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What must be done to preserve Western
By Rabbi Mayer Schiller
If current trends continue, some time in the middle of the next
century the majority of this nation's inhabitants will be nonwhites. As
has been shown repeatedly in the pages of American Renaissance,
the presence of large numbers of nonwhites irrevocably changes the
character of a school, neighborhood, city or state. Most whites find these
changes so disagreeable that they simply move away. However, they can do
this only because there are still many areas of the country that are
overwhelm-ingly white. What will happen if whites become a minority? Even
before whites are reduced to a minority, the shift towards a largely
nonwhite population will be felt in all areas of life. Taxes, crime, and
disease will rise. "Reverse discrimination" will become the norm. Ever
larger parts of the country will be essentially off limits to whites, even
as government resorts to ever more draconian measures to enforce
integration. Legislatures and schools dominated by nonwhites will rewrite
our history, belittle our heritage, overturn our monuments, and abandon
the cultural norms of our civilization. This is the great crisis of our
As the demographic tide shifts, it will be futile to defend "the
canon" of Western literature or, in the South, to try to keep the
Confederate flag flying over state houses. A faculty that is largely black
and Hispanic will not teach Melville; nor will nonwhite legislators
assemble beneath a banner they see as a symbol of white consciousness.
Although they indicate a mood of uneasiness in the country, Republican
political victories will do nothing but reduce taxes in the short run if
that. In the long run, Republicans show no desire to stop the change in
America's population. Of course, this great change renders mainstream
political activity as we now know it virtually irrelevant, but to speak
about race openly is to be banished from public discourse as a "racist."
On one point I do not wish to be misunderstood. Obviously, large
numbers of blacks and Hispanics are not violent, of low IQ, or disinclined
to work. The question is not whether all members of a racial group behave
in a certain way, but whether enough do so to make the societies they
create undesirable for whites. To answer this question in the affirmative
is not, as leftist moralists would have us believe, an ethical flaw. At
the simplest level, it is no more than the desire to secure an orderly and
safe life for oneself and one's descendants. Will Nonwhites Change?
The prevailing wisdom is that demographic change is not a problem
because, with enough time and effort, nonwhites will become more like
whites. Liberals, despite the clear evidence of the past forty years,
still insist that if we give more money to minorities, discriminate
against a few more whites, and suppress the cultural and historical
memories of Euro-Americans, the races can be made interchangeable.
"Respectable" conservatives seem to think that the solution is to
abolish welfare and establish more "enterprise zones," where minorities
can start businesses. The free market will then prevail and Republicans
can find out whether shopping malls really do transform the soul of a
people. (Perhaps they do, but certainly not for the better.)
YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN!
It may be that the Christian Right and the "paleo-conservatives" have
the least fanciful plan for minorities: A revival of religion, values, and
manners from pre-1960s America that is, from before the triumph of liberal
decadence will improve minority behavior. This is not completely
wrong-headed. If our schools still used McGuffey Readers and taught virtue
and discipline as they used to, all Americans would be very different.
However, there are three practical considerations that render this
dream illusory. First, there is virtually no chance that inner-city
schools will adopt the beliefs and practices of Middle America of the
1950s. Indeed, there is little reason to think that whites themselves have
much interest in the ways of their ancestors. Second, how quickly could
this revolution in values come about? What is the chance of a spiritual
and moral reawakening in Harlem before nonwhites become a majority? Third,
even if a return to traditional values radically reduced crime and poverty
among nonwhites, it would not bridge the IQ-gap. America would still face
the prospect of entering the 21st century as a nation in which many people
were incapable of functioning in a modern society.
At an even more fundamental level, are the symbols, myths, songs,
memories, manners, and dreams of white America relevant to large numbers
of blacks and Hispanics? Should they be? If not, we are back where we
started; as the number of whites dwindles, Western Civilization disappears
It is important to note that there are black and Hispanic
conservatives who are struggling to persuade their people to behave
responsibly. They deserve the support of all fair-minded people. Their
writings and movements should interest AR readers because they raise the
question that all who believe in racial differences be they genetic or
deeply cultural must answer honestly: How are we to approach those
minorities who live and advocate lives of civility, who even acknowledge
the European nature of our nation and live in deference to it?
We should support minority efforts at self-help. We should welcome
black and Hispanic spokesmen who advocate self-reliance, religion, and the
virtues of our civilization. Much could be accomplished if theirs were the
dominant minority voices. But even in the unlikely event of a triumph by
minority conservatives, our attitude towards them should be no different
from that toward Asian immigrants (who often show lower levels of crime
and poverty than whites).
We can welcome a small number of people of different races into this
nation if they embrace our civilization, but we cannot allow the nation to
lose its European identity. No people is obligated to abandon its national
identity in which race plays a significant part.
Any large group of nonwhites, no matter how well intentioned, will
eventually change our society in permanent ways. A nation dominated by
blacks, Asians, or Hispanics, or one that is a majority less farrago of
races cannot help but be different from one that is dominated by whites.
We have every right to prefer to live in a society of our own making, and
we should not be compelled to open our nation and culture to the changes
that large-scale racial incursion inevitably bring. For this reason,
longrun demographic change demands a solution beyond anything that can be
offered by minority conservatives.
EMIGRATION OR SEPARATION?
What, then, are whites to do? One undesirable possibility would be to
abandon an increasingly third-world United States and return, en masse to
Europe. This would assume that Europe had solved its own racial problems
by strictly limiting nonwhite immigration. But would Europe want another
100 million citizens? In the waning days of white rule, the governments of
Rhodesia and South Africa tried to prevent mass exodus by making it
illegal to take assets out of the country. A black-Hispanic American
government would probably do the same thing, turning most whites into
Another possibility, which is nothing more than an extension of what
most whites do now, is enclave existence. Today, whites pay a substantial
premium to live in their own neighborhoods, free of blacks and Hispanics.
They are also willing to pay for private schools for their children, in
addition to the taxes they pay for public schools. For most whites, this
is an acceptable exchange.
However, as the population shifts, as crime increases, and the
government resorts to ever more ingenious methods of forced integration,
enclaves will become precarious refuges. In South Africa, ever since the
breakdown of apartheid, white neighborhoods have started hiring private
security patrols. This is already happening in some American suburbs, and
may become the norm in the future. Whites will develop various ways to
barricade their neighborhoods against the"rising tide of color," but will
a nonwhite government allow whites to live separately and to protect
themselves by private means? It is more likely that government will force
"low income housing" into all white areas; even if it does not, whites in
their enclaves will still face oppressive taxation and systematic
What then remains? Separation. Whites should enter into serious
dialogue with black and Hispanic nationalists who seek to establish
racially based nations within the territory of the United States.
Opposition to this idea is most likely to come from whites. Many blacks
and Hispanics already have a firmly developed racial consciousness,
whether instinctual or sophisticated. Many have no interest in the study
or practice of European culture, and this is neither wrong nor surprising.
What remains to be achieved is a large-scale awakening of racial
consciousness among whites, without which no serious dialogue can begin
about the mechanics of separation.
Those who are daunted by the prospect of separation should once again
consider the alternatives. Current trends will ineluctably reduce whites
to minority status, and there is every sign that hostility to whites and
to their culture only grows as nonwhites gain numbers and influence. Aside
from emigration, the probable outcomes are some kind of violent resolution
of racial conflicts or the reduction of whites to a persecuted minority in
an increasingly lawless, third world society. The former would be horrible
for all people and the latter would be intolerable for the people whose
ancestors built this nation.
At present, the idea of dividing the nation into racial zones seems
impossible. (For fairness sake, in the interests of those who wish to
continue the grand experiment, there could be a multiracial area. It would
be interesting to see how many white liberals would want to live there.)
However, there are still large parts of the country that are predominantly
white. They could secede. This seems a wild prospect today, but as we move
into the next century the burden of racial redistribution of wealth will
become increasingly unbearable, and the spectacle of city after city
following the path of Detroit and Washington will continue. Who is to say
what the citizens of Montana or North Dakota may decide to do?
Indeed, it need not be whole states that secede. Groups of counties
could declare independence from Washington. If these efforts were
coordinated to occur at the same time their effect could be very powerful.
How would the central government react? Given the size of the country and
the notorious mismanagement of third world governments, it may not matter
how it reacts.
Of course, none of this can happen without profound change in the
hearts of whites and this does not now seem likely. Nevertheless, there is
simmering unrest in the land. Given clear thinking and courageous leaders
we may be able to move beyond the cliches that now govern us.
CULTURAL SECESSION COMES FIRST
In order to lay the groundwork for political separation there must
first be a recognition that the present government, media, schools and
courts are at war with the beliefs and values of this civilization indeed,
with its very identity. Many Americans already feel this way, though not
many have an articulate sense of the racial dimension of the problem. Some
see theproblem primarily in religious or cultural terms. They are
nevertheless allies of any American who wishes for the survival of Western
Civilization on this continent.
Taken all together, Americans who feel that the nation derailed after
the 1950s are a significant percentage. They may even be a majority. Only
for so long will they fail to see the racial aspect of the crisis. They
may soon awake but for now they sleep.
Furthermore, so much of our civilization's crisis goes beyond race. As
Fr. Tacelli wondered in the previous issue of American Renaissance, even if whites were
to separate from nonwhites would their culture then consist of the likes
In fact, our unwillingness to defend racial identity is linked to a
severing of ties to our total civilizational identity as it manifests
itself in religion, culture, family, and the norms and manners that
Russell Kirk aptly termed, "the unbought graces of life." These graces
once imbued us with a sense of honor, dignity, courtesy, and piety. As
these were abandoned in post World War II America, we lost a clear sense
of who we are and how we should live. It was this breakdown that led to a
weakening of racial awareness.
Until Western Man recovers his ability courageously to assert his own
identity, with all that this affirmation would entail, there will be no
racial defense. This will involve a personal, familial and eventually
communal immersion in the faiths, culture, rituals and manners of the
West. It will demand that we shun the vast cultural apparatus of our
decadent times in all its manifestations. The first stage of a
counter-revolution then, is to believe, live, and teach as men of the
As one who has long felt a deep attachment to the various forms of
Western faith, culture, and race, the need for a program of peaceful,
dignified racial separation seems axiomatic. At the very least one must
secede personally from the current chaos of mind and soul, while
encouraging communal and eventually political secession as well.(2)
A MATURE RACIAL AWARENESS
Moreover, any serious attempt at Euro-American advocacy must be
divorced from the thuggish image so dear to the media. We must constantly
affirm the moral foundations of racialism and emphasize that all races
have the same right to racial self-determination.
It is vitally necessary that Euro-Americans leave behind the
hierarchical racial forms of the past. Neither colonialism, segregation,
apartheid or repatriation to Liberia are in our future. Whether these
systems were evil, as the common wisdom has it, or merely attempts to cope
with racial realities is now an academic question.
We must convey the message in word and deed that it is not those who
seek the survival of all races who are "haters." The haters are, instead,
the multi racialists who would deny men the consolation and joy of freely
expressing their racial and cultural identities. They are working to
destroy those identities, physically and spiritually. Separation is the
only way to preserve the uniqueness of all races. Blacks and Hispanics
would be free to govern, educate, and live according to their own
standards rather than those of another race. They might also be more
capable of lifting themselves up once the psychological crutch of "white
racism" were removed.
Finally, if whites are to have a future, it lies only in the direction
of amicable disengagement. This may seem fanciful today, but events will
ensure that it is the only path to dignified survival.
(1)Religious men may believe that the great crisis of Western Man is
his loss of faith. This is true in so far as loss of faith affects our
prospects for Eternity and undermines morality. However, the decline of
civility, the eclipse of white culture, and the dwindling numbers of
Euro-Americans represent threats that, unlike loss of faith, cannot be
reversed through repentance.
(2) I am, nevertheless, haunted by the image of nonwhite
conservatives. I feel constrained to add that racial separation need not
be absolute, but might allow exceptions according to exacting standards.
Rabbi Schiller is the author of The (Guilty) Conscience of a
Conservative. He teaches Bible and Talmud studies in New York City.
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