The Stakes: A Review

  Originally published in the July issue of Chronicles.   The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return by Michael Anton Regnery Publishing 500 pp., $32.99 Michael Anton attracted widespread public notice in Sept. 2016 as the author of a pseudonymous article in the Claremont Review called “ The Flight 93 Election .” It became one of the most widely debated and disseminated articles of the election after Rush Limbaugh devoted an entire show to its contents. Anton described the then-upcoming election in stark terms: Elect Hillary Clinton and the American experiment comes to an end; elect Donald Trump to stave off the death of the republic—at least temporarily. “A Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto,” Anton wrote. “With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances.” His advice: “Charge the cockpit or you die.” Large numbers of Middle Americans did indeed charge the cockpit, especially in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, catapulting Tru


Reviewed:  Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race in America , Encounter Books, 168 pages, June 15, 2021 Give Charles Murray credit for one thing: He’s unafraid to tackle taboos. One of the foremost social scientists of the past four decades and author of more than a dozen books, Murray invited big troubles with  Losing Ground  in 1984 and  The Bell Curve  10 years later. But his infamy reached its zenith in 2017. Enraged over his conclusions about race and IQ in that second data-driven book, unhinged leftists shouted him down  during a speech  at Middlebury College, then attacked him after he delivered it remotely.  Now, after race riots that convulsed America in 2020, Murray has returned with  Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race in America ,  that challenges assumptions central to Critical Race Theory. CRT is the view that social and political institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, rather than a biological and natural reality, is a social construct created by white


It is now clear that whites are second class citizens in the nations of their ancestors. In the name of rooting out “systemic racism” and “white privilege,” elite power brokers have declared war on whites, propagating racially charged identity politics to advance the interests of non-whites. Only whites can be guilty of “hate” crimes. They are discriminated against in employment and admissions to universities. If they oppose their dispossession, free speech is denied them and they are attacked as “racists” by indoctrinated “friends” and probably their own clergy.  One of the great mysteries of current Western political life is why an entire ruling class has declared war upon the very population and civilization from which it is itself drawn. What explains the paradox? The ties that bind elites cut across national boundaries. Their economic interests and fortunes require a complex division of labor and a global market for raw materials, capital, and labor. Diverse national interests rep

Biden: More Foreign Workers Needed For Ruling-Class Oligarchs

Originally posted at the American Remnant America’s immigration policy, as I wrote here in February, is little more than a wealth redistribution scheme aimed at enriching ruling class oligarchs at the expense of America’s middle and working classes.  The news of the last week confirms it.  Last Spring, as government-imposed lockdowns wracked the economy, then-President Trump issued a series of proclamations barring the entry of immigrants who posed a risk to the U. S. labor market. The orders primarily affected H-1B visas used by technology companies to hire foreign coders and engineers. On December 31, 2020, Trump issued another proclamation extending the immigrant worker freeze through March 31. This week, President Biden allowed the ban on visas for temporary workers to expire. The decision should please Silicon Valley and Indian IT service companies that have pressured the Biden administration to lift the ban. But even as “Lunch Bucket Joe” from Scranton, Pa., betrays American

The 2020 Race Riots: A Perspective From Louisville

Cross-posted at the Paleo-Populist.    A year has passed since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment hallway after her boyfriend opened fire on Louisville police attempting to serve a narcotics warrant.  The legacy media combined with Big Tech and Big Business conspired to create a portrait of “systemic racism” and out of control cops serving a “no knock” warrant, gunning down an unsuspecting innocent victim as she tried to sleep in her home.  As always, the truth is more complicated than media spin. First, while a “no knock” warrant was originally issued, the officers announced themselves, knocking multiple times and identifying themselves as police. This was confirmed in testimony provided by a neighbor in an adjoining apartment.  When the officers were unable to get anyone to answer, they breached the door, whereupon they were fired at by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who shot one of the officers in the leg.  In a volley of fire, Taylor was shot six times, thou

Who Benefits From Immigration? Immigrants and Ruling Class Elites. Mass Immigration Is A Massive Wealth Transfer

 Originally published at the American Remnant (2/25/2021) President Biden has set in motion his plans to overwhelm legacy Americans with millions of Third World immigrants , and GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham seemed determined to help him by reintroducing the DREAM Act with Democrat colleague Dick Durbin. But even this quick rush to open the borders and hasten The Great Replacement wasn’t enough for leading evangelicals. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, praised Biden and urged him to act with greater speed, though Biden had already raised the refugee cap to 125,000.  “Now is the time to rebuild America’s refugee resettlement program, and I appreciate these initial steps taken by President Biden,” wrote Moore . “I urge the administration to take the next step and officially raise the refugee ceiling.”   Using the rhetorical tropes that have replaced genuine debate and are designed to reconcile the Chr

Nationalism Is Neither A Heresy, Nor Idolatry, Nor Blasphemy. It’s Piety.

Originally published at the American Remnant (1/31/2021). How should Christians respond to the new wave of nationalism cascading across the globe? Regrettably, too many, most notably those who denounce it, fail to define the term before writing about or discussing it. And their analysis, which typically concludes that nationalism is an unalloyed evil, misapplies proof texts and appeals to emotion or rhetorical tropes. Thus do they baptize the dogma of post-WWII liberal globalism.  Consider the response to the Jericho March, an ecumenical series of prayer vigils that includes Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and media and political celebrities such as Alex Jones, Michele Bachmann, and General Michael Flynn. These small gatherings undoubtedly contain some bizarre theology and strained ecumenism alongside dubious claims of private revelation from the Almighty.  But they are small and relatively inconsequential. Suggesting they are a public threat or dangerous religious movem