by Kevin MacDonald

Under Discussion: Why Are Jews Liberals? By Norman Podhoretz. Doubleday (2009), 337 pages.

Norman Podhoretz is something of an anomaly. His entire life has been centered around his Jewishness, but he sees himself as an outsider in the mainstream Jewish community. He shares a great many of the attitudes typical of that community, but draws different conclusions about how to navigate the contemporary American political landscape in a way that's "good for the Jews."


War does not only occur on television in the remote North Caucasus. With Allah's will, the borders of military action will extend to cover the entire territory of Russia, and this year, great successes await us."
~Terrorist Umarov quoted by (my translation)

Today's suicide bombings at two of my hometown's busiest subway stations were not simply acts of Islamic terrorism. Rather, they were an attack on the European civilization. One need not side with North American neocon foreign policy or gloss over the Russian regional specifics to see the global dimensions of this escalating East-versus-West civilizations' clash.


"There is something very genuine, very great and very manlike to the Norse system. A kind of vacant hugeness, large awkward gianthood, characterizes the Norse system; enormous force, as yet altogether untutored, stalking helpless with large uncertain strides. Untamed thought; great, giantlike, enormous!"
~Thomas Carlyle "On Heroes and Hero-Worship"
I was pleased to see the essay by Stephen McNallen. While I don't believe in any deities, if I did, it would be in the gods of the Northmen.


by Stephen McNallen

I am a pagan because it is the only way I can be true to who, and what, I am. I am a pagan because the best things in our civilization come from pre-Christian Europe. I am a pagan because our ancestral religion is needed to help reverse the decline and impending extinction of the European-descended peoples.


Hack Harker
by Derek Turner

Connoisseurs of cliché will find much to relish in the works of Guardian journalist Joseph Harker.

It is fair to say that our Joseph is interested in race. Of the last 50 or so articles that he has written for the Guardian, around 48 (I fell asleep counting) are about race. And I would not be at all surprised to find fleeting references to race within the texts of the other articles.


by David Gordon

Under Discussion: Why Are Jews Liberals? By Norman Podhoretz. Doubleday (2009), 337 pages.

Norman Podhoretz has provided us with a remarkable case study of monomania. The question that the title of his book poses needs to be expanded if the author's meaning is to emerge, and it is only then that one can grasp the author's fixation. What Podhoretz wishes to know is why American Jews vote in overwhelming numbers for left-wing Democrats, when in his view it goes against their interests to do so.


by Mark Hackard

L. Paul Bremer, former head of the US Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, popped up for an interview in the Standford Review recently. He had nothing to say about the "bang-up" job he did in managing the occupation of Iraq from 2003-2004. But as a former ambassador to the Netherlands, he did elect to share his wisdom on the subject of Islam in Europe.


by Thomas F. Bertonneau

(Continued from Part I)

Like The French Revolution in San Domingo, Stoddard's next bestseller, The Rising Tide of Color against White World Supremacy (1920), would owe its popularity to the author's knack for conveying a sense of disaster, either historical, as in the case of San Domingo, or on the temporal horizon -- a looming severe change in the order of existence that bodes ill for the intended audience.


Jean-Jacques Dessalines
by Thomas F. Beronneau

Insofar as people today remember Massachusetts-born T. Lothrop Stoddard (1883-1950) at all, they remember him vaguely as a once-popular writer-journalist who had the bad taste to address forthrightly matters of race and immigration, as those topics concerned American national policy, in the decades before the Great Depression. People over 40 who read the footnotes while studying English might recall that F. Scott Fitzgerald alludes to Stoddard obliquely in The Great Gatsby conflating his name with that of his contemporary Madison Grant. A few people might further connect Stoddard with the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act of 1924. Stoddard lobbied for it, another black mark against his name by contemporary standards.


by Ilana Mercer

On the whole, Glenn Beck is unique on the mainstream right. He is perhaps the only member of this clique to treat Bush with the contempt he reserves for Obama. And no one on the mainstream right has done what Beck has to illuminate the catalysts to America's insolvency: monetary policy and state profligacy. Still, as a recovering neoconservative, Glenn often loses his way.


by Srdja Trifkovic

Inside the Beltway, the fact that Turkey is no longer an "ally" of the United States in any meaningful sense is still strenuously denied. We were reminded of the true score on March 9, however, when Saudi King Abdullah presented Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the Wahhabist kingdom's most prestigious prize for his "services to Islam." Erdogan earned the King Faisal Prize for having "rendered outstanding service to Islam by defending the causes of the Islamic nation, particularly the Palestinian cause," said Abd Allah al-Uthaimin of the prize-awarding group.


by Derek Turner

An article on the BBC website on 9 March proved me to have been right in some precocious predictions, but it is not false modesty to say that I would much rather have been proved wrong.

Seven militant Muslims, originally 'asylum-seekers' from Yemen and Morocco (the Irish Times says differently) but now living legally in Ireland have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to murder a Swedish cartoonist called Lars Vilks, who in 2007 depicted Mohammed (I'll skip the now almost-obligatory "Prophet" prefix) with the body of a dog. According to the Gardaí, several of the suspects were in contact with Colleen Renee LaRose, America's "Jihad Jane". Five of these excitable, unintelligent types were arrested in Waterford and two in Cork, two places I once knew well.


by Derek Turner

Algiers has protested formally to Paris about a Front National election poster which shows France draped in the Algerian flag, with the menacing silhouettes of minarets and the slogan Non à l'Islamisme. Three 'anti-racism' groups have issued legal complaints, while one Kahled Lasbeur, lawyer for the Movement against Racism, blustered that there would be "riots, demonstrations and blood-letting" if the posters were not banned.


by John Derbyshire

In Kingsley Amis's novel Stanley and the Women, the protagonist's son begins to exhibit strange, unpredictable, violent behavior. Stanley, the protagonist, consults a psychiatrist, who gives him some waffle about "affective disorders" and the like. Frustrated, Stanley goes for a second opinion to an old friend, a doctor who has seen everything and is old enough not to give a damn about keeping up with fashionable jargon. After examining the young man this oldster delivers his diagnosis: "Your son is mad."


by Srdja Trifkovic

"AnteBragd" was upset by my article on the illustrious M. Van Rompuy. His/her arguments are incorrect, illogical or just plain silly. They are worthy of a response, however, because millions of Europeans are being force-fed such platitudes every day - as relentlessly, in fact, as we are being force-fed les victimes du jour by The Morning Edition...

"Just because a lot of the paleos repeatedly claims that the EU is some kind "prison of nations" and rally or mock it by calling it EUSSR does not make it so. It is not so, by the simple reason, that all member states has [sic!] chosen to become members."


by Richard Hoste

Robert A. Taft is generally seen by the Old and Alternative Rights as the last major national political figure, narrowly defined, that shared many of our principles. Evidence of the Senator's popularity can be seen in the existence of The Robert A. Taft Club and the fact that The Political Principles of Robert A. Taft by Russell Kirk, first published in 1967, has been re-released in 2010. Going back and reading the work, however, makes me wonder whether we're not seeing Taft and the Old Right through nostalgia colored glasses.


by Srdja Trifkovic

Nigel Farage, a British member of the European Parliament, was fined an equivalent of $4,000 on Tuesday for "insulting" the new European Union President Herman van Rompuy and refusing to apologize. In a memorable performance in Strasbourg ten days earlier, the Euroskeptic MEP told the former Beligian prime minister that he had "all the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk":
"We were told that when we had a president, we'd see a giant global political figure, a man who would be the political leader for 500 million people, the man that would represent all of us all of us on the world stage, the man whose job was so important that of course you're paid more than President Obama. Well, I'm afraid what we got was you... The question I want to ask is: 'Who are you?' I'd never heard of you, nobody in Europe had ever heard of you."
Mr. Farage's tirade was well worth his ten days' MEP allowance. It put some spotlight on the inner workings of a monstrous bureaucracy. It gave a welcome boost to the popularity of his UK Independence Party (UKIP), which advocates Britain's withdrawal from the EU and opposes the Tory-Labour therapeutic-social-democratic duopoly. It provided a rare spark of rhetorical flair in an institution otherwise reminiscent of the Supreme Soviet, circa 1957.


by Derek Turner

There are things not to like about the BNP, but they do enliven British political life. Ever since they started to emerge from the fringes a few years ago, partly through their own efforts and partly because immigration has become so unignorable (yet is still being almost ignored by mainstream politicians), they have afforded vast amusement to journalists bored by the Punch-and-Judy pantomime of “Labour” versus “Conservative”, with the “Liberal Democrats” in the role of the little dog that tries to run away with the sausages.


by Derek Turner

In what is being seen as a dry run for the national elections of 9 June, in the 3 March local elections Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) won control of its first municipality and came second in The Hague.


by Jason Richwine

The March issue of The American Conservative features Ron Unz's long essay, "His-Panic: The Myth of Hispanic Criminality." His surprising conclusion, contrary to most of the technical literature, is that Hispanics in the U.S. do not commit crimes at higher rates than white Americans.


by Elizabeth Wright

It's been repeated so many times and it appears to be true. That is, conservatives take longer to internalize and promote the politically correct dictates that liberals concoct. In other words, liberals invent some platitude or piece of dogma that becomes standardized in the public mind. Conservatives initially fight the new mandate, but then, before you know it, they have joined the liberal bandwagon. They then set about denouncing others for a lack of enlightenment, as they help to disseminate the very terminology or social trend they once sensibly scorned and ridiculed.


by Derek Turner

This is the first installment of what will be, I hope, a regular report from the Old Continent to her sons and daughters whose ancestors, for reasons of religion, politics, enterprise or expediency, departed from the westernmost end of the Eurasian landmass to hazard their luck in uncharted territories on the far side of turbulent waters.

It will be a kind of letter from the stay-at-homes to the descendants of adventurers - although I hope that many stay-at-homes will read it too.

The purpose of these missives is to inform those interested in European affairs about the state of European politics, manners and mores as the continent stands facing the onslaught of the 21st century - but also to celebrate Europe's diverse but also oddly coherent classical, Christian and humanist civilization. Euro-centric will feature contributions from politicians, academics and cultural commentators from many countries and traditions.

This blog will not promote European political unity but it will be strongly supportive of friendship between all Europeans, and between all Europeans and the European diaspora - on the grounds that, recent history notwithstanding, Europeans have shared geopolitical, cultural and demographic interests, and unless we can cooperate our countries could be overthrown one by one.

Note I wrote "could" - because, to borrow from Mark Twain, reports of Europe's death have been much exaggerated. Too many well-meaning conservative pundits have looked into a darkling crystal ball, and written off the entire continent as if it had already become Eurabia, a hyperboreal bantustan or a Blade Runner-reminiscent Sinopolis. This kind of lush melancholy is a recurring conservative vice and should always be resisted - or else it could become self-fulfilling by persuading those who ought to be Europe's strongest advocates that the game is over before it has even begun. There will inevitably be a plangent note to some of these reports, but it will always be kept in check. Nothing is inevitable, and Europe has a great future - if a small, determined minority of us can form an alliance against annihilation.

What are our perils? In general terms, they can be summarized as social atomization, economic outsourcing, the rise of Islam, mass immigration, environmental degradation, the decline of high culture and undergirding all of these, curbs on freedom of speech and association. Although some European countries are in worse shape than others, these phenomena are now in play across the whole continent, and sooner or later every country will have to face down this long-drawn out death of a thousand cuts.

Thus Euro-centric, which I hope will become an essential port of call for all who can see, and who care at all for this half-legendary domain of legends and lyricism, castles and chateaux, philosophers and priests, traditions and technology, Gothic spires and classical columns and onion-domes heavy with history - and possibility.


by Patrick J. Ford

Vanity Fair has an interesting article on the life and death of The eXile, the delightfully subversive English-language Russian newspaper. An excerpt:

Faxed to the offices of the newspaper late on a Friday afternoon the spring before last from somewhere within the bowels of Rossvyazokhrankultura, the Russian Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications, and Cultural Heritage Protection, it announced the imminent “conducting of an unscheduled action to check the observance of the legislation of the Russian Federation on mass media.”The Exile, a Moscow-based, English-language biweekly, stood accused of violating Article Four of that legislation by encouraging extremism, spreading pornography, or promoting drug use. The letter scheduled the unscheduled action to take place between May 13 and June 11. This being Russia, it wasn’t faxed until May 22.


by Robert Weissberg

I grew up in Manhattan in the 1940s and early 1950s, and save a scattering of Puerto Ricans, few Hispanics were to be found. Then, after almost four decades of being a Midwesterner, I returned to Manhattan in 2004. I immediately saw Mexicans, El Salvadorians, and similar Spanish-speaking immigrant workers everywhere. Spanish was the lingua franca in restaurants, nursing homes, building maintenance, and construction, among others. Employed blacks were visible, too, but as far as I could tell, nearly all were recent immigrants from the Caribbean.


by Derek Turner

On 12 January, the European Union’s incoming Commissioner for Enlargement, the aptly-named Stephan Fuele, spoke in favor of allowing Turkey to join the EU. The 47 year old Czech is an ex-communist who studied in Moscow, and might therefore be expected to advocate whatever policies are likely to be the most idiotic, the most expensive, and the most damaging. As you would also expect, the blank Czech’s views are shared by buffoons like Blair, Bush, Brown, and Obama. What you might not expect is that shed-loads of British Conservatives also want Turkey in the European club.