You Never Know Who Might be Reading
However, I was extremely gratified to read Peter Brimelow's overly generous remarks regarding my meandering post on the political consequences of immigration. Here is the whole of Brimelow's post:
From the Dow Blog this morning came one of the most fluent and powerful denunciations of America’s immigration disaster that I’ve have seen in a long time:
“The demographic tsunami unleashed by mass immigration has economic impacts… but there are some obvious political consequences…as well… traditional political institutions, and especially parties and their campaign tactics, will compete for this new bloc of voters. In doing so, they will adapt to the demands, interests, and values of immigrants by abandoning issues and constituencies they have supported in the past…Might the growing Mexican influx and surging influence reverse…the American Southwest?…Who exactly gave these hombres [ Clinton andGW] the right to welcome a ‘new America,’ and what might it look like from a political standpoint?… today’s stream of immigrants is significantly different from its predecessors…the GOP, allegedly the party of law-and-order and fiscal sanity, will provide carte blanche legal amnesty to law-breakers, and cut them a Social Security check at the same time, as long as their pandering will be rewarded at the ballot box…”
This well-reasoned and intellectually sophisticated piece ought to be read and used by everyone awake to the issue.
What strikes me, as a professional journalist, is how hot the poltical lava boiling under the surface has become when an amateur with small children will write a 1,500 word article ( half a week’s work for a Goldberg Review flack) and then post it on a free, and I gather, not too well known, blog.
The natives are definitely restive.
Brimelow has been a favorite of mine since the early 1990's when I read his book "Patriot Game" for a course I was taking on Canadian history. Though Brimelow is a staunch free-marketeer, he has never suffered from the libertarian delusion that a nation is equivalent to its GDP. Indeed, the market is merely part of a larger social framework, and Brimelow comprehends, where others often do not, that ethnic and cultural coherence may be a necessary precondition for a free economy.
In any event, I'm grateful to Mr. Brimelow for brining a few new readers to my little corner of the web. If you are a new visitor and would like a sampling of what Dow Blog is all about, you can read essays essays that are available at my website, Dow's Digest.
Most of the writing available there is from the period between July 2004 and January 2005.