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Russia, a white people’s heartland in the 21st century

Western Europe and North America, populated predominantly by white people, have become infected by an attitude of disdain toward their majority population. Political correctness is a dominant ideology. Racial and ethnic minorities are on the rise. In the United States, it is predicted that whites will cease to be in the majority by 2040.

In February 2010, a white people’s organization associated with American Renaissance magazine tried to hold a conference in Herndon, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. This organization does not practice violence or advocate illegal acts. It is, however, an intelligent advocate for white people. The conference had to be cancelled because activists associated with several “anti-racist” groups (including a former high-ranking FBI official) put pressure on the hotels where the conference was scheduled to be held. These individuals threatened physical violence against the hotel managers or their families, slipped literature under the doors of hotel guests, or otherwise made life unpleasant for the hotels until they agreed not to host the conference. Four different hotels had contracted with American Renaissance to hold the conference, and each time the contract was cancelled under pressure.

These violent threats directed against the hotels that had agreed to hold the American Renaissance conference were an obvious attempt to silence unpopular political speech. Yet no news publication picked up the story. If this kind of political thuggery had been practiced against an organization supporting racial minorities, the cancellation of its annual conference might have been front-page news throughout the nation. Because, however, the pressure was directed against a group of white people advocating specifically for the white race, nobody cared. Such people are racists, racists are vermin, and vermin deserve to bite the dust - seems to be the logic. Our practice of free speech in America has sunk to that level of dishonesty.

The leader of American Renaissance, Jared Taylor, subsequently did two television interviews regarding the conference cancellation. One was with Jeff Crouere, host of “Ringside Politics with a Punch” on station WLAE-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Crouere, a political conservative, gave me my only television interview when I ran in Louisiana’s 2004 Democratic presidential primary.) The other interview was with “Russia Today”, a worldwide broadcast of news from a Russian perspective. It seems to me ironic that the human-rights violation experienced by Jared Taylor would be of interest to a news organization headquartered in Moscow but not to any ones headquartered in New York, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C. Even die-hard “conservative” commentators in the United States such as Pat Buchanan or Bill O’Reilly declined to become involved with this issue.

The willingness of “Russia Today” to accord Taylor the dignity of telling his side of the story, and the unwillingness of major news media in the United States to do the same, is admittedly slim evidence of a broader trend. But let me extrapolate from this situation. My first conclusion would be that it illustrates how the “pendulum of history” swings from one extreme to another according to a dialectical process. My second conclusion would be that for Americans who identify positively with the white race Russia has ceased to be an enemy but has instead become a kind of racial heartland for white people.

Having grown up in the 1950s, I thought of the Soviet Union in terms of what Ronald Reagan later called an “evil empire”. A single party controlled the nation politically. Monolithic state-run media imposed a rigid ideology on the Russian people. There was no freedom of speech or diversity of opinion. A massive security apparatus maintained tight control over the populace. We thought of pudgy, humorless, middle-aged men reading from scripts at party congresses or watching a parade of missiles from a platform on the Kremlin wall.

Today things are different. Vladimir Putin may be a former KGB agent and his government may still be repressive by western standards. Stylistically, however, the Russian leaders have made great strides in overcoming the “sensuality gap” posed by electronic media. Putin himself demonstrates judo moves on a videotape and is photographed bare chested during a fishing trip. He has become personally popular. There are now free elections to the Russian parliament. Moscow has become a center of commerce and fashion. All in all, Russia projects a more “friendly” image from a western point of view. And the fact that Russia Today reported the cancellation of the American Renaissance conference, in my view, represents a superior commitment to free political discussion at least regarding the topic of race.

The United States, on the other hand, has moved into a mode of behavior that we used to associate with the old Soviet Union. It is our nation which invaded the nation of Iraq and now has increased its military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While the ideology of Marxism was abandoned in Russia, we have embraced the hateful doctrines of political correctness. Khrushchev denounced Stalinist rule in 1956. In our country, rumors of government involvement in the assassinations of President Kennedy and in the 911 attacks abound; and there is evidence of an official coverup. Our government is financially reckless and security-obsessed.

The Russian people in the 1990s endured a decade of hardship and deprivation with little help from the west. A vast depopulation took place. Today, blessed with abundant natural resources, their economic future seems bright while ours in America is burdened with many bad decisions made during the years of prosperity and strength. Even the distinction between socialism and free-market capitalism is becoming blurred.

I think this illustrates the “lesson of history” that no trend or situation continues forever. To the contrary, situations that persist for a long time tend to move to an opposite position. The German philosopher Hegel identified the dialectic of history in terms of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. The Russians have moved from repression to freedom; and we in America, from freedom to repression. Any bureaucratic consensus has a way of undermining itself so that heresies of old become the new orthodoxy. I daresay the the extreme anti-white attitudes that now grip U.S. society will give way to an equally extreme condemnation of the same attitudes in the future. Those who are battling political correctness today will become our future heroes. That’s how the dialectical process works in history.

I happened to watch a two-hour program on public television about a concert that the former Beatle, Paul McCartney, gave in Red Square several years ago. There were perhaps a hundred thousand young men and women, maybe more, jammed into Red Square who were cheering McCartney and his band. For someone who remembers how Elvis Presley or the Beatles themselves were received by American youth in the 1950s and 1960s, it was deja vu. The only difference was that that, contrary to the rock scene in America sixty years ago, the persons who attended the Moscow concert were mostly white.

The public-television program pointed out that when the Beatles were performing in the 1960s, the Soviet government considered them a subversive element and tried to crack down on rock ‘n roll music altogether. So this culture went underground and thrived. When the Beatles sang “Back in the U.S.S.R.” back then, the song proved strangely prophetic.

The rock ‘n roll revolution did effectively bring an end the domination of society by a grim political ideology. Even so, all seemed forgotten and forgiven. During the McCartney concert, the gates of the Kremlin opened. Out walked Vladimir Putin and his entourage, seating themselves among the crowd. The Russian defense minister confessed to having owned a collection of Beatles records when he was a teenager. McCartney even had a friendly visit with Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia’s last communist ruler.

This event left me with the thought that the cultural and political barriers that have traditionally separated Russia from the nations of western Europe and America have largely broken down. The Russian people went through hell to get there but they have now arrived at a place of dignity and equality with the West. Echoing Reagan, it is now “spring time” in Russia while in America, after so many years of bad government and corporate policies, people are waiting for the other economic shoe to drop.

It is the racial aspect, however, which interests me. The Russian people are mostly white. Theirs is one of the largest and purest concentrations of white people in the world. What’s more, Russian society still respects its majority population. It is true, there are white “hate groups” in Russia that practice violence against minorities. Such tendencies need to be resisted. On the other hand, Russian society may be relatively free of the political correctness that has plagued communities in western Europe and America.

If a positive white identity can be developed without disparaging, hating, or abusing non-white people, Russia can become a leader in the new politics of identity that seems to be replacing religious and economic politics in many parts of the world. We in the West can then look to it for moral guidance, not the other way around.

Russian society continues to have a problem with minorities as a result of its imperialist past. The neighboring nation of Chechnya has been a particular thorn in its side. However, it does not have as much tension as nations in the west with nonnative groups - Muslims in western Europe, Hispanics in the United States - that have immigrated for the sake of economic opportunity. Being a poor country, Russians had to do their own work at all levels. There was not an educated class of affluent whites who had desk jobs, leaving the low-paying manual labor to be done by immigrants.

For this reason also, white people in Russia cannot be accused of being “historically advantaged” if almost 80% of the population falls into that category and this segment is well represented everywhere on the socioeconomic ladder. The next largest segment, the Tatar people, represent less than 4% of the population. Therefore, arguments concerning the systematic oppression of non-white peoples through slavery or other institutions or historical events have less force here. The guilt factor undermining the majority population goes out the window.

Another factor contributing to the minority-rights movement around the world has been the presence of a politically active Jewish population. Jews, a minority in all nations outside Israel, have long honed the practice of agitating for minority rights (their own) by attacking the majority population on religious, historical, cultural, and legal grounds. At one time, Russia had a large Jewish population. However, Russian Jews today number less than a quarter-million persons compared with five to six million Jews each in Israel and the United States. Whatever Jews’ individual influence in Russia, it is doubtful that a population this small can control government policy.

As a relatively homogeneous population, the Russian people are in a position to create a nation that is proud of itself both with respect to its national and racial identities. If whites come under attack in other countries, this can perhaps become a place of refuge for members of the white race. Napoleon and Hitler both tried to conquer Russia but found it too large and determined to defend itself.

In the meanwhile, other whites in the west can cultivate closer ties with their brothers and sisters in Russia while striving to overcome problems within their own society concerning education and social stratification. The goal is to create a more closely knit society with a common identity rather than one weakened from within by educational differences and minority grievances. In that respect, Russia can be a beacon of hope to whites around the world who believed they had lost the identity battle. For them, it can become a model of a community blessed with white racial self-pride.

 

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