Jared Taylor, the man behind the racist American Renaissance journal that is at the heart of the white nationalist movement, kicks off his latest annual conference tonight at Montgomery Bell State Park, just outside Nashville, Tenn. This is the second year the event has been held at the park, after several attempts to hold the event at hotels were thwarted by protesters and the occasional bomb threat.
The theme of this year’s conference, which ends on Sunday, is “A Recommitment to Our People.” The lineup of speakers encompasses a wide range of college professors, a European white nationalist, a Holocaust-denying attorney, and various other white nationalist columnists and bloggers.
Returning presenters include Roger McGrath, a professor at Cal State Northridge and Pepperdine University, and Sam Dickson, a Holocaust denier and former Klan attorney who has closed every meeting since the conferences began. New presenters include John Derbyshire, who was fired from the National Review for his racist rants; RamZPaul, who produces videos on YouTube that rail against blacks, Muslims, and gays; and Fabrice Robert, president of the Bloc Identitaire, a French nationalist movement.
One of the more unusual presenters, RamZPaul describes himself as “a sometimes sober guy with a camera who creates videos on YouTube.” His Internet program has been described as “Pop Culture Meets Nationalism.” In recent blog posts on his site, he has addressed issues like feminism, homosexuality, gay marriage, transgendered people, and anti-white racism. RamZPaul’s topic at the American Renaissance conference will be “Sex and Nationalism.”
Though few in number, Jewish academic racists have been active in American Renaissance right from the start, welcomed by that group’s leader, Jared Taylor, who even once arranged for kosher meals. But Taylor has also welcomed as speakers outspoken anti-Semites, including Holocaust denier Sam Dickson and neo-Nazi activist Steven Barry, making for a potentially volatile situation. In 2006, at one of the most memorable American Renaissance conferences ever, that volatile situation exploded with the arrival of former Klan chieftain David Duke.
At that event, Duke made a scene when he attacked Jews publicly. “There is the power in the world that dominates our media, influences our government and that has led to the internal destruction of our will and spirit,” he said, enraging Jewish attendees. One Jewish astrophysicist, Michael Hart, yelled back, “You fucking Nazi, you’ve disgraced this meeting!” and stormed out. As many as 50 people then began to jeer and point at the rapidly disappearing Hart. The following year, Hart held his own white nationalist conference in Baltimore.
Barack Obama will lose the U.S. presidential election in November. The GOP will win a record share of the non-Hispanic white vote.
Vladimir Putin will win the Russian presidential election in March. Among opposition parties, the Communists will poll exceptionally well.
The following things will get worse: public protests in advanced countries, inflation, weather, unemployment, Somali piracy, and the state finances of California, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.
The following things will get better: e-book formats, firearm sales, political corruption, access to TV programs without TV sets, job opportunities for auditors, Islamic terrorism, North Dakota.
The following things will become less popular in the advanced world: free trade, mass immigration, welfare, foreign aid, abortion, college education, ethnic diversity, politicians, helping the U.S. fight open-ended wars of choice.
The following things will become more popular in the advanced world: in-sourcing, border controls, jails, family life, vocational training, ethnic disaggregation, entrepreneurs, minding your own national business.
One or more of the following canoes will arrive at the lip of Niagara: the euro, the North Korean government, the finances of a major U.S. state or municipality, the student-loan system, Eric Holder, book publishing, China’s banking system.
You can’t tell me that piece of writing doesn’t set off the racist warning bells, wtf is ethnic disaggregation?
John Derbyshire’s first column VDARE after being fired from the National Review— besides one dedicated to thanking generous readers — includes a defense of white supremacism. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that one of Derbyshire’s most explicitly racist essays is packaged with a very explicit request for donations. It seems Derbyshire has discovered one of the benefits of turning off lots of mainstream readers by writing a racist essay about advising his kids to avoid black people is that it earns the loyalty of a smaller number of racist readers who will pay money for more racist stuff. Derbsyhire, the conservative writer fired from the National Review for, has a new column for VDARE.com,
Derbyshire’s case for white supremacy at VDARE.com, a site for “Immigration Patriots,” noticed by Think Progress’ Ian Millhiser, goes like this:
The enemies of conservatism are eager to supply their own nomenclature. “White Supremacist” seems to be their current favorite. It is meant maliciously, of course, to bring up images of fire-hoses, attack dogs, pick handles, and segregated lunch counters—to imply that conservatives, especially non-mainstream conservatives, are cruel people with dark thoughts.
Leaving aside the intended malice, I actually think “White Supremacist” is not bad semantically. White supremacy, in the sense of a society in which key decisions are made by white Europeans, is one of the better arrangements History has come up with. There have of course been some blots on the record, but I don’t see how it can be denied that net-net, white Europeans have made a better job of running fair and stable societies than has any other group.
He then quotes a personal essay, called “A White Teacher Speaks Out,” from the “race realist” website American Renaissance.
Read it all here.
At first glance, Lesley Arfin, the Vice contributor and writer on HBO’s sitcom Girls, and John Derbyshire, the former National Review columnist, have little in common. They’re a woman and a man, a naughty provocateur and a writer on, among other things, China and mathematics, whose work resonates in New York and Washington respectively. But in the last month or so, they’ve served as illustrations of the ugly fact that racism retains a certain cultural capital even among bastions of people who like to consider themselves enlightened.
Read the rest.
Also read the article linked to in this one, ‘Girls’ Writer Is Learning There’s No Such Thing as Ironic Racism.
Hat tip: Gus’s retweet of this:
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) April 24, 2012
In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, several commentators wrote artful letters to their black sons, warning of the reality of racial profiling and discrimination that still haunt us today. Subsequently, an either insanely ignorant or willfully obnoxious National Review columnist (now fired) named John Derbyshire wrote a letter to his two white children, spewing the sort of hateful stereotypes about black people that conservatives often hasten to argue are a part of America’s past, not present. As such, Mr. Derbyshire’s letter has nothing to do with actual black folks, but is a revealing warning about a certain subset of mostly white, mostly male conservatives who like to believe that racism and related injustices are merely myths concocted to disadvantage white people.
I’d like to explain to my daughter, who is white, why this is a load of bullshit.
Colmes then pressed Derbyshire on whether women should have the right to vote. “Ah…” Derbyshire sighed, attempting to dodge the question initially. “I’m not putting forward a political program here,” he said. But then Derbyshire slowly began to open up:
DERBYSHIRE: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this - if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.
COLMES: We’d be a better country if women didn’t vote?
DERBYSHIRE: Probably. Don’t you think so?
COLMES: No, I do not think so whatsoever.
DERBYSHIRE: Come on Alan. Come clean here [laughing].
COLMES: We would be a better country? John Derbyshire making the statement, we would be a better country if women did not vote.
DERBYSHIRE: Yeah, probably.
Derbyshire reasoned that we “got along like that for 130 years.” Colmes countered by asking if he also wants to bring back slavery. No, Derbyshire responded, “I’m in favor of freedom personally.” Colmes noted that freedom didn’t extend to women’s right to vote, however. Derbyshire said, “Well, they didn’t and we got along ok.”
There’s a cult club of supremacists and xenophobes that avidly consumes paleolibertarian and John Derbyshire swill, and they keep several right wing publications afloat. Those publications are in thrall to their ugly audience.
But that has not been the case with Derbyshire’s body of work up to now. And we have a theory why: The truth about intellectual magazines is that not all of their readers are as enlightened and forward-thinking and clear-eyed as the people who produce them imagine themselves to be. So the trick to pull off is how to give what those less enlightened readers want — and thereby secure their money either through subscriptions or contributions — while still maintaining an air of respectability. Think of how your PBS station always trots out the stars-of-the01970s concerts and River Dance whenever pledge drive comes around. That’s where Derbyshire comes in.
You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “No offense, but…” which always precedes something offensive wrapped in an “I’m just telling it like it is” attitude. In certain parts of the country, there’s a similar use of the phrase, “I’m not racist, but…” which always signifies that the speaker is about to say something racist. Derbyshire’s specialty is the fancy-pants version of “I’m not racist, but…” In his latest essay, “The Talk: Nonblack Version,” Derbyshire lists several key “fact”s that he thinks his kid should know. Among them:
(9) A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks—around half—will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event. They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.
(10) Thus, while always attentive to the particular qualities of individuals, on the many occasions where you have nothing to guide you but knowledge of those mean differences, use statistical common sense:
(10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.
(10b) Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods.
(10c) If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date (neglect of that one got me the closest I have ever gotten to death by gunshot).
(10d) Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks.
(10e) If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.
To present himself as a cool social scientist, every single bullet point contains a link to some sort of source based in facts. The one about not going to a theme park where there’s a ton of black people is a New York Times story from 1987. The implication is that Derbyshire was close by when a shooting occurred. (Obviously he was not actually injured, or we’d never hear the end of it.) This is how he’s able to give the most dated racial stereotypes the veneer of respectability.
In the wake of the growing harassment scandal, right wing writers have sallied forth in defense of their latest political infatuation, candidate Herman Cain. The best defense so far comes from the rightist rag “The National Review”, who provides us with this uncanny piece on the myth of “sexual harrassment.”
Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it’s all a lawyers’ ramp, like ‘racial discrimination’? You pay a girl a compliment nowadays, she runs off and gets lawyered up. Is this any way to live?
-John Derbyshire of the National Review.
Read the whole disaster of an article here:
More on the author:
This is the same right winger Derbyshire who so famously lectured African American law students at UPenn about how their race makes them less intelligent than others. Maybe he and McCain should become buddies?
Through British veins runs the poisonous fake idealism of “human rights” and “sensitivity,” of happy-clappy multicultural groveling and sick, weak, deracinated moral universalism — the rotten fruit of a debased, sentimentalized Christianity.
When not begging for forgiveness and chastisement from those who rightfully despise him, the modern Brit is lost in contemplation of his shiny new car or tweeting new gadget; or else he has given over all his attention to some vapid TV production or soccer team.
I treasure my faint, fading recollections of Britain when she was still, for a few years longer, a nation.
Today Britain is merely a place, a bazaar. Let it burn!