[Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com]
Also defiance. I noted back in January the lawfare we’re engaged in with New York State Attorney General Letitia James, a dogged and ruthless Social Justice Warrior. The other day our boss here, Peter Brimelow, described in much greater detail what we are going through.
It makes for painful reading, not just for those of us writing and podcasting here at VDARE.com, but—surely!—for anyone who cares about the liberty of American citizens and the degradation, the cynical politicization, of our justice system.
It’s a bitter fight; and, as Peter explains, one that’s taking a toll on us. There’s the time we have to spend complying with A.G. James’ preposterous subpoena demands, the money we have to spend on legal fees, and the opportunity cost for projects we’ve had to abandon or postpone.
Steve Sailer, who’s been an inspiration to the Dissident Right for nigh on a quarter of a century now, will be making one of his extremely rare public appearances.
I shall be speaking myself, speech title something like: ”Are We Doomed? Reflections on Our Cultural Revolution.” I shall take as the starting point my 2009 book We Are Doomed, returning to some of the topics I covered there—including of course immigration—to see which direction things have moved in this past fourteen years.
This long after publication the publisher will no longer supply me with author copies at discount, and I have none left in my stock. You can still buy the paperback online, though. If you do, and bring it with you, I’ll be happy to sign it for you.
I mentioned immigration just then. That reminds me to say something about a topic which doesn’t get discussed half as much as, in my opinion, it should.
The topic: What is driving the Open Borders movement?
There are several candidate explanations.
Each of these candidate explanations can easily be countered. We’ve done plenty of that here at VDARE.com. I’ve done some of it myself.
The Humanitarian case, which is the one most favored and steadily broadcast by regime media, crashes up against Lifeboat Ethics.
The demographic argument falls flat on its face when you notice that immigrant fertility quickly drops to the native level. Since 2019 immigrant fertility (legal and illegal together) has been below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman. So the demographic argument is for a Ponzi scheme.
Likewise with the others. You can browse VDARE.com and other immigration-restrictionist websites like NumbersUSA, the Center for Immigration Studies, and the Federation for Immigration Reform for informed refutations of happy-sounding immigration boosterism.
Contemplating the issue myself, I have taken my cue from Napoleon, who famously wrote that ”The moral is to the physical as three to one” [Letter to Joseph Bonaparte, August 27, 1808].
Boney was writing about war, but I think the same applies in politics. Great movements in politics are driven by moral fervor, not by economic or social considerations. The Open Borders people are conducting a campaign of passionate, unrestrained virtue-signaling. We who oppose them are, they believe, evil.
That’s the position I’ve always ended up at… until the other day I read Neil Munro’s piece at Breitbart.com [White House Official: Biden’s Migration Is an Economic Strategy, May 26, 2023].
Wow. Biden official Katie Tobin boasts out loud that the administration is creating new jobs, including "new green jobs," and ... it wants migrants to fill them. https://t.co/ipetrgsarq— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) May 22, 2023
Munro’s reporting on a presentation to the American Enterprise Institute given May 15th by Katie Tobin, below, the Biden administration’s Senior Director for Transborder Security on the National Security Council.
Ms. Tobin went full bore on what I have called ”Honest economic boosterism” with just a dash of moralizing.
It’s not difficult; any of us here at VDARE can do it while mentally factorizing a twenty-digit number.
But don’t these immigration enthusiasts know these counterarguments?
Or do they know them but do not care as the economic argument is good cover for what they’re really aiming for: the New Feudalism, or victory in the Cold Civil War against their own citizens.
I don’t know. But my inclination is to believe the worst.
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