Stanley Fischer, Rhodesian

Stanley Fischer, Rhodesian

Peter Brimelow wrote over 20 years ago that

“domestic ethnic-group pressure clearly plays a role in Washington`s essentially contradictory attitudes to the white settler communities of southern Africa and the Middle East“[Time to Rethink Immigration? June 22, 1992]

I.E. on the State Department`s treatment of the colony formerly known as  Rhodesia versus their treatment of Israel.

Steve Sailer has done seven posts so far on Stanley Fischer, nominated for Vice Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and Fischer`s role as Bank of Israel Governor. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] As Steve has pointed out, this seems unlikely to be controversial.

If you want to know something that could be controversial about Fischer, it`s this: he was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia)and lived in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), both of them white-ruled British Colonies at that time.

If he could be accused of any normal white Rhodesian behavior, such as

  • Having a black maid
  • Having a black houseboy, and calling him that
  • Employing native labor
  • Military service, even at the level of Junior ROTC (called CCF in the British Empire)

he would be in deep trouble.

It would be ten times worse if he`d done military service in post-UDI,  pre-Mugabe Rhodesia, or if he`d suggested in any way that Rhodesia should survive. (You may remember the ordeal of Stephen Hatfill, harassed by the FBI for years, partly because he was a Rhodesian veteran.)

Fortunately for Fischer, he seems to have done none of this—Wikipedia says he 

became active in the Habonim Zionist youth movement [which was active in Rhodesia at the time] In 1960, he visited Israel as part of a winter program for youth leaders, and studied Hebrew at kibbutz Ma`agan Michael. He had originally planned to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, but went to the United Kingdom to study after receiving a scholarship from the London School of Economics, and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in economics from 1962–1966.

which means he was out of the country before Ian Smith declared independence.

This means that there`s no danger of Fischer being accused of being a member of a white settler community, because those rules only apply in Africa.