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It is no longer news that statues of real, white American heroes are being removed from public places and images of fake, non-white non-heroes being erected. The totalitarian reconstruction of culture, including the historical past, has now become commonplace. Nevertheless, the reasons offered by those waging the cultural and racial warfare remain interesting, if only... Read More
Even as some left-leaning Democrats pronounced to a yawning world that they would vote against it, the confirmation of former Sen. John Ashcroft as President Bush's attorney general appeared certain. Mr. Ashcroft has trod on the liberal toe on several different issues -- abortion, homosexuality, civil rights and just plain "sensitivity" in general. But on... Read More
It probably ought to tell us something that the first foreign leader to visit President George W. Bush was Jean Chrétien of Canada and that the first foreign leader whom President Bush will visit is Vicente Fox of Mexico. What it should tell us is that globalization - the same process that brought us NAFTA,... Read More
President Bush hasn't even met with Mexican President Vicente Foxyet, but at the rate of the concessions he's already made, we'll be lucky if the Gadsden Purchase is still U.S. territory by the time he does meet him at the end of this week. Two weeks ago, with bipartisan support and tacit administration approval, Congress... Read More
After an entire month in office, President Bush appears to be dangling American conservatives - or at least their self-appointed leaders in the Beltway Right - from his watch chain. This week, The Washington Post interviewed a number of sagamores of the right and pronounced that they were pleased with the new administration. This weekend,... Read More
Many Americans know about the Texas town of El Cenizo, which not long ago announced it would no longer allow federal immigration laws to be enforced within its precincts and actually outlawed any city employee from enforcing them. Neither the president of the United States nor his attorney general nor even the governor of Texas... Read More
An unusual amount of diplomatic eyewash passed between President George W. Bush and his counterpart from Mexico, Vicente Fox, at last week's summit meeting in San Cristobal, and Americans are probably lucky that that's all that changed hands. Beneath the platitudes, courtesies and outright lies the two presidents told each other, the unmistakable tone was... Read More
After the orgy of patriotic indulgence in which most Americans no doubt engaged over the President's Day weekend, probably no one wants to hear much more about national holidays just now. Nevertheless, hear about them we must, since two congressmen are sponsoring legislation to change President's Day back to George Washington's Birthday. Back in the... Read More
In the globalist New World Order, not only can we not have sovereign nation-states, but also we can't have any distinctions between peoples, nations and races at all. Hence, the latest slab of meat on the United Nations' platter of global do-good is the "World Conferenceagainst Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance," to be... Read More
The drama of the week consists not in the politics of tax cuts in Washington but rather in the dynamics of raw racial power on the nation's college campuses. David Horowitz, a neo-conservative foe of black racism, has been trying to publish ads against reparations for slavery in college newspapers. Some won't publish the ads... Read More
Having ripped down every Confederate flag in sight, the armies of tolerance are now aiming their big guns at state songs their generals find offensive. Virginia's quaint ballad, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,"(play) was retired a few years ago, and now Maryland's anthem, "Maryland, My Maryland", (play) is in the gun sights. The chief... Read More
The news unfit to print for the last couple of weeks has to do with black violence against whites trying to celebrate "Fat Tuesday" in cities all over the country. Known in French as "Mardi Gras" in New Orleans, the day from now on might be better known as Bloody rather than Fat. In Philadelphia,... Read More
Last Friday, March 16, was the 250th anniversary of the birth of James Madison—fourth president of the United States, "Father of the Constitution," the major political theorist of The Federalist Papers and the last U.S. president to lead troops into combat (at the battle of Bladensburg, which he lost, in the War of 1812). But... Read More
"I didn't surrender any heritage," Virginia Gov. James Gilmore whined to the press last week after discarding Virginia's annual proclamation of April as "Confederate History Month" and replacing it with a tribute to black as well as white and Union as well as Confederate participants in his state's civil war. If that's what he does... Read More
With a verdict of guilty returned by an Arkansas jury last week in the case of a 13-year-old boy kidnapped, raped and murdered by homosexuals, the murky political mission of much of the national media becomes a bit more transparent than it was before. Despite the horror and shock the Arkansas atrocity offers, virtually no... Read More
If the Democratic Party is the party of the common man, the Republicans are the party of the wealthy upper class. That, of course, is the stereotype that has prevailed in American political discussion for well over a century, and with no small reason. Now, as a new century gapes before us, it may be... Read More
You really have to tip your hat to Mexican President Vicente Fox, who seems determined to get the United States to change its immigration laws and take in even more Mexican immigrants than we do already. Ever since his election last summer, Mr. Fox has been pushing a scheme under which the two countries would... Read More
To the disgruntlement of Mississippi's business leaders and political establishment, it looks as though the vast majority of the state's voters next week will reject a proposed new state flag that drops the Confederate Battle Flag design of the current one. Depending on which poll you cite, voters favor the current state banner to the... Read More
The social event of the year seems to be the impending execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on May 16. Since McVeigh has admitted his guilt and abandoned his claims to further legal appeals that might have kept him alive for several more years, there need be no worries about what DNA evidence could... Read More
After four straight days of anti-white mayhem in Cincinnati, the national media evidently decided that they could no longer keep their lid on one of the nation's largest race riots since the 1960s. Therefore, in place of simple suppression, what the nation's news watchers got was spin—that the oppressed blacks of Cincinnati took to the... Read More
After nearly three years of lies and 200 of libel, American scholarship has decided that Thomas Jefferson probably did not sire children by his slave Sally Hemings after all. The news has yet to be published by the same papers and magazines that in 1998 assured us that Jefferson had "almost certainly" fathered a child... Read More
Perhaps the most revealing comment about last week's Mississippi referendum that overwhelmingly endorsed keeping the state's 107-year-old flag with a Confederate flag design in it came from the editorial page of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, which supported getting rid of the old flag, the day after Mississippians went to the polls. "The vote also exposed... Read More
Perhaps without fully realizing what it was doing, the U.S. Supreme Court last week struck a small blow for American nationhood. By narrowly rejecting—for rather arcane legalistic reasons—the lawsuit of an immigrant woman demanding the right to take a driver's license test in Spanish, it actually helped protect the English language and the national bond... Read More
If there is going to be a white awakening in this country, a realization among whites that they are slowly becoming a subordinate class of citizens and victims of an emerging non-white, racially conscious majority, it may start in Cincinnati. In that city, ripped apart by three days of race riots in April, some whites... Read More
Is Thomas Blanton, convicted last week of first-degree murder in the infamous Birmingham church bombing of 1963, really guilty? Who knows? So politicized have trials involving racial issues become in this country—the murder trial of O.J. Simpson is the archetype—that jury verdicts mean almost nothing today. In the Blanton case, even the chief prosecutor, U.S.... Read More
Speaking before a luncheon hosted by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith last week, Attorney General John Ashcroft swore eternal enmity to the evil of racial discrimination and its offspring, racial profiling. Discrimination, the attorney general solemnly warned, remains "pervasive," and needs to be combatted "vigorously." That, he continued, is why "racial profiling is an... Read More
For all the fun and frolic that the nation's media elite was enjoying over the now-delayed execution of Timothy McVeigh, there remains a nagging question in their minds about the Oklahoma City bombing that McVeigh now openly admits having committed: Why doesn't this terrorist feel any guilt? The question permeates the best-selling examination of the... Read More
With unemployment reaching a new high of 6.4 million last week, President Bush thought it would be a nifty idea to ask Congress to let more illegal immigrants remain in the country. He then met once again (for the fourth time) with Mexico's President Vicente Fox, who once again (for the ten zillionth time) badgered... Read More
In a rare fit of courage, Virginia Gov. James Gilmore last week put his name to a proclamation declaring May to be "European-American Heritage Month," but alas, the fit did not endure. [VDARE note: the Proclamation has now vanished from the gubernatorial website, although Virginia Beer Month and white canes – for the blind –... Read More
The debate over immigration may have smothered in its cradle in Washington and national politics, but in more real places it's still alive and kicking. One such place is Iowa, which for the last nine months has been pregnant with controversy over the issue. Last September, the state's Democratic governor, Tom Vilsack, was infected with... Read More
Antiquarians may recall that, long ago in April, two high Mexican government officials came to the United States and boasted of how much they were going to help us in controlling illegal immigration. Last week the help arrived in the shape of the Mexican government's plan to distribute some 200,000 survival kits to Mexicans who... Read More
"Remember the immigration debate of the '90s?" asks National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru in an article on immigration policy in the magazine's April 2 issue. No, I'm afraid I don't, actually. What I remember was not a debate so much as a smear campaign to label anyone who favored restricting immigration as a "racist,"... Read More
A tip of the hat to Attorney General John Ashcroft, who in a letter to the National Rifle Association makes clear that the Second Amendment is back in the Constitution this week. What's in the Constitution and what isn't varies, you know, depending on which gaggle of politicos happens to get hold of the document.... Read More
The big news at Ford Motor Company these days is not so much those tires they're going to put on their cars and trucks but rather which colors will make the decision. Last summer, Ford was named the 30th "best company for minorities" in the country by Fortunemagazine, and if the class action lawsuit filed... Read More
While Time magazine's cover story this week gurgled cheerfully over the happy "whole new world" it spies in the disappearance of the U.S. border with Mexico, a more sober article in the June issue of American Demographics analyzes the new borders that are sprouting up—inside what used to be the United States. The second article,... Read More
With Amnesty International having just issued a report that calls the practice of torture in African countries "routine" and with probably hundreds of thousands of Africans living in the most grotesque slavery, African nations are cranking up a demand that Western states should apologize and pay up for all the wickedness they perpetrated on their... Read More
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the reaction to last week's mayoral election in Los Angeles was that almost no one seemed disturbed by the transparent ethnic and racial lines that the voting followed--while at the same time, almost no one even bothered to deny that voting followed such lines. Nor does it seem to... Read More
Less than a week before Timothy McVeigh entertained the nation with a dose of the hot juice, a beaming Attorney General John Ashcroft popped up before the House Judiciary Committee to announce that a new Justice Department study shows there is "no evidence of racial bias in the administration of the federal death penalty." Since... Read More
If there's a shortage of hate crimes in your community, you can always try to dig one up from the remote past. In Duluth, Minnesota, the closest thing to a hate crime anyone seems able to find is the lynching of three blacks in 1920 by a white mob that believed them guilty of raping... Read More
The biggest problem for the not-very-bustling metropolis of Casa Blanca, Mexico, is, according to a recent story in the New York Times, whether it is going to exist in the near future. "The question we always ask," says one of its dwindling and aging residents, "is, 'Will our community survive?' We are running out of... Read More
Having just voted overwhelmingly for the socialism of Tony Blair, the good folk of Great Britain are now amazed and alarmed to discover that what they are getting in return are the logical consequences of the socialism they voted for. Last week, the British government announced that the convicted teenage killers of a 2-year-old boy... Read More
Just over a year ago, in a column about the Confederate Flag controversy in South Carolina, I wrote the following sentences: "... the blunt truth is that racial slavery existed for a far longer time under the American flag than under the brief four years of the Confederacy. If the NAACP denounces the Confederate flag... Read More
It's always refreshing to learn what conservatives think from people who have no credentials whatsoever as conservatives themselves. Thus, The Arizona Republic and other papers recently conscripted one Roger E. Hernandez to explain how "mainline conservatives alter their views on migrants," meaning the immigration issue. Mr. Hernandez is "writer-in-residence at the New Jersey Institute of... Read More
The first Independence Day of the new century—maybe the last century of the American nation as it has historically existed—was greeted by a hot flash of brain waves from the nation's illuminati. The main burden of their reflections on national independence seemed to be that it's time to call it all off and start over.... Read More
Having enjoyed the exhilarating experience of two major race riots in less than two months, the British government of Tony Blair is eagerly searching for a white scapegoat to blame them on. The most convenient such goat is the minute "white nationalist" political party called the British National Party (BNP) which some in the British... Read More
With Hillary Clinton and a platoon of lesser luminaries at his heels, President Bush descended on New York City's famous Ellis Island last week to harangue a bunch of new Americans with the insight that "immigration is a not a problem to be solved; it is a sign of a confident and successful nation." Of... Read More
What does a president do if he wins election after losing the popular vote, nearly losing the electoral vote, watching the base of his party begin to vanish, and wins at all only because his own party's appointees to the Supreme Court say that he won? What George W. Bush is proposing to do is... Read More
In Cincinnati, where race riots flamed for three days in April, the fruits of the war against racial profiling are now dropping off the trees. Last week both The Washington Times and The New York Times carried virtually the same story: Crime in Cincinnati is out of control—for the simple reason that the police are... Read More
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking one kick to its shins after another, from the Robert Hanssen spy scandal to its screw-up of evidence in the Oklahoma City bombing to the most recent tale of how piles of its own weapons and equipment have suddenly vanished, and all this on top of the Waco... Read More
The unspoken assumption, shared by Democrats and Republicans, most liberals and most conservatives, behind President Bush's amnesty/guest worker plan to grant legal residency to 3 million illegal aliens from Mexico is that the Mexican and Hispanic vote is important. No one on either side of the political and ideological divide even pretends it's not politics... Read More
Sam Francis
About Sam Francis

Dr. Samuel T. Francis (1947-2005) was a leading paleoconservative columnist and intellectual theorist, serving as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan and as an editorial writer, columnist, and editor at The Washington Times. He received the Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in both 1989 and 1990, while being a finalist for the National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for Editorial Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation those same years. His undergraduate education was at Johns Hopkins and he later earned his Ph.D. in modern history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His books include The Soviet Strategy of Terror(1981, rev.1985), Power and History: The Political Thought of James Burnham (1984); Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism (1993); Revolution from the Middle: Essays and Articles from Chronicles, 1989–1996 (1997); and Thinkers of Our Time: James Burnham (1999). His published articles or reviews appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, National Review, The Spectator (London), The New American, The Occidental Quarterly, and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, of which he was political editor and for which he wrote a monthly column, “Principalities and Powers.”