Nicholas Sarkozy made headlines recently when he said that there are too many immigrants in France and that under some circumstances he would consider closing France's borders in violation of the EU agreement concerning passport-free travel. Immigration and been a hot button issue political for some time in the US, and most recently a white nationalist is appearing openly with GOP leaders.
Prof. Rosensaft asks:
...who, precisely, is Peter Brimelow, and why should the rest of us be concerned when a white nationalist racist like him appears at the same event as, say, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin?
Brimelow is founder and editor of the VDARE.com website which has been designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and which, according to no less an authority than the Anti-Defamation League, "features the work of racists, anti-Semites and anti-immigrant figures."
The ADL has been following Brimelow's activities for some time. In February of 2009, the organization tells us, "Brimelow demonstrated his racist views" at "a conference of racists in Baltimore, Maryland, dedicated to 'Preserving Western Civilization.'" There, Brimelow "delivered one of the most extreme presentations at the conference. He argued that the influx of "non-traditional" immigration is a problem all over the Western world and that the loss of control over the country by "white Protestants" will mean a collapse of the American political system. He urged that whites respond by creating an explicitly white nationalist political party."
Hmm? An "explicitly white nationalist political party"? Where have we heard that before?Is Brimelow's open appearance with GOP leaders an iteration of Nixon's Southern strategy that seeks to incorporate the nationalist and racist fringe. At what cost?
Read it at The Huffington PostWhite Nationalism: A Scourge That Won't Go Away
by Menachem Rosensaft | Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their DescendantsProf. Rosensaft teaches law of genocide and World War II war crimes trials at Columbia, Cornell, and Syracuse law schools.
We have to ask why white nationalism would be coming more into public prominence at this time? Would this type of appeal get traction socially and politically if it were not for high unemployment creating a backlash against immigrants? If so, add it to the social cost of unemployment as a policy choice to depress wages in a misguided attempt to increase investment and productivity.