a biblical standard of worship. With so many things broken in our society beyond the race issue, it is more important to be involved in a local church that is the most biblical choice available rather than avoiding or, worse, disrupting that church for having inadequate fidelity to Kinist principles. Because of the paucity of biblical churches, I accept that this is a compromise my family must make. It is not my place to put our church leadership in the difficult position of being forced to publicly defend or expel a member when the full weight of politically correct pressure comes to bear. They should bear it, no doubt, but this is another case where avoidance of martyrdom is the wise course if at all possible. You should be in the habit of discussing sermons or other church content with your family anyway, so you can correct any deficiencies in the message. By exposing your family to the “weak,” politically-correct version of Christian multiculturalism and then picking apart its arguments in private with your family, you may do more good than if you adopted a policy of isolation. When your children encounter the Alienist arguments themselves, it will not be their first time to hear them.
Remember, the Alienists only have four or five fallacious angles they typically pursue. Vaccinate your children against them early; the occasional church sermon that veers off course into Alienism is the perfect opportunity.
Kinist principles, properly interpreted through the lens of wisdom, do not require their adherents to adopt behaviors inconsistent with living peacefully and prosperously in our imperfect society. With faith in God, we can continue to sustain the pilot light of truth in hopes of His providing the Spirit to guide mankind towards greater peace and harmony through the Christian application of ethnocentrism, decentralized power, and robust national boundaries. Until God moves, we must live in peace with our families and communities, wisely considering the proper channels of communicating these truths consistent with our broader duties.