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VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow writes: My memoir of Dr. John Tanton, who died July 16, has just appeared in the latest, Fall 2019, issue of his quarterly magazine The Social Contract, which is dedicated to his legacy. We’re posting it here with VDARE.com’s trademark hyperlinks.

Sadly, in this issue The Social Contract Editors also announce that “after a thirty-year publishing cycle, The Social Contract quarterly comes to an end with this issue.” We salute everyone involved in this heroic endeavor. Tree-based journalism is tough. We’re happy to say our own VDARE Quarterly is getting back on track after PayPal’s attempted mugging. We hope to provide a home for The Social Contract’s writers and readers in future. Ave atque vale.

Shortly after John Tanton’s passing, two New York Times writers, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear, published a book called Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration in which they casually referred to John as “a retired Michigan ophthalmologist and white nationalist.” Of course, on one level this ridiculous smear is just yet more evidence of the bigoted bubble that Ivy League Main Stream Media journalists inhabit. But on another level, it illustrates the polemical ploy used against John, particularly in his latter years, that neither he nor his key supporters were ever able successfully to counter. This was unfortunate in terms of the public debate on immigration, and deeply frustrating to those of us who urged a more radical response. But it was to his credit as a human being: besides being a great man—in terms of his capabilities, courage, and creativity—John Tanton was a gentleman, and a gentle man.

Needless to say, John was not remotely a “white nationalist.” I believe my testimony on this matter must be accepted as dispositive: to adapt Lloyd Bentsen’s notorious attack in Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice-presidential debate, I (no doubt unlike many readers of Social Contract) am prepared to acknowledge that I know “white nationalists” (in the sense of people aiming to defend the interests of American whites—as they are absolutely entitled to do in the era of identity-group politics that the post-1965 immigration disaster is inexorably creating). I regard some “white nationalists” (who, until the 1965 Immigration Act would have been known as “American Nationalists”) as my friends. John Tanton was no white nationalist.

He was, in fact, an environmentalist—genuinely, passionately in love with birds, trees etc. “He thinks the bees are dying,” FAIR’s Dan Stein once told me, exasperated because he wanted John to focus on the latest immigration legislation crisis.

But, unlike many environmentalists, John was deeply rational. He saw that population growth was antithetical to the conservationist cause. Accordingly, he became interested in population control. He decided this required the legalization of abortion and campaigned for it in Michigan—where it lost, in a referendum. But he later told me, to his great credit, that he regretted the U.S. Supreme Court’s arbitrary imposition of nation-wide abortion, because it left the issue unsettled and festering.

In an era of center-right government, John’s interest in population control was unscrupulously invoked by the neoconservative Wall Street Journal Editorial page in a clumsy attempt to stampede conservative Catholic readers against immigration reduction. But now, in the current era of Woke Trump-Deranged Leftism, “white nationalism” has become the smear du jour. Transcending both, John once told me that he and his wife Mary Lou had voted for Patrick. J. Buchanan in the 1992 Michigan GOP primary—because their support for his immigration skepticism, which they had come to share, outweighed his much-publicized Right To Life commitment. But very few are capable of this level of dispassionate discipline.

John Tanton, in Robert E. Lee’s wonderful phrase, was not a professional soldier but a citizen who took up arms for his country. This had both good and bad consequences. Among the good: no professional politician would have selflessly devoted so much time to building organizations that others would get to run, not always gratefully. Nor would a professional politician permit itself (or be capable of) John’s tireless innocent curiosity, which did indeed duly get him into trouble when he strayed into Politically Incorrect areas.

Notoriously among the bad: donating his private papers to the University of Michigan, naively not realizing that his enemies would ransack them for out-of-context quotes in the hope of embarrassing not merely John himself, but also his many trusting private correspondents. (Such as, for example, me. For the record, I thought John’s papers contained nothing embarrassing at all. But he unquestionably gave these enemies yet another opportunity to lie).

John also lacked a professional politician’s thick skin. I remember him being genuinely distressed because some girl had started screaming at him in a Petoskey store about his alleged “racism”—part of the demography-driven collapse of public civility that has subsequently become so common in the Trump years. I told him he should have replied that he’d rather be a racist than a traitor—which is, of course, is what immigration enthusiasts ultimately are. But that idea distressed him even more.

John Tanton was a great quartermaster rather than a great general. He had none of the ruthlessness, even cruelty, of the true battle leader. This was just as well for that boorish girl in the Petoskey store, and certainly made life easier for his numerous colleagues who claimed careers in the movement he built, although I believe it limited its effectiveness in the end.

Accordingly, whereas Lazare Carnot famously became known as “The Organizer of Victory,” because he assembled the citizen armies that defended the French Revolution from external attack, it cannot yet be said what exactly John was “The Organizer” of—because the immigration battle is not yet won, or even really joined.

But he was the Organizer of something. I personally, and generations of Americans yet unborn, will remain deeply in his debt.

Peter Brimelow [Email him] is the editor of VDARE.com. His best-selling book, Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster, is now available in Kindle format.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Nehlen says:

    Being called a White Nationalist pales in comparison to being called a White Supremacist.

    Depends on how scared Shlomo is, I suppose.

  2. WHAT says:

    >population control
    >through legallizing abortion
    >not stopping mudblood immigration

    Indeed, this creature is not a nationalist, but a garden variety moloch cultist.

  3. gotmituns says:

    This article is complete jibberish.

  4. jews pretending to fight the thing they are doing…sickening truly appaling and “immigration” is a weapon and apart of the plan

  5. Being called a White Nationalist pales in comparison to being called a White Supremacist.

    SJWs are the ultimate white supremacists. Ask Tracy Morgan. Ask Israel Folau. Ask Clarence Thomas.

  6. Anonymous[377] • Disclaimer says:

    Ivy League Main Stream Media journalists <= identity .. ?
    Ivy League has come to mean encapsulated Zionism.
    According to Ivy League person Hillary: Persons who are not Zionist are Deplorable.

    The problem is not immigration but assimilation! Americans don’t need ISIS thinking and behaviors to be distributed throughout America but ISIS type thinkers are often hired by governments, their agencies and big time employers and Americans have always welcomed immigrants.. but the USA has never ever done its part to keep America Safe. SAFE from What?

    To assimilate: one must first become educated, to become educated means to acquire nearly native abilities and levels of knowledge performance in language, culture, geography, history, constitutional law, ethics expected of native born and raised USA citizens living in America.

    Employers who recruit, refer for a fee, or hire for employment individuals in the U.S. are required to complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (managed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). and W4 forms which dictates withholding calculation for FIT purposes. These I9 Forms could be used to tell a big time story..

    These prior to employment requirements reflect deeply into post hiring employer withholding, penalty liabilities, and cross-agency bureaucratic issues and overhead but they also make clear the employer has been made the first line of defense against unlawful immigration.

    I think someone could write a nice book about how these changes will likely impact immigration, assimilation, citizen expectation and sense of feeling that “America is Safe”. These types issues have become the go to justification; courts often use, to narrow prohibited space, or to insert except for, in ways that negate the promises made in the bill of rights amended constitution. Basically the bill of rights (10 amendments to the constitution of the USA) promised that those entrusted with the power of the USA will not allow that power to infringe the rights enumerated in the bill of rights when dealing with the citizens if governs.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  7. He did what you say? Donated his private papers to the UofM? What an astounding failure in reasoning and ultimately a betrayal of every correspondent and collaborator with whom he worked. Although I never met the man, based on what I’ve read and heard, this could only have been naivety.

    Was it his lifetime in the lily white affluent Little Traverse Bay area? Like wealthy leftists, was he just oblivious to the reality that UofM is grossly and terminally infected by enemies of the American nation much as leftists are oblivious to the nature of their pet negroes with whom they share nothing but an ideology of jealousy and hate?

    Or, given that we know Hillsdale College is equidistant from Petoskey as Ann Arbor, was this in fact something much worse?

  8. GMC says:

    Americans have no Idea – the massive destruction – that those New Open , Unlimited Immigration Laws , that were passed in 1965, did to the US Society. Obviously, John Tanton – did.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  9. Truth3 says:

    I grew up in an Eisenhower & JFK America that was 90% White. Crime was limited to the Black sections of Major Cities. People (including Blacks) could work if they wanted a job, and 95% of working age Male Americans did. With that job, a paycheck that could buy what was needed to take care of your family (all of it, or at least a chunk) was a given. Most women were happy not to work, as their role as Wife & Mother was fulfilling enough to keep their presence as an anchor in their kids lives their greatest contribution.

    SAT and ACT scores were at an all time high, and they had yet to dumb down the tests. Few went to college, yet the country had no shortage of smart people able to make possible incredible growth and improvements. A High School education prepared one to face life, unlike today.

    The infrastructure of the country was improving every day. Half the population of today (America then) built from nothing an amazing road and bridge system in 48 States, that we can’t even maintain today. Airports, Seaports, Pipelines, Electrical Grid, Power Plants, etc. were being created nonstop, increasing our ability to support an increasing population.

    We had no idea then that our hard work would be inherited by those that could not take care of it.

    What now?

    Look around. America is crumbling in every way.

    We don’t design and engineer… we push paper working for the government or other worthless endeavors.

    We don’t manufacture and produce for export… we import.

    Crime is everywhere now… you can’t escape it.

    The haves send their kids to elite schools to become lawyers and brokers… professions that create no wealth, just extract it. The have nots are fooled into pouring their savings, and taking on debt, to get their kids worthless degrees that end up being albatross linked to student loans and second mortgages.

    Why?

    White people no longer have ANY control in this country.

    The Jews have taken over all Institutions with power… Government, Banks, Law, Medicine, Media. Is it any wonder that Americans have the worst Government, the most rapacious Banks, the most perverted Legal System, the most expenseive Medical Care, or the worst propagandist Media of any people at any time?

    The most attractive job for uneducated young people is now the military… where you can go die or kill for Israel.

    America is lost.

    We built this country. But we no longer have any say in it’s control.

    Want to know why Trump won in 16?

    Think about his slogan. When was it Great?

  10. What has Peter Brimelow actually achieved over the past few decades? Nada, zip and Zilch is what.

    Could energies be directed against something else rather than getting triggered over little things like editorials which nobody reads about some nobody environmentalist.

    The problem with Peter is that he and his organisation, while recognising we live in a deeply flawed democracy, still actually have hope in the democratic process, they are essentially wasting their time trying to convince masses of sheep who much prefer hedonistic pursuits like sports to things that VDARE talk about.

    As America heads towards majority-minority status, we will be left with the car crash that was the Dissident Right, within the wreckage will be film reviews, IQ studies, memes and “gibs me dat bitcoin” fundraiser drives, it will provide a good point of study for future African studies departments is all I can say.

  11. Anon[156] • Disclaimer says:

    Have only read the first two lines and have to remark that unlike most Americans the author appears to have a good grasp of English.

    • Replies: @Pop Warner
  12. DanFromCT says:
    @Truth3

    The Jews could never have turned America upside down by themselves. It took lots of collusion behind the curtain, and as Kevin MacDonald pointed out in a recent article here, across seventy years of cultural warfare against the American family and nation, the Republican Party and Conservatism Inc have conserved exactly nothing.

  13. In an era of center-right government, John’s interest in population control was unscrupulously invoked by the neoconservative Wall Street Journal Editorial page in a clumsy attempt to stampede conservative Catholic readers against immigration reduction. But now, in the current era of Woke Trump-Deranged Leftism, “white nationalism” has become the smear du jour. Transcending both, John once told me that he and his wife Mary Lou had voted for Patrick. J. Buchanan in the 1992 Michigan GOP primary—because their support for his immigration skepticism, which they had come to share, outweighed his much-publicized Right To Life commitment. But very few are capable of this level of dispassionate discipline.

    John Tanton type donors who advocate for an immigration moratorium and the deportation of all illegal alien invaders should focus on starting a nationally printed newspaper along the lines of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today and the New York Times.

    The new political party called WHITE CORE AMERICA should be tasked with producing this newspaper with the aim of not only destroying the evil and immoral Republican Party electorally, but also to push products that WHITE CORE AMERICA will produce and distribute.

    The Wall Street Journal has carried on with the propaganda push for more mass legal immigration and mass illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal alien invaders that the owners before the Murdoch Mob had pushed. The current Murdoch Mob controllers of the Wall Street Journal are fanatic in their push to flood the USA with mass legal immigration and mass illegal immigration and Paul Gigot and Danny Henninger are absolute mass immigration fanatics who are active enemies of the historic American nation.

    The New York Times — controlled by the Sulzberger Mob — also pushes mass legal immigration and mass illegal immigration, but previously the New York Times was somewhat skeptical of mass illegal immigration and mass illegal immigration because of its harmful effects on US workers and their wages. Now the New York Times has joined with the Wall Street Journal in advocating for nation-wrecking mass legal immigration and mass illegal immigration.

    White Core America will be the political party that displaces the rancid Republican Party and White Core America will function as a company in a manner similar to the way that the Virginia Company operated with shares and bounties and the like.

    White Core American beer and White Core American frozen pizza and the like advertised in the White Core America nationally printed newspaper that propagandizes in favor of an immediate immigration moratorium and the immediate deportation of all illegal alien invaders.

  14. @DanFromCT

    Logically speaking, it does not make sense to be angry towards Jews but rather Whites who worke together with them and still do to this day, constituting their own “race” of sorts.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @Truth3
    , @Ian Smith
  15. Yeah, nice for him to be on our side, but ultimately he was someone who’d rather surrender than fight. We don’t need “Gentleman” we need fighters. He seems to have had that WASP sickness, of thinking that behaving a certain way was more important than results. Its amazing how many of these old Paleocons prided themselves on NOT fighting and losing gracefully.

  16. @Truth3

    Agree. The only rule was “Be home by dark”. We kids would play outside until dusk and then head home on foot or on our trusty Schwinns. Never for a moment did the thought enter into our heads that we could be mugged or assaulted while outdoors playing. That kind of crime was pretty much unthinkable.

    I haven’t seen kids playing outside for years. Single mothers are terrified of letting their kids out to play. The sense of communal trust is gone. We’ve lost our souls and our country.

  17. “To assimilate: one must first become educated, to become educated means to acquire nearly native abilities and levels of knowledge performance in language, culture, geography, history, constitutional law, ethics expected of native born and raised USA citizens living in America.”

    This suggests that 15% of the population are citizens. And that number shrinks to less that 5% if one goes back as far as the founding. It has got to be one of the strangest kinds of advocacy this suggestion that IQ and higher learning are part and parcel to citizenship. I am all for improving IQ and education — but it defies seriousness to think that the country was founded on the list you suggest. The primary expectation of literacy was the ability to read the bible, and write your name. Fortunately the colonies were founded by literate men and women and they pushed their communities to be literate. But literacy was rudimentary by today’s standards and the populations of closed communities Sure as high as 60-70% of the population could read rudimentary english which varied from community to community, thy could write their names, but few if any had a clue about math beyond the basics or writing beyond the ability to sign their name. The educational primer was home schooling or small private school rooms. Geography, not on a bet. Science even basic science, the social norms were not universal, but local (parochial). Note: and highly influenced by their previous ancestry or nationality and religious beliefs. Shhhh . . . don’t tell anyone — but identity politics was the norm.

    Note: slaves, indentured servants were literally denied an education as it would have empowered them to possibly seek a life independent of their owners — having been educated as equals. It’s always the educated and enlightened who so carry on. Hence keeping them from learning not because they couldn’t, but because on becoming so — they could compete and excel.

  18. PaleoSam says:

    Why is this the last issue of the “Social Contract”? That’s what it says on the cover image that was posted with the article.

  19. @WHAT

    Context please.
    Margaret Sanger (Planned Parenthood) supported legalized abortion to keep the Black population under control.
    In Scandinavia, most countries have had legal abortion since before WWII, not for population control, but to ensure children would receive a proper upbringing. Social programmes were put in place to ensure that abortion was not going to be an economic issue.

    What part of Pat Buchanan’s immigration skepticism do you nor understand?
    Any real nationalist is the political spectrum, not part of it, and that includes unnecessary immigration.

  20. Rurik says:
    @Just passing through

    it does not make sense to be angry towards Jews but rather Whites who worke together with them

    William Buckley was the Patron Saint of Conservative Inc.

    The original conservative American sell-out. Right at the moment in American history when the scourge of J-supremacism was being questioned by actual, honorable conservative Americans like Joe Sobran. Buckley sold that man, (his erstwhile friend), down the river, so he could have his smug, ugly mug on the Talmud Vision. Preening as an ‘intellectual’, with his three dollar words, as the men of integrity were ground into the dust by the supremacists, who were doing all they could to subvert American conservatism into the sewer of corruption and betrayal that it so glaringly is today. The thing that rats like Mitt and Lindsey and Hannity and Marco and all the rest of the execrable cowards and liars share in common, is their eager willingness to betray the people who trust them, to the very forces doing all they can to destroy, every last semblance of actual conservative American’s lives and hopes for their children.

    May you be rotting in Hell, William Buckley. For all eternity, with your pal John McCain. Soon hopefully to be joined by Mitt and Marco and so many, many more…

    • Agree: geokat62
  21. Hibernian says:

    May you be rotting in Hell, William Buckley. For all eternity, with your pal John McCain. Soon hopefully to be joined by Mitt and Marco and so many, many more…

    So uplifting that a defender of Western civilization has such a Christian view of his enemies.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @Sin City Milla
  22. anonymous[148] • Disclaimer says:

    “Racist” is an anti-White slur.

    It never applies to non-White countries/communities enforcing borders or being homogeneous.

    Self preference and preservation (‘racism’) is accepted as healthy and normal for the 90% of the world we’re forced to call minorities. This is the Non-White Privilege.

    White Privilege? Open Borders.

    Diversity means Chasing Down Fleeing Whites

  23. @Rurik

    It is quite possible that in working with Jews for so long, WASP collaborators have started to see this union not just as a “class” (as in ruling class) but a “race”. After all a lot of powerful Gentiles like Trump are marrying their offspring with Jewish people. Could be a new master race forming.

    • Replies: @Truth3
    , @Rurik
  24. Truth3 says:
    @Just passing through

    It makes TOTAL sense to be angry at Jews about it… their Shabbos Goy as well, but without the Jews, the SG would not exist.

  25. Truth3 says:
    @Just passing through

    It’s not a Master Race.. it’s the Devil’s People.

    Mark of the Beast… becoming a shabbos goy so that you go thru life on better terms, having sold your soul to the front for Anti-Christ.

  26. Truth3 says:
    @Rurik

    Joe Sobran is toasting Christ with ambrosia in Heaven, while the Buckley that stabbed him in the back is gagging on rat-shit in tribute to Lucifer in Hell.

    • Agree: Rurik
  27. anaccount says:

    Except Tanton never actually took up arms for his country, something no generation of American men have done in a very, very long time. America’s wars have not served American’s interests with few (if any) exceptions.

    I don’t want to discount this man or his work per se but the power of the pen is clearly overrated.

  28. Mark12345 says:

    He was for abortion? That negates any and all good this confused man may have done.

  29. Anonymous[295] • Disclaimer says:

    Zero sympathy for these “kind hearted white nationalists” who got their feelings hurt.

    Maybe this fellow should have been fighting against the imperialism of the west instead of whining about immigration so much.

    That would have actually helped to reduce immigration, but it seems like this fellow wanted to eat his cake and have it too (have western imperialism and not have immigration lol).

  30. @Anon

    Well he’s from England so that helps

  31. It’s hard to digest muchless reconcile protecting the nation while decreasing its population and expecting the gap to be replaced with anyone but foreigners.

    On it face, murdering children in the womb as a manner of population control, even for the purpose of demographic management in my view reprehensible.

  32. Rurik says:
    @Hibernian

    So uplifting that a defender of Western civilization has such a Christian view of his enemies.

    I’m am an unapologetic defender of Western civilization and its people. That’s true, but I’m only a proponent of Christianity insofar as it too, bolsters Western civ. and its people. On the day, and in the personas and places (the Vatican, for instance) where Christianity has been subverted and depraved, and now acts as the enemy of the West, then it has lost all its value for the people of the West and for me too.

    Dante was quintessentially a man of the West, and a Christian, when being a Christian meant something more than abased fealty to mewling weakness and tolerance, if not celebration of all things homomania and multicultural.

    And for Dante, (and myself), there is no sin more heinous than betrayal. That is why he reserved the ninth circle of eternal agony for those whose so richly deserve it. Those whose unholy betrayal is most egregious. And few people on this planet, have betrayed their faith and the people who trusted them, more than William Buckley (his acolyte George Will) and most execrably, John – The Bloodstain – McCain.

    Hieronymus Bosch, and so many others like him, was also quintessentially Western and Christian, and if you Duckduckgo his images, you find that he too, considered hell a place some people rightly deserved to spend eternity in.

    If I wish for John McCain to be in its pit, at the base of its throes, then it’s only because his choices while alive, leave no other fate as a righteous judgment for the life he led.

    If there is a Christian God, then most assuredly, there is judgment.

  33. @Ian Smith

    But the bulk of the anger should really be against the shabbos goys right? Who would you be angrier at, the dog that bit you and gave you rabies or the member of your family who aided and abetted the dog into getting sufficiently close to you?

    • Replies: @Ian Smith
  34. Rurik says:
    @Just passing through

    a lot of powerful Gentiles like Trump are marrying their offspring with Jewish people. Could be a new master race forming.

    At the end of the day, Gentile ambitions and Jewish ambitions are mutually exclusive. If a Gentile assimilates and serves Jewish interests, then they’ll be tolerated, but never wholly accepted as one of the tribe.

    In private, the Jews still call Madonna a filthy shiksa whore. No matter how many times she recites some Kabala screed and brays her fealty to the tribe.

    • Agree: the grand wazoo
    • Replies: @the grand wazoo
  35. @Truth3

    I too grew up in that era. I was born on the East side of Buffalo, NY in a very defined neighborhood encompassing 10 x 4 city blocks, bordered as it was on all sides by railroad tracks. I’ve estimated the population there to be about 10,000, and mostly everyone knew everyone else by some manner. It was the 1950s and I knew only one divorced family. Most families had 4 – 8 children. Within those 40 small city block were 3 Catholic churches each with a K-8 school, 1 Russain Orthadox church, and 2 protestant ones. There was 1 public school, K-8, a bar and grill, or a market, on just about every corner, 1 movie theater .25 cents got you 2 features plus a news reel, 1 soda bar, one 5 an 10 cent store, several hardware stores, 1 pool hall, 1 scrap yard, and a neighborhood park. What more could you ask for.
    Of course as we grew into draft age men many went to Vietnam, returned damaged and discouraged. By 1970 Buffalo had lost it’s manufacturing base. Steel companies that had employed 60,000 now had room for only a few thousand. So most of us bought into the God is dead mantra, moved away got married, had a couple of abortions before allowing no more than 2 to live, and then divorced as quickly as possible. We’re now living with the sum result of that.

  36. @Hibernian

    Christian individualism n turning the other cheek is what left Western Civilization defenseless to organized ethnic predation in the first place. We need a wall around DC to imprison the traitors even more than we need a wall on our borders.

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
  37. @gotmituns

    “This article is complete jibberish.”

    Wrong.

    Go back to watching cartoons, you little troll.

    P.S. You can’t even spell gibberish correctly. Lol.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  38. @DanFromCT

    “the Republican Party and Conservatism Inc have conserved exactly nothing.”

    Not exactly right. They have devoted themselves to conserving everything that democrat socialists have managed to enshrine in law and custom. Note how they refused to accept that Obamacare needed to be repealed and they instead started tubthumping for a replacement.

  39. @Rurik

    I firmly believe that Jews target high profile gentiles for intermarriage, and have since forever. The Jewish female marries a wealthy goyim, or goy of nobility, then the children, the sons and daughters are recognized as Jew through blood. Jewishness comes from the mother. A male Jew that marries goyim does not produce Jewish offspring. Even if he circumcises the boys.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  40. People like Dr. Tanton show that individuals CAN make a difference. This guy was just one retired Michigan ophthalmologist, but he got a lot of people riled up on the others side. The fact that this one guy with his own money could still make a difference when pitted against dozens of government and quasi-government outfits with hundreds of times the money to spend should give us heart.

    Imagine if there were just 100 John Tantons in each state, each with his own reason for wanting to stop the population replacement via the immigration invasion. There are plenty of people with the money, lots more than John Tanton had. Do they care enough about the future of their children and grandchildren?

    It behooves us all to speak out, if nothing else, and I don’t want to hear that crap about “I can’t say anything”. YES, YOU CAN!. We don’t need cowards in this business. Mr. Brimelow here has been called white nationalist, etc, as if it’s a slur. Please remember the “sticks and stones” bit. Call me a racist, nationalist, supremacist, sensationalist, I don’t care. (I’m lucky to be in a position in which I can pretty much say most of what applies, and I do my share.)

    Never mind Mr. Unz’s silliness about this topic – he’s got his own agenda of free speech for which I respect him greatly. He doesn’t need to be right on everything, and he ain’t. I urge all of you to give what you can spare to VDare and whatever other anti-invasion organizations suit your fancy, and speak your mind. Peak Stupidity has repeatedly urged readers to remember how the ctrl-left got their way in the 1960sThere is great power in numbers.

  41. @Anonymous

    The problem is not immigration but assimilation!

    No, not exactly. The problem is that there will never be assimilation of groups that come in large numbers from places extremely foreign to us. Education has nothing to do with it.

    OK, the problem is not immigration, were it a quarter million people yearly from all kinds of different places, as those with no choice but to “do as the Romans do” will do just that. We have had an invasion of millions of people per year for over 5 decades, #377!

    Imagine a large group of highly educated, even Spanish-fluent, immigrants to Mexico all going to one place, let’s say Fred Reed’s new home town. Imagine you’re one of them. Do you really think you’re going to assimilate by no longer caring about The States, the sportsball, the “issues”, keeping your yard tidy, “the rules”, etc. and stop “shaking like live wire”*, start taking siestas from noon to 3, and throwing old tequila bottles out of your new beater Ford Gran Torino? I’m telling you, you’re gonna’ hang out with your other Americanos, because that’s who you are, and you can.

    It’s all about the numbers. See “Immigration invasion, assimilation, and refugees”.

    .

    * Old JT reference, so here you go:

  42. Dr. X says:

    I personally, and generations of Americans yet unborn, will remain deeply in his debt.

    That’s a pretty fucking bizarre way to eulogize somebody who advocated abortion, isn’t it?

    The loss of Western Civilization will be due in very large measure to the widespread use of abortion and birth control by white women, while the duskier hues continue to reproduce like rabbits…

  43. @Sin City Milla

    I remember him being genuinely distressed because some girl had started screaming at him in a Petoskey store about his alleged “racism”—part of the demography-driven collapse of public civility that has subsequently become so common in the Trump years. I told him he should have replied that he’d rather be a racist than a traitor—which is, of course, is what immigration enthusiasts ultimately are.

    Everybody should read this article if only for the above. And then spread the message as far and widely as they possibly can.

  44. @GMC

    Not only did John Tanton have a deep understanding of the massive destruction embedded in the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, he had a deep understanding of it in the 1970s. The 1970s! While Joe Levin, Charles Abernathy, and Morris Dees were incorporating the SPLC in Montgomery, Alabama to run a 50-year grift on naive Americans still basking in the warm afterglow of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, John Tanton was up in the northern Michigan pines running the numbers on the 1965 legislation and deciding someone needed to warn the people–whatever the cost.

    [John Tanton took up that mantle at enormous personal cost and, with his gracious wife, Mary Lou, remained faithful to that decision for the rest of his life. I wonder how many of those commenting here with such derision against John’s life’s work can point to examples in their own lives even one one-thousandth as noble. Or as beneficial to the country. What have they been doing these last few decades to fight back?]

    Remarkably, not only did the SPLC and John Tanton enter the public arena at the same time, they left it at the same time, as well. Just four months before John died, Morris Dees was ousted from the organization he created, followed a week later by the resignations of SPLC president, Richard Cohen, SPLC chairman of the board, Alan Howard, and director of litigation, Rhonda Brownstein. The last of the SPLC old guard–Heidi Beirich–has also since resigned. The entire upper management of this tax-exempt charity leaves the organization with a half billion in assets–half of which is in the Cayman Islands, according to the SPLC’s Form 990.

    Much of the SPLC’s wealth was generated by its utterly unscrupulous attacks on anyone attempting to moderate the nation-destroying 1965 immigration legislation and John was easily the SPLC’s number one immigration target–enduring the SPLC’s particular brand of venom the entire length of his admirable public career.

    The SPLC hated John Tanton because John Tanton was formidable, but, formidable as he was, the SPLC had the ready use of a very heavy club that no one (except Donald Trump) can withstand–the media. The Washington Post, The New York Times, et al., could be relied upon to amplify any smear against John Tanton (in its obituary, the classless Washington Post compared John to a dead cat polluting a well). Thus, while the SPLC raised billions from gullible Americans in its campaign to destroy their country, John had to work hard for each every million he raised in his effort to save their country.

    I had the opportunity to spend a couple of weekends with the Tantons. They lived in Petoskey, Michigan–a beautiful part of the country. There was a cabin on a lake in the woods that defined serenity. There was the office downtown where the Social Contract was published. There was the weekly Great Books seminar John had spearheaded where a large group of local Petoskeyans got together on a Sunday, I think it was, afternoon to discuss great works of literature. There was a sculpture garden downtown he’d played a role in gifting to the public. There was a Methodist tent meeting. And then there was breakfast. In the wall of the breakfast nook was a beehive John built with the wall facing the kitchen made of clear plexiglass. He reached over and slid up the wood panel and there was the whole hive hard at work making honey and tending to the queen’s comfort.

    I watched a video today that included a clip of a former director of AIPAC, which lobbies for a foreign government, boasting that he could get any story he chose on the front page of the Washington Post. If true, the Washington Post is even more corrupt and vile than I already knew. And this is the paper that dares compare John Tanton to a dead cat in a well. (And for what it’s worth, Matt Schudel, obit writer, I never heard him utter a word in support of anything like white supremacy.)

    John Tanton wasn’t corrupt. To some, that appears as naivete. And, perhaps it is–I don’t know. But I know this: John Tanton was a far better human than Morris Dees.

    • Agree: Jim bob Lassiter
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  45. geokat62 says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    Not only did John Tanton…

    Thanks for sharing this backgrounder on John Tanton, Craig Nelsen. It is very much appreciated!

  46. Rurik says:
    @the grand wazoo

    Jewishness comes from the mother. A male Jew that marries goyim does not produce Jewish offspring. Even if he circumcises the boys.

    while generally true, (and Israel does restrict citizenship to Jews born of a Jewish mother), it isn’t exclusively the case that children born of Jewish fathers and Gentile mothers never become Jews.

    Many do. Consider for instance Sara Jessica Parker

    who isn’t just universally considered Jewish, but is, for all practical purposes, Jewish royalty.

  47. Idimalnk says:

    The Welsh did not think Tanton’s migrant ancestors were white. This counterfeit European racist should have been deported back to Saxony.

  48. Ian Smith says:
    @Just passing through

    Our people can change. I was once blue pilled on race and supported muh only Middle East democracy.
    Jews, however, are not going to stop doing their thing. There are exceptions, but they’re often weirdos. Like Henry Makow. Or Israel Shamir!

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