Peter Brimelow writes : Many thanks to the readers who`ve pointed out VDARE.com`s appearance in Tamar Jacoby`s long immigration apologia in the current issue of Commentary Magazine, reproduced in true immigration-enthusiast echo-chamber style on the Wall Street Journal`s online April 4 Opinion Journal, and also in Brian Lamb`s April 5 CSPAN interview with Jonah Goldberg (Available here, if you have RealPlayer and a fast computer. The reference to us starts on about the 14-minute mark. A special thanks to the Tampa reader who called in and got Jonah going!).
On a personal note, I was naturally interested to see that Jonah describes me as "probably America`s leading anti-immigration polemicist." This sounds nicer than "a once-respected conservative voice," as he called me in his LA Times attack. But, in his eyes, it`s probably not a contradiction.
We will respond to Tamar at greater length shortly. But her article is significant in that it does mark the reappearance of the "Of-course-there-are-things-wrong-with-immigration-policy-but…" line, which was a common reaction to Alien Nation in 1995-6, but vanished after the GOP and Goldberg (formerly National) Review were frightened off the issue.
Of course, Tamar can`t bring herself to think of any actual improvement except - increasing immigration! But, hey, her admission is progress. With some help from the internet, and maybe a few more Muslim terrorists, she`ll get there eventually.
April 6, 2002