A Fatally Misled Civilization: Gottfried Reviews Buchanan

Article by Paul Gottfried.


Pat Buchanan may be the only self-described paleoconservative whose last six books have reached The New York Times Best Seller list. Pat did this despite the established conservative movement’s slanders and the Murdoch media empire’s inattention. His books have come out with topline commercial presses while bearing such grim titles as Day of ReckoningDeath of the West, and Suicide of a Superpower, which is subtitled Will America Survive to 2025?

His laments for a fatally misled civilization feature themes that recur in all of Pat’s books: the demographic sub-replacement level that educated Americans and indigenous Europeans of child-bearing age have reached, the growing chasm between senior citizens and those in the work force, the disruptive effect of continuing Third World immigration, the anti-Christian, anti-bourgeois character of Western governments’ multicultural policies, and the dangers of neoconservative attempts to impose our present model of American democracy globally.

Pat raises questions about whom the Republican Party is crawling after in defiance of electoral reality:

In 2008, black and Jewish voters each gave McCain just one percent of his vote. Why then the GOP obsession with African American voters who went 24-1 for Obama, but are outnumbered by white voters 6-1? Why does the GOP spend so much time courting Jewish voters, who are outnumbered by Catholic voters 13-1 and by Protestant voters 25-1?

“The white Christian population cannot understand that its fixation on openness and sensitivity is a form of madness.”

One might contend that Jewish support for the GOP has brought some funding and PR benefits because of Jewish wealth and Jewish media influence. Unfortunately most of what the GOP gets from this cajolery is far less than what goes to the Dems.

The GOP’s desperate quest for black votes has been even less profitable. It’s involved groveling before a group that despises the Republican Party no matter what that party has done for blacks in the past and no matter how often it laments its fictitious racist sins and calls for stomping on Confederate memorabilia. Its policy toward Hispanics has been even more self-destructive. Pat suggests the only sensible course here is limiting immigration and sending back our swarm of illegals. That is a win-win policy to the extent that it would enjoy the approval of an American work force suffering from depressed wages and satisfy the conservatives in the GOP base. It would also restrict the number of future voters who would keep the GOP from winning national and state elections.

It would be hard for me to pretend to be totally neutral in reviewing Suicide of a Superpower. Pat has been a friend of mine for many decades. The inscribed copy of the book he sent acknowledges my “faithful support” and less credibly, my achievement “in holding the Old Right together.”

In the interest of fairness, I have some criticisms. About thirty pages of Suicide of a Superpower are devoted to ethnonationalism and its impact on contemporary politics. Supposedly ethnic loyalties and ethnic frictions are fundamental to understanding today’s world.

I believe Pat overemphasizes ethnonationalism’s importance. Majority populations in Western and Central Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia have generally accepted multicultural policies’ inroads and their planned reeducation to fit the new order. Real right-wingers such as Pat Buchanan don’t want any of this reconstruction and are justifiably tearing out their hair over what has gone on in their homelands. The geographically Western parts of the West, including those countries that did not go through communist occupation but which have been massively exposed to non-communist leftist influence, have been rendered more and more PC. Here the reaction to threatened ethnic identities has been surprisingly minimal.

In Germany, for example, where Thilo Sarrazin’s strictures about further Third World immigration sold many hundreds of thousands of copies, the voters are in no way moving toward the right. Germans are moving massively in the opposite direction. If a national election were held in Germany tomorrow, the anti-fascist, antinational Green Party and the even more radically leftist Party of the Left would hold the balance of power. Germany has no significant party of the right or even vaguely national party. The “conservative” Christian Democrats are about as far to the right as the American left-center, but with a strong anti-nationalist spin. (The head of the now ruling Christian Democrats, Chancellor Merkel, went to Moscow last spring to thank the Red Army for “liberating Germany from fascism.”)

In France, contrary to what Pat suggests, the right-wing Front National is split and still hemorrhaging. If all the splinters on France’s right coalesced as they might do in the next presidential race, we would be looking at most at about 18 to 20 percent of the French electorate. Until his recent exposure as a sex fiend, the socially leftist financier Dominique Strauss-Kahn was the overwhelming favorite to be the next French president.

The ostracized British National Party, which Buchanan views as a thriving force of the anti-immigration right, hardly went anywhere in the 2010 parliamentary elections. It garnered less than 2% of the total vote and finished behind other splinter parties and well behind the three major parties (Tory, Labour, and Liberal). The BNP didn’t win a single seat in the British Parliament.

The stress on “diversity” at the expense of what was once the core culture and core population, a development that is occurring with the majority’s compliance, cannot possibly turn out well. The white Christian population cannot understand that its fixation on openness and sensitivity is a form of madness. And it is a form that others outside the “democracies” are not likely to follow.

One wonders how much further our crusade against traditional Euro-American identity will have to go before our clownishness becomes grossly apparent. Looking idiotic could be a big problem for a superpower.

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