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Monday, May 01, 2017

Steve Sailer finally gets his due

For once, the mainstream media pays attention to an actual thought leader who is legitimately influential across the Alt-Right:
Sailer’s brief career at National Review ended in 1997, when William F. Buckley, Jr. eased out the magazine’s then-editor, the immigration hawk John O’Sullivan, in favor of Rich Lowry — part of a larger shift in the conservative world away from paleoconservatives and immigration skeptics near the turn of the millennium. Since then, he has largely been confined to smaller and less mainstream conservative outlets. But after Trump won last November by getting blue-collar, Midwestern whites to vote like a minority bloc, as Sailer had so memorably recommended in 2000, a number of Sailer’s establishment critics, such as Michael Barone, were forced to acknowledge that Sailer had been vindicated.

On foreign policy, too, Sailer has been a pervasive if subtle presence on the right. During the mid-2000s, he popularized the phrase “Invade the World, Invite the World” to parody the apparent bipartisan foreign policy consensus of the last two decades around large-scale military intervention abroad and large-scale immigration at home. It took some time, but by the summer of 2016, the mood of the country had caught up with Sailer. Breitbart began using “Invade the World, Invite the World” to describe the ideology of John McCain and Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump’s stated hostility to elites’ perceived “globalist” overreach proved to be a major asset in his campaign.

As Michael Brendan Dougherty of The Week has observed, Sailer has exerted “a kind of subliminal influence across much of the right … even in the places where his controversial writing on race was decidedly unwelcome.” Sometimes that influence has not even been subliminal — David Brooks has cited Sailer in The New York Times on the correlation between white fertility rates and voting patterns, Times columnist Ross Douthat has referenced Sailer’s analogy between Breitbart-style conservatism and punk rock, and the economist Tyler Cowen has described him as “the most significant neo-reaction thinker today.” Meanwhile, Sailer’s ideas and catchphrases — including “the coalition of the fringes,” to describe the Obama coalition, and “elect a new people,” a paraphrase of Bertolt Brecht describing an alleged liberal plot to re-engineer the country’s demographics — have spread across the right-wing Internet like wildfire.
It's a hit piece, to be sure. But it is a hit piece with a respectful tone, and one that even admits "he’s not entirely wrong".

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60 Comments:

Anonymous arw May 01, 2017 1:54 PM  

The trouble with ignoring reality is reality doesn't ignore you. And by the looks of it, some leftists are slowly beginning to grasp that.

Anonymous Critically Bent May 01, 2017 2:04 PM  

I remember the first time I commented on a Steve Sailer article and proceeded to be schooled for my idiotic beliefs about race, etc. Sigh. I was stupid. Then again, I also knew about two black people, and they were attending college, so they weren't really representative.

Reality still makes me sad, but I'm not going to deny it just because I want it to be different.

Anonymous Objective Observer May 01, 2017 2:11 PM  

"Meanwhile, Sailer’s ideas and catchphrases — including “the coalition of the fringes,” to describe the Obama coalition, and “elect a new people,” a paraphrase of Bertolt Brecht describing an alleged liberal plot to re-engineer the country’s demographics — have spread across the right-wing Internet like wildfire."

Why is a stated policy described as "an alleged liberal plot" by this guy?

http://cis.org/immigration-impacts-on-republican-prospects-1980-2012

First, the enormous flow of legal immigrants in to the country — 29.5 million 1980 to 2012 — has remade and continues to remake the nation's electorate in favor of the Democratic Party.

Second, the partisan impact of immigration is relatively uniform throughout the country— from California to Texas to Florida — even though local Republican parties have taken different positions on illegal immigration. The decline does not seem to vary with the local Republican Party's position on illegal immigration.

Third, if legal immigration levels remain at the current levels of over one million a year, it will likely continue to undermine Republicans' political prospects moving forward. Further, if the substantial increases in legal immigration in Senate's Gang of Eight bill (S.744) were to become law it would accelerate this process. Conversely, lowering the level of legal immigration in the future would help stem the decline in the Republican vote.

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus May 01, 2017 2:11 PM  

About blery time.

Blogger Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus May 01, 2017 2:12 PM  

Steve Sailor was instrumental on putting me on the path to the Red Pill years ago.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 01, 2017 2:14 PM  

It is a hit piece but by the standards of NY Mag it is very mild. Maybe a set up for a bigger spike by some other zine like the Atlantic. Or maybe a soft-pedal to try to bring Sailers onto some mainstream pub where he can be neutered. Got to admit that parts of the article are true, and that's just amazing. Truth in NY Magazine? Whaat?

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) May 01, 2017 2:20 PM  

It's a much better piece than I thought it would be.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J May 01, 2017 2:23 PM  

"Invade the world, invite the world"...I've heard that since 2005-6 or so, from the Reason commentariat. First time I encountered it, in the context of arguing that colonization didn't mean immigration was ok, a Reason Komrad was ensuring me that colonialism meant immigration was not only ok but critical to the survival of the West.

Wow that's a lot of gymnastics in which to engage.



Anonymous roo_ster May 01, 2017 2:24 PM  

Love what NYmag did with Sailer's photo: swiped it from unz.com and then whitewashed it.

Or would that be turning up the contrast?

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) May 01, 2017 2:31 PM  

Steve Sailer might be the single most influential writer on the right over the past two decades. Apologies to our host.

Blogger maniacprovost May 01, 2017 2:35 PM  

"an alleged liberal plot to re-engineer the country’s demographics"

alleged

*shakes head*

Anonymous BBGKB May 01, 2017 2:36 PM  

Love what NYmag did with Sailer's photo: swiped it from unz.com and then whitewashed it.

He looks like just a floating head. They must have left their photo editing software set on GeorgeZimmerman.

Blogger Cail Corishev May 01, 2017 2:49 PM  

Steve Sailer might be the single most influential writer on the right over the past two decades.

It'd be hard to argue against that. I started reading him in the mid- to late-1990s sometime, when he was still at isteve.com, I think. His dry sense of humor and interest in the numbers made unpleasant ideas more palatable to a fellow nerd. You didn't have to read him for long to know he didn't wish ill on anyone; he was just a data guy who liked figuring out how things work, and you could trust that he'd go wherever the evidence led.

Blogger Thurston Pilgrim May 01, 2017 2:52 PM  

A few questions I believe the "Alt-Right" and "Alt-Light" need to suss out:
1. It's easy to rally behind what we don't want for America and the world (no globalism, no sharia) but what is it we want? What is the model society? Is it more libertarian or more early American?
2. If we agree that "The West is Best" how do we deal w/ aspects of the West that may not align with Gen Z, especially their views on Christianity, which seems to be a core pillar of the West and America? Can KeKism can replace Christianity and result in a revitalized West.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) May 01, 2017 2:56 PM  

A few questions I believe the "Alt-Right" and "Alt-Light" need to suss out:

Greetings, fellow alt right youth!

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) May 01, 2017 3:06 PM  

Yet if current trends toward partisan and racial polarization continue unabated, Sailerism may indeed come to represent a kind of uneasy center, flanked by identitarian leftism on one side and raw white nationalism on the other.

I think this is the trend among both the center right and center left punditry.

Blogger Cluebat Vanexodar May 01, 2017 3:08 PM  

We have a leader now?

I hope he has thick skin.

Anonymous Tipsy May 01, 2017 3:09 PM  

Wasn't it Sailer who defined political incorrectness as the crime of noticing?

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) May 01, 2017 3:11 PM  

Wasn't it Sailer who defined political incorrectness as the crime of noticing?

Yes

Anonymous Philipp May 01, 2017 3:24 PM  

Steve Sailer did more to redpill me than anybody apart from the host of this blog.

Blogger dc.sunsets May 01, 2017 3:28 PM  

Everyone plays his role. Some of the cast's names occur above the title. Sailer's is clearly one of them.

Mood is all that matters to the big picture, but the details matter. Steve Sailer is one of those. It's awesome to be reading in real time someone who may well reach historical significance.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan May 01, 2017 3:41 PM  

Sailer is a genius, accidental or on purpose I cannot tell. He draws in the usual spergy intellectuals and implants in them memes.

Blogger allyn71 May 01, 2017 3:46 PM  

"Steve Sailer might be the single most influential writer on the right over the past two decades. Apologies to our host.

Pat Buchanan > Steve Sailer.

Happy they (Vox included) are on our side.

Blogger B.J. May 01, 2017 3:46 PM  

I can't believe the article leaves out Sailer's Law

http://www.unz.com/isteve/sailers-law-of-female-journalism/

Blogger SmockMan May 01, 2017 3:47 PM  

Sailer is the greatest. He is the reason I was alt-right before I knew there was an alt-right. I was a conservative atheist for many years, and twice Bush voter. But reading Sailer the whole time. After Bush I still considered myself conservative, but did not vote for McCain or Romney. In 2016 I finally disavowed the useless conservatives.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft May 01, 2017 3:50 PM  

@14. Thurston, for nearly two thousand years, there's been someone saying "I've eliminated Christianity" or "God is dead" or "the Bible is outdated".

They've been wrong every single time. Christianity has a way of coming back from the remnants, and up from the grave. Christianity won't be replaced any time soon, but Kek will likely be gone in under five years.

Anonymous Tom V. May 01, 2017 3:52 PM  

Sailer for president. As Bokonon famously said, Pay no attention to Caesar, Caesar has no idea what's really going on. The alt-right does, VD does, and so does Sailer.

(Eric B for vice, or maybe Rakim). btw, weird as it sounds, Bertolt Brecht was a very astute observer of his times, ("elect a new people" is a bull's-eye) despite being an asshole communist. I think he became a communist just to be an asshole, a role he and Denis Leary plainly enjoyed. Also, he was a much better poet than a playwright, after his first four brilliant plays he became a tiresome bore.) But still.

Blogger Lovekraft May 01, 2017 4:27 PM  

No one's mentioned that Sailer's articles are up at Takimag:

http://takimag.com/#axzz4fosLhcpc

VoxDay would be ranked among these pillars for at least being brave enough to entertain and welcome un-PC opinions. It used to be that just white males are getting the boots, but VD and guys like Sailer bring other outcasts into the fold.

Anonymous FP May 01, 2017 4:30 PM  

OT, saw this on today's infogalactic headlines:

"Despite first offensive Japanese naval mission since 1945, no fears for West Coast"

Well done, gentlemen. I lol'd.

Blogger cavalier973 May 01, 2017 4:30 PM  

Sailer puts links to his articles that the NY mag piece mentions but does not provide: http://www.unz.com/isteve/ny-mag-the-man-who-invented-identity-politics-for-the-new-right/

Anonymous Anonymous May 01, 2017 4:33 PM  

Universally respected by the Alt-Right:

1. Pat Buchanan
2. Steve Sailer
3. Kevin MacDonald

Blogger Tank May 01, 2017 4:56 PM  

Sailer is, of course, a leader. Now he should duck.

Anonymous Tom V. May 01, 2017 5:21 PM  

"Despite first offensive Japanese naval mission since 1945, no fears for West Coast"

Oh Christ on a crutch. I understand that this was a long-lost argument on this blog a long time ago, but you guys fail to understand what the long-term Japanese strategy was during the Pacific war. You don't understand what the Japanese ultra-nationalists really thought. Because you guys haven't read the old Taisho newspapers, ni-hon-go de. This was blatant. They did NOT want to invade North America during the early phase of the Pacific war (I'm sure you're familiar with the warning "a rifle behind every blade of grass.") They didn't even actually anticipate a Pacific war, because they thought the Americans were soft, and would stand down after Pearl Harbor, rather than risk an all-out war (they thought Americans lacked bushido, they said Americans were "fat and full of money".) What they wanted to do was consolidate their control of East Asia, forming a very powerful regional bloc, and once it was under control, THEN they would move against North America (you probably don't know the phrase "We will ride China the way the Romans rode Latium.")

The whole thing was a lot more complicated than you think.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) May 01, 2017 5:25 PM  

The train is fine

Blogger Knight Of the Realm May 01, 2017 5:31 PM  

Men like Sailer have indeed had a subliminal effect but it appears over the last couple years the effects have been much more overt. Over the last 20 years I have been in Tx,La,Ar working with general laborers, skilled craftsmen, and boardrooms; as a Project Manager an later a CEO I can attest that unease in the majority population has intensified across economic groups. Men like Vox, Sailer etc will have much more influence over the next few years than they have had in the past especially if the GE is stymied in his 1st term.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey May 01, 2017 5:43 PM  

@22
"Sailer is a genius, accidental or on purpose I cannot tell. He draws in the usual spergy intellectuals and implants in them memes."

For a guy with such sperg appeal/ dialectical talent, Sailer has come up with some pretty snappy slogans over the years (as the article notes).


@24 B.J.
"I can't believe the article leaves out Sailer's Law"

It would have been great if they had included that, but the Left has a very low tolerance for mockery directed at them. Especially when it's accurate-- and funny. The basic principle behind almost all effective trolling of progs.

Good to see Steve get some recognition after all these years. Maybe someone in the legacy media will mention Brimelow's "Alien Nation" next?

Blogger Sam Lively May 01, 2017 5:49 PM  

@23

Yep. Pat also got his due in a Politico piece last week.

Hell hasn't frozen over, but it's getting a pretty nice breeze.

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 01, 2017 5:57 PM  

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Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 01, 2017 6:02 PM  

@37

I'd almost forgotten there is a Bill Buckley jr.


Was. There was a Bill Buckley, Jr. Intellectual, so they say.
He had one son, Christopher, who came out in favor of 0bama in 2008.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother May 01, 2017 6:22 PM  

This is an article that says " I hate that he's right; no worries he's going on the cattle car anyway."

Blogger Cail Corishev May 01, 2017 6:24 PM  

For a guy with such sperg appeal/ dialectical talent, Sailer has come up with some pretty snappy slogans over the years (as the article notes).

That's true. He may not be great at the gut-punch rhetoric like "cuckservative," but he's really good at coming up with satirical slogans and pithy sayings that hit home for his smarter sort of readership. I still remember "Why Lesbians Aren't Gay," probably one of the first things I ever read from him (in National Review, believe it or not).

Plus, he predicted World War T perfectly when I didn't think that would be the next thing after gay marriage at all.

Blogger stevo May 01, 2017 6:36 PM  

With all due respect I think it was America's survival in question, not Christianity's

Anonymous BBGKB May 01, 2017 6:46 PM  

So much for Sailer's law of Nearness to the Canadian Border:

Canada admits that turd worlders have no chance of assimilation:

Man forced to turn in ASIMIL8 plate. Not even the borg could assimilate black moslems.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/tv/a26328/star-trek-assimilate-license-plate/

Blogger Lovekraft May 01, 2017 6:57 PM  

@42: BBGKB: at this point, does any of this surprise anyone? In my first year env'tal studies class in university the prof had us all come up with things we're against (yes, a bunch of Chomsky's-in-diapers).

Fast forward to today and you can bet that there's someone studying how to find the Subway corporation pushing phallocentrism or something.

These people are Seriously-Retarded (versus the Accidentally-Retarded Alt-whiters - some of them).

Anonymous antipater_1 May 01, 2017 7:07 PM  

Josh (the gayest thing here) wrote:Steve Sailer might be the single most influential writer on the right over the past two decades. Apologies to our host.

Don't forget the late great Lawrence Auster.

Blogger Robert What? May 01, 2017 7:10 PM  

Steve Sailor was right, but ultimately electing Trump was a very short victory. In fact, it lasted about two months.

Blogger Lovekraft May 01, 2017 7:18 PM  

Tropic Thunder introduced the term 'Never go full retard' to the masses and I watched it the other night to get the full meaning.

RDJ is telling Stiller that some people can play retards in movies but that retard still had some redeeming qualities, whereas Simple Jack was poop-and-eat retarded.

Blogger SteelPalm May 01, 2017 8:33 PM  

@47 Oh look, the impostor is back!

Anywho, I love Steve Sailer; very intelligent, perceptive, and erudite. I do find it gob-smacking that he formulated the Sailer Strategy for national elections back in 2001, high-priced Republican consultants did the EXACT OPPOSITE for the next 15 years, until finally the God Emperor used his approach, whether consciously or not.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein May 01, 2017 8:56 PM  

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Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein May 01, 2017 8:56 PM  

I always try to work "Occam's Butterknife" into conversations where appropriate.

Anonymous Bukulu May 01, 2017 9:13 PM  

Tom V. @ 32,

Of course we know all that.

But we also have a sense of humor and kek-ery.

Blogger Quicksilver75 May 01, 2017 10:05 PM  

If one had to take a guess, I would say that Sailer paid dearly in 1998 for his brave deviation from Neocon orthodoxy. It probably cost him well over $700,000 in total lost earnings over the past 15-20 yrs. To think of all the money showered upon worthless Cucks, Neocon shills & lickspittles since 98 is nausea inducing. At least Steve can know that he remained true to the Good & Honest, and didn't sell his soul for temporary material comfort.

Anonymous Tom V. May 01, 2017 10:58 PM  

@51 -- well of course I'm all in favor of kek-ery. Roll on!

Blogger Thursday May 01, 2017 11:49 PM  

Thank goodness it's not another piece about how influential Mencius Moldbug is on the alt right. Don't get me wrong, Mencius had had some real impact on Peter Thiel, and that's not nothing. But Sailer is the best journalist working today, and widely influential across the non-mainstream right.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 02, 2017 12:17 AM  

May Day march in Portland, Ore. starts off slow near Portland State, picks up vermin as it moves into downtown unknown numbers of Klantifa arrested. Small fires / spray paint / broken windows, IOW "vandalism" committed in downtown.

Some similar stuff in Olympia and Seattle Wash.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 02, 2017 12:19 AM  

Crowd in Portland about 1,000, Seattle about 1,500, Salem "hundreds". Power to da peeps mass protest.

Anonymous Deplorable Winning May 02, 2017 1:42 AM  

A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:It is a hit piece but by the standards of NY Mag it is very mild. Maybe a set up for a bigger spike by some other zine like the Atlantic. Or maybe a soft-pedal to try to bring Sailers onto some mainstream pub where he can be neutered. Got to admit that parts of the article are true, and that's just amazing. Truth in NY Magazine? Whaat?

Proposition. It's CY+2 and MSM remains off balance. They are trying out a number of new (for them) strategies to counter the Rise of the Red Pilled. The broadcast model of mass mind control, used for the past century+, is faltering. Problem for them is (insert salt here), each time they showcase a Sailer or a Cerno, it drives another part of their dwindling readership closer to the truth.

Blogger lowercaseb May 02, 2017 1:51 AM  

A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:Crowd in Portland about 1,000, Seattle about 1,500, Salem "hundreds". Power to da peeps mass protest.
surprisingly quiet in SF. Obviously, there are tons of people in the street and they are protesting in front of the ICE building, but hardly any Antifa violence...which is both welcome and strange. They must have gotten orders from on high to ditch the masks and colors for this protest.

That makes sense...Col. Kratman mentioned in his riot columns that you need a fun atmosphere to embolden folks. I think they are working on making protests safe and fun for the left again before they start getting "sporty" out here.

Blogger lowercaseb May 02, 2017 1:55 AM  

A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:May Day march in Portland, Ore. starts off slow near Portland State, picks up vermin as it moves into downtown unknown numbers of Klantifa arrested. Small fires / spray paint / broken windows, IOW "vandalism" committed in downtown

I gotta say...I am REALLY impressed by Portland PD. When the word comes down that they have had enough...they act with no hesitation.

Blogger drstevel May 02, 2017 1:55 PM  

Finally getting some mainstream light after following him for close to 20 years.

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