June 28, 2005


The Wind from the South: Anti-White Populism (Steve Sailer, June 26, 2005)

Recently, the rest of the media has started to notice that something is going on down south.

In "Indian movement seeks 'to expel white invasion,'" Martin Arostegui wrote in the Washington Times (June 24):

"SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia -- A growing indigenous movement has helped topple successive governments in Bolivia and Ecuador and, angered by the destruction of Andean coca crops, now threatens the stability of other countries where Indians are in the majority. Drawing support from European leftists and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the long-marginalized Indians are tasting political influence for the first time since the Spanish conquest and beginning to wrest power from South America's white elites. The leader of Bolivia's Movement to Socialism party (MAS), Evo Morales, talks about 'uniting Latin America's 135 Indian nations to expel the white invasion, which began with the landing of Columbus in 1492.'"

This marks a significant change. Latin American politics was long dominated by imported ideologies, such as Marxism in the 1960s and 1970s and laissez-faire in the 1990s. While professing the latest thinking from France, Italy, the U.S., or the Soviet Union made Latin Americans feel au courant, they were largely irrelevant because none of them dealt directly with Latin America's essential political problem: the enduring racial conflict originating in the Conquest of a half millennium ago.

Traditionally, Latin America has had the worst economic disparities in the world. For example, the AP recently reported on a new study of millionaires around the world. In most regions, such as North America, the average millionaire has a little over three million dollars in assets, but in Latin America, the typical millionaire has over twelve million dollars.

In other words, while Latin America isn't very rich, the rich in Latin America have more money than God.

And, despite almost 500 years of intermarriage, the economic elite remains strikingly whiter-looking than the more Indian and/or black-looking people at the bottom. As Vicente Fox's former Foreign Secretary Jorge Castaneda admitted in 1995, Mexico's ruling elite has been getting whiter. Many powerful men in Mexico and throughout Latin America had recent ancestors who clawed their way up out of the darker masses. Over the generations, however, their descendents get whiter-looking as the rich men marry the fair-skinned and fair-haired women -- who are considered the first and last word in beauty in Latin America.

And it's not just skin color. The rich literally look down upon the poor. President Fox, for example, whose paternal grandfather was an Irish-American, is almost six and a half feet tall. He towers over George W. Bush. That makes Fox close to a foot taller than the average Mexican man.

Presumably, as the Indians take over and the "whiter-lookings" flee even the Minutemen will support immigration.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2005 12:00 AM

A true illustration of the failure of the Catholic Church to educate the masses. Had the masses been allowed to develop even rudimentary skills over the centuries instead of being consigned to the most menial of labor, the lack of European women among the Spanish and Portuguese would have compelled far more intermarriage and the race issue would have disappeared.

The European immigrants to Latin America, even though they were every bit as penniless as their counterparts who came to the US, had distinct economic advantages over the indigenous populations, in literacy and skill. This development further compounded the exclusion and the oppression of indigenous peoples from Bolivia to Venezuela to Chile to Mexico even today.

Even in the most developed nations of Latin America, free education still is notoriously bad with anybody who can do so opting for private education. For example, the main Jewish school in Panama has a student body made up mostly of the children of Panama's non-Jewish elite.

Posted by: bart at June 28, 2005 7:53 AM

That's not religion, just race. The Indians are their blacks.

Posted by: oj at June 28, 2005 8:08 AM

The massive illiteracy and lack of any marketable skills that one sees among indigenous peoples in Latin America has no counterpart in American history. In the worst days of Jim Crow, Blacks were at least somewhat literate and had skills. That was why Henry Ford et al encouraged them to move North to work in factories. America's Protestant churches taught people to read and write. Latin America's Catholic churches did not.

Posted by: bart at June 28, 2005 8:48 AM

I.Q. will put you in your place. Unless you've seen it for yourself, it is easy to blame the Church for not doing enough, but it does so much. All housing that has been provided to the poorest in my area has been by the Church; the other denominations are so racially segregated that they don't see them as their problem. That is starting to change some as they work at converting these indians.

We have to get serious about realizing that i.q. and personality traits play a huge role in our lot in life, thus we can work on raising i.q.'s.

Posted by: Emily B. at June 28, 2005 8:52 AM


I don't know what country you're in but my familiarity is with the nations of the cone of Latin America, where I have family, along with Colombia, the home of an old girlfriend. I also have friends who live in or are from pretty much every country in Latin America.

There are lots of fancy cathedrals, with lots of statuary, precious metals and the like, and they did not build themselves. The Church extorted money from the peasants to build them. It has been in power down there for 500 years, plenty of time for it to turn lots of things around. But for most of its history, it afflicted the afflicted and comforted the comfortable. It supported legalized slavery there into the 20th century.

In much of Latin America, there is a growing Protestant movement, mostly encouraged by women. It seems that evangelical Protestants and Mormons are able to convince the urban Indian and mestizo peasantry in places like Lima to work harder, save money and avoid the social pathologies like alcoholism which have been so devastating to them. The Catholic Church has been opposing this tooth and nail, including using the government in many nations to hinder proselytization.

The same experience was true in Quebec until the 'Quiet Revolution' of the post-WWII era. Prior to that time, the Church ruled Francophone Quebec in partnership with Anglophone business leaders and a small, extremly corrupt coterie of Quebecois politicos and operators, like Duplessis(who is known to many Quebecois as 'Le Roi Negre' in clear depiction of his role in their society) or Pierre Trudeau's family.

Posted by: bart at June 28, 2005 9:19 AM


no they didn't. They got jobs for the same reason women did--technology made it so anyone could do them.

Posted by: oj at June 28, 2005 9:21 AM

South American developed differently in part because Spain gave huge tracts of land to the aristocracy who ran them as fiefdoms with the blessings of their allies in the church.

There were no mass immigrations of ordinary people looking for a better way of life as there were in what would become the U.S. Here land was for the taking and individuals with the guts and ambition came and grabbed what they could as we pushed west.

It's an amazing story. We got the best and the brightest from all over the world right from the beginning and it's still happening these many hundreds of years later.

Posted by: erp at June 28, 2005 10:14 AM


Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Veneuzuela and Cuba all experienced significant European immigration, mostly from Spain, Germany and Italy, in the first quarter of the 20th century.

Posted by: bart at June 28, 2005 10:48 AM

Uniting the Indians against the Europeans--yep, that'll work. Probably as well as when Pontiac tried it. Then what they can do is expropriate all the capital, destroy whatever economy they have, and sit back and wait for their pagan gods to bring in the cargoes. What a great plan! Think how well it worked in Africa.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 28, 2005 12:06 PM

bart is spot on with regards to the Church and Quebec. Being a third generation Quebecois-American, I've seen the kinds of attitudes that the Catholic regime instilled in my grandparents & great-grandparents.

The Church, which dominated education in Quebec, preached the values of a hard-working rural life coupled with an unquestioning piety. Under the rubric of "survivance", the old ways were cultivated, and the new, including secular education, urbanism and social mobility, were supressed. Even for those who settled in New England, survivance was pushed by the French parishes. In the 1920s an education reform bill in Rhode Island that would require all students to graduate at least 8th grade was bitterly opposed by the French clergy there. It was common for parents to take children out of school as soon as allowable to put them to work in the mills. Idle hands and all that.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 28, 2005 1:34 PM

It's obvious that the Latin American political elites have massively failed their people and exploited them.

I also agree with Bart that the local Catholic Church there is part of this power structure. I suspect this is likely do to with the lack of idependence of the Catholic Church under the Spanish crown. When the parts of the Catholic Church that were independent of the Spanish Crown, like the Jesuits, attempted to help the people, it angered the colonial authorities and were eventually expelled. The movie, "The Mission," illustrates that nicely. That legacy of collusion remained after independence.

I doubt there will be any native Indian mass rebellion. Bolivia is overwhelmingly Indian, but other states less so. Something may happen in Peru, but Chile and Argentina are unlikely to suffer much.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at June 28, 2005 1:47 PM

Not to plop too loudly into the punchbowl, but ... very little of the influx from Central and South America is White Castilian. Nearly all mestizo, and heavily Indian at that.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 28, 2005 5:34 PM

So don't drop that gun yet...

Posted by: oj at June 28, 2005 6:02 PM

Hell, they're on my side. My gun is for the honky meth-heads.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 28, 2005 6:08 PM