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Created by Ronald Hilton on 12/06/97 3:27 PM

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The Social Contract (Ronald Hilton, USA, 12/06/97 3:27 pm)

Popular news magazines like "Time" and "Newsweek" have deteriorated in their attempt to boost circulation. Thank heavens "The Economist" still keeps up its standards. As we have stressed before, the journals which should be encouraged are those without a mass circulation, such as "The Social Contract", edited by John Tanton and published in Petoskey, Michigan.. It concentrates on the population problem, which is often avoided for fear of charges of racism or opposition to multiculturism. Fifty years there was a serious debate as to how many immigrants the United States could support without tearing apart the social fabric. Now ethnic groups, especially the chicanos, are being used as power bases for political aims, and they promote immigration to strengthen that base. They threaten the unity, indeed the survival of the United States.

The Fall, 1977 issue of "The Social Contract" contains many interesting articles, including a review by Gerda Bikales of "La France va-t-elle disparaitre?" by Jean-Claude Barreau. It was inspired by the 1970 book of Andrei Almarik, "Will the USSR survive until 1984?" The Soviet Union has not survived, neither has Yugoslavia. Barreau and Bikales exaggerate the threat to France of the European Union, but they rightly call attention to the dangers of multiculturalism, similar to that in the United States. They warn that the threat to France may lead to a victory of the National Front, with all that this implies. We recall that in 1936 Spain was in danger of falling apart, one of the reasons for the revolt of Franco, who wanted Spain to be "una y grande." Is it possible that the threat to American unity could lead to a similar development here? Who knows? There is not space to mention the other many interesting articles in the latest issue of "The Social Contract". 

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Michael May, himself from France, sends this comment:

    France as we knew it will no more survive than did the Ancien Regime, sweet as it may have been to some. In trying to preserve France as it was, we may be led up to the stylish but politically harmful deadends which Charles Maurras used to advocate. All groups change - "France," "the United States," "Spain united and great," are labels for selected memories. Fine labels, some poetry and some inspiration, to say nothing of tourist attractions, can come out of that, but we need to see what we are evolving into, what are the better and the worse possibilities.

    I agree entirely; one of my mottoes is "semper reformanda". It is significant that the Front National, personified by Joan of Arc riding on a horse, is strong precisely in the Marseilles-Toulon area, where there has been a large influx from Africa.

Siegfried Ramler writes:

    Your reflections on the"Social Contract" and multiculturalism bring to mind a conversation I had in Tokyo with a member of the Diet. Comparing the relatively homogeneous population of Japan with the multi-ethnic United States, this senior Japanese legislator said: "With your huge immigration and the resulting flooding of schools and lowering of standards you are headed for a cultural decline."

My response was simple: "Don't forget that the strength of the United States lies in diversity and that the contributions of succeeding waves of immigrants have energized us and will continue to do so."

My comment: Only a maniac supports the idea of racial purity, which leads to the "ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer" mentality. Only a fool would deny the contributions of immigrants. There are two provisoes; immigrants vary in the contribution they can make, and above all there is the problem of assimilating them into the body politic; this is a question of culture and numbers. How many immigrants can be absorbed without threatening the life of a political system? The problem goes baack at least to the Roman Empire, which was generous in granting the title citizen to non-Romans. It collapsed largely because people on the outside, seeking the relative prosperity and peace of the empire, broke though the limes in great numbers, just as Mexicans do here. The Dark Ages followed.

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