The George Kennan Diaries

Jon Harrison Sims, American Renaissance, June 16, 2014

The testament of one of the last great WASPs.

The Kennan Diaries, Frank Costigliola (ed.), W.W. Norton, 2014, 712 pp., $39.95.

The recent publication of a one-volume selection from the extensive diaries of the late George Kennan–he died in 2005 at the age of 102–has elicited cries of “racism” and “bigotry” from mainstream reviewers. They were shocked to discover that Kennan had long opposed large-scale, non-white immigration into the United States, and did not believe that racial and cultural diversity was a good thing.

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If any of these reviewers had bothered to read his books, they would have known this long ago, and if they had the slightest awareness of how Americans who live outside the capitals of entertainment, finance, and politics think, they would have known that his views are widely shared. Furthermore, those who have read his memoirs and essays know that if his advice had been followed the US would not now be a declining imperial power, nor would its demographic profile increasingly resemble that of Latin America.

George Frost Kennan was the wisest of the American leaders who formulated the post World War II foreign and defense policies. A native Midwesterner of Scots and Scots-Irish heritage, he was educated at Princeton University in the early 1920s. He entered the Foreign Service after graduation and was posted to embassies and consulates in Switzerland, Germany, and the Baltic states before being sent to Berlin in 1929 for intensive training in Russian. By the time he was appointed diplomatic secretary in Moscow in 1933, he was also fluent in French and German. Although he would serve in other capitals–Prague, Berlin, Lisbon–his special area of expertise would always be Russia.

Kennan was a brilliant strategic thinker who never forgot that his duty as a diplomat and foreign policy adviser was to represent the interests of the United States. Yet he was far from being an insular American. His long service in Europe and his historical and literary interests gave him a deep and abiding love for what he called “the Northern Atlantic world” that stretched from the American Midwest across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. This was the heart of the West, the homeland of the white race to which he belonged by birth and to which he always remained loyal.

Thus his American patriotism was always part of a broader conception of the unity of Europeans, whom he always considered to be “his people.” He called the two world wars tragic mistakes, opposed a vindictive policy toward Germany after 1945, and as early as the mid-1950s supported a policy of détente with the Soviet Union. He considered Russia to be, for the most part, a Western country, and he foresaw that communism would not last. He fully agreed with his friend, the historian John Lukacs, who wrote in 1961 that “the most important fact in the second half of the century may be that, after all, the Russians are white.”

Father of containment

It was while serving in Moscow from 1944–46 as the chief counselor to the US ambassador that George Kennan wrote the now famous “Long Telegram” of February 1946. The war in Europe had ended only nine months before, and most people still believed Russo-American cooperation would continue. Not Kennan. In the telegram, he warned the Truman administration that its wartime ally was a potential adversary bent on expanding its sphere of control. As a result, the US government should use military, political, and economic pressure to contain Soviet power and influence. His telegram appears to have been read by everyone, including the Secretary of State, who promptly brought him back to Washington to make him head of a newly created advisory body within the State Department, the Policy and Planning Staff, which he lead from 1947–49.

These were the years when the foundations were laid for the postwar strategy of the United States toward the Soviet Union–the policy known as containment. However, already by the late 1940s, Kennan worried that his superiors were exaggerating Soviet military capabilities and aggressive intentions, and were treating every part of the world as if it were of equal strategic importance. He opposed military intervention in Vietnam, for example, because he did not think Southeast Asia was important enough to justify a war to prevent the unification of Vietnam under a Marxist-nationalist government. He was right.

Strategic critic of American foreign policy 

When the new Republican administration of Eisenhower came in, Kennan resigned from the State Department, and through the 1980s was attached to Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He wrote award-winning books on diplomatic history, and US foreign and defense policy. Republicans accused him of being soft on communism and an advocate of appeasement. In 1957, in a series of lectures broadcast on the BBC, Kennan called for rapprochement with the Soviet Union because, in the wake of Stalin’s death, he thought the new Soviet leaders might be willing to negotiate an end to the Cold War. He proposed that the US offer to withdraw its troops from West Germany if the Soviets withdrew theirs from East Germany. Germany would then be reunified but as a neutral country belonging neither to NATO nor the Warsaw Pact. American and British leaders rejected the idea as unrealistic and dangerous–but was it?

There is evidence that Soviet leaders after Stalin no longer believed in world revolution and were more concerned with maintaining power internally. Nikita Khrushchev visited Paris in March 1960 and met Charles de Gaulle. At one point, in a reference to the problems the Soviets were having with their internal Asiatic populations and with the Chinese, he moved close to de Gaulle and said confidentially, “We are white, you French and us.” De Gaulle’s reply has not been recorded.

During a 1979 summit meeting with newly elected British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chairman Leonid Brezhnev, Thatcher said she saw no reason why their two countries could not have better relations. Mr. Brezhnev agreed, but went further: “Madame, there is only one important question facing us, and that is the question whether the white race will survive.” Mrs. Thatcher was so taken aback that she immediately left the room. Kennan would not have been shocked, as he was increasingly making the same point to whoever would listen: The greatest dangers the West faced were accidental nuclear war and overpopulation by Third-World immigration.

Kennan is known as a realist who did not believe in idealistic schemes to make the world a better place. He believed that the sole purpose of foreign policy was to promote the interests of the American nation. It was not to wage crusades abroad, to feed the hungry, heal the sick, build bridges and roads–much less to welcome the world’s misery and ethnic chaos to our shores. He consistently opposed foreign aid. It would be far better, he argued, simply to let young nations work things out for themselves.

As he wrote in his diary:

The maw into which our favors and concessions and acts of generosity are entering is bottomless. These people can consume an infinite number of our kindnesses just as they can consume infinite quantities of our material goods, and when all is said and done, there will be no more to show for the one than for the other. On the contrary, favors and kindnesses will be normally hailed as evidence of our weakness, our dependence, and our ignominy, and exploited as proof of the cleverness of those who succeeded in extorting all this beneficence out of the silly Americans. The main psychological effect of our pressing various forms of aid on individual governments will be . . . to convince the peoples generally in that part of the world that in addition to being white and imperialist we are stupid, uncertain, weak, and obviously on the skids of history, and that they are more important than anyone ever told them they were.

Africans, he wrote in 1967, “took our aid as a sign of weakness and assumed that it was given for ulterior motives, out of fear that they lean toward the Russians or the Chinese.”

Nor was Kennan under any illusions about South Africa. When Nelson Mandela was released, he wrote:

I know nothing about Mr. Mandela, other than he has been imprisoned for a very long time and resolutely refused to abandon the use of violence to obtain for his movement the power he would it to have. I know of no pearls of wisdom that have fallen from his lips, or of any other evidences of great nobility or high statesmanlike qualities on his part. That he is better off, from everyone’s standpoint, outside of prison than in it I have no doubt. That he will be brought to Washington, permitted to address the Congress, and given an ovation by people who know nothing about him but want to curry political favor with black voters, is obvious and of little importance, just another manifestation of American domestic political posturing . . . .

Kennan did not expect much from black rule:

I have no confidence in the prospects for anything like a mingling of the races in South Africa, nor can I permit myself to hope that the whites will be permitted to retain very much of the quality of their own lives, or indeed of the vitality of the economy, in a country dominated, on the principle of one-man, one-vote, by a large African majority. I would expect to see within five or ten years’ time only desperate attempts at emigration on the parts of the whites, and strident appeals for American help from an African regime unable to feed its own people from the resources of a ruined economy.

As early as 1952, Kennan understood something that baffled his colleagues: the intense anti-American sentiment in Asia. American policy-makers thought the solution was trade and assistance, but Kennan disagreed. Nothing can be done, he wrote, because “what is eating at the hearts of so many of our Asian friends is really the question of status, aggravated by a burning sense of inferiority and jealousy of us for our riches and for the relative security of our position.” He understood that for Asians, to express gratitude would be to acknowledge inferiority.

In the Middle East, Kennan wanted the West to maintain control of strategic points and resources, such as the Suez Canal and the Arabian oil fields:

The Western world has no need to be apologetic about the minimum facilities and privileges it requires in the Middle East. Most of these have already been in existence for long periods of time, and there has grown up around them a right of usage.

It was Western capital and technology that had built the Suez Canal, discovered oil, and developed the means to extract it. What right did the Egyptians, the Saudis, or the Iranians have to claim the fruits of Western science and organization simply because they happened to live nearby? All his life Mr. Kennan would recur to the folly of “tolerating the nationalization of the oil fields, giving the status of sovereignty to the various sheikdoms, and then permitting ourselves and our allies to become dependent on their oil.”

In 1956, the new president-dictator of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser, announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal. The British and French governments decided to recapture the canal and overthrow Nasser. They developed a brilliant plan and enlisted Israeli support. Soon after the operation began, however, the Eisenhower administration forced the French and British to pull back.

Kennan was appalled, but not surprised: “This I thought it likely we would do, since no one in authority in Washington cared anything about those [French and British] interests, or realized that they were ours as well.” American leaders seemed to think it was more important to appease Third-World opinion than to stand by their European allies:

The Arabs are smiling at us and we are permitted to bask, briefly, in what seems to be what the American political mentality has always yearned for: the approval and admiration and gratitude of the little nations for our support to them in the face of the greedy depredations of the great imperialist powers.

Kenen assumed, correctly, that gratitude would not last long.

So long as Europeans controlled Suez and the oil fields, they could leave the natives to their bloody ethnic and sectarian feuds. “Let us not deceive ourselves into believing that the fanatical local chauvinisms represent a force that can be made friendly or dependable from our point of view,” he wrote. On the contrary, “these chauvinistic movements, permeated as they are by violence and immaturity, will breed bloodshed, horror, hatred and political oppression worse than anything we see today.”

Americans still think they can tame “fanatical local chauvinisms” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria; instead, we have only stoked raging anti-Americanism.

Immigration

The same desire to win the hearts and minds of brown people was behind the overthrow of our immigration laws in 1965. American leaders believed that restrictions on non-European immigration offended non-whites, and harmed American chances of gaining Cold War allies among the newly independent countries.

Kennan’s diaries do not include any reference to the law, and indeed few Americans seem to have noticed that Congress had changed immigration in a fundamental way. The first reference to the effect of this legislation I can find in Kennan’s published writing is from his 1968 essay, “America after Vietnam,” in which he warned of the long-term effects of “the immigration of great masses of people reared in quite different climates of political and ethical principle.” The first reference in the diary is from 1978, during a visit to Southern California, in which he expressed regret that “people of British origin . . . are not only a dwindling but a disintegrating minority.”

Kennan saw the false promise of “multi-culturalism” before the term was even invented:

The Latin, Levantine, African, and Oriental elements that now make up so large a part of this population: they too are destined, for the most part, to lose their character, their traditions, their unique coloration, and to melt into a vast polyglot mass, devoid of all three things: a sea of helpless, colorless humanity, as barren of originality as it is of nationality, as uninteresting as it is unoriginal.

During a 1974 visit to Norway, his wife’s homeland, Kennan noticed a white woman with an Oriental child. He assumed the child’s presence was due “to the sentimentality of some Norwegian missionary.” He was charmed by the little girl, but saw what she portended:

How great is the prodigality of the Orient, which could produce and cast off no end of these exquisite, intelligent little creatures without even feeling the loss, the prodigality . . . which, in its pitiless vitality, will no doubt someday engulf and enslave whatever may, by that time, be left of us inane, pampered westerners.

Kennan clearly believed in inherited racial characteristics. He deplored “the great American delusion” that “the traditions and habits, the capacities for self-restraint, and self-discipline and tolerance that have developed historically, in close association with the Christian faith, in and around the shores of the North Sea” were “readily communicable to those who did not inherit them.”

At least in his diaries, Kennan was a frank eugenicist:

Nothing good can come out of modern civilization, in the broad sense. We have only a group of more or less inferior races, incapable of coping adequately with the environment which technical progress has created. . . . This situation is essentially a biological one. No amount of education and discipline can effectively improve conditions as long as we allow the unfit to breed copiously and to preserve their young. Yet there is no political faction in the world which has any thought of approaching the problem from the biological angle. Consequently there is really nothing positive to be expected from any political movement now in existence. There is nothing which any of them can do except to give the present generation of inferior beings a training and discipline which will in no way alter their offspring . . . . These political factions may profoundly influence environment; they will not alter heredity!

Already by the 1960s, Kennan had become a strong environmentalist, and worried about population pressure. In 1982, he wrote:

Our country is of course some 200 percent overpopulated but we have at least stabilized our own birthrate, and could perhaps face the future with confidence if we were the only ones concerned. It is the others–the Mediterraneans, the Muslims, the Latinos, the various non-WASPs of the Third and not-quite Third Worlds–who are destroying civilization with their proliferation, our civilization as well as theirs.

Immigration had another strategic consequence, namely, the creation of new domestic pressure groups for intervening abroad in places of no strategic importance. In 1988, Kennan listed the three factors that had distorted American diplomacy since WWII: “a Manichean view” of the world, “a militarized view of . . . external relationships,” and putting “foreign policies so extensively at the service and prejudices of ethnic minorities.” He believed that American postwar policy in the Middle East and Africa, in particular, had been largely formulated to appeal to, or at least not offend, black and Jewish voters.

As early as 1984, Kennan wrote in his diary that “immigration for permanent residence [should] be effectively terminated,” and border controls “greatly strengthened.” He called for an immigration moratorium in his 1993 volume of essays, Around the Cragged Hill. The book was a New York Times’ bestseller for three weeks, but was largely ignored by the establishment. Kennan complained in his diary that while Washington continued to honor him with awards, policy-makers never listened to him.

Kennan’s last public statement on the subject was during an interview with the New Yorker magazine in 2000: “I think the country is coming apart, partly because of its susceptibility to immigration.” It turned out that America’s greatest enemy in the 20th century was not fascism or communism, liberalism or socialism, but its own addled and corrupt rulers.

These diaries are an intimate glimpse into the mind of a deeply intelligent and thoughtful man. This review has concentrated on Kennan’s observations on racial and national questions, but his writing is full of insights into culture, history, and human nature. His prose is always masterful and clear. To read Kennan is to find oneself brooding on how vastly superior he was in every way to the sycophants and self promoters who rule us today. He was perhaps the last of a WASP aristocracy of the spirit that once guided our country.

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Jon Harrison Sims
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  • Mark Hillyard

    “formulated to appeal to, or at least not offend, black and Jewish voters.”
    I think he hit the nail on the head with this comment. The Anglo Saxon has been so confused by the entertainment, music, and other media we have no idea we are in a race war, but it is against the law to say so.
    If the media published true facts and figures of the war being waged we would be totally shocked.

    • italian guy

      Leaving aside the obvious anti-White media and constant brainwashing, i have to say that Brits are some of the most kind people i ever met, way too humble too… Obviously, the majority of the people (at least in the Western World) want to be a “good person” and be somewhat morally perfect, so it hit them really hard when someone try to guilt trip them.

      • John R

        The problem with us Whites is this: We are good and fair, and hence, we project these traits onto others without justification. Blacks call us racist. Of course, they project their own racism onto us. They cannot comprehend a race of people being fair to people like them, because they would never be that way.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          That is true. This country was made great by competition. But, we competed to be the most honorable and stoic.

          The model has since flipped to a race-to-the-bottom. Now, the least honorable and stoic wins.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            Now they give out prizes for self esteem. Everyone loses when everyone wins. When meritocracy becomes a thing of the past, mediocrity quickly takes its place in the present, and inferiority takes hold in the future.

    • M.Magog

      BUT,… once the Anglo Saxon has awoken, and realized he has been in a war that he has been losing…. well….. let’s just say, those that think they know Anglo Saxons……don’t know them at all and have totally misread and underestimated them.

      • I now forget the name of the book but it’s about a Hispanic takeover of the Western US. After some “white” families are massacred, we try to close our borders and return Hispanic non-citizens to their countries of origin.

        They fight back with guns, shoot our M-1 Abrams tanks with hand-held rpgs and moletov cocktails. We pull back our tanks, helicopters, and troops and give them Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Nevada to form their own country. They’re holed up in the major cities and we ship in food, water, and electricity to prevent a humanitarian crisis. Our tanks can’t maneuver well in the cities which is why they can wipe their rears with our military. They then gain recognition from China for their new country Atzlan, and the whites quietly fold their hands and walk away from those states.

        Personally my messy solution would be to use fuel-air bombs [as well as cutting off food, water, electricity, and air] and my non-messy, but not immediately deployable, solution would be to use neutron bombs. But that’s just me. I’m sure most would just prefer vacating those states…

        • IstvanIN

          Cut off water, electricity and food imports to those states after we walk away. Let them languish and perish. Not that we would do that.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            I’m all for giving them a part of the country. It will turn into a gigantic turd ball in a matter of months. Jeez, cut off the food stamps for a few hours and they’re ready to over turn cars and set tires on fire. Blacks are most definitely the worst, as their primal instincts are always just simmering beneath the surface like an ever present, eternal flame.

          • M.Magog

            a retreat is sometimes a strategic victory. Let the narcissistic blacks and brown exist on their own. We will watch they flounder, then they will attack us for what we have, then we will wipe them out entirely.

      • SentryattheGate

        THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
        by Rudyard Kipling

        It was not part of their blood,
        It came to them very late,
        With long arrears to make good,
        When the Saxon began to hate.

        They were not easily moved,
        They were icy — willing to wait
        Till every count should be proved,
        Ere the Saxon began to hate.

        Their voices were even and low.
        Their eyes were level and straight.
        There was neither sign nor show
        When the Saxon began to hate.

        It was not preached to the crowd.
        It was not taught by the state.
        No man spoke it aloud
        When the Saxon began to hate.

        It was not suddently bred.
        It will not swiftly abate.
        Through the chilled years ahead,
        When Time shall count from the date
        That the Saxon began to hate.

    • Emblematical

      Wilmot Robertson wrote about this back in the seventies in ‘The Dispossessed Majority’.

    • saxonsun

      If you want to destroy the world, you first destroy the great Anglo-Saxon race–our enemies know that.

  • IstvanIN

    How tragically prescient. Another brilliant man no one listened to. How did we end up with such losers as leaders and why did we not follow men like this.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Over time patriotic leaders were replaced by Israel First neocons and nonwhites who favor the Third World cesspools from whence they sprang over the USA.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      We were too busy listening to MLK Jr’s horse manure.

  • Puggg

    In more superstitious and ancient times, this man would be hailed and revered as a prophet. What he really was, was a very intelligent and patriotic man who just plain paid attention and heeded the lessons from doing so.

    • Oil Can Harry

      You’ve got it backwards, my furry friend.

      In biblical times a prophet was someone who was contacted by God. The modern definition is someone who can predict the future.

      That modern definition of prophet would certainly fit Kennan, Enoch Powell and Jean Raspail.

  • The Latin, Levantine, African, and Oriental elements that now make up so large a part of this population: they too are destined, for the most part, to lose their character, their traditions, their unique coloration, and to melt into a vast polyglot mass, devoid of all threethings: a sea of helpless, colorless humanity, as barren of originality as it is of nationality, as uninteresting as it is unoriginal.

    That may be the only thing he got almost wrong. It’s not that we’re all blending together into an uninteresting tan everyman, and thank goodness for that. No, the trend seems to be a balkanized parcel of land with the demographics of an international airport.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Yes, the brow-beatings to assimilate ended long ago. The key is to create as many European-American states as possible. And let the savages in the other states tear each other limb from limb. Then we’ll take America back. Well, our kids and grandkids will. I will be eating dinner through a straw by then. <;-D

      • That was one of the things Sam Francis talked about often. Not only was the kind of immigrant we admitted pre-1965 more likely to assimilate, because they represented closely the existing demographics of the historic American nation, there were also informal societal mechanisms (“brow-beatings”) to hasten assimilation, those brow-beatings are now called illegal civil rights violations.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          Perhaps even “intolerance”? We are intolerant of post-1965 invaders and immigrants who disrespect and disregard the founding and existing culture.

          And somehow the Cultural Marxist establishment–the grievance industry occupation government, managed to convince our kids that that it is OK.

          What ever happened to defiant, anti-establishment college students?

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            “We are intolerant of post-1965 invaders and immigrants who disrespect and disregard the founding and existing culture; disrespect and disregard they would not have allowed from foreigners immersed in the cultures they came from.”
            In other countries and cultures, such flagrant violations and disrespect would cause one to be flogged and be shunned.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      What’s perhaps the most distressing and dispiriting, instead of lifting blacks and browns up the opposite appears to have taken deep root.

      • Geo1metric

        It is impossible to lift blacks and browns up. They simply are what they are. Our mistake has been to think that we can “help” them; we cannot.

  • John R

    The real idea that led to the downfall of the West-even more than the two world wars was this: The idea that ALL RACES OF PEOPLE ARE EQUAL. As soon as we accepted that, we were doomed. Why restrict non-white immigration? All people are the same. Minorities should do just as well in society as whites; all people are the same. If they don’t do as well, it must be our racism causing their failure; all people are the same. If nations in African, Asia and Latin America are poor, it must be the fault of the West; all people are the same. We must attack this idea of racial equality. All peoples are not the same.

    • Emblematical

      Except the ethnic group that most promoted the notion that all races are equal never really believed it themselves. It was just one useful means to attack the existing order which they resented.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Yes, with the evidence being how they handle their own proprietary corners of the world.

    • saxonsun

      I’d like any nut that buys that to be forced to raise their kids with the Aborigines–after all, we are all the same!

  • MBlanc46

    Kennan was of the era when Americans believed in themselves and their country. A good part of my youth was spent in the twilight of those days, but they came to an end in the turmoil of the 1960s. It’s hard to imagine that there’s anyway back.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      It’s pretty much gone like Mitchell’s antebellum South. Sadly brought about by ourselves.

      • MBlanc46

        And it’s my generation that did it.

        • Stan D Mute

          If you’re part of the “greatest generation” and the early boomers then yes, your generation did it. It was done by the time I could vote in the mid 80’s. Done with no chance of turning back.

          • MBlanc46

            I wouldn’t be too smug, though, Stan, your generation and the following one have done little to stanch the flow.

          • LACountyRedneck

            It was done by many generations. Not simply one or two. That includes mine and yours. To make it right we’ve got to do what it takes to fix it. Everyone must.

          • MBlanc46

            True, but my feeling is that we grew up (in the 1950s and 1960s) in the largest and most dynamic economy that has ever existed. It was not without problems, but for the first time in human history, ordinary people, through education and application, could live a life that wasn’t on the edge, and thought that they could be pretty sure that their children could do likewise. We started to assume economic and political power in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, as we begin to retire, we’ve left a nation that is well along the road to ruin, where young people who’ve worked hard and played by the rules wind up living with their parents, working at part-time or dead-end jobs just to keep body and soul together. Several generations have had a hand in this disaster, but for the most part my generation was a the helm and, eyes open, piloted the ship onto the reef.

        • Geo1metric

          I harbor no guilt for what has happened. I fought the SDS when in college. All that I have done to “staunch” the flow has been to no avail.

          Those who are responsible for what has happened to the Western World are completely out of reach, well funded, well protected, virtually invisible, and plan decades into the future.

          Before we can fight effectively, we need to identify the enemy, know how it operates, and identify its weak points.

          Otherwise nothing changes. Destroy the Fed. For starters.

          • SentryattheGate

            I think the JBS (John Birch Society) diagnosed the problem fairly accurately (see Youtube videos of founder Robert Welch’s 1958 and 1974 speeches), but they were smeared for their insight; a threat to the Insiders’ plan to take down America.

  • This essay was a genuine pleasure to read. Thanks for publishing it.

    • Adolf Verloc

      I’ll second that. Kennan was a truly remarkable man, one of the type that America could once rely upon to fill our public positions. His successors look like pygmies.

      • Sick of it

        Lukewarm people who believe in nothing will achieve nothing. It’s not rocket science.

      • DiversityIsDeath

        So true. Kennan is an extraordinary man. Most politicians today couldn’t shine Kennan’s shoes.

  • Albert

    Rome did not fall to a superior force but to its own inner corruption. So weakened, Rome fell prey to the incursions of barbarians (Germanic tribes). Our own corrupt politicians welcome the barbarians with open arms.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      So true.

      I met a congressman last night. This guy was very adept at talking and saying nothing but that’s about it and I wouldn’t play golf with him or let him date my daughter. I probably wouldn’t even let him make me toast.

      Perhaps in the late stages of a society, powerlust is the dominant
      quality for ascendancy to leadership and that overweening powerlust leaves no place in their selves for the finer human qualities. They actually have more in common
      with the barbarians than with us? Just a thought.

    • Mike Lane

      We are the barbarians now. We’re the outsiders, and it’s our land to take back.

  • Steven Barr

    The sad thing is that the Europe and North America have stabbed Russia in the back so much that modern Russians do not think like Brezhnev. Modern Russian nationalists adhere to Eurasianism.

  • JohnEngelman

    George Kennen had the sense to realize that the Russians did not want to conquer us, and that while Communism could be harmful to our interests, our conflict with Communism was not existential.

    During the Cold War reactionaries used anti Communism to attack the Democratic Party, the New Deal, and the democratic left in general.

    • Sick of it

      They should have increased their assault until the left disappeared entirely.

      • M.Magog

        engleman wants his free healf care. he must have some negro in him

      • JohnEngelman

        The democratic left has always had the right to be politically active. This includes the labor movement, the civil rights movement, and the anti war movement.

        White nationalists are in a poor position to deny to others the rights they demand for themselves.

    • DucLap

      He also realized that communism in Russia, in all likelihood, would not last. Kennan knew Russia and the Russian people and he loved them until the end.

  • fgbrunner3

    The survival of Western Civilization is the most important issue of the Twenty-First Century. Multi-cultural, multi-ethic immigration does not work. Immigration into the United States should be restricted. Unskilled Latin Americans should not be allowed to immigrate to the United States.

    • Stan D Mute

      Yeah, you’re about 50 years late to the party on that one. We passed the tipping point some time ago.

  • blight14

    There are those that prefer the Turner Diaries……………allegedly……………

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I actually took the opportunity to read ‘The Turner Diaries’. William Luther Pierce was actually a pretty good writer. He is looking more and more prophetic every day, with the acceleration of the gun grabs, etc.
      .

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    As much as Kennan the diplomat had immersed himself in foreign cultures, he was an ardent immigration restrictionist. In Around the Cragged Hill, published when he was nearly ninety, Kennan lamented the cultural changes brought about by poor immigrants. If they came to America in sufficient numbers, they would create “conditions in this country no better than those of the places the immigrants have left . . . turning America into part of the Third World . . . [and] thus depriving the planet of one of the few great regions” able to maintain a “relatively high standard of civilization.” Kennan also touted the virtues of small republics, and proposed that the United States might better manage its own civilizational problems if it divided itself into smaller self-governing segments, some of which would become culturally part of Latin America.

    – Scott McConnell, editor of the American Conservative

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    He was clearly a voice of reason sorely missing in the 20st century.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    I wish Vladimir Putin would ask the same question of other white government officials that Brezhnev asked Thatcher. I also hope he is thinking that way.

    • dd121

      I was surprised to learn that several Russian leaders brought up the issue of our common bonds as Caucasians. I’ve always thought Putin might bend in that direction too, but our leaders would never go down that path.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    The man was a prophet. Everything he predicted has come to pass.

  • Stan D Mute

    Ron Unz has also amassed a large number of Sam Francis’ works and is trying to get the remainder of them.

  • JohnEngelman

    Amongst the leading Cold Warriors and anti-communists were Harry Truman, JFK, and LBJ, all Democrats.

    – David Rankin

    Each one of them overestimated the threat of Communism. During the Second World War the Soviet Union lost 28 million dead, and one third of its industrial and farm plant. No country that suffered like that was about to try to conquer the world.

    Communist insurgencies were only successful in un industrialized countries where right wing dictatorships oppressed impoverished populaces on behalf of parasitic oligarchies. Even there, Communist insurgencies usually failed.

    There never was the remotest chance that there would be a Communist dictatorship in the United States.

    John Kennedy’s inaugural promise to, “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty,” articulated the hubris that got the United States stuck in Vietnam. Lyndon Johnson was the man who got us stuck.

  • JohnEngelman

    You continue to insist that as a point of fact ( your specialty ) the New Deal ENDED the Depression.

    – David Rankin

    There was nearly as much economic growth during Franklin Roosevelt’s first term as during the terms of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolrige. There was considerably more job creation.

    The Great Depression was ended by high government spending and high government employment, paid for by high taxes on the rich. It did not have to be military spending and employment. Nevertheless, the government needed to do it.

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    Agreed, Anyone here who votes democrat or sad to say republican only has themselves to blame… Before the internet era I might have understood but now, like you said “How Intellectually lazy.”

  • dd121

    From this article I don’t understand why his contemporaries thought he was “soft of communism”.
    His visionary understanding of the fate of our civilization doesn’t give us race realists much to be optimistic about.

  • Bernie Grey

    On Youtube there is historic footage of the San Francisco’s Market Street before and after the earthquake of 1906. What you see is order and civility in the street during the busy business day, and order and civility in the street in the midst of disaster. This is the world white people desired and created. It was only possible with a deep cultural tradition that was shared and lived out by the population. Compare these 100 year old scenes with modern scenes of large city disasters in recent years in America.

    • Sick of it

      As others have stated, we do not currently live in a nation, but rather a geographic block filled with many and varied peoples. We have little to no ethnic connection with one another. We do not support one another as we are all too different from one another and yet forced to live together. I have hope that a Southern nation may rise on the ashes of federal America, but I’m not sure how other regions will fare.

      • Geo1metric

        I’ve been curious about how Southern Nationalists intend to handle a large black/brown population IF a Southern nation were to rise?

        • Sick of it

          Various groups have been saying that the South is for Southerners…and that said black/brown people are not Southerners (identification with blackness does not a Southerner make). They would be expelled.

  • Geo1metric

    “Democracy” always results in a race to the bottom.

    • SentryattheGate

      As Ben Franklin said “Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for supper.”

  • Jon

    The reason it was easy to attack him is because most American’s stopped reading and no one in Washington ever read his book or cared to but his honesty is refreshing and took on all the problem areas. Every thing he said was on target but America as a nation of kids can not handle the truth. I agree that both World wars was a horrid mistake and it is something to see that Brezhnev was concerned about the survival of the white race and seems that Thatcher could care less. Communism spread because western money funded it.

  • Jack Burton

    He was clearly a Nordicist, a very smart man he was.

  • I don’t visit here as often as I should. I regrettably missed this and the great mind in reference. Eugenics, Godly compassion for his kinsmen (perhaps in a vacuum) and clarity of thought that included experience from dire moments in world history. WOW! George Kennan – added to reading list. I adore what I’ve read. (Thanks to Mr. SIms.) As men like Kennan pass, the world loses it’s sharpest perspectives and ones willing to use their God given senses, trust those senses, and possess the courage to declare what their senses reveal to them! Have you noticed how the Left demands you ignore your physical senses (and common sense) when evaluating the world around you; or one of the sacrosanct voting blocs they purchase with tax payer dollars and protect using any means necessary? Our senses alone discredit and destroy their claims and invalidate their policy demands. No wonder they demand human senses face the inquisitioner. Not one of their policies or programs have ever worked – not one! Mysteriously, they are afforded larger budgets, greater authority, and more man-power in the presences of unmitigated failure upon failure upon failure. As the real and human costs accrue, they are used to argue for expanding their realm of incompetence. All of their ideology is predicated upon a translucent veil of deceit that is bolstered with vapid platitudes most effective when used to sway the mentally incontinent? Were it not for the zero tolerance policies that pummel and ruin opponents of their views, would they gain any audience? Kennan, appears genuinely focused, and rightfully so, upon unifying as many white Europeans as possible under a mantle of racial and ethnic kinship. Yes, there will always be villains ready to exploit this altruistic ambition. Yes, the forces wanting division for purposes of power and control will not abate. Yes, what Kennan proposed is difficult, but his target is well placed, and worth exploring. Since we know the troublemaker’s ilk and their favored political lures, and that war, death, and suffering are unavoidable containing them – why not act to isolate the suffering to the enemy’s camp preemptively?

  • SentryattheGate

    I’m proud to say I voted for him in 2000. He was too far ahead of the brainwashed, politically-correct masses, so labeled a “radical”.