Race and immigration - the final taboo

Author: Fred Elbel

Race and immigration reduction are intertwined

The leftist / Marxist agenda thrives on ad hominem attacks and identity politics. No matter how intently immigration restrictionists try to distance themselves from the race issue, they will still be called racists by open borders leftists.

Yet race is an inextricable component of the immigration discussion today in America and in Europe.

This does not mean that immigration reductionists are racist - meaning they hate other races. A supporter of national sovereignty and immigration reduction does not necessarily hate the 4 billion or so who would migrate to America if they could. Incidentally, if one supports the American Nation while being White, the radical left will brand them a White Nationalist.

America - and Western Civilization - were founded by Whites. Migration into America a hundred years ago was from predominantly White European countries, and migrants shared the same race and cultural beliefs as Americans. Today, migration into the United States is from countries with a different racial and cultural composition. One can not be effective in espousing immigration reduction while tiptoeing around the basic facts.

Race and immigration are indeed intertwined in today's world, as insightfully explained by Lawrence Auster:

Immigration and race: facing the issue head-on, by Lawrence Auster, View from the Right, June 9, 2005:

Heidi Beirich, chief researcher/smearer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, suddenly seems to be everywhere. She's quoted today in the Denver Post attacking Tom Tancredo for—how can I put this?—insufficiently separating himself from people who oppose immigration for reasons of race.

Beirich's indictment of Tancredo raises a point I've made over and over. Race and race differences are a part of the total fabric of human reality. Further, racial and ethnic differences overlap to a great degree with cultural differences. While race and culture are not identical, there is no human way to separate out race entirely from culture. The result is that if the majority population of a country opposes the mass immigration of foreigners because they are culturally unassimilable to themselves, the foreigners' racial difference from the natives is going, ineluctably, to be part of the total package of traits describing the foreigners. Similarly, a restrictionist policy aimed at keeping out people from backward countries because they will drag down our economy to Third-world conditions is going to affect non-whites disproportionately. The point is that even if you sincerely do not care about race at all, but only care about preserving certain cultural or political or economic qualities of your country, your position is still going to have racial implications.

As long as restrictionists keep running away from the racial side of the issue and frantically denying that they're racist, they are trapped in the left's own definitions and moral terms. In the eyes of the left, they will always seem at best hypocritical, claiming that they're not racist while pursuing a policy that would disproportionately slow the immigration of non-whites. There is therefore no alternative but for us to take the initiative and deal with the racial issue head on. We need to acknowledge the simple, commonsense fact that race is an integral part of human and social reality, one of several factors that significantly differentiate human groups from one another. Race and culture are to a certain degree linked, though of course, as I said, they are not identical. Individuals of any racial background can, potentially, assimilate into a culture different from their own. But the greater the racial and cultural differences between the newcomers and the host population, and the greater their numbers, the more difficult and unlikely such assimilation becomes. The upshot is that if it is legitimate to want to preserve our own culture, it is legitimate to want to preserve a country in which people like ourselves continue to be the majority, culture-defining population.

Of course, the frank and honest argument I've just proposed will seem out of the question—automatically career-destroying and suicidal—to the great majority of immigration restrictionists today. But if more and more people spoke the way I am suggesting, and, moreover, if they reasonably demonstrated that there is nothing immoral in their speaking this way, then the current notions of what is morally acceptable would change.

In the final analysis, we will never save ourselves from extinction by subscribing to the moral code of our destroyers.

Cultural-distance nationalism

University of Pennsylvania Law School professor and neurologist Amy L. Wax argues for focusing immigration policy around "cultural-distance nationalism," where America would give preference to immigrants from cultural backgrounds similar to those of historic America. In her 2018 essay, "Debating Immigration Restriction: The Case for Low and Slow", Wax calls for a more mature, less intellectually childish debate regarding immigration policy:

... if we want to preserve our country’s culture and signal strengths, it follows that we should favor new-comers who are "more like us."...

More broadly, we must ensure that bad habits from the Third World—lack of respect for law, rampant corruption and kleptocracy, despotism, weak markets, insecure property rights, lassitude, lack of enterprise, tribalism, superstition, distrust, rampant violence, misogyny, and unreason—are not allowed to infect and undermine the First....

Embracing cultural-distance nationalism means, in effect, taking the position that our country will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites. Well, that is the result, anyway. So, even if our immigration philosophy is grounded firmly in cultural concerns…. And, no matter how many times we repeat the mantra that correlation is not causation, these racial dimensions are enough to spook conservatives....

That fear leads conservatives to avoid talking about cultural distance, or questioning the happy fantasy of “magic dirt,” or discussing forthrightly the practical difficulties of importing large numbers of people from backwards states into successful ones. And as long as these taboos exist, and acceptable mainstream conservatives defer to them, it will be hard—maybe impossible—to change course....

Our country’s future trajectory, however, will not be determined by political correctness but by reality and facts on whether cultural differences really matter, whether they are stubborn, and whether they have consequences. And by the time that that becomes clear, and plays out, it may be too late to turn the ship.

(Wax's quotes were originally identified by Steve Sailer in his article Integration and Immigration, Taki's Magazine, July 23, 2019.)

Human Biodiversity (HBD)

Leftists would have you believe that race is only skin deep. Yet Blacks appear to fare unusually well in athletic endeavors, while Chinese generally appear to excel in academic environments. Whites invented Western Civilization.

Advances in DNA research are providing scientific insight into the genetic history and diversity of human races. The scientific knowledge base of Human Biodiversity (HBD) is expanding and well worth researching.

Here is a small collection of books, blogs, websites, and articles that focus on HBD, followed by a few articles. CAIRCO does not necessarily endorse this material; it is offered as the basis for further research.


Blogs and websites:

A few selected articles:


Additional information

Recommended reading: The Mob Comes For Madison, New Criterion, 28 December 2022: Key excerpts that reflect on race and racism in America.

Race Realism