Praying at the False Altar of Diversity
Originally published in
A change is coming over the
immigration debate. For about a decade, immigration
enthusiasts have been loudly minimizing the
significance of the influx unleashed by the 1965
Immigration Act, after one of the longer immigration
pauses in American history. But now the influx has
become so significant that it has actually
destabilized the ethnic balance—population growth will
be driven by post-1970 immigrants and their
descendants in the next century. And suddenly, the
immigration enthusiasts are in favor of this
All that remains is for them to
admit that this transformation is being achieved at
taxpayer expense (a
by the National Academy of Sciences showed that
immigration is a net cost to Americans, for example,
costs amounted to over $1,100 per native-born
household in California.)
What the enthusiasts are
rationalizing is a social engineering experiment
without precedent in the history of the world. And
especially without precedent in American history.
Diversity propaganda aside, it is
simply a matter of historical fact that America is a
nation like the great nations of Europe—an
ethno-cultural community, not entirely ethnic but not
entirely cultural either.
If this surprises you, just look
at exactly who it was who signed the
Independence and convened in Philadelphia.
You may not like those dead white males—and of course
their voiceless black slaves were excluded—but, for
better or worse, they were the polity. The only
difference from Europe is that the process of
nation-building through incremental assimilation that
took three thousand years on that side of the Atlantic
was accomplished here in three hundred.
This is no mere theoretical
issue. It goes to the roots of American order. America
evolved, it was not merely put together by accepting
anyone who agreed to sign on some credal dotted line.
It cannot be held together that way now. Not just
nation-building, but also nation-demolition, can be
accomplished quickly. That is the danger that the
United States now faces.
Republished in VDARE.COM on March 07, 2002