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An “aging white population [is] speeding [up] diversity,” blared a headline in The Hill.

Could this be a case of confusing cause-and-effect? Are the two trends—whites dying-out and minorities thriving—really spontaneous and strictly parallel?

The reverse is likely true. Corrected, The Hill headline should have read:

Could speeding up diversity contribute to a decline in the white population?

We learn that “there are growing signs that the rate of change is increasing.” Well of course. America welcomes well over 1 million, mostly non-white, immigrants a year.

If white lives mattered at all to the liberal establishment, an inquiry would ensue:

Is it possibility that an enormous influx of legal and illegal migrants over decades is playing a role in the decline of America’s founding population? (A similar, sad fate was visited on their predecessors, the Amerindians.)

On the one hand, we have the drastic, ongoing decline of America’s white population; on the other, a massive, incessant inpouring of minority immigrants, since 1965. A correlation between the two is not impossible.

A large, well-controlled national survey conducted by Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, in 2006, found that diversity immiserates and that the historic population is most affected.

Perhaps protracted misery associated with loss of community hastens death?

The logic posits a zero-sum game. The native population has been swamped over time. Resources are scarce—especially when allocated by a wastrel, white-hating Administrative State. In hating on whites, civil society’s institutions are as culpable.

Is it not highly plausible, then, that immigration social engineering, compounded by state policies that privilege non-white newcomers, could contribute to a population decline in white America?

Picture the following scene, set somewhere in what was Trump country, say West Virginia:

A pale patriarch must help his bright son choose a career.

What about pursuing the law?

That’s inadvisable (unless you become an immigration attorney). Law schools routinely reject working-class white males, in favor of students who can show they’ve overcome the right kind of hardship.

Berkeley and others already make unusual hardships and life experience a crucial consideration in admissions. “Unusual hardship” is a racial cue card for things like having been shot or quitting a gang. As commentator Steve Sailer once noted wryly, “The kind of hardships” that’ll be given extra credit are “largely peculiar to preferred minorities.”
What about a degree in engineering? Inadvisable. Forget a knack for invention; for designing and fixing gadgets, inherited from Scottish ancestors. Forget your facility with math and physics. Chances are working-class, pigmentally challenged American lads, circa 2018, will be replaced by the 65,000 H-1B Indian visa recipients, imported annually by America’s technocracy.

I guess you could emulate the author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Write a culturally compliant, elitist account of poor, white America. To pass muster with the left literati, “Hillbilly Elegy’s” author generally omits references to the systemic racial demonization and dispossession visited upon poor whites.


Industry magnates and lobbyists are forever countering with studies that employ the “impregnable” science of econometrics to prove that all this globalist activity creates more jobs than it kills. The studies invariably beg the question, as they assume facts not in evidence. In this case, the research assumes the new jobs will be as good as the old (vanished) ones. And that opportunities will be there for all.

To be fruitful and to multiply, people need certain conditions. Good jobs, for one. Prospects for the future, for another.

In the context of migration, consider just how ruthless central planners and their scientists are in “optimizing” and “managing” the natural world.

Liberals have developed a utopian vision of how nature should behave. It must remain in perfect balance. To that end, they’ll exterminate harmless critters that violate the liberal idea of Order; of species correctness. For example, when a delightful flock of gentle conure parrots made San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill its home, radical environmentalists demanded the flock—it has a complex, highly evolved social structure and bonds—be exterminated because it wasn’t indigenous.

While animals may not migrate illegally, or disrupt the preordained “natural” order—liberal central planners encourage non-indigenous peoples to mess with the social habitat of historic, host populations. Provided they’re Caucasian. If you’re a rainforest pygmy, liberals will fight for your survival.

Declining birthrates have long been the excuse advanced by immigration central-planners for sticking with mass immigration policies. The aging white population is not replacing itself, say proponents of dooms-day demographics. Young, Third-World immigrants are essential to shore-up the welfare state.

However, the now-waning West became great not because it was more populated than the rest of the world and outbred it. The West was great because of its human capital—innovation, exploration, science, philosophy; because of superior ideas, and the willingness to defend such a civilization.

America doesn’t need more people; it needs to allow its own people to recover.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook,Gab & YouTube

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  1. Dan Hayes says:


    Thank you for pegging J D Vance, the execrable author of the Hillbilly Elegy, who is reported to be preparing to run for some public office (surprise, surprise!).

    Kevin Williamson has the dubious distinction of being even more dismissive and condescending towards his fellow coethnics than Vance. Or at the very least he’s even more vituperative towards them.

    It’s truly amazing how these characters are so readily produced in and emanate from the bowels of both the National Review and The American Conservative.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  2. Mishra says:

    Yet another indispensable contribution from the indispensable Ilana Mercer.

  3. Renoman says:

    I think it’s mostly economic. As people become more wealthy they see better ways to entertain themselves than kids. Raising kids is a long dirty often thankless unsatisfying job. I grant you it has it’s moments but in a realistic analysis it’s a non starter.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  4. Anonymous[494] • Disclaimer says:

    Uhhh no.

    We should not import more minorities, but white population decline is solely on white people. Not the minorities themselves.

    Whites of this generation don’t value things that lead to a greater population like family or conservative values. Instead they want to screw around a lot and get jobs that are easy and not too challenging.

    Worse, these whites would rather import minorities to do the dirty work in their life to subsidize their lifestyle.

    So the blame is 100% on white liberals who support this lifestyle.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  5. I agree with Ilana in the sense that the economic hosing of the white middle class is largely to blame for the decline in birthrates. I disagree that increasing diversity is the cause — but the two trends are part of the same globalist agenda.

  6. I was born into the American working class in 1944. You cant get whiter or more working class than me. I have done all sorts of work all over the lower 48. Union jobs. Non union jobs. And the U.S. Army.

    It was Bill Clinton who kicked labor out of the Democratic coalition. Since then the working class has been a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. Free trade and open borders ruined us. We are living hand to mouth. And now we discover that half of our countrymen hate our guts.

    Dan Hayes:

    My sentiments exactly. I don’t wish him any bad luck. But J.D. Vance does not speak for me.

  7. iffen says:

    Just when I am deciding that reading Mercer is not worth the time she pulls me back in.

  8. Corvinus says:

    “America welcomes well over 1 million, mostly non-white, immigrants a year.”

    Which is too many, I would incur.

    “Is it possibility that an enormous influx of legal and illegal migrants over decades is playing a role in the decline of America’s founding population? (A similar, sad fate was visited on their predecessors, the Amerindians.)”

    Do the majority of white people have this fetish with their impending demise? Or is just an Alt-Right thang?

    “We should not import more minorities, but white population decline is solely on white people.”

    Wait, I thought white people made everything great in this world. So now you are saying that are responsible for something horrific? You do realize that the Alt Right has a dossier on you, and this comment is going to cost you significant points toward your White Badge of Courage.

    “Whites of this generation don’t value things that lead to a greater population like family or conservative values.”

    Are whites not able to think for themselves? Could not they value family other than how you believe? Or must they be in lock-step with your line of thinking?

    “Instead they want to screw around a lot and get jobs that are easy and not too challenging.”

    I blame Heartiste and Roosh.

    “Worse, these whites would rather import minorities to do the dirty work in their life to subsidize their lifestyle.”

    Is that not what capitalism is all about? Make enough money so someone else can scrub your toilets (which is white by the way)? Why pay an attractive Swede $18 a hour and risk divorce court to make your mansion spotless when some midget Mestizo will do it for one-third of the cost? Does that not make financial sense? Besides, how do you even regulate this conduct without being called an anti-capitalist?

    “So the blame is 100% on white liberals who support this lifestyle.”

    So now you changed the goal post here. You said white people were to blame, now you have a caveat. Did the Alt Right send one of their henchwomyn after you and you chose to tone down your rhetoric?

  9. Truth says:

    LOL, ask one of your co-writers.

  10. @Dan Hayes

    “pegging the execrable author J.D. Vance…” Yes, this hillbilly married a “southern California” girl – a South East Asian named Usha. The Beach Boys would never have composed songs for this kind of “California girl.”

    Now, let’s peg the execrable authoress (((Ilana Mercer))). She, her rabbi father and the entire family were kicked out of South Africa for their anti-apartheid work. Her “diversity” drove the white population of South Africa into decline.

  11. Rational says:


    I am totally against 3rd world immigration, but to say that “diversity” is driving white decline is far fetched. At present, there is no law that stops white people from marrying early and having many kids. The fact is, most of them don’t want to.

    Stats prove that white women are having white children at a rate that is way below even replacement levels, compared to other ethnicities which are increasing in population. Look at some famous conservatives:

    Pat Buchanan—only one daughter.
    Rush Limbaugh—many wives, zero kids.

    There are plenty of jobs and many colleges left for white people.

    Whites would rather have fun—smoke, drink, do drugs and date and have fun with 10 different women. By the time they are ready to “settle down”, it is too late, as fertility peaks in the early 20’s and then declines. Like taking a new car for a test drive for 10 years—it is an old used car by the time you are ready to buy it.

    We have met the enemy—and the enemy is us.

    • Replies: @HallParvey
  12. @Renoman

    Utterly disagree. I hope you’re not a parent, unless you managed to hide your terrible view of your children from them.

    And if anyone thinks that raising children is or should be substantially about “entertaining” the parents, GROW UP.

    Without these children, my wife and I would have enough money to travel far abroad every year, and eventually see dozens more countries than we will in our actual life. We wouldn’t trade our kids for that superior “entertainment” for a minute.

    “Realistically”, raising children has been the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. And we’re doing it in a place that is not financially or culturally conducive to raising a decent-sized traditional family, Los Angeles.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  13. @RadicalCenter

    You have a Chinese wife and Chinese offspring. This is not good for the West.

  14. for a Wandering Zionist like our Issacsohn-Mercer, a not bad essay. S’truth that a ceaseless, escalating Jew-orchestrated invasion of ‘Murka (and Europe) by ethnic orcs is drowning the Whites in a rising tide of hostile color while also – indirectly – depressing the White birthrate. Which, in fact, dropped below replacement in 2012 and is now on an asymptotic downward curve.

    but that’s only half the story.

    the other half is the kosher Culture of Death, inflicted by a Jew-owned, Jew-infested MSM and poisonous “education” system: legalized abortion, porn, homosex, and, above all, Judeo-feminism: by which entire generations of White girls and women have been groomed to have fun-not-babies.

    search and click: List of Jewish feminists wiki

    still waiting for a wiki page on “not Jewish feminists”

    still waiting….waiting….waiting….

  15. geokat62 says:

    Is Diversity Driving Decline in the White Population?

    But, but, but… Ilana, the ADL assured us that DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH!

    America doesn’t need more people; it needs to allow its own people to recover.

    Recover from The Lobby’s efforts to fling open the gates to mass immigration by relentlessly pushing for passage of the non-restrictionist 1965 Immigration Act? And why did they push so relentlessly for its passage? To ensure that fascism never again reared its ugly head? Talk about a self fulfilling prophecy!

    It would have been nice if more members of The Comminity had pointed out the folly in pursuing such a policy BEFORE the Act was passed.

    Nonetheless, good thing we have this contribution from the author that ensures the record shows that some members of The Community are not supportive, notwithstanding the fact that it comes well AFTER the floodgates were flung wide open. Better late than never, I guess.

  16. I agree with Rational (post # 12) above, which is to say I only partially agree with Miss(?) Mercer’s argument. As Mr. Sailer has written about for years, the amount of family formation that occurs is a function of economic conditions and those conditions have gotten much worse due to massive immigration. However, at the low end, economically, due to the massive increase in socialism in America over the same time period in question, “family” (if you can call it that) formation has been unhindered.

    The major causes of the drop in white birthrates in America, and in the western world in general (hell, throw Japan in) are:

    1) Feminism, which, in cahoots with Big Gov, encouraged women to get into the workforce, precluding earlier, meaning easier and bigger, family formation. Feminists, like most Commies, hate the family, and Big Gov, like most totalitarian organizations, want THE MONEY (much more income tax)

    2) Environmentalism encouraged low birth rates to “save Mother Earth”. It would not have been a bad idea if applied all over the world and to all groups. However, blacks and other non-whites couldn’t really give a rat’s ass about such highfalutin ideas like “save the trees” and the treehuggers didn’t want to lecture people in the other parts of the world having 4-10 kids regularly, as they are not evil planet-killing white people.

    Anywho, the timing of Miss Mercer’s theory may sound right – mid-1960’s start to massive immigration (thanks U-boat commander Kennedy) and rapid decrease in birth rates (tail end of baby-boon) at the same time. Well, you’ve heard “correlation does not equal causation” too many times already, so I won’t beat that one to death.

    My point is that the US was still a large-majority white country through the late-1970’s, really early ’80’s even. It takes a while for the millions of newcomers to spread out and have lots of kids and be a major factor. The 2 factors I listed above, however, did start during the mid to late 1960’s.

    So, the timing might sound like it provides some proof to your thesis, Ilana, but I don’t think it does. However, this is not to negate your whole point, and I enjoyed reading the article.

  17. It’s no one thing, but diversity is the root of it all.
    Most of the problem stems from the various Jewish incited cultural coups of the mid 20th century.

    Hippies and drug smuggling brought the hedonism and culture rot, the perpetuation of which would come to form mission statement of the Democrat party in the following decades as their children grew up and traded the drum circle for a suit and tie and went back to work to integrate their parents stupidity with productive society.

    Civil Rights movement and 1965 immigration act ended unity with diversity and initiated the demographic replacement that no one needs to speculate over the devastating effect of, as demographic replacement is a well known, internationally recognized form of genocide.

    Feminism destroyed the nuclear family unit and occupationally orphaned all future generations of children into the indoctrinating hands of the government. So women lost the motherly instincts while eagerly being turned into tax cattle as their kids were socially engineered into the nightmare that millennials are today.

    And, of course, Jews brought the hippies, civil rights, immigration act, feminism and the rest of their cultural marxist doctrine for inducing civilizational suicide after they were done inciting WWII to create the climate of sympathy necessary to get away with establishing Israel and the next 70 years of genocidal warmongering, mostly using the blood and money of the American Christians that they had brainwashed into their loyal mindslaves with ‘Judeo-Christianity’. As per their longstanding goals for destroying Europeans via mongrelization through mass migration in the name of their historically pervasive supremacist ideology, as written both in the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan, and in greater detail by Nahum Goldmann, leading Zionist and the founder and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress in his 1915 German book titled ‘Der Geist des Militarismus’.

    Bring it all together and you’ve got all the ingredients for deterring a race from procreation. Ruined their economy, ruined their social cohesion, ruined their lives financially, ruin their lives culturally. You get white flight, crippling taxes that basically just fund your own replacement, and demonized from every angle by the media, govt and academia. What ensues is white flight, turning away from happy things like settling down and making kids, and towards self destruction, like drugs and live fast die young lifestyles.

    We’re all getting doped up and humping like it’s 11th hour Rome in the West. The United States of Xanax, especially. What comes next is ash and rubble.

  18. @Rational

    We have met the enemy—and the enemy is us.

    Give credit where credit is due. Walt Kelly and Pogo were way ahead of us there.

    The answer to the headline question is no. Having children is a lifetime commitment and is damn hard work.
    Most people prefer the leisure life that modern fossil fuel burning allows. Lounging on the beach after a hard day sitting in a cubicle chair, chatting with your neighbor, is much preferred to sorting out difficult homework questions from a ten year old.
    Also, this is strictly a female thing. Males, in the western world, have little to no say in whether or not children are produced.

  19. anon[508] • Disclaimer says:

    It takes two to tango. The current demographics is a combination of whites not getting married and having children, and high immigration. As far as why whites are not getting married and having children, well, liberalism is to blame.

    Whites have been too brainwashed by the left who’s had total control over our media and education system for the past 5 decades. The left eschews marriage, suburbia, kids, as all that tend to turn liberals into conservatives. Statistics bare this out. Millennials are getting married later than Gen Xers, buying a home later, and having children later. Only 70% of millennial women are expected to be married by age 40, compared to 87% of Gen Xers and 91% of Boomers. Frankly I’m surprised it’s even that high. Over 70% of my extended (all white) family are either still single or childless, in their mid 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

    A few years back “Princeton Mom” Susan Patton ignited a firestorm when she wrote a book called Marrying Smart urging Princeton women to marry Princeton men while they are going to college, as opportunities to meet intellectually compatible men dwindle after college. She quickly became the scorn of equality obsessed feminists, who have successfully started a war between men and women.

    White societies in both Europe and the US have been conquered by the religion of Liberalism, which is a toxic, insidious ideology that preaches against everything good about the WASP tradition – individual accountability, hard work, thrift, integrity, good manners, self-restraint, civic mindedness, law-abidingness. The end result is a slow unraveling of society into a cesspool of greed, depravity, selfishness, incivility, coarseness, low rate of marriage, high rate of divorce, and high immigration from the 3rd world, people who bring with them their low cultures of misogyny, violence, selfishness and dishonety that will only hasten our demise.

  20. Anonymous [AKA "DeepwaterNav"] says:

    I work in oil and gas. This industry is generally lumped-in with ‘Energy.’ While technically true, solar and similar industries cannot be equally compared the oilfield and her associated fields. The main reasons why our industry has few blacks and females is because, at the operational levels, the mental and physical demands are extremely robust and taxing.

    We have many southeast Asians and Indians working alongside us, but they tend to hold positions that analyze results/data and assist with planning. South American and Filipino coworkers tend to be trades-based. Hard workers in laborial rolls. Newsy cites McKinsey and Kellogg findings to show that diversity actually improves profitability. I call BS – both in general and specifically for the energy sector.

    Thoughts? Links are below:

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