Byron Roth’s The Perils of Diversity

Spencer Quinn writes:

Incorporating all of the relevant knowledge about a subject into one volume can be a monumental task. It’s the author’s job to include only what is most important, to summarize appropriately, and to integrate disparate components to form a unified whole, a singular dissertation which can contribute to the evolution of ideas. Perhaps the work will serve as an introduction for those unfamiliar with the subject matter? Perhaps it’s more of a master’s thesis, offering technical information of interest only to a small number of highly qualified individuals? Perhaps the work can be used to persuade or proselytize or somehow make a meaningful difference?

The above paragraph begins to describe The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature by Byron M. Roth. A vast work of scholarship, The Perils of Diversity questions the soundness and efficacy of multi-racial societies, the product of Third World immigration into First World nations which has so far characterized the 21st century in the West. Roth tackles the issue from a variety of standpoints: anthropological, historical, economic, psychometric, genetic, evolutionary. His 36-page bibliography compiles nearly all of the pertinent texts that make up what I would call the Alt Right Library. An astonishing accomplishment, given his truly multidisciplinary approach to the pivotal, polarizing, and quite dangerous topic of immigration.

His conclusion, of course, should come as no surprise. If immigration and multicultural trends continue, then Western Civilization will soon be forced to fight for its very survival. As valuable as this is, however, The Perils of Diversity would still make an inestimable contribution to the causes of ethno-nationalism even if the last chapter and its conclusions were lopped off and never published. Roth’s methodology is so thorough, his argumentation so airtight and disciplined, and his prose so clear and direct that the disinterested reader has no choice but to reach Roth’s conclusion himself by the end of chapter two. After that, it’s the kind of grim, convincing reading that can only prompt one to action.

The first thing a reviewer must address is Roth’s comprehensive use of source material. He basically reads all the right books. From Peter Brimelow’s Alien Nation to Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone to Eward O. Wilson’s Sociobiology to Kevin MacDonald’s Culture of Critique to David Fischer’s Albion’s Seed to Herrnstein and Murray’s The Bell Curve to J. Phillippe Rushton’s Race, Evolution, and Behavior to Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations to Lawrence Keeley’s War Before Civilization, it’s all there. And this is just a tiny fraction of what appears in The Perils of Diversity. But, in a sense, books are easy to track down. More impressive are the hundreds of articles and interviews which Roth compiles which are not easy for the layperson to track down.

Want to know the study which settled the debate over the heritability of intelligence? Look to “Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns,” American Psychologist, Vol. 31, No. 2, (1996), pp 77-101 by Ulric Neissor et al. Want to know why geneticist Bruce Lahn gave up on his study of the genes which determine brain size? Check out “Head Examined: Scientist’s Study of Brain Genes Sparks a Backlash,” Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2006, A1 by Antonio Regalado. Want to know the source of the finding that there were three million Mexican illegal immigrants in the United States back in 1979, a figure which was increasing by 500,000 to 800,000 per year? Click to “The Desperate Ones,” Time Magazine, October 8, 1979 online.

A reader can be assured that nearly all of the scientific and academic underpinnings of the ideas behind ethno-nationalism can be found upon the pages of The Perils of Diversity. And this makes sense, given that the perils of diversity are what ethno-nationalism intends to protect its people from to begin with.

This is useful not only to bolster or propel Roth’s arguments, but also to guide the reader if he wishes to learn more about diversity and its perils. It doesn’t matter if you are a newly red-pilled normie looking for a place to start or a savvy student of the Alt Right looking to improve his library or a renegade political science professor doing highly specialized research. The Perils of Diversity, with its clear and direct prose, can only help elevate our understanding on this crucial matter of diversity. This book was meant to be read and internalized by anyone and everyone, not merely cited in obscure scholarly works. This makes the work the kind of study our Leftist, globalist enemies would prefer to ignore rather than refute.

Roth also deftly applies insights across studies to make Perils greater than the sum of its parts. He often applies his own as well. For example, in chapter four, he discusses A Farewell to Alms (2007) by Gregory Clark in which Clark famously described how economic forces since the Middle Ages caused the British people to evolve, thus enabling the Industrial Age to occur. As Clark put it, “economic success translated powerfully into reproductive success, with the richest individuals having more than twice the number of surviving children at death as the poorest.” Since most of these children had no choice but to descend the social ladder, their superior genetic stock improved the British middle class, giving them “greater human capital that, in turn, led to both the scientific and industrial revolutions.”

Roth first points out how this theory supports findings made by Gregory Cochran, Jason Hardy, and Henry Harpending in 2006 (introduced in chapter three) which show how the high intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews evolved relatively quickly due to unusual social and economic pressures placed upon them in Europe. In fact, Cochran et al. name specific genes which are found mostly among Ashkenazi Jews that are linked to both high intelligence and diseases (such as Tay-Sachs disease). Roth then posits that Clark could have improved his argument had he made the politically incorrect decision to discuss IQ differences among the British upper, middle, and lower classes. He does the same with Amy Chua’s World on Fire (2003), which fails to mention IQ differences in its discussion of “market-dominant minorities” in southeast Asian nations where Chinese minorities wield disproportionate economic influence. Indeed, if there is a common thread running through The Perils of Diversity it’s the author showing how past studies could have been more effective or consequential had they ventured into territory currently forbidden our leftist and globalist academic establishment. Of course, IQ, along with race, are two such forbidden topics.

Roth also asks the right questions. He constantly points out where our current knowledge ends and speculation begins. He raises questions which could provide answers consistent with the evidence and the conclusions he draws. In one instance, he cites western leaders’ fear of being labeled xenophobic and racist as impediments to criminology studies which could determine how crime fighting could be improved in multi-racial societies. In another, he laments how “ideological resistance” from these same leaders prevents studies which would determine how the MAOA-L gene—linked to antisocial behavior—is carried at different frequencies among all the races. In another, he asks a question I’m sure is on many of our minds: “At what point does cultural pluralism undermine the cultural and legal integrity of the host society?”

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