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Thursday May 28, 2015 
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Will Demographic "Diversity" End in Tears?

ALL across the world different races and religions are mixing it up as never before.

Well, maybe not. Hey, maybe things were more mixed up in the Roman and the Ottoman Empires than right now. But never mind: we all think that the races and the cultures are mixing it up like never before.

Against that the lands of the former Ottoman Empire right now are sorting into silos like mad in massacres and genocides.

In his new book By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission Charles Murray is sanguine about this, at least as far as America is concerned. The United States, he tells us, was always a diverse nation, starting from the founding from Albion's Seed when the four British groups, Yankees, Quakers, Cavaliers, and Scots-Irish, didn't like each other at all. That was followed by German and Irish immigration, and then southern and eastern European immigration. And don't forget the Swedes!

Of course, everyone right now is terrified by ISIS and Islam in Europe. That's when they aren't terrified by Hispanic immigration to the US or black thugs in Baltimore or alternatively racist police in any inner city! My favorite professional firebrand Vox Day notes four different outcomes of "the demographic destruction of Anglo-Saxon America."

a) subjection and eventual elimination of minorities,
b) subjection and eventual elimination of the majority,
c) partition,
d) ethnic subsumption.

For various reasons, I expect (c) to be the most likely in the USA and (a) to be the most likely in Europe.
There's only one problem with this analysis: capitalism. I think that the great story of the last 200 years is the frantic effort of the left to keep people in their national and class and race silos in the face of capitalism mixing them up. That's why Marx had to predict that capitalism would "immiserate" the working class. That's why the Frankfurt School had to invent cultural Marxism to reimagine the working-class vicitms as race and gender victims. That's why the Democrats had to restart immigration in the 1960s. Unless they all acted right now the people would be converted by the Great Enrichement into contented middle-class cows with no interest in race, class, and gender wars.

Why did they do this and try to angry everyone up? Because if you leave people alone in capitalism the penniless immigrants will mostly turn into doctors and lawyers if you give them a generation or two of peace and prosperity. And that would be the end of left-wing reactionary politics, the totalitarian impulse to reduce everything to government. That's why President Obama and his minions are working overtime trying to "angry up" African Americans. That's why the feminists are trying to divide the sexes on college campi with their "rape culture" lies. Otherwise all those folks will eventually wander into the middle class and not respond to race appeals.

Here's Joel Kotkin showing what is happening out there in America under the radar of the racist-sexist mainstream media. The three major minority groups, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, all do fine when they get out of blue states.
We found, for all three major minority groups, that the best places were neither the most liberal in their attitudes nor had the most generous welfare programs. Instead they were located primarily in regions that have experienced broad-based economic growth, have low housing costs, and limited regulation.
And don't forget that, except for blacks, everyone else is interracially dating and intermarrying like mad.

Don't forget that the public school system is a ruthless homogenizer. Don't forget that for the 50 percent of people that go to college, they tend to "lose their religion" and become middle-class professionals. Don't forget that for the 100 million or so working in the private sector, cooperation and trust and teamwork is the driving cultural meme. You trust and you exchange with anyone who can be trusted. The idea is to be friends with everyone. Otherwise you lose.

Nobody can know the outcome of the great mixing of the races of the current era. Politicians may rile the groups up into global thermonuclear war. On the other hand there is the relentless cultural force of capitalism: the guy with the biggest market share and the biggest economy wins.

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Summing Up "By the People": We Want More

IN his latest book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, Charles Murray asserts three propositions. First, the Constitution is broken. Second, we can fight back against the administrative regulatory state. Third, in a "diverse" nation there cannot be one-size-fits-all solutions to problems. Fourth, it's time to ridicule big government, because the gigantic state that the ...

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By the People: Part III: A Propitious Moment

IN his latest book Charles Murray has come up with a plan to push back against the oppressive regulatory state. We won't get there with normal political process, not even with a Republican president and Congress he writes in Part I of By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. See By the People: Part I: Where We Stand. It will take "civil disobedience" to fight back and in Part II ...

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By the People: Part II: Opening a New Front

IN Part I of By the People Charles Murray told us how our government is broken and can't be fixed by politics. The problem is that government has become practically lawless under the "living constitution" championed by the Progressives over a century ago. See By the People: Part One: Where We Stand. But we are humans; we don't give up just because the political system is broken. So what should ...

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A New Manifesto
A spectre is haunting the liberal elite—the spectre of conservatism.


The Crisis of the Administrative State
It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Government and the Technology of Power
If you scratch a social reformer, you will likely discover a plan for more government.

Business, Slavery, and Trust
Business is all about trust and relationship.

Humanity's Big Problem: Freebooters and Freeloaders
The modern welfare state encourages freeloaders.

The Bonds of Faith
No society known to anthropology or history lacked religion.

A Critique of Social Mechanics
The problem with human society reduced to system.

The Paradox of Individualism
Is individualism the gospel of selfishness or something else?

From Multitude to Civil Society
The larger the government, the smaller the society.

The Answer is Civil Society
In between the separated powers.

The Greater Separation of Powers
If you want to limit power then you must limit power.

Conservatism Three by Three
Conservatism, political, economics, and cultural.

The Culture of Involvement
Imagining lives without the welfare state

The Poor Without the Welfare State
Can the poor thrive without the welfare state?

The Middle Class Without The Welfare State
How would the middle class live without all those middle-class entitlements?

Liberals and the Welfare State
Liberals, the ruling class of the administrative welfare state.

From Freeloaders to Free Givers
The path to the future lies through moral movements.

The Real Meaning of Society
Broadening the horizon of cooperation in the “last best hope of man on earth.”

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How education was doing fine before the government muscled in

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David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
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David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state

Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
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How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state

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On Sentimentality and Compassion
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Charles Murray's By the People an Anti-Democratic Manifesto
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The GOP Is the Strongest It's Been in Decades
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Don’t Be So Sure the Economy Will Return to Normal
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After a year of President Obama most Americans understand that the nation is on the wrong track. But how do we find the right track? Americans knew thirty years ago that liberalism was a busted flush. Yet Reaganism and Bushism seemed to be less than the best answer.

But where can we turn? Where are the thinkers and activists of the old days? Where do we find the best ideas? And how do we persuade our present ruling class to loosen its grip on power so that we can move the locomotive of state back onto the right track?

With all of our problems it seems like the worst of times.

In fact, this is the best of times. Under the radar a generation of great thinkers have been figuring out what went wrong and conjuring up visions of a better future. This book, "An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism" is an introduction to their ideas, and to the great future that awaits an America willing to respond to their call.

Although this book is addressed to all Americans, conservative, moderate, and liberal, and looks to a nation that transcends our present partisan divide, I must tell you that liberals will have the most difficulty with the book. The reason is simple. I am asking liberals to give up a lot of the power they have amassed in the last century. But we are all Americans, and we must all give up something for the sake of the greater good.


I am Christopher Chantrill and I am writing this book in full view. I'll be blogging on the process and the ideas, and I'll be asking you, dear readers, to help. Read the blog. Read the articles as they come out on American Thinker and ponder over the draft chapters here on this site.

Then send me your reactions, your thoughts, and your comments. You will help more than you know.


Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.

Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050

Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust

What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican

Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State

Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self

US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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