The noted science fiction writer Philip K. Dick once declared that “Reality is what continues to exist whether you believe in it or not.” Such an observation should be kept in mind when we consider some of the touchier aspects of American society. Recall the notorious case of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whose 1965 report on... Read More
Amid loud cries of “Witch! Witch! Burn the Witch!” an enraged throng of ideological activists and media pundits late last week besieged the fortress-like DC headquarters of the conservative Heritage Foundation, demanding the person of one Jason Richwine, Ph.D., employed there as a senior policy analyst. The High Lords of Heritage, deeply concerned about any... Read More
Determining American reality is sometimes difficult due to the flaws of government statistics, with the contentious subject of race and crime being a perfect example. The FBI publishes a Uniform Crime Report, providing a vast quantity of public data on crime and arrest statistics, including the recorded race of offenders. Anyone interested in learning the... Read More
"Debate on Hispanic Crime" with Ron Unz and Jason Richwine Social Contract 2010 Writers Workshop, October 26, 2010 Ron Unz part 1. Ron Unz, publisher of the American Conservative, discusses the myth of immigrant crime. Ron Unz contends that crime rate among immigrants and illegal aliens - particularly hispanics - is much lower than commonly... Read More
His-Panic: The Myth of Immigrant Crime Ron Unz, The American Conservative (Print Edition), March 2010 ================== 1. Jews and The American Conservative Hunter Wallace, Occidental Dissent (62 comments), Jan. 26, 2010 "An important corollary is that Jews should be totally excluded from our media and organizations." 2. According to The American "Conservative", Khalid Sheikh Mohammed... Read More
I'm afraid that Jason Richwine's latest posting in the Great Hispanic Crime Debate makes a very silly claim. He seemingly comes close to accusing me of intellectual dishonesty for pointing out that the PPIC Hispanic incarceration data for California is within 10% of my own California figures for the 15-44 age range, arguing that I... Read More
As discussed in my blog posting from a few days ago, attached below, the discovery that the “Gold Standard” PPIC ethnic incarceration numbers for California were already age-adjusted means they appear to be about 10% higher than my own California estimates, which were based on a (presumably) different age-adjustment methodology. Whether or not this apparent... Read More
Kudos to Jason Richwine for his fine shoe-leather work in contacting the PPIC staff and determining that the ethnic incarceration figures provided in their 2006 report Who's in Prison? were already age-adjusted, which he mentioned in a weekend blog item, The Great Hispanic Crime Debate. I do think that anyone reading the explicit text on... Read More
With a flurry of critical responses to my article published in the last few days—four on Wednesday alone!—I had to scramble to produce my own rebuttal, but I think I covered most of the bases. In particular, since the independent California data I have now provided seems so strongly consistent with the national numbers, I... Read More
With four long replies to my Hispanic crime article having appeared just in the last 24 hours, I obviously cannot respond to every point raised, but I’ll try to address the key issues. First, Jason Richwine’s article in AlternativeRight (Model Minority?) raises some perfectly valid points. He devotes the first half of his article to... Read More
Although the initial media response to my Hispanic crime article was quite favorable, during the last week a couple of the leading anti-Immigrationist publications struck back with lengthy and detailed critiques. I responded to these with specific rebuttals published on the TAC website: “Unzism, A Dangerous Doctrine” Matthew Roberts and Steve Burton, Chronicles, February 22,... Read More
My thanks to Ed Rubenstein for producing a fine rejoinder (Ron Unz Vanishes Hispanic Criminality ... Not!) to my own recent analysis of Hispanic crime rates (His-Panic). Most of the previous rebuttals to my original article seemed either utterly risible (Statsholic) or ideologically shrill and analytically weak (Unzism, a Dangerous Doctrine). Although I certainly disagree... Read More
My thanks to Matthew Roberts and Steve Burton (MR+SB) for publishing a detailed critique in Chronicles of my recent article on Hispanic crime rates. However, since I believe their analysis is largely mistaken, I'm providing a response: (1) One major point which they and various others have criticized is my effort to exclude federal inmates... Read More
My March article in The American Conservative analyzing Hispanic crime rates has begun to receive increased attention from various journalists and commentators. I include a few of the examples below. "His-Panic: The Myth of Immigrant Crime" Ron Unz, The American Conservative, March 2010 ============== Tyler Cowen, New York Times economist columnist, at Marginal Revolution "An... Read More
According to Lou Dobbs, “a third of the prison population in this country is estimated to be illegal aliens,” and Glenn Beck regularly warns of “an illegal alien crime wave.” Congressman Tom Tancredo insists, “The face of illegal immigration on our borders is one of murder, one of drug smuggling, one of vandalism for all... Read More
The Los Angeles Times (Andrew Blankstein and Garrett Therolf, December 27, 2006) recently carried a major year-end news story which has finally forced me to completely admit the error of my ways with regard to immigration matters. We all have personal ideological biases and beliefs, often deeply resistant to change. But facts are stubborn things,... Read More
A theoretical physicist by training, Mr. Unz serves as founder and chairman of UNZ.org, a content-archiving website providing free access to many hundreds of thousands of articles from prominent periodicals of the last hundred and fifty years. From 2007 to 2013, he also served as publisher of The American Conservative, a small opinion magazine, and had previously served as chairman of Wall Street Analytics, Inc., a financial services software company which he founded in New York City in 1987. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Stanford University, and is a past first-place winner in the Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search. He was born in Los Angeles in 1961.
He has long been deeply interested in public policy issues, and his writings on issues of immigration, race, ethnicity, and social policy have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Nation, and numerous other publications.
In 1994, he launched a surprise Republican primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Pete Wilson of California, running on a conservative, pro-immigrant platform against the prevailing political sentiment, and received 34% of the vote. Later that year, he campaigned as a leading opponent of Prop. 187, the anti-immigration initiative, and was a top featured speaker at a 70,000 person pro-immigrant march in Los Angeles, the largest political rally in California history to that date.
In 1997, Mr. Unz began his “English for the Children” initiative campaign to dismantle bilingual education in California. He drafted Prop. 227 and led the campaign to qualify and pass the measure, culminating in a landslide 61% victory in June 1998, effectively eliminating over one-third of America’s bilingual programs. Within less than three years of the new English immersion curriculum, the mean percentile test scores of over a million immigrant students in California rose by an average of 70%. He later organized and led similar initiative campaigns in other states, winning with 63% in the 2000 Arizona vote and a remarkable 68% in the 2002 Massachusetts vote without spending a single dollar on advertising.
After spending most of the 2000s focused on software projects, he has recently become much more active in his public policy writings, most of which had appeared in his own magazine.