Farage vs. The Machine—France vs. The Burkini—Liberty vs. Multiculturalism
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[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available free on VDARE.com]

Donald Trump had a rally in Jackson, Mississippi last week. One of the invited speakers was Nigel Farage, the moving spirit of the U.K. Independence Party and a key player in bringing about the leaveshareBrexit vote back in June. [Trump Calls Clinton a Bigot as British ‘Brexit’ Leader Stumps for Him, By Nick Corasaniti, August 24, 2016] A majority of Brits voting—and a very solid majority in England—opted for nationalism against globalism. There is of course a case to be made against foreigners engaging in domestic American political campaigns—although having sent Barack Obama over to help the case against Brexit, it's not an argument the U.S. government can make. But there is also a case for reminding people that our vote in November will take place in the midst of a stirring uprising in all the Western nations—against arrogant elites telling us what to think and what's good for us.

We may be Badwhites, but we're not children. And no, we won't eat our greens!

  • Farage
One thing Farage has always had going for him is likeability. He is, as the English say, bloke-ish—he talks and behaves like a bloke, a regular guy. There's an element of theater in that. Farage actually comes from what George Orwell called the lower-upper-middle class. His Dad was a stockbroker; he was educated at a private school, and he made a career in commodity trading.

He has the common touch for all that, and a good sense of humor, including towards himself. He actually had a little fun in Mississippi about the impertinence of politicking in a country he's not a citizen of. Everyone took it in good part. It's hard to take Nigel any other way, although of course Mrs. Clinton did her best in her Reno speech denouncing Badwhites to draw him as a woman-hating child abuser in the pay of Vladimir Putin.

  • Italy
The current focus of attention for the ongoing invasion of Europe is Italy. In the month of July twenty-five thousand illegals arrived in Italy from Africa. Twenty-five thousand in one month. And that was a twelve percent increase on July last year.

Put it another way, that would be 300,000 a year, although the numbers are actually smaller in the winter months. Let's say to expect 200,000 this year. For comparison, the last year I can find numbers for, the year 2014, the number of live births in Italy was just over 500,000.

So the numbers coming in, almost all of them young men, are of the same order of magnitude as the number of new Italians being born.

Most of those July numbers came from Nigeria and Eritrea. Not many of them actually want to stay in Italy. They are aiming for the nations of northwest Europe, with their higher levels of prosperity and lusher welfare systems. That accords with the wishes of the Italians, who would prefer to just shunt them northwards.

Unfortunately the countries to the immediate north of Italy—Switzerland, France, and Austria—don't want these invaders in their countries, even if they're just passing through. Those countries have been fortifying their borders. So Italy is now experiencing what your plumber would call a nasty backup.

Tempers_Flare_as_Temperatures_Soar_at_Rome_s_Gloomy_Street_Migrant_Center_-_NBC_News_-_2016-08-28_19.09.43Thousands of the illegals are camped by a railway station in central Rome [Tempers Flare as Temperatures Soar at Rome's 'Gloomy Street' Migrant Center, NBC (Reuters) August 8, 2016]. They are fed, housed, and supported by Goodwhite volunteers, while local people complain about the smell and disorder.

It was beginning to look as though the Italian authorities just had no clue what to do, and would let the illegals just pile up until their numbers were great enough to take over the country—helped, of course, by those kind Goodwhites.

Then, late last week, we read that Italy has started deporting the illegals .[ITALY REACHES BREAKING POINT: Rome sending migrants BACK to Sudan on private jets, by Katie Mansfield, ITALY_REACHES_BREAKING_POINT_Rome_sending_migrants_BACK_to_Sudan_on_private_jets_World_News_Daily_Express_-_2016-08-28_18.58.41Daily Express, August 25, 2016] Forty-eight of the invaders have been flown back to the Sudan on flights chartered by the Italian government.

Forty-eight! So to clear than backlog from the one month of July will only need another 520 charters. Hey, bambino steps.

And of course the humanitarian Goodwhite are up in arms about it. Quote from the newspaper report, August 25th:

Alessandra Ballerini [Email her] a lawyer in Caritas Ventimiglia and expert in immigration law, said: "This is a mass deportation to a country where fundamental rights are violated and where their lives are in danger. With this operation, our country becomes an accomplice."
Two words, Signora Ballerini: "Lifeboat ethics." There are a billion people in Africa. That's two thousand times the number of babies you Italians make every year.

Lifeboat ethics, Signora,  lifeboat ethics.

  • France
Several jurisdictions in France have banned the burkini—a total body-covering garment that strictly observant Muslim ladies wear when bathing in the sea or some other public place.


The towns of Villeneuve-Loubet and Cannes, on the French Riviera, got the ball rolling, instituting burkini bans in the second week of August. The French Riviera, you'll recall, is where on July 14th a Muslim driving a truck massacred 85 people on the waterfront at Nice.

Shortly after these bans there was a major brawlon the nearby island of Corsica between local French people and Muslim North Africans [France Corsica brawl: Mayor bans burkinis amid tensions, BBC, August 15, 2016] A local lad was taking photographs of Muslim women on the beach in Burkinis. The Muslim men took umbrage, locals gathered, rocks were thrown, heads were broken, cars were torched, and an army of 200 locals marched on the housing project where the Muslims live. The mayor of the town of Sisco, where this happened, issued a burkini ban the following day.

Early last week, on the beach at Nice, the gendarmes were out on patrol issuing violation tickets to burkini-clad women, and in at least one case. [Woman forced to remove burkini on Nice beach by armed officers, by Chris Graham, Telegraph, August 24, 2016] It's reported that, in that latter incident, French people on the beach were applauding the police and shouting at the women to "go home!"


Meanwhile human-rights lawyers had swung into action. On Friday the issue reached France's highest court, which struck down the first of the burkini bans, the one at Villeneuve-Loubet. [Court Overturns ‘Burkini’ Ban in French Town  , By Aurelien Breeden and Lilia Blaise, August 26, 2016  ]By this point around thirty municipalities have bans; the status of these other bans is not yet clear.

What do I think of burkini bans? I’m against them. Outside reasonable and conventional norms of modesty, I don't think government should be telling people what they can wear at the beach.

I do, however, think that governments have every right—have in fact the duty—to be careful about who they allow to settle in their country in large numbers.

It has been the neglect of that duty by Western governments across recent decades that has led to the need to be discussing burkini bans.

As we say on the Dissident Right: That's what separate countries are for. Go back to Algeria, Tunisia, or Morocco, and wear the burkini to your heart's content. Why are Western nations tormenting themselves with such an issue?

The larger lesson as always: liberty and multiculturalism are mutually exclusive.

If you want the liberty to dress as you please, which is what I want—don't open your country to millions of unassimilable aliens.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He's had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.

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