11/03/08 Steve Sailer`s Obama Book, America`s Half-Blood Prince, Is FINALLY Available!


 


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Foreword By

Peter Brimelow


[
Peter
Brimelow
is the
Editor of

VDARE.COM
and
author of


Alien Nation: Common
Sense About
America`s
Immigration Disaster
]

On the tomb of
concert impresario
Johann Peter Salomon
in
Westminster Abbey
is the terse but
entirely adequate
epitaph:

"He brought Haydn
to England."

I suspect that my
own epitaph may well
be: "He talked

Steve Sailer

into writing his
first book."

That this brilliant
if eccentric
autodidact had to
wait for me to
suggest a book, and
currently writes
only for guerilla
outlets like
VDARE.COM, is
devastating evidence
of the political
correctness that now
paralyses American
establishment
publishing and the
Mainstream Media,
including its

supposedly
"conservative"

fringes.
That he
is able to write for
a living at all, and
that we at VDARE.COM
have been able to

finance
, publish
and distribute


America`s Half-Blood
Prince: Barack
Obama`s "Story Of
Race And Inheritance
"
,
is a heartening
reminder of the
internet revolution
and the profound
cultural and
political
consequences that it
will bring.

Which can`t happen a
moment too soon.

I first became aware
of Steve Sailer`s
work when we were
both appearing in
National Review
.
We are among a group
of risk-taking
writers who were
badly hurt by the
ageing

William F. Buckley
Jr.`s
abrupt
decision to fire

John O`Sullivan as
Editor
in 1998
and to place the
magazine in the
hands of

conventional
Republican
publicists

allied with

neoconservative
ideologues
-who
can be best be
described for this
purpose as once and
future liberals,
briefly distracted
by

Cold War

considerations.
 

This was naturally
very interesting to
our little group.
But I think we can
also fairly argue it
had much wider
implications.
National Review

promptly regressed
to the media norm
(see above). There
was no longer any
place to write about
emerging issues like
the

science of human
differences
,

mass immigration

and

affirmative action
-which
are exactly what
Steve happens to be
interested in (along
with an astonishing
polymathic array of
other artistic,
scientific and
popular culture
concerns).

And because these
emerging issues were
not written about,
they were not
sufficiently
ventilated to be
available to
politicians. 
Thus Steve
has repeatedly
argued in VDARE.COM
that simple
arithmetic indicates
that, for the
Republican Party,
Bush strategist

Karl Rove
`s
much-touted
"outreach"
to

minorities
could
never be as
successful as
"inreach"
to its
undermobilized white
base. We refer to
this as

"the Sailer
Strategy".

In February 2008, as
the Republican
primaries came to
their premature
conclusion, Steve

helpfully explained
to the
victorious McCain
campaign how it
could win the
general election by
rallying its base in
opposition to a
tangible,

Willie Horton
-type
symbol of Obama`s
real racial views.
(With remarkable
prescience, he
suggested Obama`s
pastor,

Rev. Jeremiah Wright
,
who later nearly
made himself into an
election issue
without McCain`s
help). In July, he

pointed out
that
McCain could simply
get on board the
anti-affirmative
action initiatives

placed on state
ballots
by the
heroic
African-American
conservative
activist, Ward
Connerly.

Steve also predicted
that McCain would
not take his advice,
which he did not,
with the result that
Obama has been
decisively ahead in
the polls for 34
straight days as I
write this in late
October 2008.

But it all could
have been
different-if Steve
had been more widely
read.

For that matter, if
Steve were more
widely read, we
would not now, in
the fall of 2008, be
facing massive
reregulation and
socialization in the
financial sector. He
has repeatedly
demonstrated that
the current economic
slowdown is not
matter of greed or
market failure but
is really a

"Diversity
Recession"
,

triggered by a

"minority mortgage
meltdown"
-the
result of

bipartisan

pressure on the
mortgage lenders to
lower standards in
order to extend
credit to
politically favored,
but financially
risky, borrowers.

Of course, you will
have difficulty
finding this
argument in the
MainStream Media. I
know-in my day job,
I have been laboring
in

national financial
journalism f
or
some thirty years.
In this case,
however, I think the
survival instinct of
Wall Streeters, plus
the
perhaps-surprising
professional
objectivity of
academic economists
(they`ve

long been skeptical

of the economic
benefit to
native-born
Americans of mass
immigration, for
example) will
eventually cause
Steve`s analysis to
prevail.

Steve is under the
happy illusion that
he is the house
moderate at
VDARE.COM. (We are a
forum and publish
will publish writers
of any political
persuasion who are
concerned about
immigration policy
and what we call 
the

"National Question"
-whether
America can
survive as a
nation-state
,
the political
expression of a
particular people).
Yet it is his
writing, above all
about race, that
regularly gets us
into the

most trouble.

For example,
VDARE.COM was

banned from the
Republican booster
site
FreeRepublic.com,

and anyone

posting links to us

purged for life,
after one of Steve`s
earliest "Sailer
Strategy"

articles

pointing out

that there were far
more white voters
available to the
Republican Party
than minority
voters. 
Site
proprietor Jim
Robinson stupidly
claimed in an email
to me that this was
"clearly racist"
.
But in fact, of
course, it`s just a
matter of math.

And, remember,
FreeRepublic is an
allegedly
"conservative"

site. Imagine the
reaction of liberals
and progressives.
(Actually, you don`t
have to imagine it,
their screeching is
a constant in
American public
life).

The plain fact is
that, fourteen years
after the

publication
of

Richard J.
Herrnstein
and
Charles Murray`s

The Bell Curve
,
and two decades and
more after the
massive academic
research on which it
was so soundly
based, honest public
debate about race in
America has actually
become sharply more
difficult. Steve and

Charles Murray

assure me that
academic research
continues. 
But in
journalism,
regardless of how
thoughtful and well
researched, the
issues that Steve
Sailer raises
cannot be discussed
at all.

I think Steve
himself is
blissfully unaware
of all this. He
often reminds me of
a gangly, goofy

Labrador pup
,
bounding happily
into the living room
eager to show off
the latest filthy
bone he`s dug up,
utterly oblivious to
the universal shock,
horror and dogicidal
glares.

And the truth is
that Steve, in
himself, is
genuinely a moderate
and temperate
personality. He has
that self-absorption
not uncommon among
introverted bookish
intellectuals, which
can be irritating,
but otherwise he
views his fellow man
with amiable
affability and,
generally speaking,
benevolence.

America`s Half-Blood
Prince

is based on a close
analysis of Barack
Obama`s 1995 memoir Dreams
from My Father: A
Story of Race and
Inheritance
.

It will be
immediately obvious
to reasonable
readers that Steve
actually quite likes
Obama. In
particular, Steve
has real sympathy
for the pain of the
little boy longing
for the

father who had
abandoned him
-and,
during much of his
childhood, for the
mother

who had dumped him
on his grandparents
-and
he has given careful
and sensitive
thought to what this
means for Obama`s
allegiances and his
beliefs.

Similarly, Steve`s
scholarly interest
in racial
differences in

personality types
has revealed
that African
Americans tend to be
more outgoing,
empathetic,
articulate. This
causes him to
conclude that they
would be

good salesmen
.
My observation, as
an immigrant, is
that it wouldn`t
work because so many
white Americans are

physically afraid of
blacks.
But this
nasty, possibly
prejudiced, thought
just doesn`t seem to
have occurred to
Steve. Of course, he
is 6`4"
(although a
self-confessed
nerd).

Working with Steve
as an editor is a
special experience.
Steve does not like
editors. He thinks
that answering their
emails and phone
calls encourages
them, so he avoids
it as much as
possible. In
particular, anything
that could be
construed as
criticism causes him
to retreat into a
hurt silence, which
can extend until the
next deadline
becomes a crisis.
What might be called
in

conventional
journalism
an
(ahem)
"assignment"

tends to be received
with a grand
Olympian coolth.
Although I do intend
to claim credit for
suggesting this book
to Steve, I am fully
aware that he wrote
it because he wanted
to. If he hadn`t, he
wouldn`t.

An M.B.A. with
extensive marketing
experience (which
explains his
quantitative bent,
highly unusual in
journalists), Steve
turned to writing
and left Obama`s
Chicago to move back
to his own native
California with his
noble wife and
children after a

near-fatal bout with
cancer
, to which
he makes a stoic
reference in this
book. As editor of
VDARE.COM, I live in
the East, a
continent and three
time zones away.
This could have been
a problem. But,
after some
experimentation, we
evolved a system
whereby Steve would
autopilot a column
in every weekend,
untouched by human,
or at least
editorial, input.

It all works because
Steve Sailer is a
species of genius.
Every Saturday
morning, except when
I get the terse
email note "Out
of gas-file
tomorrow",
I am
confronted with a
geyser of ideas,
insights, and, not
infrequently,
statistical
analysis, on an
astonishing and
unpredictable range
of subjects. Because
Steve writes in an
overnight Dionystic
creative frenzy, it
sometimes
materializes that
his mind has darted
off in some
tangential direction
and we actually have
two columns, or at
least a few
additional blog
posts. Editing
twitch: I think I
can see a couple in
the present work.
But it doesn`t
really matter in the
context of Steve`s
incisiveness and
courage.

In this book, Steve
argues that Barack
Obama has been
presenting himself
since 2004 as a
"half-blood prince,"

an

archetypal ambiguous
figure
in whom
the various parts of
a deeply-divided
society can jointly
invest their
contradictory hopes.
Such figures spring
up regularly in
conflicted polities.
A classic example in
my own experience:

Pierre Trudeau,

who appeared to have
pulled off the same
trick in reconciling
English and French
Canada in

1968
. But, in
such situations,
someone is going to
be disappointed. In
Canada, Trudeau
turned out to be an

epiphenomenon
of
French Canadian

nationalist

debate.

In the U.S., Barack
Obama turns out to
be a man of the left
who seeks to use
government to
redistribute wealth
to his own race, but
who has sought white
support because he
has found he is
perceived as not
really
"black enough"
to be a black
leader-greatly to
his distress. The
evidence for this is
Obama`s own memoir,
which is very
honestly subtitled
A Story of Race
and Inheritance
.
Steve Sailer says:
"This isn`t a
debate between
Barack Obama and

some guy
named

Steve
. My book
is, fundamentally, a
debate between
Barack Obama and his
own autobiography.
I`m just emceeing
that debate."

Nevertheless, Steve
guesses that an
Obama first term
will be cautious. He
suggests that
Obama`s true
radicalism will not
emerge until after
his re-election in
2012.

I disagree. I think
the contradictions
that Steve has
identified in this
book will turn any
Obama Presidency
into a four-year
O.J. Simpson

trial and that the
consequent melt-down
will compare to the
Chernobyl of the
Carter Presidency in
its destructive
partisan effects.

I can`t wait.

But regardless of
which of us is
right, the fact is
that Obama`s
candidacy has
achieved one thing
at least: it
provoked a Steve
Sailer book.

So it can`t be all
bad.

Now

read on
.




Peter Brimelow
(email him)
is editor of


VDARE.COM

and author of the
much-denounced
 Alien
Nation: Common Sense
About America`s
Immigration
Disaster,



(Random House –
1995) and



The Worm in the
Apple

(HarperCollins –
2003)

 

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