Peter Brimelow writes: This is an adaptation, and a translation into American, of the talk ("Immigration: Is This The Breaking Point?") I gave to the American Renaissance conference on April 17-19 2015. Many thanks to Jared Taylor and all involved.
Thank you Jared. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Jared has been kind enough to invite me to speak at American Renaissance conferences before, but I’ve always wimped out. And I am here now because, well…John F. Kennedy said he became a war hero because “It was involuntary, they sank my boat.” That is basically what happened to me!
Of course, after Alien Nation, my 1995 book on immigration, the die was really cast. I was with Forbes Magazine at the time. Alien Nation caused a huge stink, it was denounced, reviewed twice by the New York Times and all that kind of thing; and it upset the Forbes family terribly. So it was never mentioned in Forbes Magazine—a ludicrous situation: one of the most prominent writers at Forbes, but his book is not mentioned in his own magazine.
That was kind of a bad sign! And things have continued downhill since then. For the last decade or so, I was a columnist for Dow Jones MarketWatch, writing about very arcane financial issues, never about politics. But more recently it became increasingly clear that I was being offered a choice between Mainstream Media and VDARE.com. This was irritating because, as Jared says, at my advanced age I have a young family to feed.
But at the age of 67, you get to the point where you say to yourself: if not now, when? When am I going to be actually allowed to write about the things I want to write about?
I think this is important to note, because one of my general themes is that doom is not inevitable, despite the title of John Derbyshire's book (We are Doomed). (By the way, John has copies of his second anthology published by VDARE.com, which has finally managed to crawl through the publishing process, and he'll be happy to sign them for you). This phenomenon of repression is not completely new in the Mains Stream Media.
When I began in the MSM over 40 years ago, it was a very Bad Thing to be anti-Communist. Recently, I’ve discovered that no one over the age of 40 has any idea what the Cold War was like (although they do know about the Holocaust, oddly enough). But there really were communist cells in major papers that worked to repress non-communists and to promote their line. There's a wonderful novel
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Apolinar Altamirano, in a Maricopa County mug shot
In 2012, a woman told police she was kidnapped, stripped naked, robbed, and sexually assaulted at gunpoint. One of the accused: Apolinar Altamirano, an illegal alien who—like the DREAMers--came to the country when he was 14 years old. Altamirano pled guilty to felony burglary and was sentenced to probation and turned over the ICE for deportation proceedings.
But he was released on bond pending the hearings. Over the next two years, he incurred two protective orders for making violent threats. One came from a Quik Trip convenience store in Mesa, Arizona and the other, made on January 19, 2015, was from a woman who said he had repeatedly threatened to kill her and aimed a gun at her boyfriend. Three days later, Altamirano murdered Quik Trip clerk Grant Ronnebeck over a pack of cigarettes.
In response to outrage, ICE released a terse statement:
After reviewing his immigration and criminal history, which showed only this conviction, ICE determined that under applicable law, Mr. Altamirano was eligible for bond. Mr. Altamirano posted a $10,000 bond on January 7, 2013. Mr. Altamirano's removal case was still pending with the immigration courts at the time of his most recent arrest.[Suspect in Mesa QT killing faced deportation proceedings, By Jim Walsh, The Arizona Republic, February 2, 2015]
An anonymous ICE official defended the decision, noting that because the state prosecutors allowed him to plead down to a non-violent felony and "did not deem Altamirano a sufficient enough public-safety threat to impose any prison time,” ICE simply followed their lead.[Why did ICE release suspect in QT killing?, Daniel González and Jim Walsh, The Arizona Republic, February 2, 2015]
Needless to say, you wouldn’t know about this story, or the stories of countless other Americans victimized by illegal aliens who had been caught and released, by reading the New York Times's May 15, 2015 editorial “End Immigration Detention”—or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/ Center for Migration Studies report “Unlocking Human Dignity: A Plan to Transform the U.S. Immigrant Detention System.” [PDF]
Instead you would read about "vast network of jails and prisons" filled with wonderful immigrants "who are locked up merely because the government wants to make sure they show up in immigration court." According to the NYT Editorial Board, the system represents “the inhumanity and wasted expense of imprisoning people who could be working and providing for their families.”
No mention, of course, of the people like Altamirano who are not even being detained in the first place.
Nor any mention just how relatively few illegal aliens are actually detained. As the Center for Immigration Studies’ Jessica Vaughn points out
ICE is carrying a case load of 1.8 million aliens who are either in removal proceedings or have already been ordered removed. Less than two percent are in detention, which is the only proven way to ensure departure.[ Deportation Numbers Unwrapped, October 29, 2013]
The New York Times Editorial Board correctly notes that the reason why
Patent law is not something most Americans are passionate about […]
As an example of the cowardly, defeatist, ethnomasochist cancer rapidly eating away the vital organs of Western civilization, the “grooming” scandals in the English town of Rotherham have made less of a stir than they should have.
VDARE.com at least has not been remiss here. For a good quick introduction to the scandals, I don’t see how James Kirkpatrick’s essay “Strong Tribe vs. Weak Nation,” which we published in February this year, could be improved upon.
From that essay:
A damning government report showed that the systematic rape and sexual abuse of thousands of underage English girls in the town of Rotherham over the course of a decade was actively enabled by the local government, which did not want to be accused of being racist …
The report does not pussyfoot around when it comes to who was responsible for years of systematic and comprehensive sexual assault: “Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely from the Pakistani Heritage Community.”
Although symptomatic of Western malaise, the Rotherham scandal is in many ways a very British story. The nation that once—with, to be sure, an excess of bumptiousness, some arrogance, and occasional brutality—civilized entire continents and made its obscure island language an international standard, has now been thoroughly pussified.
“There are no men in England any more,” a recent expatriate glumly told me, in reference to the Rotherham business. That is not strictly true. The coarser, cruder, more lawless side of the masculine sensibility is on display over there…in, for example, “the Pakistani Heritage Community.”
What does not exist any more is the British ideal of the gentleman: stoical, courageous, inquisitive, law-abiding, sporting, open to scholarship but impatient with “continental” intellectualism, and respectful of his womenfolk.
That figure has been purged, suppressed, and replaced
Was Jeb Bush too busy watching telenovelas during his brother's presidency to remember the Iraq War?
We went to war at such breakneck speed after 9/11, that, before the invasion, I was able to write approximately 30 columns about it, give five dozen speeches on it, discuss it on TV a hundred times and read 1,089 New York Times editorials denouncing the "rush to war."
So I remember the arguments.
Contrary to the fairy tale the left has told itself since Obama truculently gave away America's victory in Iraq, our argument wasn't that we had to invade Iraq because of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. And the left's argument certainly was not: "He doesn't have any WMDs!"
Our argument was: There were lots of reasons to get rid of Saddam Hussein, and none to keep him.
Indeed, after Bush's State of the Union address laying out the case for war with Iraq, The New York Times complained that he had given too many reasons: "Even the rationale for war seems to change from day to day. Mr. Bush ticked off a litany of accusations against Iraq in his State of the Union address ..." (New York Times, Feb. 2, 2003)
Among the reasons we invaded Iraq were
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:"the Senate will finish its work on trade this week" whatever the voters want.
Fresh from throwing the fight against Obama’s Executive Amnesty and voting for Amnesty-supporting AG Loretta Lynch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indeed ridden to the rescue of the Trans Pacific Partnership managed trade deal: McConnell vows to pass trade bill, by Vicki Needham and Jordain Carney, The Hill, May 18, 2015.
The Hill story does report:
[P]residential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing to bring immigration into the trade fight.The Texas Republican has an amendment that would ensure nothing in TPA changes immigration law, while also blocking any trade agreements that change immigration laws from being fast-tracked through Congress.Trade deals containing immigration provisions could be amended and would be subject to Senate filibusters.Recently, I recounted in Fast-Tracking TPP, The Danger Of Informal Immigration Deals, And The Need For Treason Trials how in 1990-91 an advisor to British Prime Minister Thatcher expressed astonishment to me that Bush aides had casually told him they had informally promised the Mexicans that the U.S. would tolerate increased illegal immigration to accommodate the Mexican farm laborers who would be thrown off the land if Mexico gave up its corn price supports under the North American Free Trade Agreement, which U.S. agribusiness demanded. Of course, this was diametrically opposed to what credulous GOP voters were being told by the Wall Street Journal Editorial page etc.: that free trade would reduce illegal immigration, because it would boost Mexico’s economy.
“Since the Obama administration has emphatically argued that TPA will not affect immigration, it should support this amendment, which makes that promise explicit,” Cruz said.
Here’s more reason to be suspicious, which I meant to add to my original post. For some reason
The Relevance Of Raspail—Visionary French Novelist Saw It Coming, Published Just Before Censorship Crackdown
“What if they were to come?”
I did not know who they were, but it seemed inevitable to me that the numberless disinherited people of the South would, like a tidal wave, set sail one day for this opulent shore, our fortunate country’s wide-gaping frontier.
[Introduction To The 2011 French Edition]
An affluent society such as that found on the Côte d’Azur is the end-product of generations of hard work, intelligence, and self-denial. In most of the world, one or more of these elements has generally been lacking, and they cannot be made up for within a single generation, even by the coordinated efforts of an entire society, let alone by individuals. The only way for a poor person in a poor country to enjoy the fruits of prosperity within his own lifetime is to move to where they already exist. And moving is getting easier all the time.
Raspail was a man of letters, not a political analyst, and his idea quickly began to take on literary form: a dystopian novel called The Camp Of The Saints. An armada of a hundred ships setting sail from a squalid Third World slum, crammed with hungry, filthy, desperate people all bound for Europe: how would todays guilt-ridden West react?
Raspail began writing, not knowing himself where the story was headed. “I would stop in the evening,” he relates, “not knowing what would happen the next day, and the next day, to my surprise, my pencil raced unhindered over the paper. It was like that all the way to the end. If ever a book of mine was inspired, it was this one.”
Raspail says he has a picture of himself, taken just as he completed the manuscript: he looks haggard and twenty years older.
The story begins at the Belgian consulate in the slums of Calcutta. Local Catholic priests, like American Evangelicals in our own day, have been promoting the adoption of Third World children by the folks back home in Belgium as a form of “good works” and an answer to poverty. When the Belgian government realizes that 40,000 have been sent in a period of just five years, they take emergency measures to halt the flow. But this merely serves to whet the local appetite for some type of Western relief. A ragged mob swarms the consulate, ignoring protestations that no more children will be taken and defying calls to disperse. As they wait, they tell one another stories of a land of milk and honey, where rich harvests grow spontaneously in untilled fields watered by rivers brimming with fish.
The most wretched of the entire mob is the “dung man” (collecting excrement for use as fuel is an actual profession in parts of the world). He carries a malformed child on his shoulders and emerges as a leader of the mob. As a white “humanitarian aid worker” makes his way through the crowd, the dung man falls upon him, crying “Take us with you.” The man responds: “Today, I say unto you, you shall be with me in paradise.”
(Such echoes of the New Testament are scattered throughout Raspail’s novel; the book’s title— The Camp of the Saints—is taken from Revelation 20: 8-9: “Behold the nations which are at the four corners of the earth rising up; their number is like the sand of the sea. They shall set out upon an expedition across the surface of the earth, they shall invest the camp of the saints and the beloved city.”)
The white man and the dung-gatherer lead
The spry 84-year-old founder and CEO of Mag Instrument still traverses his 450,000-square-foot factory floor dozens of times over the course of his 12-hour workday, six days a week, beginning at the crack of dawn and ending after most of his 800
Indeed, the DHS-FBI bulletin seems to suggest that the bombing from the mid-1990s is still the dominant case preoccupying federal law enforcement.
(U//FOUO) [Unclassified//For Official Use Only-ed.] This Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB) prepared by the FBI and DHS is intended to provide law enforcement with a summary of significant domestic extremist incidents occurring during the previous 15 months. This product highlights the breadth and frequency of current domestic extremist threats against Homeland targets, and places them in the context of the 20th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This information is provided to support the activities of the FBI and DHS and to assist other federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial counterterrorism and law enforcement officials and private sector security officials in identifying existing or emerging threats to homeland security.
Of even more concern, federal law enforcement specifically designates several categories of domestic terrorism that could be broadly grouped on the right of the political spectrum:
(U//FOUO) Militia Extremists: individuals who seek, wholly or in part, to engage in unlawful acts of force or violence in response to perceived abuses of power or authority by government, perceived threats to Constitutional rights by government, or bureaucratic incompetence in attending to critical tasks.
(U//FOUO) Sovereign Citizen Extremists: individuals who openly reject their US citizenship status, believe that most forms of established government, authority, and institutions are illegitimate, and seek, wholly or in part, through unlawful acts of force or violence, to further their claim to be immune from government authority.
(U//FOUO) White Supremacist Extremists: individuals who seek, wholly or in part, through unlawful acts of force or violence, to support their belief in the intellectual and moral superiority of the white race over other races.
While federal law enforcement obviously has to track security threats from whatever direction, radicals from non-white racial groups