VDARE.com: 09/26/04 – Blog Articles

Disobedient Swiss Vote For
National Survival

– 09/26/04

Greatly to the annoyance of their political
establishment, the Swiss

voted crushingly
(57% to 43%) in Sunday`s referendum
not to weaken their country`s immigrant-unfriendly
citizenship laws. Turnout was


Already, a fifth of Switzerland`s population—which
totals only

7.3 million
—is non-citizen. Some of them are second
and third generation residents. Even these have great
difficulty getting Swiss passports. The contrast with
America`s “give-birth-five-minutes-after-crossing
the-border-and- your-baby-is-a-US-citizen”

birthright citizenship
system could be not extreme.

Imagine how the different the politics of California
would be under Swiss law!

The proposals had been run through the Swiss
Parliament and until recently appeared likely to pass
the referendum. Then, to the fury of those in favor, the
Swiss People`s Party, the furthest right member of the
governing coalition, orchestrated a counter attack. 
Featured were some outspoken

newspaper advertisements
—in the words of the Swiss
government information agency:

advertisement claimed that Muslims could make up the
majority of the population by 2040, while another showed
a Swiss identity card with a picture of the Saudi
extremist Osama bin Laden. Another showed dark-skinned
hands grabbing Swiss passports.”

This earned the People`s
Party an unprecedented

joint condemnation
by their coalition partners.

It also produced victory.

Think about it. Defy
conventional opinion. Run effective, hard hitting ads.


this will get through to at least some
American politicians.

For The Wait [James
– 09/26/04


 the existence of VDARE.COM`s blog and says
that "I, for one, have been waiting a while for them

start something like this up.

Probably not as


I have.

Boycotting Arnold, and America [Joe
– 09/26/04


Hispanic leaders and political groups
are behaving
like spoiled brats now that Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger told them to

buzz off re driver`s licenses
for illegal aliens.
They are threatening to organize protests and national
boycotts of California convention business.

Obviously, the


are not used to hearing "No!"

My advice to them: get used to it;
plenty more set backs are on the way. [Sep. 25, 2004

Hispanics Threaten Calif. Boycott for Veto
Michelle Morgante, AP]

Honesty is the Best Policy [James
] – 09/26/04

After I wrote

this item
suggesting that levels of software piracy
reflected different levels of national honesty, I got
some criticism. It might, my critics said, reflect
different levels of national income. The countries using
illegal knock-offs have a much lower per capita income.

This is putting the cart before the
horse. Frequently, those countries are poor because
they`re less honest—because Crime Doesn`t Pay.
Differences between national levels of honesty are
important for international trade.

For example,

is richer than Nigeria partly because
people from around the world let the Swiss

hold their money.

When people let the

hold their money, they tend to
regret it.

Peter Brimelow interviewed Milton
Friedman for Forbes magazine in 1988, and
Friedman pointed this out:

You`ve mentioned what you see as the institutional
prerequisites for capitalism. Do you think there might
be cultural prerequisites too?

FRIEDMAN: Oh, yes. For example, truthfulness. The
success of Lebanon as a commercial entrepot was to a
significant degree because the merchants` word could be

It cut
down transaction costs.

It`s a
curious fact that capitalism developed and has really
come to fruition in the English-speaking world. It
hasn`t really made the same progress even in
Europe–certainly not in France, for instance. I don`t
know why this is so, but the fact has to be admitted

I`ll admit that the BSA`s report
isn`t a scientifically rigorous, peer reviewed study of
national honesty. We could file it under the infamous

But while I`m being anecdotal, try
this one.

I read out of copyright books
online, or on my Palm Pilot, using sites like

Project Gutenberg

, which publish books, generally
pre-1925, that you don`t have to pay for. Occasionally,
you stumble across websites that have books that are
still in copyright, but someone has scanned them in and
put them online.

One such website is

which has a section of

badly scanned ebooks
that are still in print, like
Rex Stout`s

Death Of A Doxy.

I assumed that because of the
flagrancy of the copyright violations involved,
thatThuongViet.com must be headquartered in the

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

It`s not, it`s headquartered in

Atlanta, Georgia.

Which is why I suggested that this
kind of thing impacts US immigration policy.

Gregory Rodriguez Can`t Stand "
White People
" [Steve
– 09/26/04

LA Times

pundit Rodriguez is mad at the 57% of "Anglo"
Californians who say the state will be a worse place to
live in two decades. Rodriguez sums up:

California`s crumbling infrastructure can be rebuilt,
and its broken education system can be repaired. But
that`s not going to happen until we re-create the social
contract that built postwar California. That contract
must be founded on a shared vision of the future. If
Anglo California is not willing to provide one, then at
the very least it should make way for those who do.

Okay, but considering that
already in LA County, an amazing

53% of the adults are functional illiterates,

perhaps Mr. Rodriguez should ponder who, exactly, is
going to be left to read his essays in the LA Times
after the remaining Anglos "make way."



Ignoring The Obvious Again

– 09/26/04

A few months ago, Henry Louis
Gates, the

of Black Studies in America,

about how black immigrants from Africa
and the Caribbean are taking about

2/3rd of the affirmative action spots
at Harvard
that everybody thought we`re supposed to go to
African-Americans as compensation for slavery and Jim
Crow. Today, he writes in the NYT a column called
to Average
about what could help the lower half
of black America get off its back economically. He
perceptively notes:

The glory days for the black working class were from
1940 to 1970, when manufacturing boomed and factory jobs
were plentiful. But when the manufacturing sector became
eclipsed by the service economy, black workers ended
up—well, stuck in a demographic Buffalo.

Hmmhmmhh, what`s happened
since then to drive blacks out of blue collar jobs or
undermine their pay? So, does Gates take this golden
opportunity to complain about illegal immigrants
economically damaging African-Americans who aren`t
potential Harvard students? Of course not, for the usual
reasons why black leaders don`t publicly attack the
illegal immigration that`s hurting blacks, as I
explained last June in