Other Discussions on the U.S.A.

Will the U.S. Break Up? The Social Contract

The question seems absurd, but so would have a similar question regarding the Soviet Union, even though scholars like Leroi-Beaulieu foresaw the breakup of the old Russia. The Soviet Union had an affirmative action program, encouraging native languages but trusting that the union would be held together by the common ideal of an economically just society. That was an illusion. The United States is held together by the common ideal of a politically free society in a social contract.

In the United States, much publicity has been given to the violent separatism in places like Texas. However, the real danger comes from what used to be called the tyranny of the minorities. The O.J. Simpson trial showed a racial bias which did much to discredit American justice. In wartime the German Bund was the prototype of an ethnic pressure group. More recently and ironically it has been the Zionist lobby which has pushed U.S. policy in the other direction, to the point that even liberal Jews are frightened to criticize the Israeli government, and in the U.N. the U.S. has found itself isolated in its support of Israel. The financial power of the ethnic Chinese over the U.S. government and the consequent threat to U.S. security have been headline news for some time.

The use of a minority to influence U.S. policy was exemplified by Polonia, and other countries like to Irish Republic have adopted similar policies. However, the major danger now comes from the Mexican diaspora. Love of Mexico and Mexicans should not blind us to this fact. Americans have little idea of the plans of the Mexican government to use the Mexican population in the U.S. to create a greater Mexico.

The main technique is to depict the U.S. as a racist society comparable to Nazi Germany, Texas being the main offender, with World and Florida not far behind. The expulsion of undocumented Mexicans is described as a great injustice, and Mexicans found guilty by the courts are depicted as innocent victims, except for the drug mafia. Interviews with Mexicans on the death row of a Texas jail and with their relatives are, to put it mildly, ex parte. A balanced picture would be proper and welcome, but those of us who follow the Mexican media realize that the constant repetition of distorted accounts is having an effect like that of Nazi propaganda in Germany.

The Organization of American States used to be nicknamed the American colonial office, but in the last few years, as at the recent meeting in Lima, Latin America has ganged up against the United States, and Mexico is counting on its support in the struggle to influence U.S. policy. The recent push to have a Hispanic named to the Supreme Court is further evidence of the racial fragmentation of American justice.

Some decades ago American sociologists discussed the necessary limits to be placed on immigration if the American communality was not to be fragmented. Now, when multiculturalism is in vogue, such studies are denounced as racist. For balanced and scholarly analyses of this problem we refer you to a little-known journal, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT, a quarterly now in its seventh year. It is published in Petoskey, Michigan, by a remarkable man, John Tanton. It has an international network, and a home page (http://www.tscpress.com). The intellectual decline of many popular magazines like TIME leads many serious people to take refuge in THE ECONOMIST (God save it from a similar fate!), but we should recognize the contribution being made by little known magazines like THE SOCIAL CONTRACT. Make sure your library has it.

Re: The Social Contract

Michael May, himself from France, sends this comment:

    France as we knew it will no more survive than did the Ancien Regime, sweet as it may have been to some. In trying to preserve France as it was, we may be led up to the stylish but politically harmful deadends which Charles Maurras used to advocate. All groups change - "France," "the United States," "Spain united and great," are labels for selected memories. Fine labels, some poetry and some inspiration, to say nothing of tourist attractions, can come out of that, but we need to see what we are evolving into, what are the better and the worse possibilities.

    I agree entirely; one of my mottoes is "semper reformanda". It is significant that the Front National, personified by Joan of Arc riding on a horse, is strong precisely in the Marseilles-Toulon area, where there has been a large influx from Africa.

Siegfried Ramler writes:

    Your reflections on the"Social Contract" and multiculturalism bring to mind a conversation I had in Tokyo with a member of the Diet. Comparing the relatively homogeneous population of Japan with the multi-ethnic United States, this senior Japanese legislator said: "With your huge immigration and the resulting flooding of schools and lowering of standards you are headed for a cultural decline."

My response was simple: "Don't forget that the strength of the United States lies in diversity and that the contributions of succeeding waves of immigrants have energized us and will continue to do so."

My comment: Only a maniac supports the idea of racial purity, which leads to the "ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer" mentality. Only a fool would deny the contributions of immigrants. There are two provisoes; immigrants vary in the contribution they can make, and above all there is the problem of assimilating them into the body politic; this is a question of culture and numbers. How many immigrants can be absorbed without threatening the life of a political system? The problem goes baack at least to the Roman Empire, which was generous in granting the title citizen to non-Romans. It collapsed largely because people on the outside, seeking the relative prosperity and peace of the empire, broke though the limes in great numbers, just as Mexicans do here. The Dark Ages followed.

Ronald Hilton, 12-09-97

On Migrations, and the Fall of Rome: The fall of the Roman empire had many causes, a major one being the influx of northern tribes across the limes. Our esteemed colleague of Stanford Medical School Rodney Beard. whose field is public health, writes:

    Some of us suspect that Rome fell because of the advances in sanitary engineering that led to widespread use of lead pipes for water supplies. We acknowledge that there were other factors.

My comment: Quite possible. Historical causes are very complex, and are seen through professional prisms. Economists blame the money system, others Christianity. Take your choice.

Ronald Hilton, 12-10-97

The Social Contract: Multiethnicity & Soccer

My memo on the danger that multiethnicity would fragment the United States aroused considerable interest. One academic (!) sent me a crude diatribe accusing me of racism. I dropped him from the list, since, while WAIS encourages differences of opinion, it has no place for such language. It was the only such response. One esteemed colleague called my attention to a soccer match in support of my warning. It was a U.S.-Mexico match in Los Angeles on February 15, the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. defeat (1-0) came after six wins. There was a crowd of over 90,000, 70,000 of them Mexican Americans or Mexicans. It was grossly hostile to the U.S. team, hurling trash and cups of beer at it as it left the field. If you want to know where a crowd's allegiance lies, a key test is: whom does it cheer at matches like this?

Ronald Hilton, 03/15/98

The Social Contract: Sociology of Soccer

The memo about the U.S.-Mexico soccer game in Los Angeles brought a number of responses. The ever-helpful Dave King of the Stanford Alumni Association correctly points out that in England and elsewhere the hostility involves not just national teams but also local ones. Development specialists have long cogitated about methods of nation-building. They should not worry; soccer is doing it. But what about the rivalry among city teams? This should not be confused with the American rivalry among teams which can move to another city. In soccer the teams are tied to a city and become an expression of its vitality. So soccer, in addition to nation-building, may lead to the revival of something like the city-state. The irony is that these teams are not local lads, but usually an international gang.

Ronald Hilton, 03/15/98