National Review probably thought that by firing contributor John Derbyshire on Saturday night for writing a bizarre racist column for another publication they had put the question of racists in their family to rest. Alas, on Tuesday they were forced to sever ties to another writer for his extremist views on race.
On Tuesday night National Review’s editor Rich Lowry posted on Phi Beta Cons, the magazine’s blog devoted to combating liberalism in academia, to announce that they were axing another writer:
Unbeknowst [sic] to us, occasional Phi Beta Cons contributor Robert Weissberg (whose book was published a few years ago by Transaction) participated in an American Renaissance conference where he delivered a noxious talk about the future of white nationalism. He will no longer be posting here. Thanks to those who brought it to our attention.
American Renaissance, as you probably don’t know—but Lowry seems to assume National Review readers would—is a publication dedicated to purveying racist ideologies. Here’s how the Southern Poverty Law Center describes it:
Founded by Jared Taylor in 1990, the New Century Foundation is a self-styled think tank that promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites—although in hifalutin language that avoids open racial slurs and attempts to portray itself as serious scholarship. It is best known for its American Renaissance magazine and website, which regularly feature proponents of eugenics and blatant anti-black racists.
In other words it is exactly like John Derbyshire’s article. (American Renaissance had rushed to Derbyshire’s defense, calling his critics “commentators on the lunatic fringes of the extreme Left.”)
And just what did Weissberg have to say at their conference? The American Renaissance website is proud to tell us:
The first speaker Saturday morning was the always stimulating Robert Weissberg, Emeritus professor of University of Illinois at Champagne, who proposed “A Politically Viable Alternative to White Nationalism.” He argued that any movement that is explicitly based on white racial identity is “dead on arrival,” and must be repackaged in order to win successful recognition. The reality—that racial nationalism “is intuitive and written in our genes” and that even children are conscious of race—is a huge advantage for those who want to build a racial movement, but any white movement today that takes an explicitly racial stand will fail: “We are considered just above child molesters.” Prof. Weissberg also noted that there is no economic advantage to promoting white racial consciousness, and that most people do not act without financial incentives…. Prof. Weissberg argued that an “80 percent solution” would be one that enforced the “First-World” standards of excellence and hard work that attract and reward whites. He pointed out that there are still many “Whitopias” in America and that there are many ways to keep them white, such as zoning that requires large houses, and a cultural ambiance or classical music and refined demeanor that repels undesirables. This approach to maintaining whiteness has the advantage that people can make a living catering to whites in their enclaves.