Our Faint-Hearted Nationalists

Our Faint-Hearted Nationalists
Jacob Hamilton/The Bay City Times via AP

If left-wing cosmopolitanism wins, it will be because our conservative nationalists were insufficiently nationalist. It will be because our conservative nationalists—both our populists and our elites—scorned and ignored too much of the nation they claim to love.

Let us start with our elites. Recently, William Kristol argued that, if the pathologies of the white working class are as bad as described by Charles Murray, we might be fortunate in getting an influx of immigrants to displace the “spoiled” struggling whites.

The least of what Kristol got wrong was the racial aspect. While the struggles of working-class whites are the subject of Murray's Coming Apart, they are not the point of the book.

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