Review of Samuel T. Francis’s and Jared Taylor’s “Essential Writings on Race”

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Book cover to “Essential Writings on Race.”

Introduction

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Samuel T. Francis

Samuel T. Francis (1947-2005), during his lifetime, was one of the main intellectuals of white nationalism and race-realism in America. The more I read of Samuel T. Francis, the more I am convinced was an utterly brilliant thinker and public intellectual, whose early death was a huge setback for genuine progress. I first became familiar with the works and essays of Sam Francis on VDARE.com back in about 2008, when I gradually began to ingest what nowadays we would call “The Red Pill.” I read many other authors at that time too though, and Sam somewhat got lost in the shuffle and haze. However, this book, assembled by Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, has collected some of Sam’s most incisive essays on the American Race Question.

Race, Lies, and Propaganda

The subject of race is the most-propagandized topic of our age, judging by the budgets of non-profits whose sole purpose is to pump out lies and misinformation on the topic. The Southern Poverty Law Center alone, according to 2015 financial statements, has an endowment of over $300 million. Assuming annual returns of 8%, the SPLC can afford to work with about $24 million a year without diminishing their war chest – a level of funding that VDARE.com will never see in a million years. And yet, despite having hundreds of millions in endowment funding, the SPLC is determined to stamp out bloggers, Twitter accounts, and race-realist websites who don”t have anywhere near their level of resources. The SPLC offers all sorts of reasons for this behavior, but the genuine is reason is that their propaganda is ineffective when channels exist offering genuine information on the subject of race.

In short, they just can’t compete with the truth.

I admit, I am jealous of people who can think clearly on subjects that subsumed by lies, but Sam Francis does it with ease. I am further jealous of Sam’s prodigious knowledge of history, both ancient and contemporary, as well as his cogent and artful use of vocabulary. I do not think it is coincidence that Sam possessed both of these skills at the same time: knowledge of genuine, true history is kryptonite to peddlers of lies on race.

Sam on a Fractured America and the Brown Urge to Immigrate to White Supremacy

One of Sam’s essays is a rebuttal to the idea of splitting up the United States along racial lines – a region for blacks, for whites, and for Hispanics/Mexicans. While Sam gives other counterarguments against this idea, he dispenses with it for the same main reason I did – the white society would become prosperous and orderly, while the blacks and Hispanics would craft neo-Hobbesian Third World hellscapes. Eventually, they would be beating the white door down to get back in, and we would wind up right back where we started, with a white society unable to accomplish any genuine acts of progress due to endless racial water treading and conflict.

As Sam writes:

“Whites will want cheap labor, and many non-whites will want to supply it. If the black zone in any way resembles most of the black majority nation-states or American cities today (detailed accounts of which American Renaissance never fails to provide us), it will be unable to support itself, to control crime and social disorder, to supply elementary administrative services, or even to avoid the most brutal political repression. This kind of breakdown would undoubtedly generate both humanitarian and imperialistic designs in the white zone (as in Africa in the 19th century or Somalia and Rwanda today), but even if those designs were resisted, there would be other anti-separatist pressures in the white zones too.”

Bluntly, Sam summarizes his case:

“My bet is that no sooner should a white separatist state establish itself than it would begin to import non-whites for labor and other forms of exploitation, and the whole history would begin to repeat itself.”

Hilariously, Blacks prove with their own actions that even a race-based white despotism is preferable to Black self-rule. As Sam writes, at the height of South African apartheid, there was still 100,000 black illegal immigrants per year entering the country.

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Even when signs like this are posted throughout a society, blacks still willingly attempt to immigrate.

Despite the stereotypical, blustering, boastful Negro rhetoric bashing white supremacy, dark races around the globe yearn to immigrate to it.

Sam on the 2000 Presidential Election of George W. Bush

Sam discusses the 2000 election in detail in one of the essays. The line of argumentation will be familiar to any reader of Steve Sailer or VDARE.com. Basically, the Republicans stumbled into power in the 2000 election. While the Republicans were uselessly tail-chasing themselves over the black vote and Hispanic vote, the Democrats were making explicit appeals to race to their core constituencies. The strategy is the same every election year.

  • The Democrats rile up the black vote by painting Republicans as crypto-Klansmen that want to revive the Atlantic slave trade.
  • Then they rile up the Hispanic (read: Mexican) vote by claiming that a vote for Republicans is a vote for deportation.
  • Then the Dems try to split the white vote by exploiting class tensions between urban, educated whites and rural, non-college-educated whites.

This strategy could be countered easily by the Republicans by accepting that whites are their core constituents, and make explicit political appeals to white Americans and their interests.

Sam on the Science of Race

One of the more irritating propaganda lines fed into discussions on race, is that the contention rests upon “the color of one’s skin.” This is balderdash, since if skin color (or, to go further, physical shape) was the only difference, racial differences would be of little practical relevance to everyday life.

To quote Sam:

“A few of the many physical characteristics found to display genetic variation between different races are body size and proportions, hair form and distribution, head shape and facial features, cranial capacity and brain formation, blood types, number of vertebrae, size of genitalia, bone density, fingerprints, basic metabolic rate, body temperature, blood pressure, heat and cold tolerance, number and distribution of sweat glands, odor, consistency of ear wax, number of teeth, age at eruption of permanent teeth, fissural patterns on the surfaces of the teeth, length of gestation period, frequency of twin births, male-female birth ratio, physical maturity at birth, rate of infant development of alpha brain waves, colorblindness, visual and auditory acuity, intolerance of milk, galvanic skin resistance, chronic diseases, susceptibility to infectious diseases, genetic diseases (e.g., Tay-Sachs, sickle cell anemia), and pigmentation of the skin, hair, and eyes.”

Of course, many of these are not of great relevance to everyday life either – with the huge exception of intelligence.

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The hateiest hate fact in the history of hate facts.

As Sam further writes:

“First the argument was that IQ tests were culturally biased. But new IQ tests showed that the more you control for cultural bias, the larger the IQ differences between the races becomes. Then it was claimed that intelligence really can’t be tested. But performance on IQ tests matched performance in school, academic tests, and professional success. Then they said “intelligence” doesn’t really exist anyway. But intelligence is a concept that human societies have always recognized and would find it hard to abandon. Finally, the most recent argument has been that “race” doesn’t really exist, that it’s only a “social construct.” Now even that defense of egalitarianism, an increasingly common one, is starting to shrivel.”

While white liberals will endlessly excuse the behavior of blacks as a product of white racism, blacks are dead-set on proving white liberals wrong. Wherever blacks live, the standards of the Third World invariably follow them, unless advanced First World technology is available to restrict their appetites and shepherd them towards morality. Paul Kersey’s latest article on VDARE.com “More Urine Detection Equipment Needed for MARTA in Atlanta (Ridership is 74% Black),” humorously documents how costly urine detection equipment is needed to halt black men from turning elevators into a chamber pot. An article quoted by Kersey reads:

“With the new technology, if someone urinates inside an elevator, a strobe light will flash and a siren will sound, Beebe said. The alarm automatically triggers a call to MARTA police.”

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Blacks often confuse elevators with chamber pots in Atlanta.

Blacks will endlessly whine about a lack of funding for their crumbling inner-city schools, and yet the $1 million spent on urine detectors could have been directed toward public education had the black males of the Atlanta metro system merely been bothered to use an actual toilet.

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This is the result of when 160 IQs are put to the task of managing the appetites of an 80-average IQ black society.

Sam on Racial Rabble-Rousing

Of course, contempt for standards of decency is not the only contempt that blacks show for white society. As documented in the essays, blacks do not view themselves as part of the American Experiment in representative government and free enterprise, and instead view themselves as an insurrectionist movement fighting against an occupying government shot through with racism. “The very foundations of the country are racist,” they screech! Hispanics are not far behind blacks in their quest for racial separatism. As the book states, California Hispanics (that is, Mexican nationals) rejected a proposal to build a statue of an American Mexican-American war hero, and instead erected a statute of an Aztec god. The Roman poet Juvenal once said “The Orontes empties its garbage into the Tiber.” Nowadays, the Rio Grande empties its garbage into the Mississippi.

Sam on the Origins of the Word “Racism”

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Magnus Hirschfeld, the inventor of the word “racism.”

One of the more informative essays that Sam has written discusses the origins of the word “racism,” a word with utterly saturates national discourse on every topic, and yet defies concrete definition. As Sam reveals, that is by design: it began as a meaningless curse word, which does not promote any sort of ideas, but only states disagreement with other ideas. To briefly summarize, “racism” was coined by a German-Jewish sex maniac and communist named Magnus Hirschfeld. The word was coined in his book, “Racism,” and it is essentially an attempted refutation of ideas posited by old-time race commentators such as Arthur de Gobineau (though strangely enough, Hirschfeld was a big fan of Galton and eugenics).

Hirschfelds’ book is not exactly compelling evidence. As Sam writes, the book lists 70 of the most outstanding historical figures in history as proof that achievement and greatness are indifferent to race. However, out of these 70 luminaries, there are no Negroes mentioned, and only two Asians. Much like the historical sidebars my old college calculus textbook, everyone else is a dreadful white European male.

Sam neatly summarizes his attitudes toward the word, “racism” across a few quotes:

““Racism,” therefore, is a term originating on the left, and has been so defined and loaded with meanings the left wants it to have that it cannot now be used by the supporters of white racial consciousness for any constructive purpose …Anyone who uses the term to describe himself or his own views has already allowed himself to be maneuvered onto his opponents’ ground and has already lost the debate …He may try to define the word differently, but he will need to spend most of his time explaining that he does not mean by it what everyone else means …As a term useful for communicating ideas that the serious supporters of white racial consciousness wish to communicate, the term is useless, and it was intended by those who developed it that it be useless for that purpose.”

Sam on the Necessary Reforms Needed for White Civilization to Survive

Sam’s solutions for the race problems are straightforward, and do not require the intelligence of a rocket scientist to grasp. What they do require though, is a rekindling of white racial consciousness and solidarity, and plain old-fashioned will to power.

As Sam writes:

“If whites wanted to do so, they could dictate a solution to the racial problem tomorrow—by curtailing immigration and sealing the border, by imposing adequate fertility controls on nonwhites and encouraging a higher white birth rate, by refusing to be bullied into enduring “multiculturalism,” affirmative action, civil rights laws and policies; and by refusing to submit to cultural dissolution, interracial violence and insults, and the guilt that multiracialists inculcate.”

and further still:

“On the basis of this racial consciousness, whites must counter the demographic threat they face from immigration and non-white fertility and whites’ own infertility. This means (a) an absolute halt to all future legal immigration into the United States, deployment of the armed forces on the appropriate borders to cut off illegal immigration, and deportation of all illegal immigrants (and perhaps many recent legal immigrants); (b) the end of subsidies for the non-white birth rate through welfare programs, obligatory use of contraception by welfare recipients, and encouragement of its use among non-whites, and (c) encouragement of increases in white fertility.”

Summary

To summarize, Sam writes on all sorts of topics in these essays, ranging from history, religion, the scientific observational data on race, contemporary politics, and how these fields relate to the Race Question. These essays are well-written refutations of much of the contemporary baloney on the subject of race. I recommend the book, and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would give it a full 5 stars had Sam Francis lived to see these essays (among other work he was compiling) cast into a cohesive book that he was composing as his final work on the American Race Question. I recommend the book to anyone interested in white identitarianism, or want to start swallowing the Red Pill on race.

 

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