Economist Scott Sumner writes: “What about going further out than 2060? My response would be that no one knows what the distant future will look like. The Anglo-Saxon worries about Irish immigrants in the 1800s look ridiculous today. I’m not denying that demographics matter to some extent; I do believe that cultural differences can be important. I just think the worries about America are absurdly overdone. We’ll be fine. And if we aren’t, it won’t be due to demographics.”
Every wave of immigration America has received since its founding has generally produced inferior citizens. The Anglo-Saxon complaints about the Irish immigrants were justified. These immigrants were not as law-abiding and productive as Anglos. They still aren’t.
WASPs rule! I wrote in a recent post that I was getting the sense that Americans with Protestant European backgrounds were the best behaved. So I decided to sum all my prior post numbers that dealt with ethnicity and moral behavior to assess this idea systematically. I followed the simple strategy of assigning a rank for each behavior for each of the 8 ethnic groups with sufficiently large sample sizes. Jews were often ignored in previous posts since one must turn to the religion rather than the ethnicity variable to get estimates, but I wanted to include them, so I calculated numbers and then ranks for them.
I included all variables that I have posted on–here’s a list of them: okay to cheat on taxes; drinks too much; ethnocentric; dirty house; frequents prostitutes; promiscuous men over 30; feel that infidelity is not wrong; gay; lesbian; husbands and wives who cheat; fathers divorcing mom; women arrested; and promiscuity for men and women and under. I realized that I had not posted on drug abuse so I added that to the rest. I ranked group so high numbers indicate more bad behavior, then I simply summed the 16 rankings for each ethnic group. Here are the totals:
Bad Behavior Index
American Indians 85
My hunch was correct. This pattern coincides with that feeling that goes way back among nativists that the moral quality of the country was slipping with the mass immigration from Catholic, southern and eastern European countries, and more recently in concern over immigration from Mexico.
Hannibal Bateman writes: Over at the libertarian redoubt EconLog, economist and blogger Scott Sumner paints a Panglossian portrait of America’s future, which demographically, will look a lot more like the Lone Star State’s present than the America of today.
After regurgitating the demographic information we all know, Sumner implores us to buck up, after all:
The alt-right’s looming demographic nightmare is best represented by Texas, a state that is economically quite successful, draws in lots of white migrants from other states, and votes conservative.
This isn’t the first rodeo for this “killer fact” among libertarians. Tyler Cowen laid out this future in Time magazine some three years ago.
Steve Sailer was there first on all of the problems a continent of Texas would have, so there’s no need in rehashing an already tired argument. Though it’s useful to cite a quote Sailer gave from Rice University demographer Steve Murdock on the future of Anglo Texas:
Last year (2010), non-Hispanic white children made up 33.3 percent of the state’s 4.8 million public school enrollment.…” The state’s future looks bleak assuming the current trend line does not change because education and income levels for Hispanics lag considerably behind Anglos, he said. “It’s a terrible situation that you are in. I am worried,” Murdock said.
All of this has, of course, proceeded apace as usual, and it appears as if the only thing stopping America from becoming a Texas-sized Brazil north, might just be a real-estate developer from New York.
Leaving aside all of the statistics, one is left with a question. Why Texas?
To ask that question to understand the logic of post-modern libertarianism, especially in its American form. Open borders is an ideology that must be defended at all costs.
The reason being, the “free market” in peoples is the cornerstone of an economism that doesn’t see any values higher than the material, and indeed treats anyone holding such as operating in a false consciousness.
The libertarian of today, like his Marxist cousin of yesteryear, boils down the wants and needs of man to his material satisfaction. The edge of the supply and demand curve is where they live, and if they sense that some group, somewhere, doesn’t; well that curve might as well be that of the guillotine.
Texas is a touchstone in the American consciousness. It represents both the frontier and the heartland to many Americans. Its use as a symbol of the future is no doubt less scary than the “Brazil” scenario they’ve peddled in the past, but it’s one more palatable to an American imagination.
The use of Texas is, therefore, poignant in its unique blend of beginnings and endings in American mythology.
A lot has been said about the disintegration of America’s White working class. Most of it centering on its loss of economic purchasing power, and its ghost towns now making ruins in the Hollow Empire.
There was even a somewhat sympathetic portrayal of them in the neo-Marxist magazine Jacobin. But, like the libertarians it only focuses on what feeds the belly and not the soul.
As a class, they were the backbone of what Sam Francis referred to as “Middle American Revolutionaries”. The revolution, though, has been a long time coming. Donald Trump represents the beginning and the end of an era for the dispossessed majority.
The coming Great Erasure will of course not just affect those hated(to the commentariat) rubes in West Virgina, but will reverbarate across White America from its Whole Foods havens to the Wal-Mart parking lots that dot its old town centers.
The process has already started to take its toll on Whites.
As our people stare more and more into the void that is their future, there is a voice that yells back. The hated, seemingly unwanted voice that is the alt-right, yelling “stop! It doesn’t have to be this way!”
What so many, especially tenured professors in tony Boston suburbs don’t understand is that seeing your neighborhood change is not just a collection of statistics or a great new fusion bistro down the street.
Dispossession is an obliteration of memory, of place, and of identity.
The human hurricane that is bearing down on all of the European world is an active assault on everything my ancestors and yours have ever taken for granted. That’s why it shocking to so many of us. It’s why so many woke up after the migrant crisis. It wasn’t just that the pictures were unrreal, but that the very vision of it was.