“The Gods Of The Copybook Headings With Terror And Slaughter Return.”


"Mr. [Bill] Clinton …
said he supported the ultimate wisdom of a borderless
world for people and for trade."

"Open
borders to all:" Clinton

Garry Barker,
Melbourne Age
9-11-2001


"I think the
nation-state is finished."


Robert Bartley

Editor, Wall Street Journal
Mid-1995

I sit in one of
the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odor of death

Offends the September night.

W.H. Auden


September 1, 1939


All changed, changed utterly


W.B. Yeats

Easter 1916

The clever hopes of the low dishonest decade that began
in the complacency following the glorious but painless
triumphs of the Gulf War and the fall of the Soviet
Union expired on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

There may be no better memento of the deadness of that
decade`s delusions than an article that appeared in an
Australian newspaper that very morning, yet now seems as
faded and fatuous as an account of Wendell Wilkie`s
One-World campaign.


"[Bill Clinton]
discussed the immigration issue in Australia and he took
a position on it," said Tom Hogan, president of Vignette
Corporation, host of the exclusive forum. "The [former]
president believes the world will be a better place if
all borders are eliminated – from a trade perspective,
from the viewpoint of economic development and in
welcoming [the free movement of] people from other
cultures and countries," Mr. Hogan said. Mr. Clinton
showed an understanding of the political problems
Australia faced, but said he supported the ultimate
wisdom of
a borderless world for people and
for trade.

[Emphasis added].

That day was to bring us a foretaste of the "ultimate
wisdom of a borderless world."

In response to the attacks, supposedly post-nationalist
Americans united in one vast surge of that most
unfashionable of emotions, patriotism. Watching 350
firemen run into the collapsing World Trade Center
towers to die heroes` deaths, we born-again patriots
instantly grasped – after a decade of low dishonest
assurances that we should put our trust in UN
Conferences or foreign presidentes or globalized
markets – the simple but stern law of national survival,
"We
must love one another or die
," love one another
enough to sacrifice for our nation, even unto death.

It now seems unimaginably long ago, but it has only been
days since the Great and the Good, whether Clinton or
Clinton-Basher-in-Chief, were publicly trumpeting their
smug dreams for – and bemoaning their subjects`
benighted resistance to – the Brave New Borderless
World.

All changed, changed utterly …

Our headline comes from a poem by the very unfashionable
Rudyard Kipling. "Copybook" is British for "notebook."
"Headings" refers to traditional proverbs or other
ancient truths that teachers long ago assigned their
students to write essays about.  The moral is that
unfashionable truths can`t be repressed – not even by
“the Gods of the Market-Place,” believed to be an early
reference to the Wall Street Journal Editorial
Page and libertarians (excepting, of course, for our
paleolibertarian
friends). For the complete poem, click

here
.


[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website


www.iSteve.blogspot.com
features his daily
blog.]

September 14,
2001