The New White Nationalism in America

Scott McConnell of The American Conservative reviewed this book by Vanderbilt law professor Carol Swain.

I consider this book to be the very best scholarly work on the question of American white nationalism. In fact, it is probably the only such work of any genuine quality. Dr. Swain is an African-American, and not personally sympathetic to white nationalism, while giving it an objective scholarly analysis. It is this work that has most influenced my own thinking regarding the question of white nationalism, and it is largely Carol Swain’s policy recommendations (with some adjustments to make them more compatible with the anarcho-libertarian paradigm) that I have incorporated into the ARV/ATS program.

Swain reminds us that the affirmative action policies that mandate quotas, timetables, and diversity monitors were initially developed as a means to give immediate succor to the black poor in the aftermath of the civil rights revolution. They have now developed into anything but that. Instead, they are seen either as a means to impose diversity, now construed as an end it itself, or as a method to provide black and Hispanic students with role models.

Swain has no patience with any of these rationales. It strikes her as pathetically small minded to imagine that blacks need black role models to succeed: her own, she adds with some poignancy, were white male academics who prodded her to push herself intellectually. As it is, the current system undermines both the self-esteem and the education of its purported beneficiaries. Swain asks how the personal chemistry of college sports teams would fare if teams were required to have proportionate quotas of white and Asian athletes. And she relates a bitter truth from her own experience with black students on campus—many of whom pass through college believing that affirmative action guarantees their admission to top-quality professional schools regardless of their academic performance. Such a belief
may be only partially true, but it has had devastating consequences for black academic performance.

When liberal immigration policies are thrown into the mix, the American racial system is threatened with overload. Swain estimates that by the middle of the present century well over half of Americans will be entitled to racial preferences. It seems most unlikely that such a development could take place without fierce resistance by white Americans.

Swain’s own recommendations are the epitome of common sense. Racial preferences for hiring and promotions should be eliminated. Affirmative action should be remodeled with an emphasis on class rather than racial background in order to benefit the poorest Americans. Racial preferences for new immigrants should be scrapped entirely. Immigration rates should be reduced, and the laws against hiring illegal aliens (who compete with and drive down the wages of the American working poor) should be enforced. The black leadership should be challenged: its current focus on divisive issues like reparations or its obsession with eliminating statues, street names, and other symbols of the Confederacy do nothing for the black poor and only drain the reservoir of racial good will. Social policy should be refocused on aiding the working poor through such measures as income subsidies and vocational training for high school dropouts.

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  1. Haven’t read the book yet (adding it to my reading list) but due to my personal experiences I can say that she is right on. Affirmative action, especially in the academic arena, offers no hope for any prosperity for the Black American working class.

    At the college I previously attended, I had been active in a student club composed of the Black males on campus. I’ll never forget the experience I had when we were assigned to tutor local elementary school students. A teacher at the elementary school was organizing the mentoring program and was excited to see us. He explained that these kids needed to people “succeeding” who “looked liked them.” Keep in mind that most of us (including myself) came from middle to upper middle class backgrounds, and maybe a few actually came from neighborhoods similar to the ones the kids had went to. Not trying to put down the guy, (at least he’s trying to make a difference) but I can’t see such a program benefiting the majority of school students. Only a handful of the kids were chosen for the mentoring program, anyways.

    The kids seemed pretty intelligent, but I remember looking at the front of the classroom after walking in on our first session and seeing what some teacher had posted at the front of the room. It was some collage of “successful” African Americans that were mostly athletes like Tiger Woods. This is the same mentality that was wrong with the whole program. The only avenue out of poverty was some rigid rat race to overpriced college and landing a career within the upper 25% of the American population. Either that or landing some lucrative entertainment position. The only ones who are able to achieve under these circumstances are the exceptionally talented within the Black working class, the rest have to provide in any other way possible. I’m sure we both know what this means.

    I definitely fall on the Booker side on the BTW vs. WEB Dubois debates. The “talented tenth” is too dependent on the empire’s higher circles to provide for the rest of the population. Hence my advocacy for local production/desktop manufacturing.

    • If you live in California or Texas, a part of the city could be a Latino Barrio area. Plano Texas high in income has some schools were most of the kids are poor Latinos. The same goes for Huntington Beach California. There are few all wealthy and poor cities these days. I agree I prefer Desktop manufacturing but I think the right puts down the guy that works as a waiter and then advances through management of a restaurant. Trump’s followers think that people should not work as servers and learn a trade. Besides, manufacturing there is making hand crafts. According to Libertarian Jeffery Tucker, until recently it was easy to make your brand of soap or cosmetics since it wasn’t regulated as much. Now, both Feinstein and Collins had a bill which makes it harder to sell these online. Instead of Donald Trump return to manufacturing why not include home business on the internet which can offer services or make things and sell them over the world.As for immigration, Mexican immigration which white nationalists worry about will probably pick up for a 5 year period since the price of oil is down this effects the peso but Mexico is slowing developing some industries it does well in like cars and the Mexican government has almost pushed the birth rate from a high of 6 kids per family to 2.1, its possible that Mexico like Brazil and Chile could be at 1.8 per kids in the next decade meaning less young workers wanting to head to the US.

  2. Your good friend Jared Taylor is now making nice with Frank Gaffney:


    “Gaffney’s CSP was also a co-sponsor of an anti-Iran rally on 9th September 2015 hosting both Trump and Cruz.

    That month, Gaffney hosted white supremacist Jared Taylor on his ‘Secure Freedom’ radio podcast show, where he praised Taylor’s anti-black, anti-Latino website, American Renaissance, as “wonderful.””

    What interesting bedfellows!

  3. There’s a point at which the neocons and white nationalists intersect, because both camps are often sympathetic to the counter-jihadist movement, the neocons on pro-Zionist grounds and the WNs on racialist grounds. Of course, some of the Euronationalists have adopted a pro-Israel, anti-Muslim position, and there are also “race realist” Jews in the WN movement represented by tendencies like American Renaissance. So its all gets pretty complicated.

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