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ed west, former telegraph blogger and author of The Diversity Illusion, has got himself a new website! yay!

it’s right here: Ed West.

so, update your bookmarks and your rss feeds and what not. (^_^)

also, if you’ve never read The Diversity Illusion, i highly recommend it!:

the diversity illusion 02

here’s the amazon.co.uk link: The Diversity Illusion: What We Got Wrong About Immigration & How to Set It Right.

and, while i’m at it, here’s west from yesterday on the british website conservative home (THEY spell it with small letters! (^_^) )…

“And yet hostility to immigration does not mean hostility to immigrants – the PEW Research Centre’s findings showed that in most European and North American countries opposition to mass immigration was overwhelmingly strong, and yet most people had favourable opinions of people from the developing world. They don’t want their countries to be radically changed so that they no longer feel their neighbourhood is theirs – no one does – but, incredibly enough, they’re not just itching for their chance to get on the jackboots and start murdering their neighbours.”

and…

“The strangest thing about the universalist take on immigration is that it’s built on a series of conflicting theories. Among these are the twin beliefs that (a) multi-ethnic societies are wonderful, harmonious places and (b) in multi-ethnic societies we can’t go near the subject of race or immigration because it will lead to pogroms by whites against non-whites. Either (a) is true or (b) is, but they can’t both be.”

good stuff!

btw, ed west has recently gone forth and multiplied, so do buy his book. presumably he could use the £££!

(^_^)

peter brimelow has updated his brilliant book on immigration — “Alien Nation” — for kindle. and he’s promised to re-release it in print again sometime soon (his publisher dropped him and the book, of course).

if you’ve never read it, you should! if you have read it, maybe it’s time to re-read it! (it is for me!)

alien nation

here’s the new foreword on vdare:

“I Believe I Will Be At Least Exempted From ‘The Curses Of Those Who Come After'”

and here’s the link to amazon:

Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster

(^_^)

on the recommendations of jayman and benjamin (thanks, guys!), i’m reading colin woodard‘s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, and, so far, it is terrific!

except for this paragraph which appears in the introduction:

“Finally, I’d like to underscore the fact that becoming a member of a nation usually has nothing to do with genetics and everything to do with culture. One doesn’t *inherit* a national identity the way one gets hair, skin, or eye color; one *acquires* it in childhood or, with great effort, through voluntary assimilation later in life. Even the ‘blood’ nations of Europe support this assertion. A member of the (very nationalistic) Hungarian nation might be descended from Austrian Germans, Russian Jews, Serbs, Croats, Slovaks, or any combination thereof, but if he speaks Hungarian and embraces Hungarian-ness, he’s regarded as being just as Hungarian as any ‘pure-blooded’ Magyar descendant of King Árpád. In a similar vein, nobody would deny French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Frenchness, even though his father was a Hungarian noble and his maternal grandfather a Greek-born Sephardic Jew. The same is true of the North American nations: if you talk like a Midlander, act like a Midlander, and think like a Midlander, you’re probably a Midlander, regardless of whether your parents or grandparents came from the Deep South, Italy, or Eritrea.”

poppycock!

what does woodard base his assertion upon? nothing. no references backing up what he says whatsoever (just a couple of little anecdotal news stories). his “a nation usually has nothing to do with genetics” statement just hangs there in midair like … something just hanging there in midair.

what do i base my “poppycock” reaction on? actual biological evidence:

european populations - genetics

nations — as in nasci (to “be born”) — exist as real, biologically based populations — with fuzzy edges, of course, because it’s biology that we’re talking about. that doesn’t make them any the less identifiable as populations (see map above). and different nations have their own, innate characteristics. those that are closer to each other are more alike to one another, of course, because it’s easier to swap genes if you’re neighbors (especially in the past — nowadays, with modern transportation, almost anything goes — theoretically anyway).

the population of the united states is, obviously, much more tumbled up than old world ones, but oddly people keeping spotting the fact that there are different regional cultures across the u.s. — different nations as woodard puts it. this isn’t (wholly) down to “culture.” and, despite all the ethnic/racial mixing in the country, this is probably very much down to biology — and woodard, unbeknowst to himself, explains how this can be:

“Our continent’s famed mobility — and the transportation and communications technology that foster it — has been reinforcing, not dissolving, the differences between the nations. As journalist Bill Bishop and sociologist Robert Cushing demonstrated in The Big Sort (2008), since 1976 Americans have been relocating to communities where people share their values and worldview<…. As Americans sort themselves into like-minded communities, they’re also sorting themselves into like-minded nations.

americans (and immigrants to the u.s.) have been getting up and moving to areas of the country where they can find people like themselves. so american “cultural” regions — woodard’s nations — have persisted. thanks to self-sorting.

apart from that one paragraph, American Nations is really terrific! i, too, recommend it. (^_^)

(note: comments do not require an email. one of my favorite nations!)

john derbyshire has a new e-book out — a collection of some of his essays for vdare and takimag. i haven’t read the book (yet), but since i normally read — and take great pleasure in reading — all of john’s essays, i’m guessing that the book is great! get on amazon!:

From The Dissident Right

also, don’t forget about that dynamic duo cochran & harpending‘s collection of a year and a half’s worth of west hunter blog posts in an e-book! (black russians not included.):

West Hunter

and if you enter amazon via this link, vdare will get a commission when you buy any books (or anything at all, i suppose!). support vdare! (^_^)

(note: comments do not require an email. another great book!)

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