Drew Fraser

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Andrew William Fraser (aka Drew Fraser) (born 1944) is a Canadian-born academic and was latterly an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Law at Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.[1] Fraser holds a BA (Hons) and an LLB from Queen's University, an LLM from Harvard University, and an MA from the University of North Carolina. His most recent book is The WASP Question (2011).

Academic career[edit]

Fraser studied advanced constitutional law at Harvard Law School. He taught American constitutional history at Macquarie University in Sydney until 2005.

Views[edit]

Non-white immigration and multiculturalism[edit]

In July 2005, Fraser received national attention in Australia with a letter to his local newspaper, signed with his academic title, in which he claimed that importing Sudanese refugees threatened to turn Australia into "a colony of the Third World" and "Experience everywhere in the world shows us that an expanding black population is a sure-fire recipe for increases in crime, violence and other social problems".[2][3][4]

Macquarie University responded that it distanced itself from Professor Fraser's remarks, but backed the right of academics to say what they wish in a responsible way. The acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Loxton, stated there was no place for racism at the university, but it "recognises and protects academic freedom as essential to the conduct of teaching, research and scholarship".

Fraser was accused of being affiliated with White Supremacist groups, including the Patriotic Youth League (PYL), by the anti-racist group FightDemBack. Although both he and the PYL initially denied any connection, Fraser admitted he had attended PYL meetings and signed up to the PYL website after video footage of a PYL member describing him as an official legal adviser surfaced.[5]

Following an outcry from Sydney's Sudanese community, Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor Dianne Yerbury on July 29, 2005 decided to suspend Fraser from teaching any further at the campus on the grounds that the race debate was "threatening to spill over into the classroom" and was "affecting the university's ability to operate effectively." [6] Macquarie University offered to pay out the final year of his contract but Fraser declined, describing the offer as a "dishonorable discharge".[7]

On this incident, Fraser wrote:

Truth is no longer a defence when it comes to charges of academic deviance. Instead of an invitation to debate the issues, the Vice-Chancellor's office sought to get me off campus as soon as possible by offering to buy out my contract. The head of Human Resources made it clear to me that my public comments were damaging their efforts to market Macquarie University to foreign students.

When I refused the offer on the grounds that it amounted to a dishonourable discharge, VC Di Yerbury, ordered that I be suspended from teaching. This was justified on the specious grounds that the safety of students supposedly had been threatened by, among others, my supporters! For what must be the first time in academic history, alleged threats by outsiders to disrupt classes were met, not by tightening security to deal with the disrupters, but by getting rid of the disruptee.[8]

In August 2005, more than 300 Macquarie University staff and students attended a forum on racism and free speech, at which Fraser (as well as Sudanese community and University members) was allowed to put his views from the floor.[9]

Fraser's suspension ended in mid-2006, when an early-retirement package took effect.

In September 2005, Fraser wrote an article advocating a return of the White Australia Policy, entitled "Rethinking the White Australia Policy". The article was set to be published in the law journal of Deakin University, but the University directed the journal not to publish it.[10] "Rethinking the White Australia Policy" has since been published and circulated across the internet.[11]

In the controversial article, Fraser wrote:

Given the relentless and revolutionary assault on their historic national identity, white Australians now face a life-or-death struggle to preserve their homeland. Whether effective resistance to their displacement and dispossession can be mounted is another question. Unlike other racial, ethnic or religious groups well-equipped to practice the politics of identity, white Australians lack a strong, cohesive sense of ethnic solidarity. As a consequence, ordinary Australians favouring a moratorium on non-white immigration cannot count on effective leadership or support from their co-ethnics among political, intellectual and corporate elites. On the contrary, our still predominantly Anglo-Australian rulers are indifferent; some profit from, and others actually take pride in their active collaboration with the Third World colonization of Australia. None of the major parties, indeed, not one member of the Commonwealth Parliament, offers citizens the option of voting to defend and nurture Australia's Anglo-European identity. The problem, in short, is clear: The Australian nation is bereft of a responsible ruling class.[12]

In December 2005, Fraser further criticised multiracialism in Australia by writing an article regarding the 2005 Cronulla riots, entitled "Diversity vs. Freedom: Australians Fight On The Beaches."[13] As with the full version of "Rethinking the White Australia Policy", the article was only published on the internet, namely on the U.S.-based webzine VDARE.

A complaint from the Sydney Sudanese community about the original newspaper letter was upheld on 31 March 2006 by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, on whose direction Fraser reluctantly apologised for his remarks.[14][15]

Andrew Fraser addressed the American Renaissance Conference in February 2006, alongside speakers such as Nick Griffin of the British National Party and Professor J. Philippe Rushton. This was followed up later in the year with appearances at the Inverell political forum in March and at the Sydney Forum in August alongside speakers who included Jim Saleam of the Australia First Party.

Freedom of speech in Australia[edit]

In an article for Alternative Right entitled "The Cult of "The Other"", Fraser warned that academic freedom was being stifled in Australian universities. He wrote:

Academic freedom in Australia is dying before our eyes; another sacrifice performed in the now holy name of “The Other.” In the universities, as elsewhere, public criticism of privileged minorities must walk a shaky legal tightrope... Unfortunately, in a mass-mediated wasteland of intellectual cowardice and political conformity, Australian universities are not an oasis of dissent. If my experience as a teacher, scholar, and, more recently, a first-year theology student is a reliable guide, academia is utterly hostile to free thought and frank discussion on race, ethnicity, and gender.[16]

Writings[edit]

Fraser has written numerous articles on ethno-nationalist topics for publications such as VDARE, Alternative Right, and The Occidental Observer.

In 2011 Fraser published The WASP Question, in which he examined the failure of Anglo-Saxon peoples in North America, Australia and elsewhere to defend their ethnic identity and interests in the postmodern, multicultural age.

In The WASP Question, Fraser writes:

The defining characteristic of WASPs [White Anglo-Saxon Protestants] is that they are much less ethnocentric than other peoples; indeed for all practical purposes Anglo-Saxon Protestants appear to be all but completely bereft of in-group solidarity. They are therefore open to exploitation by free-riders from other, more ethnocentric, groups. It seems unlikely that nominally Americanized Changs, Singhs, and Gonzales are as committed in a practical sense to the anti-discrimination principle as Anglo-Saxon individualists. There is no shortage of evidence to suggest that the Changs, the Gonzales and the Singhs (not to mention the Goldmans with their well-known animus toward WASPs) still practice forms of ethnic nepotism strictly forbidden to Anglo-Protestants. In these circumstances, an interesting question arises: are contemporary WASPs entitled to recognition as an historic people? If not, why not?

Selected works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • The Spirit of the Laws: Republicanism and the Unfinished Project of Modernity (1990)
  • Reinventing Aristocracy: The Constitutional Reformation of Corporate Governance (1998)
  • The WASP Question: An Essay on the Biocultural Evolution, Present Predicament, and Future Prospects of the Invisible Race (2011)

Articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fraser publishes as "Andrew" but is generally known as "Drew". The Department of Public Law was not part of the Macquarie law school and has now been abolished.
  2. ^ "Refugees and 'Anglo-Australians'", Parramatta Sun 6 July 2005.
  3. ^ Academic stirs fight over race
  4. ^ Academic refuses to retire in race row
  5. ^ Fight dem back!
  6. ^ Race row professor suspended for 'safety' - National - smh.com.au
  7. ^ Radio National - Counterpoint 01/08/2005
  8. ^ Andrew Fraser, "Academic Bulldust Versus Racial Realism", The Independent Australian, Spring 2005, p. 15.
  9. ^ "Race Attack's Positive Side", The Weekly Times (Sydney), 10 August 2005.
  10. ^ Academic attacks race article ban - National - theage.com.au
  11. ^ A shortened version, with the most controversial elements edited out, was published in The Australian newspaper on 21 September 2005.
  12. ^ Andrew Fraser, "Rethinking the White Australia Policy", VDARE.com, September 26, 2005
  13. ^ Andrew Fraser, "Diversity vs. Freedom (contd.): Australians Fight On The Beaches", VDARE.com, December 21, 2005
  14. ^ http://abc.gov.au/news/stories/2006/08/30/1727919.htm
  15. ^ Hareer v Fraser (Ref 2016307FC). (HREOC is now named the Australian Human Rights Commission.) The decision and Fraser's responses have appeared on the website of the Adelaide Institute, run by Holocaust denier Frederick Töben.
  16. ^ Andrew Fraser, "The Cult of "The Other"", Alternative Right, March 2, 2012

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