Friday, May 02, 2008

The Passing of the Great White Kvetch

-- by Dave

Just when you think Pat Buchanan's racism -- already evident for some time -- couldn't get any more explicit without him donning the pointy-headed white hat, he's always going out and topping himself.

Now he's gone and done it again:

An Augusta, Ga., group, The National Policy Institute, has meshed the figures on fertility rates with the continents and races on Planet Earth -- to visualize what the world will look like in 2060.

In 1950, whites were 28 percent of world population and Africans 9 percent, a ratio of three-to-one. In 2060, the ratio will remain the same. But the colors will be reversed. People of African ancestry will be 25 percent of the world's population. People of European descent will have fallen to 9.8 percent.

More arresting is that the white population is shrinking not only in relative but in real terms. Two hundred million white people, one in every six on earth -- a number equal to the entire population of France, Britain, Holland and Germany -- will vanish by 2060.

The Caucasian race is going the way of the Mohicans.

It's revealing, of course, that Buchanan's thesis hinges on a report from an "academic racism" institute that's been designated a bona fide hate group by the SPLC:

After a year of soliciting funds for a "new think tank" in Washington, D.C., the National Policy Institute was established with a staff of four in September 2005 by far-right publisher William Regnery. The institute's mission statement says it aims "to elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights. The institute ... will study the consequences of the ongoing influx that non-Western populations pose to our national identity." In an August 2005 speech to the Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance (see group profile below), Regnery warned that "within the first or secondhand memories of people in this room, the white race may go from master of the universe to an anthropological curiosity." The institute has published two studies: a critique of affirmative action, which the institute opposes; and "Mass Deportation is a Viable Solution to America's Illegal Immigration Crisis," written by Edwin Rubenstein. (Rubenstein, a frequent contributor to the V-Dare hate site, is president of ESR Research Economic Consultants of Indianapolis and has served as research director for the conservative Hudson Institute, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, an economics editor at the National Review, and a contributing editor at Forbes magazine.) The institute's senior fellow is Wayne Lutton, an extreme-right writer, and its spokesman is Kevin Lamb. Its board includes Louis R. Andrews, American Renaissance Editor Jared Taylor, and James B. Taylor, who is also on the board of directors of the Reagan Ranch Program. Its advisory committee includes Kevin MacDonald.

But even more remarkable -- and obvious, really, to anyone with a knowledge of the history of racism -- is that this piece doesn't just echo old racists who have been uttering the same -impending-doom warnings for the, as so much of his previous work does. It practically plagiarizes them -- and one in particular.

That would be a fellow named Madison Grant, whose 1916 national bestseller The Passing of the Great Race. Its thesis:

"We Americans must realize that the altruistic ideals which have controlled our social development during the past century, and the maudlin sentimentalism that has made America 'an asylum for the oppressed,' are sweeping the nation toward a racial abyss. If the Melting Pot is allowed to boil without control, and we continue to follow our national motto and deliberately blind ourselves to all 'distinctions of race, creed, or color,' the type of native American of Colonial descent will become as extinct as the Athenian of the age of Pericles, and the Viking of the days of Rollo."

Grant not only inspired a whole generation of American eugenicists, his book was also a major source of inspiration for Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, particularly in developing the notions of "racial cleansing" that produced the Holocaust:

It received a large boost during the '30s under Nazis patronage. Seeking a holistic artist, scientific, and philosophic basis for their political program based on race especially the blond, blue-eyed Aryan ideal, Grant's book and the genre in general received significant support. Hitler had read Grant's book and wrote a letter to him stating that it was "his Bible". The Nazis used Grant's ideas about eugenics to justify compulsory sterilization, and used his ideas about Nordic superiority to justify programs such as Heinrich Himmler's Lebensborn Society, which existed to preserve typical Nordic genes, such as blond hair and blue eyes, by sheltering blond, blue-eyed women and subjecting them to breeding programs. All this was related to Grant's claim that the Nordic Race is in danger of being out-bred by inferior racial stocks.

Just so we're all clear on where this kind of stuff inevitably heads. The "white race," meanwhile, seems to continue to be doing just fine, and probably will continue to do so for many generations to come. But no doubt, ninety years from now, and a hundred and ninety, there will be some fresh new Buchanan or Grant to warn them of their imminent doom.

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