Sunday, May 21, 2017

American Renaissance vs. the Far Left by Chris Roberts

One of the most bizarrely enduring political myths is that there is some kind of shady link between high finance, big business, and white advocates. Leftists seem to believe that the corporate board of Walmart is full of race realists, that the Koch brothers have a vendetta against black people, that Goldman-Sachs funnels money to militias, etc.
It is all a fantasy, of course. With vanishingly few exceptions, the wealthiest people and organizations in the world support more immigration, affirmative-action and integration, and oppose any kind of white identity. This is public information. You can look up how many Fortune 500 companies donate to the NAACP, La Raza—and to the foundation behind AmRen, the New Century Foundation (zero, of course). You can also just as easily find out which companies filed amicus briefs in favor of affirmative action and against President Trump’s attempted travel bans.
No matter what Noam Chomsky or Louise Mensch think, AmRen does not receive any money from Russians, Wall Street, or a secretly sympathetic FBI. Our money comes from white people who believe in us. Big money opposes us at every turn.
There are far-left political websites that are also entirely reader supported, such as The Baffler, Jacobin, Current Affairs, Dissent, n+1, In These Times, and New Inquiry. Ferociously pro-Bernie sites, always brimming with sardonic cultural criticism, do not get checks from the “one percent.” This really does set them apart from mainstream leftist media. The largest investor in the New York Times, for example, is Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, one of the richest people on Earth. Vox is funded largely by media companies and venture capital groups.
Naturally, The Baffler et al. claim that their lack of support from “Davos Men” makes them more authentic, courageous, and truly left-wing. But for all their “anti-system” posturing, they get a great deal of mainstream coverage and respect, if not money.
For example, their print publications are carried in elite liberal arts college libraries and plenty of public universities. Indeed, n+1 is so popular in universities that they brag about it on their webpage, where they offer institutional subscriptions for $150.00 a year. The strong ties most of these magazines have with universities isn’t surprising, since so many of their contributors are academics. Byline after byline at each of these sites shows a university connection.
These magazines are also carried in bookstores. Their articles rail against capitalism, retail chains, and big box stores, but step into any Barnes & Noble and you’ll find Jacobin, The Baffler, and n+1 every time, and all the others most of the time.
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