Historic white America is going the way of the old South

Historic white America is going the way of the old South. By James Kirkpatrick.

In his posthumously-published book, Our Borders, Ourselves, Lawrence Auster doesn’t just describe America’s post-1965 immigration disaster, but roots it in a cultural collapse. He particularly bemoans the loss of the hierarchical social order, Christian heritage and civic virtue that America’s Founders took for granted.

Indeed, Auster presents something of a challenge to immigration patriots who argue that “demographics are destiny.” Instead, Auster argues that current demographics are a consequence of the spiritual collapse of white America. “The most important change in the American people is not in the non-Europeans who are filling our cities,” he writes, “it is in white Americans.”

Early Americans were “tough, independent and morally upright,” but modern whites are weak and soft, “Eloi,” “not fit for a nation-state but for a nanny state.” …

Because America’s core culture was Anglo-Protestant and it has historically been built by whites, any reminders of America’s past can be held to discriminate against nonwhite “new Americans” who feel excluded, or blacks, who feel oppressed.

Whites who honestly believe in egalitarianism are also compelled to denounce and destroy their own history. If America belongs to everyone, we must destroy all reminders that it once belonged to whites. …

It’s because America opened its border to nonwhites that once-untouchable American heroes like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee are recast as villains. After all, to the new population, “the historic white America” is “alien and incomprehensible.”

I’d add the same could be said about the way many whites feel about the new America. …

Auster says forcefully that the old America is gone, and, worse, now embodies the liberalism that is destroying the West. “Long after America has died a miserable death, that warning [about liberalism’s consequences] will be her final gift to the world,” he writes during his finale. …

If something called the “United States of America” survives, it will probably be something akin to an “anti-America” built on the repudiation of the old order, just like modern South Africa is built on the repudiation of its predecessor. Whether one agrees the United States of America’s demise was inevitable or not, it’s increasingly hard to argue that it’s not happening.