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Thursday, November 16, 2006

A Reason to Be Suspicious of Anti-Immigration Activists

I noticed the following on an anti-immigration blog:

The international corporate class and the social work Establishment that drools at the thought of a huge new clientele do not like Anglo-Saxon-Celts. I know that's not the sort of thing you're supposed to say out loud, but it's true.
“Anglo-Saxon-Celts”? Those of us with names like Hertzlinger (or Giuliani or even Rumsfeld) would find that alarming … if we didn't outnumber the Anglo-Saxon-Celts (how did Celts get into this?) by now.

An odd note: The same blog also covers psychic phenomena. It's almost like reading an extended John Campbell editorial.


Blogger Rick Darby said...

I am the author of the blog, Reflecting Light, from which you have quoted.

Whenever immigration is the subject, someone is sure to take you to task, since feelings run so high. As a matter of self-defense, I might have written in a more legalistic or academic way and tried to cover every possible objection. But I am neither a lawyer nor an academic, and my style tends to be colorful rather than that of a debater.

The expression "Anglo-Saxon-Celts" was just a shorthand way of speaking of the ethnic derivation of most of the U.S. population throughout most of its history. If I wanted to get all scholarly about it, I could have differentiated among the descendants of Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Friesians, and Celts; acknowledged that there have long been Americans of German, Italian, African, Japanese, Chinese, etc., etc. ancestry. I just didn't care to bore my readers with a tedious and, I assumed, unnecessary digression.

The point is still the same: the power structure that is gung-ho for open borders prefers immigrants who lack Americans' history of self-reliance and willingness to resist authority from time to time. It wants, for its own purposes, to throw open the door to huge numbers of poor, uneducated peasants with no tradition of republican government, who can be easily manipulated just as corrupt urban regimes like the Boss Tweed organization commanded the votes of newly arrived immigrants in the 19th century. In addition, the hope is that millions of welfare-dependent hispanic immigrants will provide a shot in the arm for the further growth of government bureaucracy, one of the Democrats' primary voting blocs.

I used to read John Campbell's Astounding (later Analog) Science Fiction when I was a teenager. I'd be curious to know how you think my blog is similar. (Maybe Campbell is an influence I never realized!)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by Reflecting Light.

4:15 PM  
Blogger David said...

There are no anti-immigration activists, there are no anti-immigration blogs, there are no anti-immigration people. That's like calling traditional morality "anti-sex".

I love Cambpell's column about Kent State, but I can't find it.

5:15 PM  

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