Sam Francis: The Unfinished Book
[Recently by Dr. Ken Dombey:
I don`t know exactly why I did it.
I had never met or corresponded with the man before. But
somewhere on the late Sam Francis` computer is my
unopened email wishing a speedy recovery from thoracic
died the next day, February 15, 2005.
Reading VDARE.com I came to realize
the importance of Dr. Francis` ideas. Since his death I
have been haunted by the news that he planned to begin
an important book—a book about the role of
race in culture—now left for someone else to write.
So I scoured his columns to see
what might have been the crux of his argument and came
across this profound quote which got me thinking:
"Breaking down the sexual barriers between the races is
a major weapon of cultural destruction because it means
the dissolution of the cultural boundaries that define
breeding and the family and, ultimately, the
transmission and survival of the culture itself." [Morality
Not The Only Target on Monday Night Football,
November 26, 2004 ]
And this really is our problem.
Traditional Americans truly believe
in ideals such as
freedom. These concepts are an integral part of our
culture. But there is a conflict between believing in
abstract universal truths and embracing a
universal society, because of the constraints
necessary to ensure passing on ideas through time.
Unless a functional cultural unit is maintained, which
in part is derived from strategic breeding rules, then
ideas will likely be
dissipated and lost.
Is this why America has appeared to
have a double standard from the very beginning? Our
Founding Fathers often spoke in universal language
but really only practiced their beliefs within the
context of European descendants. Thomas Jefferson
"all men are created equal" and then
called Indians "savages" in the very same
document. (He also cited as a grievance that Britain had
ignored America`s pleas for justice despite
"common blood" and "consanguinity".
Although certainly relevant, I must defer Jefferson`s
shocking, shocking acknowledgment of this higher
law for another essay, another time.)
But today the natural law
premise that "all men are created equal" has been
transformed by cultural Marxism into the
messianic theme of diversity.
It is obvious that the Founding
Fathers knew better than to travel down this road. But,
unfortunately, they did not leave us with a rigorous
defense of their position.
According to Dr. Livingston`s
Hume, the true philosopher—and also
civilization—mediates beliefs through custom. The false
philosopher—and also barbarism—tries but ultimately
fails to transcend culture with abstractions.
My favorite quote from Hume in the
book: "Be a philosopher; but amidst all of your
philosophy, be still a man."
According to Bellow, ethnic
nepotism has historically been important to cultural
achievement. In fact, he claims it is the
"bedrock of social existence". He maintains,
however, that long-term cultural success must strike a
balance between not being overly exclusive nor too
Bellow then goes on, seemingly at
odds with his thesis, to suggest that America should no
longer exclude any group (specifically blacks) from its
nepotistic network. I infer from this that he recognizes
that America has historically employed a (successful)
nepotistic strategy of incorporating predominately
Bellow`s book is very insightful
but ultimately supports the perpetrators of diversity
and the destruction of America. He
wants to "expand our definition of the national
family." Does he ignore his
own warning that: "nepotism,
practiced badly, mainly ends up hurting those
(Of note: Steve Sailer`s
review for VDARE.com offers no such criticism of
In Praise of Nepotism. I guess in Steve`s "citizenist"
model the entire country would strive to shine like the
state with the highest
white/black admixture—Louisiana! Pre-Katrina,
It seems to me that the social
sciences need a grand unifying theory, reconciling the
cultural need to believe in universal principles with
the reality that
exclusionary rules provide for the fragile health of
all cultures, including our own. (I recommend, in this
Richard Weaver`s book
Visions of Order).
This is what is necessary to regain
the moral high ground from the destructive left—and to
Tragically, I can only guess that
this is what Sam Francis had planned for his book.
Ken Dombey [email
him] is a practicing internist.
Francis was not spared to write his book, but he did
edit a collection of essays, including work by
Jared Taylor, and
Marian Kester Coombs, which will be published by the
National Policy Institute under the title
Race And The American Prospect
in early 2006.]