Steve Sailer on Pat Buchanan

It’s worth considering

With John McCain issuing a vague death threat against Vladimir Putin following NATO’s hit on Gadaffi, it’s worth considering that McCain is an elder statesman of mainstream Republicanism, while Patrick J. Buchanan is a terrifying extremist….

As I mentioned in my review in VDARE of Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower, Buchanan is one of the few people in Washington who took the end of the Cold War as a signal for anything other than self-congratulation. The struggle with the Soviets meant we had had to do many things that were painful, costly, dangerous, or distasteful; therefore, Buchanan reasoned in the early 1990s, let’s now stop doing them.

In the linked DVARE article, Sailer calls Buchanan the “wisest, most objective-minded man in American public affairs”.  Buchanan is smart and perceptive, but I don’t know that he’s brilliant or profound, and yet Sailer’s estimation of him is probably true.  What makes him the wisest public man is that he’s willing to look at the world without ideological blinders–neoconservative, classical liberal, or Leftist–to a much greater extent than his colleagues.  He’s much more open-minded than The American Conservative magazine with which he is associated.  (Most contributors to TAC don’t seem to care about anything but attacking Israel and American involvement in the Middle East.  For domestic-oriented conservatives like me, this gets old really fast.)  Of course, Buchanan hasn’t broken all the mental fetters of modernity.  He seems to be sold on democracy, but I can easily forgive him for that.

3 Responses

  1. Buchanan is an old-school Populist. The land desperately cries out for a Populist revival.

  2. Of American political columnists Patrick J. Buchanan has long been my favorite, although Charley Reese, now retired, and Samuel Francis, now deceased, would have ranked up there with him until their writing days ended. I just finished reading “Suicide of a Superpower”, and while I took the populist/democratic part of it with a grain of salt, I was overall impressed.

    Yesterday I posted an essay attacking the populism of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party, which I will be following up in a few days with an essay explaining what is wrong with the concept of “popular sovereignty” that is the foundation of both modern democracy and populism. I am still thinking through how to balance the problems with populism with the fact that we live in an era of revolutionary, anti-traditionalist elites. How do conservatives, traditionalists, reactionaries, and counter-revolutionaries in general address that problem without succumbing to the temptation to appeal to popular sovereignty?

  3. I think that Pat Buchanan in his book “State of Emergency” treats the immigration issue in a proper way, given that he’s considering this fact as threat to the United Sates culture. Nevertheless there some points I consider not correct. The author considers just the United States and the European countries as belonging to western civilization. He forgets that Latin America can properly be considered as part of the west because of the heritage these peoples have from Spain. In the case of latinamerican immigrants and the United States what is at stake is the national culture of the United States, not western civilization, because these latinamerican immigrants come from countries where their culture is western. I understand that conservatives in the United States are concerned about this immigration issue because their national culture is in danger, but Pat Buchanan should talk about national culture being threatened by multiculturalism, not about western civilization being threatened by latinamericans.

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