Posted on March 31, 2011

“Straight Talk on the Airways”? Not Any More

Edward Bernays, VDARE, March 30, 2011

The title of this article is taken from a 1999 cover story in Jared Taylor’s American Renaissance about talk radio. The main point of the article: talk radio had emerged as one of the few places where Americans could freely discuss racial issues. AR noted:

“In a culture dominated by liberal assumptions, Americans have to look hard for the truth about race and immigration. They can find it on the Internet, on some cable-access channels, occasionally on C-Span, and sometimes on talk radio. Of these, radio is by far the most popular medium and has the greatest impact.”

In what would be unthinkable today, seven of the most popular talk radio hosts of the time — Michael Reagan, Larry Elder, David Brudnoy, Bob Grant, Michael Medved, Ken Hamblin and Al Rantel — all gave interviews to AR and candidly discussed their views on affirmative action, immigration, race and IQ, whites becoming a minority and other racial issues. Not only did these mainstream hosts — including two blacks — give interviews to AR, they also gave answers that would likely get them fired. AR editor Jared Taylor had been a regular guest on some of these programs and at least one host — Brudnoy — was a subscriber to the publication, and reviewed Taylor’s book Paved With Good Intentions favorably in Human Events.

In fact, Jared Taylor was a regular on talk radio throughout the 1990s. He even appeared on national TV shows such as Donahue, Scarborough Country, Hardball with Chris Matthews and other popular programs. C-SPAN broadcast at least two of AR’s bi-annual conferences and also two press conferences where Taylor was a speaker. AR‘s groundbreaking Color of Crime (1999) [PDF]report was actually discussed on the Rush Limbaugh Show (though not by Limbaugh: even more impressive, black guest host Walter Williams summarized the report favorably to Limbaugh’s 20 million listeners).

Discussions of The Color of Crime were such a hit on talk radio that in several cities, the producers heard Taylor talking about the report on a competing station and called to book him on their own programs. A press conference at the National Press Club to discuss the report was widely attended and resulted in a CSPAN broadcast and national print coverage.

For many Americans, occasions such as this were the first time they heard someone arguing for the interests of whites as a group. Responses to American Renaissance from interested listeners were in the thousands and the magazine netted many new subscribers from these debates and appearances.

Heading into the new millennium, the media appearances slowed a bit. But they really came to a halt around 2004. The change was dramatically apparent by 2005, when an update of Color of Crime provoked only a few radio interviews.

Taylor told me recently:

“The irony is that media appearances dried up just as listeners were becoming much more interested and sympathetic. In the early 1990s, callers would rage at me just for talking about the unfairness of racial preferences. Ten years later, after a discussion of what is at risk if the country turns majority non-white, listeners would surprise even the most conservative hosts by calling to say, ‘I agree with everything Mr. Taylor has said.’ Is it a coincidence that the megaphone is being taken away just as the audience starts to get the message?”

Peter Brimelow, who unlike Taylor was an established MSM journalist when he began writing about immigration in 1992, and who was considerably in demand after the publication of his Alien Nation in 1995, also reports that media invitations abruptly ceased around 2004. Brimelow believes, partly because of his study of the evolving War Against Christmas, that there is co-ordinated systematic blacklisting — facilitated, ironically, by the internet.

In 2008, American Renaissance attempted to revive media interest in racial issues with a campaign of pitches. Numerous media advisories were sent to a talk radio/TV list of 500 producers and hosts from around the U.S. This list included national shows as well as smaller regional and local programs but takers were few. Several pitches resulted in zero interviews.

Around the same time, VDARE.com initiated a small media relations program that included weekly talk radio pitches. Unlike AR, VDARE.com does not explicitly defend white interests, focusing instead on broader American interests. Moreover, the website sticks primarily to immigration-related issues as opposed to topics such as IQ, black-on-white crime and other taboo subjects. This does not stop Media Matters, the $PLC and other well-funded witch-hunters from labeling VDARE a white supremacist site. But it did make it somewhat easier for Peter Brimelow and the writers of VDARE to land more radio interviews than Taylor.

From 2008-2010, VDARE.com writers were occasionally featured on nationally syndicated shows such as The Lars Larson Show, The Curtis Sliwa Show and­ — before the host apparently changed sides on immigration — The Lou Dobbs Show. VDARE.com columnists also appeared on bigger local shows such as The Ron Smith Show in Baltimore, The Mike McConnell Show in Cincinnati and the Radio Free Rocky D program in Charleston. (By far the most open-minded: Talkback with Chuck Wilder on the CRN Radio network.)

But despite this modest success, most pitches only netted 2-3 interviews on smaller stations, in contrast to Taylor in the 1990s. (The VDARE.com PR program was suspended in 2010 because a key donor reneged on its annual grant).

So how did open discussion of racial and immigration issues go from being relatively acceptable in 1999 to being forbidden only a decade later?

Time has played some role. Looking at the seven established hosts interviewed in the AR article, three are now retired (Rantel, Grant and Hamblin) and one is dead (Brudnoy). Younger hosts coming into the business apparently feel their careers will be in jeopardy if they violate racial taboos.

There is some speculation that corporate consolidation in the talk radio industry has led to fewer outlets and more Politically Correct centralized control of guest lists.

But the overwhelming reason: PC taboos have simply grown more intense — and better organized — over the past decade. Black crime and the racial aspects of immigration were certainly controversial issues in the 1990s, but they were not proscribed like they are now.

It is not just talk radio that is less open to debating racial issues. In the 1990s, major publishing houses released books such as Paved With Good Intentions, The Bell Curve, Alien Nation, The End of Racism, Hating Whiteyand other books that challenged racial orthodoxy. None of these books would be touched by a major publishing house today. In fact, Taylor has been shopping around a sequel to Paved With Good Intentions to publishers big and small for several years with no takers — despite his first book’s commercial success. (AR’s New Century Foundation will publish the book soon, with the title White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century.)

Another sign of the times: the American Renaissance conference, last held in 2008 has been scuttled for two straight years now after hotels backed out of contracts due to political pressure and death threats — which the law enforcement authorities were unable/ unwilling to counter. While AR events always attracted protesters, they previously went off without incident and attracted a fair amount of press coverage. In significant contrast, no Main Stream Media outlets even reported the suppression of AR’s conferences in 2010 and 2011.

The 1999 AR talk radio piece ended with the following in regard to the seven radio hosts interviewed:

“Though they have different views of the importance of race, they are refreshingly open to discussing it. It is men like these who help talk radio chip away at the rigid liberalism that has for so long set the boundaries of acceptable discourse.”

Some talk radio hosts still talk about illegal immigration (as they will at FAIR’s upcoming Feet to The Fire radio fest — possibly explaining why FAIR itself no longer talks much about reducing legal immigration). They will occasionally gripe about racial double standards. But talk radio is no longer “chipping away” at liberalism with regard to race, immigration and America’s changing demographics.

What this means is that the internet is now the last bastion of straight talk on race, demography — and America’s future.

Sites like VDARE.com, American Renaissance now have a greater readership than ever, in part exactly because talk radio no longer discusses their issues. Newer websites and blogs such as Alternative Right, View from the Right, Half Sigma, Nicholas Stix, Uncensored, Mangan’s and many others freely discuss and debate the latest racial controversies, research and issues on a daily basis. Podcasting and streaming video mean that the electronic MSM faces technological as well as intellectual obsolescence — exactly as has already happened to the print MSM.

Of course, this means that leftist thug groups like Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center ($PLC to VDARE.com) would like nothing better than to shut down websites they don’t agree with. VDARE.com is likely at or near the top of their list. Given the racial loyalties of our current president and Attorney General, we can be sure censorship of “hate speech” websites would have strong support in high places.

Hopefully, in a decade’s time, we will not look back at today and marvel that websites like VDARE.com could freely criticize the demographic displacement of whites and AR could openly discuss black-on-white crime.

29 responses to ““Straight Talk on the Airways”? Not Any More”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Two things have changed of late. Nearly everyone is connected to the internet now, and the economy is dependant more than ever on continued mass immigration.

    The power of the first scares the heck out of public figures. Anything they say can come back to haunt them.

    An end to mass immigration would bring an end to massive lending. This would bring increases in the money supply to a screeching halt, including the ability of the U.S. government to make payments to bondholders.

  2. on the lam from the Thought Police says:

    5 — ATBOTL wrote at 8:20 PM on March 31:

    Charles Murray is very far from being pro-white in any sense. Recognizing racial differences doesn’t make one a white nationalist. The internet is now full of “race realists” who are indifferent or hostile to white survival.

  3. John Engelman says:

    5 — ATBOTL wrote at 8:20 PM on March 31:

    The purpose of talk radio is to keep disaffected whites away from white nationalism. The job of people like Rush Limbaugh is to tell just enough of the truth to make people believe he is on their side, then steer them into supporting anti-white establishment political hacks.

  4. Jupiter7 says:

    For the record, Phil Donahue’s MSNBC show was cancelled not because he had Jared Taylor on twice-back-to-back shows. Phil Donahue’s MSNBC show was cancelled because he was a very publicly opposed to the invasion of Iraq.

    Here is the larger point. The MSM is on board with Bush-Clinton-Obama perpetual war policy. These wars are being sold to the American people as “noble” causes because of our “noble intentions”:”We are liberators, not conquerers”. Now any adult with a functioning brain nows that this is all a bold-face lie. But the ideology of post-1965 immigration policy-the blessings of diversity nonesense-is part of the ideology of the “noble” intent of Bush-Clinton-Obama foreign policy…”see how noble our intent is,why we are even willing to race-replace the evil White Americans at home”. So, in addition to providing “strong” evidence of the “noble” intentions of Republican and Democratic Parties, the corporate owners of these two parties get access to lots of foriegn scab labor and warm bodies for the military…that’s quite a racket I must say.

    Having Jared Taylor on th MSM to talk about the harmfull consequences-for White Americans-of post-1965 nonwhite immigration policy would expose the ideology of the “blessings” of post-1965 diversity for what it really is thereby risking the very real possibility of a Native Born White American revolt against post-1965 immigration policy. But if Native Born White Ameicans revolt against post-1965 immigration policy and the “blessings” of diversity that comes with it, there is a very high probability that Native Born White Americans will also revolt against a foreign policy that is justified by by its noble intentions of promoting the “blessings” of diverstiy abroad. In fact, this is precisely the justification that General Wesley Clark gave for the bombing of the Serbian civilian population during by Bill and Hillary Clinton years. It is not a coincidence that Hillarly Clinton is using the same justification for bombing Libya and several other Muslim nations. This is why Jared Taylor is receiving no more invitations to speak to his fellow White Americans through the MSM.

    Treason is the Reason….

  5. Paul Jones says:

    There’s a story about how an Argentine patriot who escaped the dictatorship of Rosas in the early 19th century, Sarmiento, wrote on a boulder as he crossed over the Andes into Chile, “No se puede matar las ideas” (You can’t kill ideas).

    Unfortunately, given the control the present establishment has over what people are allowed to think and debate, I don’t think this is entirely true. As we see, ideas can be supressed and “quarantined,” which is what is going on with truths regarding racial matters.

    I really don’t think things are going to turn around until we have a mass awakening of young people of European background who will, like the Hippie movement of the 1960’s, “tune in and drop out.” (I’m intentionally leaving off the “turn on” because that will keep anyone from seeing what is really happening)

    The truth of the matter is that a person who posts on this site in support of the racial truths put forth in “The Bell Curve” and numerous other books and investigations has essentially “dropped out” of polite, “respectable” society and will either have to “walk in the shadows”, cover up their true beliefs in order to survive in a job like teaching – as I had to do for all of my career – or face the economic consequences of not being able to have a middle class income.

    On the other hand young people, once they latch onto certain truths, have the rebelliousness and abandon of youth, and will not be constrained to conform to a lying and corrupt system as now exists. For this reason, only the newest generations at this point are the hope for the changes that will have to occur.

    “Revolution begins in the hearts and minds of the people” – let’s hope that it will get sparked in them soon.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think this clip says it all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxCuL5e30WQ

  7. Anonymous says:

    5 — ATBOTL wrote at 8:20 PM on March 31:

    The purpose of talk radio is to keep disaffected whites away from white nationalism. The job of people like Rush Limbaugh is to tell just enough of the truth to make people believe he is on their side, then steer them into supporting anti-white establishment political hacks.

    ——————————————————————

    AMEN! Their purpose is to also to ridicule,demonize WN’s and NEVER talk about nonwhite crimes against Whites. Have you noticed that ALL these talk show hosts have blacks on their staffs and are “friends” of theirs? Rush even had many blacks at his wedding (not sure,but I think the one performing the wedding was black), I do know his wife demanded that Elton John (the homosexual) be the main entertainment. Sounds like the all-inclusive cast of a liberal bash.

  8. Bon, From the Land of Babble says:

    The purpose of talk radio is to keep disaffected whites away from white nationalism. The job of people like Rush Limbaugh is to tell just enough of the truth to make people believe he is on their side, then steer them into supporting anti-white establishment political hacks.

    ATBOTL

    Well stated!

    Add Beck, Hannity and Palin to the list as well. I had the displeasure of reading this in NewsMax.com recently:

    Christie Leads GOP Pack!

    NumbersUSA recently gave Christie an F on immigration because of his support for amnesty and loud lack of interest in enforcement. Numbers’ Roy Beck bluntly describes Christie as “a wash-out.”

    While U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, Gov. Christie said: ‘Being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime. The whole phrase of ‘illegal immigrant’ connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime…. Don’t let people make you believe that that’s a crime that the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be doing something about.

    http://tinyurl.com/3szgczt

    Obviously a case of ABETTO

    Bon

  9. Jupiter7 says:

    If you read Paul Craig Roberts’ post this morning on vdare.com, you now know that Paul Craig Roberts has crossed the line into race-replacement enthusiasm territory. I saw it coming. I highly recommend that you repost Paul Craig Roberts’ vdare.com post on American Renaissance so that the everyone here can expose Paul Craig Roberts for what he really is. Paul Craig Roberts is a fraud. He attacks the corporations and now he wants to provide them with a massive labor subsidy. Peter Brimelow is going to make have a decision about Paul Craig Roberts.

  10. Anonymous says:

    From Post # 14: “We are liberators, not conquerors”.

    This is absolutely correct! The USA regularly delivers 500-lb packets of “freedom and democracy” from 30,000 ft via stealth bombers to blighted people everywhere. In recent years “freedom and democracy” has exploded throughout Somalia, Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya, and soon-to-be Iran and Syria.

    We love “freedom and democracy” so much that our modern air force is is willing to bring it to all nations of the world.

  11. John Engelman says:

    15 Paul Jones, if you or anyone knows of someone who has lost his or her job for public agreement with The Bell Curve and/or similar books, please send me an e-mail to discuss it.

  12. Schoolteacher says:

    1 John Engleman: It’s still possible to publish books that address racial issues because those books are aimed at literate liberals, who need to know what’s really going on if they are to keep control. Books on archeological or evolutionary topics like “The 10,000 Year Explosion” or “Before the Dawn” are OK because the White masses are not likely to read them.

  13. Marc B says:

    The reason for the 2000’s blackout is precisely because anecdotal public opinion is starting to turn in favor of race reality. High IQ, post-modern liberals understand that calm and intelligent discussions posing quantifiable positions on inherent racial differences are their ruin. Silencing is their only strategy by making such topic beyond the pale.

    Any information that dispels this fantasy threatens their entire house of cards. Once that house of cards is toppled, egalitarian principles will no longer be used to stifle Western man. I suspect they are burying this debate until these anti-white principles can be enforced through the brute force of invading non-white populations.

    In the late 1990’s, cutting edge research on evolutionary biology/psychology was in much of the same predicament. While still controversial, so much of that research has proven accurate and it is slowly gaining momentum on it’s own merit.

  14. John Engelman says:

    22 — Schoolteacher wrote at 1:00 PM on April 1:

    1 John Engleman: It’s still possible to publish books that address racial issues because those books are aimed at literate liberals, who need to know what’s really going on if they are to keep control.

    —-

    Liberals control the discussion over race. They do not control the economy. That is why the rich keep getting richer as most pay checks buy less.

  15. Anonymous says:

    http://vdare.com/roberts/110331_new_colonialism.htm

    Jupiter7

    is this the link you were talking about? Where is it that he wants cheap labor here? Maybe I missed your point on that article?

  16. Paul Jones says:

    In reference to John Engelman’s comment, I can say for sure that anyone in education who supported the position that there are significant differences in average inherited I.Q. among different ethnic groups, particularly whites and blacks, would be out of a job. Imagine at a staff meeting, where everyone is trying to solve the “No child left behind” proposal with one innovative program after another to remedy the achievement gap, and a teacher there states that it’s impossible to solve due to the reasons laid forth in “The Bell Curve.” Are you telling me the person would still have a job?

  17. Strider says:

    When AR publishes the sequel to Paved With Good Intentions, they need to make sure to publish it in e-book format as well as regular print. E-books are the future (they’re already outselling hard copies) and cost much less to produce, meaning more profit for AR while sill allowing buyers to pay less. B&N also has a “Nook for PC” app that lets Nook owners access their e-books on their home or laptop computers.

  18. Wayne says:

    I got kicked off American Thinker for stating that the greatest threat to conservatives was mass, unchecked non-white immigration that will soon give Democrats a permanent majority.

    Supposedly conservative site, can’t bear to hear the truth.

  19. Anonymous says:

    In fact, NO ONE is EVER speaking of CRUSHING OVERPOPULATION: the one sure death of every environment, every economy, every nation. NOTHING AND NO ONE can escape the inevitable and entirely deleterious effects of too many people in a given space.

    This is not just the love of Liberalism, or the hate of conservatism …it is MADNESS.

    I notice Am Reners, for whatever host of reasons, often fail to engage a true dialogue on remarkable issues; but ponder this.

    When you go to the grocery store and use those ridiculously wasteful plastic bags (and they are), you note they’re thin enough to be PRE-RIPPED, barely capable of withstanding blowing your nose into them, virtually unusable.

    Notice also that plastic 16 or 20 OZ water bottles are so thin, so as to completely collapse when you grasp them, half full.

    Folks, these are clear markers that resources are scarce. In a few years we’ll not have these things at all. True, they ARE wasteful , but would it not that there are OVER 310 MILLION people in this once bountiful nation, all the talk of wasting plastic would be a joke. As for the reality, the present, you might as well dump your cigarettes on the road, and recycle nothing. ONE MESTIZO and their horde of offspring and relatives will far outstrip any paltry Prius-driving, canvass bag-using habits.

  20. Jupiter7 says:

    Anon at 8:18

    I hope I am wrong about Paul Craig Roberts. Unfortunately, I do not think I am. I read Paul Craig Roberts’ commentary very carefully. He no longer writes about the very harmful consequences of post-1965 immigration policy. At best, PCR makes a few bleats about outsourcing. He has jumped ship….and, if I had to make a prediction about where he is rapidly swimming to, I would say he is vectoring towards the shoreline of the nation of race-replacement. The demographic shift in Texas-terrible in itself-goes hand-in-hand with a massive transfer of wealth from millions of ordinary Native Born White Americans to the greedy,cheating White elites. Roberts is well aware of this..but he won’t write about it. Instead, we get a sermon from the Mount speech in his vdare.com post yesterday about the poor Mexicans coming to America for a better life. Paul Craig Roberts will make it to the shoreline of the nation of race-replacement very soon where he will get a friendly greeting from Alexander Cockburn. Expect open race-treason from PCR sometime in the near future.

  21. Question Diversity says:

    28 Wayne:

    Been there done that. Eventually, you, like me, will swear off almost all lamestream conservative blogs.

    One of the few I bother with anymore is Mark Levin, (I follow him on Twitter), and I’m this close to unfollowing him. There’s currently a big food fight between he and someone in New Jersey named Paul Mulshine, who has the audacity (more like the courage) to tell some inconvenient truths about certain well known figures in the arena of lamestream conservatism, how they’re really not that “conservative” at all, more interested in making money than advancing a cause. You know how that goes — They came to do good and wound up doing very well indeed. Now, Mulshine’s columns (in a mainstream NJ paper, I think the Newark Star-Ledger) have a few errors, both in fact and in logic, but his points are mostly right on. But Mark Levin has ripped Mulshine a new one, accusing him of being a “neo-Confederate,” (ironically, Levin lives in Virginia, and swoons over the VA politicians like Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinnelli who are advancing state interposition over ObamaCare), and other supposedly nasty things.

  22. John Engelman says:

    29 — Anonymous wrote at 1:14 AM on April 2:

    In fact, NO ONE is EVER speaking of CRUSHING OVERPOPULATION: the one sure death of every environment, every economy, every nation. NOTHING AND NO ONE can escape the inevitable and entirely deleterious effects of too many people in a given space.

    ——

    Social conservatives oppose abortion, dislike birth control, and favor large families.

    Economic conservatives agree with me that population growth favors those who gain their incomes from property ownership at the expense of those who work for a living. They disagree that this is a problem.

    Liberals are supportive of birth control and abortion. Nevertheless, they suspect that those who complain that there are too many people in the world are really complaining that too many are the wrong kind of people.

  23. Urban Teacher says:

    Back in 1994, after the Bell Curve came out, it was argued that the blackout on discussing racial differences was over.

    http://tinyurl.com/3gf2lv4

    This, of course, turned out not to be true.

  24. Jupiter7 says:

    Anon at 1:14

    I post about nonwhite generated population growth within the borders of America on this website quite often. I’ve been doing this for the four years that I have been posting here. The evidence is overwhelming that high fertility post-1965 nonwhites are the number one threat to the ecosystems in America. Have you seen my posts about the ecologically destabilizing giant snake head fish and Chinese legal immigrants? I’ve made about seven of them just in the past year on American Renaissance. You’ll never read about this on numberusa.com…over there, you are not allowed to bash – that is to say,criticize – post-1965 high fertility nonwhites. No one should give numbersusa.com a penny for its incessant worshiping of high fertility post-1965 nonwhites. Strangely, vdare.com has not posted anything about the snake head fish invasion of America which is a direct consequence of importing post-1965 high fertility Asians into our America.

  25. John Engelman says:

    28 — Wayne wrote at 11:52 PM on April 1:

    I got kicked off American Thinker for stating that the greatest threat to conservatives was mass, unchecked non-white immigration that will soon give Democrats a permanent majority.

    Supposedly conservative site, can’t bear to hear the truth.

    ——-

    The high rate of third world immigration exerts downward pressure on wages and causes white blue collar workers to vote Republican. Can you think of any policy advocated by American Thinker that has not benefited rich people?

    That is an honest question. I am aware of American Thinker, but I do not frequent the website.

  26. Taurus689 says:

    Anonymous 17:

    “AMEN! Their purpose is to also to ridicule,demonize WN’s and NEVER talk about nonwhite crimes against Whites. Have you noticed that ALL these talk show hosts have blacks on their staffs and are “friends” of theirs? Rush even had many blacks at his wedding (not sure,but I think the one performing the wedding was black), I do know his wife demanded that Elton John (the homosexual) be the main entertainment. Sounds like the all-inclusive cast of a liberal bash.”

    Rush’s previous marriage to Marta was performed by Clarence Thomas and this last one by another Black.

    Rush hasn’t done very well on the preservation of his marriages.

    I’ve gotta believe that his ego makes him an insufferable person to live with. Second to him would be Michael Smerconish.

    You could park 5 Eighteen Wheelers in HIS ego.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Every once in a while I get down about the situation in the USA; then I realize the USA as currently constituted is temporary and our world standing also. Ideology changes with regularity; read the history of the Soviet Union and other so-called “monolithic dictatorships” and you soon realize they too change although the changes are chaotic in comparison to the controlled changes we see in well-governed democracies. My point is that contrary to what you might think the most momentous development (for us as whites) in the political world is not the race-replacement of whites in the USA but rather the ascension of China to world leadership.

    China is ethnocentric, unapologetically so. Her influence is world wide and growing; witness the furious backpedaling on multiculturalism in Europe. Nations are made of people, and people have to get along, and multicultural peoples tend not to get along as well as more homogeneous ones do. This obvious truth has been lost in the post-World War 2 hegemony, in ideological matters, of a complete anomaly in world history, which is the USA. A nation supremely lucky, surrounded by oceans and blessed by very few internal wars and no invasions, a nation which could afford delusions.

    Sooner or later under the crush of dreadful events the multicultural nations will splinter or die altogether, as the USSR did. We will face the same dilemmas as they did. Just as the nations of the Old World did, we will have to come up with solutions to our social problems that are long lasting, are real, and not fantasy based. In Russia the fantasy was of a nation hurtling into the future, driving the locomotive of history. Collective agriculture would grant everyone a full belly, rationalized industry full employment. What happened?

    In our country again luck is on our side but that does not mean delusions on the order of the USSR’s can be borne without a great price paid eventually. We have no Hitler facing us but we do have huge external commitments, far more expensive and expansive than the USSR did. Do we have the internal unity and will to sustain an empire through its crises?

    I don’t think we do. Unity is a daydream of the people that print dollar bills. As for will, I’ll take just one example. Today, in the wake of riots in Afghanistan, an American 4 star general apologized for the behavior of a poor Florida preacher who burned a Koran. Underline that…an American 4 star general kissed the collective *** of a crowd of filthy Muslim rioters and murderers because a local fella back home burned a Koran. This ain’t the posture of an Imperial civilization, folks. T’aint Churchillian, ya know?

    Can you imagine the Premier of China doing that? If you can’t, and I can’t, you begin to see the difference between a nation with a viable history and functioning will and a geographical area with a big economy which has had a great deal of luck. Us.

    Which can always run out.

    When it does, when we have to face the consequences of delusions, I can only hope our smaller ethnocentric nation will survive to fight another day.

  28. Schoolteacher says:

    “Airways” are for airplanes. The headline should say “Airwaves”.