|Registration||Lexington Research Institute Limited, 501(c)3|
|Created by||Peter Brimelow|
|Alexa rank||88,737 (April 2014[update])|
VDARE.com, or VDARE, is a website that publishes socio-political commentary pieces advocating for a moratorium on net immigration into the United States. The viewpoints on the site range from arguments for U.S. immigration reduction to discussions of race to commentary about American politics and more.
The name VDARE refers to Virginia Dare, the first child born to English settlers in the New World (in 1587). Contributors to the website have included Jared Taylor, J. Philippe Rushton, Kevin B. MacDonald, Samuel T. Francis, and many others. The site was launched in 1999 and run by British-American journalist and former Forbes editor Peter Brimelow, who supports the site through his VDARE Foundation.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has condemned the website for running articles that it says are highly prejudiced, examples being a column concerning immigration from Mexico that warned of an "Mexican invasion" where "high teenage birthrates, poverty, ignorance and disease will be what remains." Since 2003, the SPLC has classified VDARE as a hate group for its white nationalist, radical right politics. Brimelow and other contributors deny the "hate group" label.
VDARE.COM was established in 1999 in connection with the Center for American Unity, a Virginia based non-profit foundation started by Peter Brimelow. Brimelow served as the Center's first president but is no longer affiliated with the organization. When Brimelow left, he established the VDARE foundation in 2007, also known as Lexington Research Institute Limited, as a 501(c)3 charity to continue supporting VDARE.COM.
The name VDARE and the site's logo, the head of a white doe, refer to Virginia Dare, the first child born to English settlers in the New World; soon after her birth she disappeared with the rest of the early English settlement of Roanoke. In fiction, Virginia Dare was the main character in Sallie Southall Cotten's 1901 book The White Doe: The Fate of Virginia Dare. In the book, she is turned into a white doe by a Native American witch doctor after she rejects his advances.
Some of the most notable people associated with the publication include:
- Peter Brimelow, the founder of VDARE, writes often for the publication and has been an editor at both Forbes and National Review.
- John Derbyshire, an author of books such as We Are Doomed, contributes both for VDARE and for Taki's Magazine, also being a former editor at National Review.
- Steve Sailer, a blogger, columnist, and movie critic for Taki's Magazine, is known for his controversial articles on race, human biology, and gender issues.
- Chilton Williamson, an author and columnist, has written extensively about life in the American West.
- J. Philippe Rushton, a controversial and highly cited professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario (author of Race, Evolution, and Behavior), wrote several times for VDARE before his 2012 passing.
- Sam Francis, a famous paleo-conservative writer, was a regular contributor until his death in 2005.
- Scott McConnell, a journalist also known for his work at The American Conservative, writes from a similar paleo-conservative perspective, often discussing anti-war efforts.
Notable VDARE guest contributors in addition to the above include: Virginia Abernethy, George J. Borjas, Paul Gottfried, Kevin Michael Grace, Kevin B. MacDonald, Jared Taylor, Paul Beliën, Sean Gabb, Robert Weissberg, R. J. Stove, Derek Turner, Kevin Lamb, Andrew Fraser and Ilana Mercer.
Controversy and criticism
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has called VDARE a hate group, that was "once a relatively mainstream anti-immigration page" but by 2003 became "a meeting place for many on the radical right". The group has also criticized VDARE for publishing articles by outright white nationalists Jared Taylor and Sam Francis. It has been called "white nationalist" by the Rocky Mountain News, a charge denied by Brimelow.
In response, VDARE has published several articles attacking the SPLC. In 2006, Prof. Kevin B. MacDonald wrote an article titled "Heidi Does Long Beach: The SPLC vs. Academic Freedom" that discussed the SPLC's so far unsuccessful campaign to try to get him fired from California State University, Long Beach.
VDARE columnist James Fulford says allegations of racism and hate are unavoidable since "the majority of Americans are white, and the majority of immigrants are non-white". Fulford lists others who he says have been accused of being racist by liberal organizations and argues that the groups' tactics hurt their own cause more than they are hurting genuine racism.
Hurricane Katrina and IQ
Steve Sailer argued on VDARE following Hurricane Katrina that the lower average IQ of African-Americans found in intelligence research correlates with "poorer native judgment than members of better-educated groups resulting in the need for stricter moral guidance from society". He said that looting after the 1995 Kobe earthquake was minimal because "when you get down to it, Japanese aren't blacks".
John Podhoretz called Sailer's comments racist. Sailer responded that his accusers admitted a correlation between low IQ and poor judgment by supporting the Supreme Court's 2002 Atkins v. Virginia decision "that, in effect, banned the death penalty for killers with IQs under 70". John Derbyshire defended Sailer, citing large variance in incarceration rates by race and birth rates for unmarried women by race.
According to Peter Brimelow, Sailer's original article has been emailed out by readers (through the link to "email [this article] to a friend") at among the highest volumes seen by VDARE's articles. Sailer also responded to John Podhoretz in "Podhoretz, Junior vs. Steve Sailer", by quoting from a 1963 Commentary essay by Podhoretz's father, Norman, "My Negro Problem—and Ours", in which Norman Podhoretz made statements on black violence in character with Sailer's commentary.
Some VDARE columnists, such as Jared Taylor, have taken a white nationalist type view on socio-economics issues while writing for the website while other columnists, such as Steve Sailer, have taken alternative views based on American nationalism. A long-running 2005 debate sponsored by VDARE involved Sailer describing his personal ideology as "Citizenism", which he explains as:
I believe Americans should be biased in favor of the welfare of our current fellow citizens over that of the six billion foreigners... [since] Americans grasp that we are lucky to be American citizens and they want to pass on their good fortune to their posterity undiluted.
He argued for this as an antithesis of racism, thinking that African-Americans, Jewish-Americans, European-Americans, and other groups can rally behind this concept. He has also stated that "White Nationalism is worse than a crime, it's a mistake" and argued that the ideology, if widely adopted, would actually hurt American whites rather than help them. Taylor has argued back that American whites are headed to a minority status in which the majority has direct incentives to discriminate against whites, a sort of 'tyranny of the majority', and that ethnic nationalism is inevitable.
VDARE founder Peter Brimlow wrote Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster (generally known as simply Alien Nation), first published in 1995, which discusses the same sort of material as his online columns. Contributor J. Philippe Rushton authored Race, Evolution, and Behavior, which debates race and intelligence theories in terms of evolutionary psychology, and it was also first published in 1995.
Notes and references
- "Vdare.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
- Heidi Beirich; Mark Potok (2003). "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration | Southern Poverty Law Center". Southern Poverty Law Center: Intelligence Report, Winter 2003 (Issue Number 112). Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "Lexington Research Institute Limited in Litchfield, Connecticut (CT)". faqs.org. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "Why VDARE.COM / The White Doe?". VDARE.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- HEAVEN’S DOOR AFTER A YEAR – George J. Borjas
- "Patrick J. Buchanan Articles". VDARE.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- Archive of Paul Craig Roberts Articles at VDare.com Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Archive of Michelle Malkin Articles at VDare.com Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Coulter, Ann (July 10, 2013). "Zimmerman Trial Is This Year's Duke Lacrosse Case". VDARE. Retrieved July 11, 2013. "[James Fulford writes: Tonight we're starting to run Ann Coulter's syndicated column....]"
- VDARE Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Flynn, Kevin (Jul 15, 2006). "Funding questioned ; Critics say some Defend Colorado money tainted". Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colo.). p. 4.A.
- Brimelow, Peter (July 23, 2006). "VDare.com is no 'white nationalist Web site'". Rocky Mountain News. p. 5.E.
- "05/30/01 – VDARE Endorsed by Southern Poverty Law Center! (Well, we regard it as an endorsement.)". Vdare.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "04/23/05 – The Speech That Launched An SPLC "Hate" Honor". VDARE.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "11/14/06 – Heidi Does Long Beach: The SPLC vs. Academic Freedom". VDARE.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "09/03/05 – Racial Reality And The New Orleans Nightmare". VDARE.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "The Corner on National Review Online". Corner.nationalreview.com. 2005-09-05. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- Sailer, Steve (2005-09-06). "Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: The Supreme Court on IQ and Judgment". Isteve.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2005-10-13. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "VDARE.com: Blog Articles » Sailer vs. JPod on NO Nightmare". Blog.vdare.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- "07/17/05 – Podhoretz, Junior vs. Steve Sailer". VDARE.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- Sailer, Steve (October 8, 2005). "Sailer vs. Taylor, Round II – "Citizenism" vs. White Nationalism". VDARE.com. Retrieved July 20, 2010.