Friday, September 9, 2011, at 1:30 pm sharp, in the wood-paneled precincts of National Press Club, the National Policy Institute’s press conference begins. The occasion is the release of its report “The Majority Strategy: Why the GOP Must Win White America.” Most of the 100 or so seats are taken; surprisingly enough, given the provocative topic, only one non-white face is in evidence.
The National Policy Institute presents itself to the world as a think tank along the lines of the Heritage Institute or the Brookings Institution. But as tweedy as its representatives may seem, its Mission Statement reveals that it has a great deal in common with groups who wore very different sorts of costumes to their meetings—which were often held by torchlight.
America is neither “based on a creed” nor “derived from a proposition,” its Statement of Principles declares, but is rather “the unique and irreplaceable product of centuries of specific racial, historical, and cultural identities.” That identity is white and European and can endure “only so long as the identities that created it and sustain it endure.” In short, “the perfectibility, let alone the equality, of man is not possible and is not a legitimate political aspiration. Political efforts to achieve or enforce perfectibility and equality invariably demand an unacceptable degree of coercion and result in unnecessary and unjust pain, suffering, and social disorder.” Most of that pain and suffering is felt by white people, which is why the National Policy Institute (NPI) calls itself “the right’s answer to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
NPI’s executive director Richard Spencer, the author of the report, spoke first; he was followed by James Edwards, the host of the premier white nationalist radio show, Political Cesspool, and author of Racism, Shmacism, and Jared Taylor, whose newest book is White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century. VDARE’s Peter Brimelow was an announced speaker, but had been detained by a family emergency.
The gist of NPI’s report is that the Republican Party is already “effectively the White People’s Party,” with 90 percent of its votes cast by whites. A winning strategy would be to “reach in” to its majority base rather than “reach out” to minorities. Instead of shirking its identity the GOP should embrace it by advocating immigration restriction, an end to civil rights and hate crime legislation, and to all forms of affirmative action.
In the broader view, if America is allowed to become a white minority country, conservativism will lose its meaning, as there will be no country left to preserve. On the pragmatic side, why can’t Republicans see that restricting immigration will reduce their rivals’ constituency? By embracing the false ideal of an inclusive multiculturalism, they are insuring not only their own political destruction but the destruction of their whole civilization. Would India allow the Japanese to elect its leaders? Would Han Chinese allow South Carolinians to elect theirs? Then how can Republicans sit by and allow non-white Americans, who don’t’ even identify with white American values, to re-elect Barack Obama? If they don’t wake up, they will “become like the Whigs of old and end up in the ash can of history.”
Taylor and Edwards both hammered home the theme that white people’s greatest liability is their fear of being called racists. Non-whites and liberals have no such compunctions: they hate whites and white culture; by not standing up for their own interests, whites are hastening the day when they’ll become a hated minority themselves. Not that minorities are hated today—far from it. They’re coddled and pandered to and are the recipients of billions of wasted dollars of largesse. It’s natural to look after one’s own interests, they say. They do it. Why aren’t we?
The Q&A was brief but had a few telling moments. When asked why Republicans refuse to recognize their own interests, Sam Dickson rose from the audience and declared that John McCain had been selfish and anti-social all his life; Richard Spencer noted that Democracies tend to “self-select sociopaths” to govern themselves. When a member of the audience asked how they reconcile individualism with the return to tribalism that they seem to espouse, Jared Taylor explained that individualism is a white Protestant value and that the only way to protect it is to preserve the white Protestant tribe. America is not a proposition nation, Taylor pointed out; its essential identity comes from blood and soil.
When someone asked if it wasn’t true that brainy immigrants help keep us competitive in technology, another member of the audience put in his own two cents. “I was in Silicon Valley in the ‘80s,” he said, “And let me tell you, there weren’t a lot of Asians there. And the Asians that were there were just average engineers. We landed on the moon without immigrants. We don’t need them.” Spencer pointed out that while there is scientific evidence that Asians in fact excel at abstract reasoning, it is European whites who invent great things.
When the lone African American in the room rose to ask a question, the panel fell all over themselves to assure him that they don’t hate minorities. Blacks enjoy a higher standard of living in the US than they do anywhere else in the world; why isn’t there more gratitude?
“There is no hatred in my heart,” Edwards declared. “All we want is the freedom to associate only with our own kind, to not be forced to deal with you,” Taylor reassured him. “Private discrimination, the ‘refusal-to-deal,’ is a recognized legal principle.”