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As an immigrant myself, married to another immigrant from another place, I think a lot, and so write a lot, about questions of immigration, citizenship, national identity, and national solidarity.

This is uphill work, though I think less so as time goes on. It is not so much that the "national question" is a taboo topic, though it has been considered, among most of our political and cultural elites, as somewhat impolite to raise it. It is more that there is a peculiar and widespread kind of national insouciance about the issue. You just can't get people, elite or otherwise, to engage with it. It slides right off their consciousness. I was very struck by this phenomenon when I first came to live here, as an illegal immigrant, in the 1970s. I described my perplexity in one of my "Straggler" columns.

I have the impression that the national psyche is beginning, in the first years of the 21st century, to turn some sort of corner. It seems to me it is easier to talk about these things than it was ten years ago. (This is being written in 2009.) Perhaps this trend will go into reverse; or perhaps I have imagined it. Time will tell.

Date Place Title Topic
May 18, 2019 VDARE The Arctic Alliance revisited. Ice People, unite!
February 21, 2016 VDARE The National Question: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the 21st Century. Where we've been, where we are, where we're going.
July 18, 2015 VDARE National Suicide? Yes, It Happens. Europe's self-immolation.
June 13, 2015 VDARE Why are Africans Immigrating to "White Supremacy"? But Mexicans away from it?
May 27, 2015 VDARE Ann Coulter vs. Jorge Ramos Patriot confronts invader.
May 3, 2015 VDARE Lifeboat Ethics: Baltimore and the Mediterranean Remembering Garrett Hardin.
April 25, 2015 VDARE Can the American political system solve the race problem? My contribution to a debate at the 2015 American Renaissance conference.
April 7, 2015 VDARE Premature Immigration Patriots My Afterword to From the Dissident Right II.
March 19, 2015 VDARE The Economist Cheers on Hispanicization With a 16-page Special Report.
March 13, 2015 VDARE Paul Weston's Liberty GB And The Threat Of Islamization UKIP has a competitor.
March 5, 2015 VDARE Idiot Party Should Go To Plan B Defang Obamnesty by abolishing birthright citizenship.
February 6, 2015 VDARE The De-Sacralization (At Last!) Of Immigration Policy But you missed the midwinter Blot.
December 19, 2014 VDARE Skirmishes in the Cold Civil War Dispatches from the Front
December 4, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Impotent Eagle We can't do anything.
November 27, 2014 Taki's Magazine No Exit There's no solution to the race problem. We're stuck with it.
November 19, 2014 VDARE Did The American People Just Clear Their Throat? Or is beer still best?
November 6, 2014 Taki's Magazine Decline of a Great Newspaper The Left takes the Daily Telegraph.
September 11, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Occupation Notes from Soviet Britain.
September 11, 2014 VDARE Economist Watch What The Globalist Right Is Thinking.
September 4, 2014 VDARE The Ferguson Farce Backward ran sentences until reels the mind.
August 1, 2014 VDARE Battle Fatigue I take a month's leave.
July 25, 2014 VDARE Science Education And Affirmative Action The War Against Human Nature Continues.
July 10, 2014 VDARE Europe Dithers As Invaders Pour In There's always someone worse off than yourself.
June 9, 2014 American Renaissance America in 2034 My contribution to a symposium
on the future of race relations
in the U.S.A.
June 4, 2014 VDARE Is A Secure Border Too Much To Ask? Slacking off on my birthday.
May 29, 2014 VDARE The Whining Of Pampered Pets Ta-Nehisi Coates wants your money;
 Maya Angelou passes away.
May 15, 2014 Taki's Magazine We Shall Overspend! Twilight in the Garden of Hope.
April 3, 2014 VDARE Stephen Colbert And Suey Park Deserve Each Other. But What Happened To Alexandra Wallace? East-Asian Americans in a lather.
March 20, 2014 Taki's Magazine What Hatewatchers Hate Me, of course; but also …
March 19, 2014 VDARE Endemic Corruption — The Ukraine Is Ex-Soviet, But What Excuse Do Black American Politicians Have? Losing our public virtue.
March 13, 2014 Taki's Magazine How Can We Get Rid of Puerto Rico? It's a millstone.
March 5, 2014 VDARE Will "National Conservatism" Come To The U.S.A.? Not your Dad's conservatism.
February 20, 2014 VDARE "Racism" (The Word) Becoming Obsolete Because Of Racism Because of anti-white racism, that is.
January 25, 2014 VDARE If The Economist
Thinks Automation Will Destroy Jobs,
Why Is It So Fanatically Pro-Immigration?
A tornado, or possibly a tsunami,
is coming to the labor market.
January 16, 2014 VDARE Dogma, Dissent, and Duty Thoughts on a list of
  "Bullied and Badgered,
  Pressured and Purged."
January 2, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Year in Race The race-biz highlights for 2013.
December 19, 2013 VDARE Race-Whipped Conservatives And The Stigma Of "Racism" Robert VerBruggen Loves Big Brother.
December 3, 2013 VDARE It's Obvious What The Knock-Out Game Is About But why the white wimp-out?
November 20, 2013 VDARE Abolitionist Porn and Antebellum Economics Slavery, hypocrisy, and cotton.
October 30, 2013 VDARE Lampedusa And the European Elite's Suicidal Insouciance Worse than our elite's.
October 17, 2013 VDARE Is Demography Doom? Eric Kaufmann reviews three books.
October 9, 2013 VDARE Black Privilege A ticket off Death Row.
October 2, 2013 VDARE A Busy Time For Southern Europe's Thought Police Homosexuals outraged in Italy,
nationalists arrested in Greece.
September 19, 2013 VDARE Scandinavian Reserve on Immigration Is Breaking Down The Dissident Right inches forward
in Norway and Sweden.
September 12, 2013 VDARE The Wonks' War Against The Sailer Strategy National Journal fires another broadside.
September 5, 2013 VDARE If You Want To Get To Grips
With Hatefacts, You Need
To Understand The Hatenumbers
Trying to find out about interracial crime.
August 29, 2013 Taki's Magazine He Had a Dream 1963 and now.
August 15, 2013 VDARE Making Ourselves Heard During The Congressional Recess. Silence = Amnesty! Use the town hall meetings.
August 8, 2013 VDARE The Voter Demographic That Dares Not Speak Its Name The shame of being white.
July 25, 2013 VDARE Will NATIONAL REVIEW Derbyshire Victor Davis Hanson? Prof. Hanson does a Derb with "The Talk."
July 18, 2013 VDARE Remembering the New York City
  Draft Riots, 150 Years On
They were also about race,
  class, and immigration.
July 18, 2013 Taki's Magazine Post-Zimmerman Fallout Reflections on the trial.
July 11, 2013 VDARE Lowry-Kristol: Half A Cheer
— But Count The Spoons!
Pundits sell their wares
in the Intermission.
July 5, 2013 VDARE "Contact Theory" —
Ignorance Is Bliss,
But Familiarity Breeds …
What, Exactly?
1954 cast a long shadow.
July 4, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Week's Race News More than the usual quantity.
June 29, 2013 VDARE The Origins Of
The Amnesty/Immigration Surge Bill:
Getting To Treason
How we ended up with the darn thing.
June 21, 2013 VDARE The Dissident Right's Role —
Unearthing "Hate Facts"
Analyzing the nature and reality
of modern Western society.
June 13, 2013 VDARE Demographic Disasters — China's And Ours Shrinkage vs. replacement.
May 23, 2013 VDARE Do We Need More Smart Foreigners? Not necessarily.
May 16, 2013 VDARE If There Is Hope,
It Lies In The Comment Threads
For however much longer
they're still with us.
May 9, 2013 VDARE "Burn The Witch!"
Heritage Foundation Scuttles Away
From Jason Richwine …
… and the cold hard facts.
April 29, 2013 VDARE Introducing From the Dissident Right My new book.
April 24, 2013 VDARE What Rough Beast? The Rubio-Schumer amnesty bill
slouches towards Washington to be born.
April 19, 2013 VDARE Comprehensive, fiddlesticks What's wrong with the immigration bill.
April 18, 2013 Taki's Magazine Why Isn't Racism Cool? It's transgressive, isn't it?
March 28, 2013 Taki's Magazine Mankind's Collective Personalities Is there such a thing as national character?
March 21, 2013 VDARE Lose Some, Win Some, the War Grinds On Rand Paul out, Ann Coulter in.
February 14, 2013 Taki's Magazine Anti-Amnesty Talking Points And some tricks for memorizing them.
February 13, 2013 VDARE Is Obama's Immigration Enthusiasm Waning? I watch the State of the Union speech.
January 30, 2013 VDARE Today's Forgotten Man The American White Working Class.
January 23, 2013 VDARE Combatting Anosognosia By squirting ice-cold water
into society's left ear.
January 3, 2013 VDARE My Vade Mecum For Diversity Conversations How to respond to Dummheit.
October 11, 2012 Taki's Magazine Anniversary of a Defenestration (2) Democracy has a race problem.
October 4, 2012 Taki's Magazine Anniversary of a Defenestration (1) Fond reminiscence on my 15 minutes of fame.
September 12, 2012 VDARE Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of America My side of a debate with Bob Weissberg.
September 6, 2012 Taki's Magazine White People Are Pussies Yes, even the Russians.
September 6, 2012 VDARE The Roots of Ethnomasochism Why do we hate our own people?
August 29, 2012 VDARE Our Unwanted (But Uncriticizable) Underclasses Gypsies there, blacks here.
July 26, 2012 VDARE Actually, America is "Anglo-Saxon" —
We Just Can't Say So
July 12, 2012 Taki's Magazine NAMs Kill NAMs, and They Blame the Pilgrims Crime spikes in Chicago and New York.
June 28, 2012 VDARE Response to Jared Taylor on Miscegenation I beg to differ.
June 17, 2012 VDARE Amity Shlaes and the Ballistic
Trajectory of Political Correctness
Reflections on some internet sleuthing.
June 14, 2012 Taki's Magazine Places White People Like According to The Smithsonian.
June 10, 2012 VDARE Where Crime Stats Come From Hint: Not from the crime stats fairy.
June 7, 2012 VDARE Immigration, Liberty, and Mating Choices Some liberties have to go. Is this one?
May 31, 2012 VDARE Fathers and Daughters If youth only knew: if age only could.
May 24, 2012 VDARE White America — Lost
In a Fit of Absence of Mind?
We didn't care enough to stop it.
April 26, 2012 Taki's Magazine The Basis of a Real Conversation Book recommendation for Eric Holder.
April 12, 2012 Taki's Magazine Talking Back Follow-up to my piece on "The Talk."
April 5, 2012 Taki's Magazine The Talk: Nonblack Version Teach your children well.
March 29, 2012 Taki's Magazine Multiculturalism: When Will the Sleeper Wake? The madness of our age.
March 1, 2012 Taki's Magazine Firing my Own Bu-cannon Pat talks race with Juan.
February 23, 2012 Taki's Magazine Something's Rotten in the Republic A conspiracy? Could be.
February 2, 2012 Taki's Magazine Over the Hill at 35 The H-1B scam explained.
January 19, 2012 Taki's Magazine The Right Not to Commit Suicide A light unto the Gentiles?
January 12, 2012 Taki's Magazine Killing the West with Kindness Three different ways.
December 15, 2011 Taki's Magazine Preserving the Arctic Alliance Are Asians smart enough
to be the new Jews?
October 13, 2011 Taki's Magazine Divided We March Diversity in the barracks.
September 15, 2011 Taki's Magazine Crazy Uncles The GOP's and Omar's.
August 25, 2011 Taki's Magazine Advice to a Lady from an Admirer Laura Ingraham on a sticky wicket.
August 19, 2011 Taki's Magazine Somalis All Over And the averages are terrible.
July 7, 2011 Taki's Magazine Suckers of the World The downside of national niceness.
May 5, 2011 Taki's Magazine Debating Immigration A few minds get changed.
April 7, 2011 Taki's Magazine The Princess of Miami A "tragic injustice" righted.
February 9, 2011 Taki's Magazine Muscular Liberalism How nations sink, by darling schemes oppress'd.
February 2, 2011 Taki's Magazine The Futility of Dissidence Did Solzhenitsyn make a difference?
December 29, 2010 Taki's Magazine Girly Nation The price of success.
December 23, 2010 Taki's Magazine Noble Lies Are for Children A Q&A with Jared Taylor.
November 10, 2010 Taki's Magazine Ethnomasochism — The Musical! Hating your own kind.
August 26, 2010 Taki's Magazine Diversity Fatigue Up to here with demographic
August 11, 2010 Taki's Magazine Not Counting Crackers The new invisible man.
May 28, 2010 Taki's Magazine The Loneliness of the Immigration Restrictionists Legal immigration — the Tibet
    of public policy.
December 15, 2009 NRO An Immigration Time-Out Why aren't we even discussing it?
October 11-15, 2007 Jewcy.com Where should Jews stand
on immigration?
Three exchanges
        with Gideon Aronoff.
October 2007 New English Review An Arctic Alliance? Coping with the demographic crunch.
July 9, 2007 NRO The LostEden of Robert A. Heinlein Things were .different in the fifties.
June 18, 2007 NRO Marching on the Palace Pitchforks vs. immigration reform.
June 11, 2007 NRO R.i.P.  … to the Senate immigration bill.
May 25, 2007 NRO Towards a White Minority The demographic revolution.
April 16, 2007 NRO Reflections on Race Week The past week's news was race, race, race.
March 2007 New English Review Please Go Fightfor My Country
So I Can Take Your Job
The refugee scam.
February 5, 2007 NRO Out of Africa The world's desperate poor.
January 2007 New English Review Will the United States
Survive Until 2022?
Riffing on a theme by
    a Soviet dissident.
December 11, 2006 NRO Libertarianism in One Country Libertarians should emulate Stalin.
October 19, 2006 VDARE The War Against White Trash They're out to get us.
July 2006 New English Review Robotics vs. Helotics Mow your own lawn, or get a robot.
May 30, 2006 NRO Path to What? Citizenship? Feugh!
November 8, 2005 NRO The Iron House Their dream or ours?
June 18, 2004 NRO Immigration: The Good, the Bad,
and the Ugly
I attend a conference.
April 28, 2004 VDARE A Neocon Gatecrashes VDARE Who dares, wins.
April 20, 2004 NRO Saudi Arabia or Japan? Immigrants or robots?
January 26, 2004 NRO Kill Yuppie Scum! Neoliberalism at the end of its tether.
January 16, 2004 NRO The Immigration Fiasco Bush's amnesty proposal.
November 19, 2003 NRO Not Enough of Us
Hate America
Why we are no good at imperialism.
June 10, 2003 NRO The Great Syllogism Affirmative action and illegal immigration
    are both necessary.
November 19, 2002 NRO The National Question What is an American, anyway?
November, 2002 The New Criterion Yearning to be Liked Anti-Americanism in the Third World.
August 28, 2002 NRO Race in America One step forward, two steps sideways.
May 28, 2002 NRO The Great Attractor The U.S.A. sucks 'em in.
April 23, 2002 NRO Dual Citizen I become an American.
April 11, 2002 NRO The Labyrinths of Treason What's to be done
    with John Walker Lindh?
February 12, 2002 NRO In the Belly of the Beast My INS interview.
November 20, 2001 NRO Workin' at the INS Blues The immigration mess.
November 5, 2001 National Review Your Papers, Please National ID card? Not for me.
October 9, 2001 NRO Number Games Losing the demographic war.
October 4, 2001 NRO Draft As Needed If the army needs Pashto-speakers,
        draft immigrants.
September 16, 2001 NRO The Price of Citizenship Mrs. D. becomes an American.
September 4, 2001 VDARE Nice Guys Get Illegal Immigrants Australians, for example.
September 4, 2001 NRO Deconstructing W President Bush on
    Mexican immigration.
April 18, 2001 NRO A Love Letter Tearing up over the U.S.A..
October 19, 2000 NRO How To Hinder Assimilation Bringing kids up bilingual.
October 17, 2000 NRO Who Are You Calling "Illegal"? Hypocrisy on immigration scofflaws.
September 21, 2000 NRO The Whining Minority "Asian-American" activists
    getting steamed.
January 2000 Chronicles Thinking About Internment Including my own.