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By Peter Brimelow on 12/08/2022

“Immigration IS Transforming America, For Nothing”: VDARE.com's Peter Brimelow On IMMIGRATION AND THE AMERICAN IDENTITY

James Fulford writes:

Chronicles Senior Writer Pedro Gonzalez has been reading Immigration and the American Identity, edited by Thomas J. Fleming, published in 1995, a collection of Chronicles articles (including VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow’s own The National Question, June 1993) that Chronicles had been running for ten years at that point. Chronicles’ editors could fairly say: you read it there first.

He’s right, it’s full of good stuff, including the never-before-on-the-Internet Afterword by Peter Brimelow, below.

AFTERWORD to IMMIGRATION AND THE AMERICAN IDENTITY

Peter Brimelow, June 1995

Sam Donaldson, ABC News: “[Native-born Americans] don’t have any more right to this country, in my view, than people who came here yesterday.”

Cokie Roberts, National Public Radio: “That’s right.”

—From ABC’s This Week With David Brinkley,

July 25, 1993

As an immigrant to the United States, for years I believed that only immigrants could be persuaded to pay attention to immigration. They actually knew something about it, after all, unlike most Americans. So I am delighted to say that the collection of essays in this book brings home the extent to which I can finally abandon my gloomy conviction. For a decade, writers in Chronicles have been grappling with this elemental and nation-breaking force in their brilliant, often literary, sometimes histrionic, invariably idiosyncratic but undeniably diverse way. The presence in this volume of California’s Governor Pete Wilson, easily reelected since his essay “Citizenship and Immigration” first appeared in Chronicles’ November 1993 issue and now widely mentioned as the possible catalyst of the immigration issue in presidential politics, is only one reason Chronicles’ editors can fairly say: you read it here first.

Why has immigration taken so long to get into politics? The reader of this volume will already be aware of several factors. But if I had to pick the most important, it would be this: current immigration policy is Adolf Hitler’s posthumous revenge on America. The United States political elite emerged from the war passionately, even neurotically concerned to cleanse itself from all taints of racism or xenophobia. Eventually it enacted the epochal Immigration Act of 1965, abolishing the preference (“discrimination!”) that had been previously given to the Northern and Western European countries from which most Americans came.

This legislation, quite accidentally, triggered renewed mass immigration—so huge and so systematically different from anything that had gone before as to transform, and ultimately to destroy, the one unquestioned victor of World War II: the American nation, as it had evolved by the mid-20th century.

Hitler’s Revenge also meant that open discussion of this disaster progressively became impossible. As late as 1965, the Immigration Act’s sponsor, Senator Edward Kennedy, had felt able to discuss the question of America’s ethnic balance quite candidly, predicting that the bill would not alter it. (He was totally wrong, but that’s another story.) After the bill passed, the subject was quickly rendered taboo.

All this influenced, and was influenced by, the prolonged national trauma over civil rights. The Civil Rights Act was another piece of Great Society legislation, passed in 1964, just one year before the Immigration Act. Eliminating the national-origins immigration quota system was part of the civil rights battle’s aftermath—like shooting the wounded. Or, in this case, since the national-origins system had no historical connection to Jim Crow and segregation, like shooting some innocent civilian bystanders.

From my perspective as an outsider, the crippling psychological wounds inflicted during the civil rights battle on a generation of American conservative leaders cannot be overstated. They simply never want to go through anything like it again. And I thought this even before Newt Gingrich celebrated his election as House Speaker by singling out liberal Democrats for praise on their long-standing commitment to civil rights. Gingrich) not coincidentally, is reported to be saying in private that immigration will never be an issue in American politics.

We’ll see.

A second reason for immigration’s slow entry into political debate also reflects human weakness. It is this: very few people can absorb new realities after the age of 21. And political leaders now in their fifties, like Gingrich, spent their formative years in one of the greatest of the many pauses in the

 

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By Peter Brimelow on 12/08/2022

“Immigration IS Transforming America, For Nothing”: VDARE.com's Peter Brimelow On IMMIGRATION AND THE AMERICAN IDENTITY

James Fulford writes:

Chronicles Senior Writer Pedro Gonzalez has been reading Immigration and the American Identity, edited by Thomas J. Fleming, published in 1995, a collection of Chronicles articles (including VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow’s own The National Question, June 1993) that Chronicles had been running for ten years at that point. Chronicles’ editors could fairly say: you read it there first.

He’s right, it’s full of good stuff, including the never-before-on-the-Internet Afterword by Peter Brimelow, below.

AFTERWORD to IMMIGRATION AND THE AMERICAN IDENTITY

Peter Brimelow, June 1995

Sam Donaldson, ABC News: “[Native-born Americans] don’t have any more right to this country, in my view, than people who came here yesterday.”

Cokie Roberts, National Public Radio: “That’s right.”

—From ABC’s This Week With David Brinkley,

July 25, 1993

As an immigrant to the United States, for years I believed that only immigrants could be persuaded to pay attention to immigration. They actually knew something about it, after all, unlike most Americans. So I am delighted to say that the collection of essays in this book brings home the extent to which I can finally abandon my gloomy conviction. For a decade, writers in Chronicles have been grappling with this elemental and nation-breaking force in their brilliant, often literary, sometimes histrionic, invariably idiosyncratic but undeniably diverse way. The presence in this volume of California’s Governor Pete Wilson, easily reelected since his essay “Citizenship and Immigration” first appeared in Chronicles’ November 1993 issue and now widely mentioned as the possible catalyst of the immigration issue in presidential politics, is only one reason Chronicles’ editors can fairly say: you read it here first.

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This legislation, quite accidentally, triggered renewed mass immigration—so huge and so systematically different from anything that had gone before as to transform, and ultimately to destroy, the one unquestioned victor of World War II: the American nation, as it had evolved by the mid-20th century.

Hitler’s Revenge also meant that open discussion of this disaster progressively became impossible. As late as 1965, the Immigration Act’s sponsor, Senator Edward Kennedy, had felt able to discuss the question of America’s ethnic balance quite candidly, predicting that the bill would not alter it. (He was totally wrong, but that’s another story.) After the bill passed, the subject was quickly rendered taboo.

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From my perspective as an outsider, the crippling psychological wounds inflicted during the civil rights battle on a generation of American conservative leaders cannot be overstated. They simply never want to go through anything like it again. And I thought this even before Newt Gingrich celebrated his election as House Speaker by singling out liberal Democrats for praise on their long-standing commitment to civil rights. Gingrich) not coincidentally, is reported to be saying in private that immigration will never be an issue in American politics.

We’ll see.

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Presented by Hancock, the series is based upon his best-selling Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods, which were widely panned by mainstream scholars as “pseudohistory.” Hancock’s theory, which he has discussed at length on Joe Rogan’s wildly popular podcast, is as follows:

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By Peter Brimelow on 12/05/2022

Berkeley Springs Castle from downtown Berkeley Springs, WV. Jubal the Christmas Dragon, visible on the right turret, is a much-loved local tradition.

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: Southern Poverty Law Center enforcer Michael Edison Haydens last attack on our purchase of the Berkeley Springs Castle in Berkeley Springs WV resulted in his Twitter followers discussing how to fire-bomb us (probably why he now blocks us—tweet him here). Recently, he returned to Berkeley Springs and held a sparsely attended meeting with Tanya Gersh, the Whitefish, MT realtor whom the SPLC seems to be trying to elevate into a civil rights icon because she won a (highly technical) legal victory over Andrew Anglin, editor of The Daily Stormer. (The judge refused to allow Anglin, who lives abroad and says he fears to enter the U.S., to be deposed via the internet, although this has subsequently become standard practice.) Anglin had publicized the charge that Gersh had tried to bully Richard Spencer’s mother into selling her rental property through Gersh, in return for a cessation of “protests.” The SPLC financed Gersh’s lawsuit and is apparently making a film about her. In the meeting, she repeatedly referred to us as “Nazis,” “worms” and “maggots” and urged public action against us. Hayden revealed that he is working with Washington Post writer Ellie Silverman (tweet her), who was sniffing around Berkeley Springs a couple of months ago, to orchestrate an attack on us before Christmas. Weirdly, they seem to be fixated on the fact that we cooperate with the Bath Christmas Project, a local charity that decorates the town for Christmas: they decorate the Castle and we make it available for their fundraisers. So the War on Christmas is also a War on VDARE.com. This is from our latest email exchange with Hayden, who sent in a list of questions, which I answered. (This is the only way we’ll allow ourselves to be interviewed even by mainstream journalists, after what happened to both Steve King and Roger Scruton.)

 Bullet points are by Hayden, answers by me are in red italics.

 

  • How do you respond to someone who alleges that your presence at the castle is a drag on tourism? (Given the number of visitors B.S. gets from diverse, liberal cities.

As our only visible role is preventing Berkeley Springs’ iconic castle from falling down, this allegation is absurd. And our presence is probably a spur to patriots.

  • Do you find it appropriate to bring children up to the castle without disclosing the building’s relationship to VDARE? Specifically, what about non-white children or children from immigrant families? What would you say to those who find it to be inappropriate?

The Berkeley Springs Castle is owned by the Berkeley Castle Foundation 501(c)(3) The VDARE Foundation merely rents space there. We have had non-white visitors and volunteers helping to maintain the property, and judging by their reports and return visits, they have a lovely time. Try again.

  • How much money do you currently pay in property taxes? The assessors office told me that you paid them.

A lot. Arguably, 501(c)(3) charities are exempt from local taxes but we have chosen to make this contribution to our community.

  • What are the monthly expenses in keeping up such a large building of that age?

A lot. We are performing a public service here. Anyone interested in supporting the ongoing upkeep and repairs of this national treasure can email admin@berkeleyspringscastle.com!  

  • Do you know a man named [Redacted]? What do you make of him? Did he share any photos with you of the meeting we had at Fairfax coffeehouse by any chance?

I believe I’ve met him once. You’re asking me to gossip about a neighbor. I decline.

  • Was Lydia able to find any “Christmas monkeys” to hang lights in June or July? I was told this did not happen.  

You must be referring to the call by the Bath Christmas Project for local volunteers willing to scale the Court House, like King Kong, to mount red and green Christmas lights on the cupola.

By Mr. Anti-Humbug  on 12/04/2022

See also: Yes, Virginia (Dare), There Is A War On Christmas—Here’s Twenty Years Of Proof!

VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: I’ve fallen behind in my War On Christmas roundups, because it’s our fundraising season (all U.S. charities get the great bulk of their donations between Thanksgiving and New Year, very nerve-wracking), because I now have small children, and because Political Correctness has now attacked so damn much else (exactly as we predicted) that we can’t keep up. Wikipedia still credits me with sparking Resistance to the War On Christmas (for now—its entry on me recently deleted my mildly dramatic personal life, presumably because it was too humanizing). I am mortified to see that the last comprehensive roundup of the then-nine phases that this interesting cultural harbinger has been through was here Announcing VDARE.com ‘s 2016 War Against Christmas Competition!—And Reminding President Trump That This War Can Be Stopped By Federal Legislation.

Needless to say, Trump, although obviously aware in some visceral sense of the power of this cultural issue, actually did nothing. Hope to get back to this shortly. Now back to Mr. Anti-Humbug:

I wanted to contribute again this year to VDARE.com’s War Against Christmas coverage, by bringing to your attention the meticulous nature of how corporate advertisers and marketers across the board carefully delineate two separate ”December celebrations,” depending on which side of the Pond you are on.

As your contributor James Fulford has repeatedly pointed out, The Economist magazine has a ”Christmas Double Issue” in Britain—but a ”Holiday Double Issue” in the States.

For example: The ECONOMIST's Holiday Double Issue Is A Christmas Double Issue In Asia, Africa And The Middle East

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