The Knives Are Out For Harvard Immigration Critic

Harvard scholar

Samuel P. Huntington
has not even published his new

on the cultural threat of mass Third World
immigration, but already the

Open Borders
onslaught on book and author has begun.

In fact, the

began last month
with both


supporters of the Third
Worldization of America chiming in.

Not since the

gang rape

Richard Herrnstein
and Charles Murray`s

The Bell Curve
10 years ago have we seen this
kind of literary ambush.

The Bell Curve
analogy is apt because it too dealt with unmentionable
subjects—race and intelligence. Mr. Huntington doesn`t
invoke genetic arguments, but the same accusations of

the authors of the earlier book are being
warmed up for him.

The most recent
attacks popped out of the ovens this week in the Los
Angeles Times,
long a liberal-to-left wing voice for
Open Borders. Mexican novelist

Carlos Fuentes
was the first, with an op-ed accusing
Mr. Huntington of fomenting "hate and suspicion"
of Latin American immigrants. [Wrongheaded
Assault on a `Brown Peril`,
By Carlos Fuentes, March 14, 2004]

Mr. Huntington,
Mr. Fuentes trembles, is

"drawing on a deep strain in U.S.
history: the need to have an enemy; the Manichean
division of the world into `good guys` and `bad guys.`
John Quincy Adams denounced this kind of thinking:

Go not abroad `in search of monsters to destroy.`

Somebody should
explain to Señor Fuentes that Adams was talking about
foreign policy.

The people in
this case who are going abroad are the immigrants who
have left their own countries for ours and whose entry
Mr. Huntington wants to limit.

"Mexicans in
the U.S., according to Huntington, do not live, they
invade; they do not work, they exploit; and they do not
create wealth, they perpetuate poverty,"

spouts Mr. Fuentes.

The rest of his
article is all about how these claims are wrong. Not
once does he actually quote anything Mr. Huntington has
written, and much of his "refutation" is no more
than the usual clichés about the

"traditional values"
and all the

new businesses
immigrants create. 

"What ethnic
group will be Capt. Ahab Huntington`s next

Moby Dick
Fuentes demands in his nasty parting shot.

The brunt of the
second article, by

University of Illinois
linguist Dennis Baron [email
], devoted to
the demolition of Mr. Huntington is that the rapid
growth of Spanish in the United States is really a good
thing. It starts off with the sentiment that
"Linguistic nativism—the kind that says `speak
or go back where you came from`—is a
regrettable, nonsensical

American tradition.
The reality is, no matter how
hard minority-language speakers work to preserve their
speech, they inexorably shift to English." [
No Translation Needed: `Door Is Closed`

March 14, 2004, By Dennis Baron]

Of course, Mr.
Huntington`s point is that that shift may not happen in
the future as millions of Spanish speakers for the first
time deposit themselves on American soil and retain
their own language.

It`s perfectly
true, as Mr. Baron notes, that the 2000 Census reported
"92 percent of all Americans over age 5 have no
difficulty speaking English,"
but that implies there
are some 8 percent—some

23 million people—who don`t.
Since there were about
32 million foreign-born persons in the country in 2002,
that means the majority of them—nearly
three-fourths—have difficulty speaking English.

That`s far more
than enough to create the kind of linguistic fracturing

subnational enclaves
Mr. Huntington is worried
about. "For the new

Mr. Baron sneers, "who like to
call Miami a foreign country, Spanish is the enemy."

They call

a "foreign country" because, unlike Mr.
Baron, they know

Spanish is a foreign language.
In our country we
speak English.

Both attacks
make use of

Mr. Huntington`s article
in the current issue of

Foreign Policy
rather than his

forthcoming book
, but the
sneers, straw men and outright insults with which they
try to smother his arguments before they`ve even hatched
are typical of what`s coming.

interesting about the attacks is not only that they
precede the appearance of the actual book but seek more
to discredit Mr. Huntington himself—as a nut, a "nativist,"
a fount of "hate and suspicion"—by


That tactic was
also typical of the

attack on The Bell Curve
, and whenever
it`s deployed, it offers a clue to what`s going on.

The tactics of
smear almost always tell us that the smear`s target has
offered facts and arguments that can`t be

answered on their merits
—and the only way to answer
them at all is to attack the person who brings them up
in the first place.

Mr. Huntington
may not be right about everything he says in either his
article or his book, but to judge from the level of the
discussion of it so far, he`s coming much closer to the
truth than his enemies can tolerate.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control.

Click here
for Sam Francis` website. Click

to order his monograph
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
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