"VDARE.com", or "VDARE", is a
websitethat advocates reduced immigration, especially illegal immigration, into the United States. Former Forbeseditor Peter Brimelowsupports the site through his "VDARE" Foundation.
The name "VDARE" and the site's
symbol, the head of a white doe, refer to Virginia Dare, the first child born to English immigrants in the New World. Soon after her birth she disappeared with the rest of an early English settlement, and legend says she transformed into a white doe.
Peter Brimelow, British-born founder of "VDARE" and an immigrant to Canada and the U.S. and a former editor at Forbesand National Review
*"Athena Kerry", a pseudonym for an author who claims to have graduated in 2006 from a Catholic university. [http://www.vdare.com/letters/tl_072406.htm]
Steve Sailer, a writer and movie critic for " The American Conservative", especially controversial for his articles on race, human biology, and gender issues
Howard Sutherland (attorney), an attorney in New York
Chilton Williamson, an author and columnist who has written extensively about life in the American West
Sam Francis was also a regular contributor until his death in 2005.
Notable "VDARE" guest contributors include:
Virginia Abernethy, George J. Borjas, [http://www.vdare.com/misc/borjas_heaven_door.htm] Paul Gottfried, Kevin Michael Grace, Kevin B. MacDonald, Rob Sanchez, J. Philippe Rushton, Jared Taylor, John Derbyshire, Paul Belien, R.J. Stove, and Ilana Mercer.
"VDARE" also carries the syndicated columns of *
Pat Buchanan, [http://www.vdare.com/buchanan/index.htm] * Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration, and Michelle MalkinPeter Brimelow immigrated to the United Statesfrom Canadain the late 1970s; he had left his homeland of the United Kingdomshortly after receiving an MBAfrom Stanford Universityin 1972. While he is a paleoconservative, he claims "many of the neoconservative leaders as personal friends" and immigration reform allies.cite web|url=http://www.vdare.com/letters/tl_102503.htm|work=VDARE|title=Today’s Letter: A Reader Is Tired Of Neoconservative-bashing; Peter Brimelow Sympathizes|author=Isaac, Gideon|date=2003-10-25|accessdate=2006-09-22] According to the "VDARE" website, Brimelow is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Controversy and criticism
Some critics of "VDARE" claim that it publishes
pseudoscientific, racistand/or racialistmaterial. The Southern Poverty Law Center(SPLC) called "VDARE" a hate group, [http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp?S=VA&m=3] that was "once a relatively mainstream anti-immigration page," but by 2003 became "a meeting place for many on the radical right." [http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=286] The group also criticized "VDARE" for publishing articles by white nationalists Jared Taylorand Sam Francis, along with other authors who deal with race and intelligence.
"VDARE" has published several responses to the SPLC’s charges. In 2001, "VDARE" columnist James Fulford countered the SPLC’s charge that "VDARE" is racist, writing “this accusation ... is intended to drive the victim out of decent society. The SPLC functions like "
Red Channels" in the McCarthy era.” [http://www.vdare.com/fulford/southern_poverty_center.htm] In 2005, "VDARE" editor Peter Brimelow, who has said, “the modern definition of ‘racist’ is someone who’s winning an argument with a liberal,” [http://www.vdare.com/letters/tl_090503.htm] wrote “the SPLC is just a shakedown scam that preys on the elderly, Holocaust-haunted rich.” [http://www.vdare.com/pb/050423_speech.htm] And in 2006, in “Heidi Does Long Beach: The SPLC vs. Academic Freedom,” Prof. Kevin MacDonald discussed the SPLC’s so far unsuccessful campaign to try and get him fired from California State University at Long Beach. [http://www.vdare.com/macdonald/061114_splc.htm]
"VDARE" claims neutrality on all issues save immigration reduction. "VDARE" columnist
James Fulfordsays allegations of racism and hate are unavoidable since "the majority of Americans are white, and the majority of immigrants are non-white." [http://www.vdare.com/fulford/southern_poverty_center.htm] Fulford lists others who he says have been accused of being racist by liberal organizations and argues that the group's tactics hurt their own cause more than they are hurting genuine racism. Also, Brimelow argued in his 1996 book "", the term 'racist' is a political "smear" (p.10). He states "the only rational definition of racism" is "committing and stubbornly persisting in error about people, regardless of evidence."
"VDARE" contributors respond to "racism" charges by noting that the site carries authors from various ethnic backgrounds, including Filipina-American (Malkin), Cuban (
George Borjas), one Native American ( David A. Yeagley), Jewish/Asian-American ( Marcus Epstein), and Japanese-American ( Lance T. Izumi). [http://www.vdare.com/letters/tl_090503.htm] Peter Brimelow has responded to the SPLC's allegation that VDARE is a "hate group," "We've named them a treason group." [ [http://blog.vdare.com/archives/2008/10/07/freedom-folksblogs4borders-interview-with-peter-brimelow/ Freedom Folks/Blogs4Borders Interview With Peter Brimelow, Interviewed by Jake Jacobson, "VDARE BLOG", October 7, 2008.] ]
Hurricane Katrina and IQ
Steve Sailer, who often writes about race and intelligence, argued on "VDARE" following Hurricane Katrinathat the lower average IQof African-Americansfound in intelligence research correlates with "poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups resulting in the need for stricter moral guidance from society." He said that looting after the 1995 Kobe earthquakewas minimal because "when you get down to it, Japanese aren't blacks." [ [http://www.vdare.com/sailer/050903_new_orleans.htm VDARE.com: 09/03/05 - Racial Reality And The New Orleans Nightmare ] ] John Podhoretzcalled Sailer's comments racist. [ [http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NTIyMThlNmMzNThiZjM4MjQzODUzM2JlZTIzMWJhYjA The Corner on National Review Online ] ] Sailer responded that his accusers admitted a correlation between low IQ and poor judgment by supporting the Supreme Court's 2002 " Atkins v. Virginia" decision "that, in effect, banned the death penalty for killers with IQs under 70." [http://isteve.blogspot.com/2005/09/supreme-court-on-iq-and-judgment.html] John Derbyshiredefended Sailer, citing large variance in incarceration rates by race and birth rates for unmarried women by race. [http://web.archive.org/web/20051013082930/http://corner.nationalreview.com/05_09_04_corner-archive.asp#075519]
Peter Brimelow, Sailer's original article has been emailed out by readers (through the link to "email [this article] to a friend") at among the highest volumes seen by VDARE's articles. [http://blog.vdare.com/archives/2005/09/05/sailer-vs-jpod-on-no-nightmare/] Sailer also responded to John Podhoretz in “Podhoretz, Junior vs. Steve Sailer”, [http://www.vdare.com/sailer/050717_podhoretz.htm] by quoting from a 1963 "Commentary" essay by Podhoretz’ father, Norman, “My Negro Problem—and Ours”, [http://www.lukeford.net/Images/photos/out.pdf] in which Norman Podhoretz made statements on black violence in character with Sailer’s.
Notes and references
* [http://www.vdare.com Official website]
* [http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=285 "Keeping America White"] , an article by the SPLC critical of VDARE
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