9-11 – H&D’s Editor Remembers the Day – Twenty Years On

Today – 11th September 2021 – marks the twentieth anniversary of the famous 9/11 attacks, which saw nineteen Islamic terrorists from the al-Qaeda group take over and then control four planes over the US airspace and turn them into deadly weapons against their number one enemy the USA.

That Tuesday morning, I woke up as usual around 7.30am, and after the standard cup of tea (yes, I still drank tea in the morning – rather than coffee – even after six years of Americanization!) I kissed my (then) girlfriend Jackie goodbye and started to make my way into down-town Washington DC where I worked.

As I did almost every morning, I caught the bus – at around 8am – from outside my apartment block in Falls Church, which took me to the Rosslyn Metro Station, in NW Arlington – which is the last stop in Virginia – and transferred onto the Metro train (their version of our Tube train) which took me into DC.

I got off as normal – at around 8.45am – at the McPherson Square Metro Station – a couple of blocks from where I worked on 13th Street NW, (which was about six blocks from the White House) and made my way to one of the many restaurants in the area, where I bought breakfast! Yes, sadly in that respect I had got Americanized into buying breakfast out, rather than making it at home myself – or even getting Jackie to make breakfast (some hope there!).

I bought my standard DC breakfast, a large coffee (as their tea was awful), and a sun-dried tomato bagel, with a tasty egg, bacon, and cheese filling (yes, I know!) and made my way to work on 13th Street, which was around two or three blocks away.

Dr Roger Pearson’s office on 13th St NW, Washington DC, where H&D’s editor Mark Cotterill worked during the events of 9/11.

I worked as an office assistant to Dr. Roger Pearson, one of the greatest modern writers on race, eugenic science, anthropology, and Indo-European studies, who had both his home and office on 13th Street, NW. The office from where he ran three publications, Mankind Quarterly (MQ), The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies (JSPS) and his pride and joy, The Journal of Indo-European Studies (JSPS), as well as publishing dozens of books and monographs every year.

I got into the office on time, which was a couple of minutes before 9am and started to drink my coffee (I would do the typically American thing of eating my bagel while walking to work!). Up until then – as they say – it was just a normal day at the office!

Dr. Pearson was already in his office (which was the room next door to mine) hard at work. He normally got there before me around 8.45am most mornings. However, he did not have very far to travel – as he lived in an apartment (flat) just above the office, on the 4th or 5th floor (I think). We said our usual pleasantries, and I then got on with going through the mail from the previous day (I did not normally work on a Monday) and from the weekend.

Looking back on it, around the time I was getting my breakfast, around 8.46am, New York was turning into a scene of devastation after the first of the two planes smashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. And around the time I was sitting down at my desk and starting to open the mail, around 9.03am the second plane was smashing into the South Tower.

Both 110 story towers collapsed within an hour and forty-two minutes, leading to the collapse of the other World Trade Center structures including 7 World Trade Center, and significantly damaging all the surrounding buildings.

Of course, Dr. Pearson and I, were oblivious to all this, as we did not have a radio or TV on in either office, and it was just before the days of smart phones.

The first we knew that something was wrong, was when Dr. Pearson’s wife Marion rang him from their upstairs flat, where I guess she was watching the events unfold on TV. He told me what she had told him, but to be honest it did not really sink in there and then what was going on. So, we just carried on working as normal.

(above left to right) Mark Cotterill, Jackie Griffin and Nick Griffin outside Mark’s home in Falls Church, Virginia, in May 2001 – four months before 9/11.

I guess five minutes later, just before 9.20am we got another phone call which I answered this time. It was BNP leader Nick Griffin! He told us basically what Mrs. Pearson had just told us, that two hijacked planes had crashed into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center, but then added that two more planes were now on their way to DC to blow up the White House and Capital Buildings, and that we needed to get out quickly!

Of course, even if we wanted to get out – which we didn’t – where were we meant to get out to? However, Nick meant well, and I appreciate him warning us anyway, even though there was nothing we could do about it. I thanked him and told him we would not be moving from the building at this time, but if he could ring back with any updates, that would be very useful.

I talked over the situation with Dr. Pearson, and he said he did not think the planes would even reach DC, and even if they did, their targets were so far away from us that we would “probably be ok”! So, we sat back down at our desks and carried on working.

However, we had only been back at our desks for a couple of minutes, when we heard a hell of a commotion going on outside our building. At 9:37am, the third of the hijacked planes crashed into the west side of the Pentagon (the headquarters of the American military, as well as a large underground shopping mall), which was just over the Potomac river in NW Arlington, Virginia, causing a partial collapse of the building’s west side.

To give you an idea of distance, the Pentagon is about three miles south east of our office, maybe a ten-minute drive away. It’s just south of Arlington National Cemetery, and just north of Alexandria.

H&D’s editor was just three miles away from the Pentagon (above) when the third plane hit on 9/11

I can remember hearing an explosion, and then the noise of hundreds of other office workers, and locals outside our office on the streets. I said to Dr. Pearson that I was going outside to see what the heck was happening, because we had no windows in the office so I could not peer out. Once outside I could see all the smoke in the distance, and word got round that the Pentagon had been hit.

I can’t remember there being a panic, but a lot of my fellow DC workers were very concerned as word had got around that the fourth plane was on its way to DC!

However, the fourth plane – United 93 – never reached DC. And US authorities even to this day, don’t know for sure if the target was to have been the White House or the Capitol.

The story put about by President Bush’s spin-doctors, that the passengers aboard United 93 decided to act once they realized all was lost – i.e., storm the flight deck, attack the terrorists and bring the plane down before it reached Washington DC – sadly did not happen. But why would it have done: it never happened on the other three hijacked flights, and they had many more passengers.

The site of United 93’s crash has become an iconic memorial – largely due to the myth of heroic resistance that helped Americans deal with 9/11

What did surely happen, was that Bush ordered United 93 to be shot down before it got anywhere near DC. This flight was the only plane not to hit its intended target, instead after being shot down it crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, about 170 miles from DC at 10:03 am.

Once the news spread around DC that plane number 4 had crashed and that there were probably no more hijacked planes up in the skies, most of the workers either returned to their offices – as I did – or they left and started to make their way back home.

I asked Dr. Pearson what we should do, and he said, “just carry on working Mark”! Which is what I did until around noon when I went for an early lunch. All public transport in DC was in the process of being stopped, but most of the bars and restaurants seemed to be open, with customers glued to the TVs. I found a Subway close by and got a meal and a soda (pop to you Brits!) and tried to check my cell phone, only to find it not working. The internet had also gone down, but landlines were still working.

I made my way back to the office, where Dr. Pearson was still working. He informed me he was then going up upstairs to his flat for his lunch. So, I just went back to work. Strange when you look back on it.

Mark Cotterill with his then girlfriend Jackie in Falls Church, Virginia, September 2011

My girlfriend Jackie was calling the office, every half an hour or so asking when I was going to get out of DC and come home. I told her the same thing each time: as soon as I can.

Dr. Pearson came back down to the office around 2pm I guess, and told me to pack up for the day, as it would take me ages to get home as there was no public transport. Even most of the taxi drivers had gone home by then. So, I called Jackie back from the office landline and said I was going to start to make my way back to Falls Church, but be prepared for a long wait as it may take a while!

I walked across the city towards Georgetown, which took me just over an hour. I knew at the far end of Georgetown was the Francis Scott Key bridge where I could walk across into Virginia. However, it was a sweltering hot day and I needed a beer or two, so I stopped off at a bar not far from the bridge. It was busy, but not chock-a-block, with everybody watching the news channels on the big TV screens. It was there for the first time, sitting in that Georgetown pub with a cold pint of Sam Adams lager that I saw the footage of the first two planes fly into and then strangely disappear into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Images that will never be forgotten.

There had been mixed reports on the news channels, some saying it was at first believed that a small private plane had hit the tower by accident but less than 20 minutes later, it was obvious that a terrorist attack had taken place. Everyone in the pub was coming up with their own ideas as to who had done it and why, I just listened and drank my beer.

DC’s metro was Mark’s usual commute – but closed after the 9/11 attacks, leaving him to walk over the DC / Virginia border

Somebody in the pub mentioned that the buses in Virginia were running again, but the Metro trains were still closed. So, I drank up and made my way across the Francis Scott Key bridge out of DC and back into Virginia – Rosslyn to be precise. Another five minutes and I was at the bus terminal, and the guy in the pub was right – the buses were running again! Thank the gods, that’s saved me another five mile walk home!

I remember our local left-wing newspaper The Washington Post, had been busy and got out a special afternoon edition, covering the attacks. I bought a copy to read on my bus journey back to Falls Church. As I was boarding the bus my cell phone started ringing – more good news the phones were working again – it was Jackie, frantically asking where I was. Thankfully this time I could tell her not that far away and that I would be home soon.

I guess I got back to my flat on South Manchester Street, which for those of you who know the area is just off Route 50 (aka Arlington Blvd) very close to the famous “Seven Corners” side of Falls Church, around 6pm. To say Jackie was pleased to see me was an understatement!

She and Justin (our lodger) a taxi driver who in his younger days was in the French Foreign Legion, were watching the TV News when I walked in. Justin who was very politically clued up and like me slightly to the right of George Bush, claimed he knew straight away “that it was the Muslims” who had done it. He was just not sure (then) which of the many types of Muslim it was! But to those like Justin they were all the same to him!

After freshening up (as Americans do after work!) I grabbed a beer and settled down to watch the non-stop TV News coverage along with Jackie and Justin. We were told that our bold leader George W Bush, who had been down on Florida’s west coast at a (mainly) African-American Elementary School in Sarasota (which is just south of Tampa), when the attacks happened, would be on the TV at 8pm (Eastern Time – which would have been 1am in the UK) to address the nation, from the Oval Office in the White House.

The moment when President Bush first heard news of the 9/11 attacks

I asked Jackie to go and get ready as we were going out to eat and we would watch the Bush speech on TV in one of the local restaurants or bars. However, that was not to be the case as we later found out that 99% of them had shut as a mark of respect!

Justin being a taxi driver, thought he knew of a couple of places that would buck the trend and stay open, but when we got there no such luck all closed. But as we turned around to head back home disappointed, Jackie said why not try “Little Salvador” – which was a 99% Hispanic area just off Route 7 – ? “She’s right” Justin said, “if anywhere will be open it will be in there”. And she was, we found an El Salvadoran restaurant open within a minute of entering the ghetto!

Justin was not going to stay himself, as he used to get up at the crack of dawn to start driving his taxi around 6am, but he dropped us off at the restaurant’s front door, saying “now you two are going be alright in there aren’t you!”. “Yes, I’m sure we will mate” I replied. Jackie was a bit nervous, but I told her it would be fine and don’t worry. I said something like “they’re all God’s children like us; we will be fine”!

And we were fine. The manager was very pleased to see us (and my money!), as we were the only Gringos in there that evening. The locals who did not speak much English were fine and kept themselves to themselves, but the manager and the waiter could not do enough for us (obviously hoping for a good tip at the end of the evening – which they got).

From what I can recall, the “local” food (which was very much like Mexican) and beer was very good. We had just been served our main course when Bush came on TV to deliver the most important speech of his career to the nation – and the world. However, probably very wisely his advisers told him to keep it short and sweet, and it lasted less than four and a half minutes.

President Bush addressing the nation on 9/11

“Good evening. – Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends, and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.

“A great people have been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

“Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington D.C. to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks. The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.

“The search is underway for those who were behind these evil acts. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

“I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

“Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.

“This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. –

“Thank you. Good night. And God bless America.”

From what I recall we watched Bush via an El Salvadoran TV channel, in English, but with Spanish sub-titles. The locals were quiet and reserved with no cheering at the end, but I’m sure there was in those few “White American” bars that were open, almost everybody was pro-Bush – for a few week’s anyway.

Following the attacks, Bush’s approval rating soared to 90%. A week or so later on September 20th, 2001, he gave the second most important speech of his career, when he addressed the nation and a joint session of Congress regarding the events of September 11th and the subsequent nine days of rescue and recovery efforts and described his intended response to the attacks. To be honest I can’t recall where I watched that one. New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s highly visible role directly after the attacks also won him high praise in both New York and nationally.

After a few more beers, I paid the manager (including a good tip!). He called us a local taxi and we were back home in less than five minutes.

Summer’s in Arlington

With everything that had gone on that day Jackie had almost forgotten that September 12th was her big day – in court that is! She had been arrested and charged the month before with drink-driving, and was due to appear at Court House, in Arlington (next to the famous Summer’s Pub where I spent many a happy hour watching English and Scottish football) at 9am. Oh dear, but what can you do. We got an early night, which meant bed before midnight for us, as it would be an early start in the following morning.

It was strange, worrying about this court case with all that was going on in the country, and it must have been even worse for Jackie as she could be looking at up to a year inside, as it was her second offence. We just made the best of it and prepared for the worst. We got up early and took the bus from outside the apartment direct to Court House not really knowing what to expect.

However, what greeted us as we approached the entrance to Court House even shocked me. There were dozens – maybe even a hundred National Guard (the Yanks equivalent of the TA), regular army, State Tropers and normal plod all milling around, trying to look mean and nasty.

I was a bit worried approaching them, but I had to! I explained to a State Trooper that we were here for Jackie’s court case and had been told to report at 9am. But before I could even show him the paperwork, he shouted that the Court buildings were now closed for the foreseeable future, due to yesterday’s attacks, and that Jackie would be getting a letter in due course telling her of her new date with the beak! He ended by saying “Now go away”!

So, with no court appearance for Jackie that morning, what was plan B? We decided to go to my second home – Summer’s Pub – which was only around the corner – and get some breakfast. The Manger was a great guy called Joe from Armenia. He welcomed us in and asked why we were in there so early? “There’s no soccer on until lunchtime Mark”. I explained the court situation, and also that Jackie really needed a drink (I may have needed one too, I forget!). Joe said, “you know I can’t serve alcohol in the main restaurant area – and the back bar where we watch the soccer (sorry football!) does not open until 11am.” I looked at my watch at it was only 9.30am.

“Look Joe” I said, “can you do me really big favour and let us go in the back bar and just have a quick beer and maybe a large Scotch for Jackie”? While he was deciding what to do, I handed him an “Andrew Jackson” (a $20 note) and said, “and this is for your trouble Joe”. Strangely he decided it was OK and we could use the bar for a drink!

Richard Barnbrook addressing an AF-BNP meeting in Arlington, Virginia in August 2000.

As it happens, I had been in the same situation with Joe about year before. It was nine something in morning and I was in Summer’s Pub for breakfast before a big AF-BNP (American Friends of the BNP) meeting which was going to be held in a restaurant directly opposite called The Little Café that afternoon. I was with two other Brits, both called Richard. One was ex-Pat from Arizona, who had flown up from Phoenix for the meeting, and the other was one of our guest speakers Richard Barnbrook, who had flown over with his wife from London. Richard Barnbrook would later become leader of the BNP group on Barking and Dagenham Council, and also the BNP’s only ever representative to the Greater London Assembly.

What I did not know was Richard Barnbrook was also an alcoholic, and after picking at his “full-American” for ten minutes, said “Mark, what I really, really need is a proper drink”! So, as with Jackie a year later, I had to bribe Joe with an “Andrew Jackson”, to let future Councillor Barnbrook sit in the bar on his own with a pint of Sam Adams and a double Brady (with not much coke in it!).

Such was life as Chairman of The American Friends of the BNP!

Anyway, back to September 12th, 2001. After I finished my breakfast, and Jackie had knocked back another couple of large Scotch’s, I called Dr. Pearson and explained the situation, that the Court House had been closed and what looked like martial law been imposed on the streets of Arlington.

He suggested that I come into work (I had booked the day off to be with Jackie in her hour of need), as there was no point in wasting a day now the court case had been cancelled. He was right as we had a stack of back orders to get through that week and a new issue of JIES to mail out.

So, after the customary farewells to Joe, I flagged a taxi down on North Courthouse Road for Jackie and sent her back home to Falls Church. I walked the short distance to Court House Metro Station and caught the train into DC. What struck me straight away was how empty the train was. OK it was not rush hour, when I usually travelled, but there was hardly anybody on it.

McPherson Square Metro Station – closed on 9/11 and very quiet the next day!

On reaching DC I got out as usual at McPherson Square Metro Station, and took the escalator up to the front entrance, which again is what I normally do. However, what greeted me outside was very far from normal, but then again it was not your typical DC day!

As I stepped out onto “I” Street to walk the couple of blocks to the office, I was greeted by the sight of open top tanks cruising down the street, it was like a scene from North Korea, China, or the former USSR, except the soldiers in those tanks were all black. There were also regular army and National Guard (mainly black) soldiers on both sides of the road, sort of jogging, to keep up with the tanks. It was an unreal sight.

After watching these saviours of the Free World jog up and down “I” Street, for a minute, I pulled myself back together and made my way to Dr. Pearson’s office. It was good to get back to work and away from all the insanity outside.

At first the US mainstream media were claiming that over 10,000 had died in the attacks. And yes, the 9/11 attacks still remain the deadliest terrorist attack in modern history, although after more than a year the death total had come down to 2,977, plus of course the 19 Islamic hijackers, making a grand total of 2,996.

The overwhelming majority of deaths occurred in New York City, with 2,606 people killed either inside the World Trade Center or on the ground below. This included around a dozen Sinn Fein/IRA supporters who were working in the offices of the American Friends of Sinn Fein, which was based in the South Tower, of the World Trade Center. Oh dear, what a shame.

Among the victims on 9/11 were about a dozen staff of the terrorist support group American Friends of Sinn Fein, whose office was in the World Trade Center’s South Tower

At the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, 125 people were killed, including a good friend of my ex-wife Jenny. Four days later on Saturday 15th September, I drove over to Pentagon with AF-BNP member Tom Avis, who had come over from Ohio for the weekend, to have a look at the site. We had to stand around 100 yards away, as it was completely fenced off as you can imagine. Salvage crews were still clearing up there, but you could clearly see parts of the plane that had broken off when American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon’s west side.

Sadly, all 39 civilians on board United Airlines 93 were killed when it was shot down and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, not far from the border with Maryland. Rumours in the bars and restaurants close to the White House have it that Bush was very reluctant to order it shot down, that is why it got so close to Maryland, before being taken out.

Over 90 countries lost citizens in all the attacks, including 67 from the UK (the largest group being from Northern Ireland, working at the American Friends of Sinn Fein office). The UK had the most non-US deaths in the 9/11 attacks.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the World Trade Center site became known as Ground Zero, which stretched over an area of 14.6 acres. I visited it with my buddy Jim from American Renaissance two and a half months later (when we were in nearby Connecticut for Thanksgiving and took a half day trip to NYC to look at it) and I can recall the horrid smell from the fire damage and the soot everywhere. It was an incredible sight.

The Twin Towers, which I visited three times during my stay Stateside, were the most recognizable building of the Manhattan skyline, dwarfing even the famous Empire State Building, which I also climbed to the top of three or four times. Of course, the outline radically changed after the buildings fell, and the Empire State Building became the tallest building in the city again – well for a few years anyway, until the One World Trade Center was finished in 2014.

Hundreds of thousands of tons of debris had to be cleared following the attacks, while it took years to identify victims from body parts discovered at the site.

Plans to rebuild the World Trade Center were put in place soon after 9/11 and twenty years later several new structures have been put in place – the most visible being One World Trade Center, a 1,776 feet (541 meters) skyscraper that is the tallest building in the USA.

As I’m still banned from the USA, I’ve yet to see the setting sun reflect off the windows of One World Trade Center in New York City, build to replace the original buildings, but I’m told it is an incredible sight to see.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

And what of those who are accused of planning the 9/11 attacks you may well ask? While Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – a 57-year-old Pakistani Islamist militant held by the US at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba under terrorism-related charges – is regarded as the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks, it was al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden (aka OBL) who is most widely identified with the plot – according to the CIA anyway.

After becoming president in 1992, we are told Bill Clinton made capturing Bin Laden a priority for the US following a series of attacks on US citizens at home and abroad, during the 1990s. Well we know how that ended!

However, it was 9/11 that ramped up the search to find OBL and a $25m reward was offered for information that would lead to his capture or killing or both I guess.

OBL became a sort of folk hero for young Pakistanis in northern England after 9/11. Many wore plastic masks with his face on and carried his image on their smart phones!

His whereabouts were a subject of much confusion, with reports of him hiding out in mountains in caves (and watching videos!) in Afghanistan proving not to be fruitful, while it was also claimed he was attempting to avoid capture in neighbouring Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden

For years the searches turned up nothing but US intelligence agencies claimed they finally tracked him down to a secure compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.

The compound was raided by US SEAL Team Six on 2nd May 2011, and the CIA claim Bin Laden was in there with one of his wives and some of his children. The CIA claim the Seals shot and killed OBL (although this has never been proved). This was nearly ten years after the 9/11 attacks took place.

After the raid, reports from Reuters stated that US forces had taken bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for positive identification, then buried it at sea, in accordance with Islamic law, within 24 hours of his death. However, as there was no imam on board the USS Carl Vinson, where the burial was said to have taken place, this is very unlikely.

There have been numerous claims of OBL been spotted in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Oman, and even south-east China. However, rumours that he was spotted in the Glodwick area of Oldham recently proved unfounded!

Sadly, there are many on “our side”, who still claim the 9/11 attacks were not the work of OBL and the al-Qaeda organization, or any similar Islamic group. They claim that the Muslims were too stupid to have carried out such a well-planned attack, and it must have been the work of the CIA, FBI, and or Mossad, and organized and carried out by (yes, you’ve guessed it) the Jews!

Some of these are well meaning nationalists, others are just cranks, nuts and loons. Whoever they are they just don’t understand or maybe want to understand that the nineteen non-White men who allegedly pulled off the deadliest terrorist attack the modern world has ever seen, were serious, patient and very well organized. They had the discipline to keep their mouths shut for months, so as not to leak any information about what they were planning to the CIA/FBI etc.

Of course, I’m in no way suggesting that we copy them (even if we could), what I am saying is that their utter dedication to their beliefs enabled them to successfully carry out their mission, a mission few – if any – thought could ever be accomplished. Those nineteen men willingly gave their lives for their religion and what they believed in. Hundreds of years earlier many White Christians did the same. They too were not afraid to die for what they believed in.

We – in our little nationalist movement – on the other hand, are not looking for any of our activists to die in suicide missions, or even just die for the nationalist cause. We are simply looking for White men and women to dedicate their lives to the nationalist cause, so that our White race doesn’t die out by the end of this century. But sadly, we can’t find many White people to even put out a few leaflets at election time, let alone stand as a nationalist candidate!

Let’s be honest here. What happened to the World Trade Center in New York City and at the Pentagon, in Arlington twenty years ago today, is a direct consequence of (most of) the American people permitting ZOG to control their government and use America’s military and financial strength to advance ZOG’s interests at the expense of everyone else’s interests.

When some people are driven into a corner – as many people in the Middle East have been – sometimes they will fight back. ZOG will then scream for the blood of their enemies, and their lackeys in NYC and DC will strike at ZOG’s enemies for them, just as the Bushes, Clinton and Obama have done in the past – and probably Biden will in the future. And the consequence will be that the number of ZOG’s enemies will grow without limit, and not just in the Middle East (as Islamic State proved for a few years).

The Islamic terrorists who flew those planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, did it because THEY had been pushed into the corner by ZOG. Plenty of ‘our’ people now understand that twenty years on. They know that those attacks were just the beginning of what is in store for America (and the UK).

They know that the CIA/FBI and MI5/MI6 have been very lucky so far, in that they have stopped every MAJOR Islamic attack since 9/11 (although a number of smaller attacks did succeed). But the Islamic terrorists know that they only have to be lucky ONCE, whereas the CIA/FBI and MI5/MI6 have to be lucky EVERY single time!

St Patrick – The Patron Saint of the USA?

St Patrick

Editor’s note: The following article was written seven years ago, but the same issues are still being discussed in Loyalist circles today – now mainly on internet forums. So its fitting that we republish it on the run-up to this years St Patrick’s Day. The article “Enoch Powell’s Suppressed Article Rediscovered”, on St Patrick, which we published in issue 71 of H&D certainly added fuel to the (Loyalist) bonfire!

It was America that spawned the St Patrick’s Day parade, not Ireland, and its origins are both Protestant and British…As March 17th approaches, the annual debate has reignited on whether Unionism should embrace St Patrick and the day set aside for his commemoration. Over the last five years there has been a slow emergence of Protestant participation on the date, though that has been via the creation of new events rather than involvement in existing ones. This article examines the origin of St Patrick’s Day parades, this new emerging trend, its motivation and where it may possibly lead.

The question ‘where is the biggest St Patrick’s Day parade in Northern Ireland?’ at first glance would appear easily answered. Belfast most would say, with a few probably suggesting the Cathedral City of Armagh or even where he was allegedly laid to rest, Downpatrick. What will surprise many is that the largest parade for the last few years by sheer number of participants has been in the small County Armagh village of Killylea. It is here since 2005 the Cormeen Rising Sons of William Flute Band have held their annual band procession and competition. Last year the Cormeen parade saw 42 bands take part (in comparison to the seven that paraded at the Dublin event), amounting to approximately 1800 band members. Thousands of spectators stood along the route, despite it being a bitterly cold evening.

Cormeen Rising Sons of William chairman Mark Gibson explains that the bands original motivation for the parade came more out of necessity than anything else. “The band season is very busy, and when trying to find a date for our parade it was difficult to define one that didn’t clash with other bands locally.” Some members suggested March 17 as a solution to the problem, but the band was nervous. “We were concerned about how a St Patrick’s Day parade would go down in our community, the parade in Armagh never was very welcoming, but we made a decision to try it and it has been a success.”

From that initial year where thirteen bands took part, the parade is now among the largest in the Province. It’s not only the number of bands participating that has increased, but also the crowds attending to watch, and the event is increasingly becoming a fixture in the calendar for many Unionists. Another band, the Ulster Protestant Boys Flute Coleraine, have started a similar event on the date that too is growing. The ever increasing scale of both processions indicates clearly that there is certainly a willingness within the PUL (Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist) community to be involved in St Patrick’s Day. Where the schisms emerge are with the issues of why and how.

Cormeen Rising Sons of William Flute Band

It is generally acknowledged that in the distant past Patrick was not a controversial figure for Protestants in Ireland or beyond. His ‘sainthood’ was never conferred by the Pope and pre-dates the reformation, so he was never seen as being the possession of ‘Rome’. St Patrick was seen as an evangelical Christian who had made personal sacrifice to spread the gospel in Ireland. The anniversary of his death was observed and commemorated by all Protestant denominations to different degrees, with the Church of Ireland in particular very active.

The shift from an anniversary of religious significance towards an ‘Irish’ event however first took place in the United States in 1737. In Boston that year the Irish Charitable Society, made up of Protestant immigrants (some of whom were British Soldiers), held their first meeting and dinner. The purpose was to both honour Patrick in the context of their Protestant faith and to reach out the hand of friendship to other Irish immigrants. The exercise obviously struck a chord and the practise spread, with the first recorded parade in New York in 1766, with again British Soldiers of Irish blood heavily involved. It was America that spawned the St Patrick’s Day parade, not Ireland, and its origins are both Protestant and British.

During that period in history the vast majority of Irish immigrants were Presbyterian, however from 1830 it was Catholic arrivals who were in the ascendancy. With that change began an emphasis towards anti-British sentiment in the demonstrations. In the aftermath of the American Revolutionary War anything portrayed as anti-colonial was well received, with even the many original Protestant immigrant descendants non-antagonistic of this motivation. Many British ‘Loyalists’ had left for Canada, and effectively the descendants of the original Protestant Irish settlers remaining saw themselves as primarily American in identity, with all that was left for their original ‘homeland’ of Ireland simply folk memory and sentimentality.

Mike Cronin, author of A History of St Patrick’s Day, states that whilst this tradition was developing, back in Ireland the first parades didn’t take place until the 1840’s and even then they were organised by Temperance societies. Mike emphasises the lack of public celebration “The only other major events in nineteenth century Ireland was a trooping of the colour ceremony and grand ball held at Dublin Castle.” So even as late as 1911 the largest St Patrick’s Day occasion in Ireland was still rooted in a joint Irish and British expression of identity. Protestant churches and some Orange Lodges throughout the island appear to have held minor functions on the date, but these were very subdued affairs, and essentially even post-partition very little changed. Catholic observance of the day continued to different degrees in different areas, as did the Protestant nod to Patrick.

Right up until the 1960s the primary theme of St Patrick’s Day in both Northern Ireland and the Republic still remained religious observance, with even from 1923 to then public houses and bars in the Republic of Ireland closed by law. A poll conducted in 1968 suggested that 20% of Northern Irish Protestants at this stage still considered themselves Irish. The onset of civil unrest in Northern Ireland coincided however with the importation of the American style to St Patrick’s events in Dublin and elsewhere. Now whilst a violent conflict was being waged in the name of all things Irish, St Patrick’s Day parades were starting to display the features that had developed in the United states. On these parades Irish identity was perceived by Northern Protestants as being defined as aggressively anti-British and anti-Protestant, with the disjointed and casual nature of the parades and the now integral alcohol element alien to PUL parading traditions and customs.

The Cross of St Patrick LOL 688

As the IRA campaign escalated, many Protestants simply could not divorce the fact that these celebrations displayed an exclusive form of Irish sentiment whilst a campaign was being waged against them in the name of Ireland. As the years progressed, in Northern Ireland in particular it became apparent that the day was being deliberately used in many instances as an extension of the Irish Republican war against Unionism.

Grand Orange Lodge Director of Services Dr David Hume reiterates the view that in the recent past it has been the nature of the parades and commemorative events that turned Protestants away. “The perception among Unionism is without doubt that Irish Republicanism and Irish Nationalism has used St Patrick’s Day parades as a weapon, effectively using the ‘shield’ of Patrick to express obvious militant anti-British and therefore anti-Unionist sentiment.” David believes that the manner and focus of these events is totally at odds with the purported motivation. “St Patrick’s Day should be used as a day of reflection on the religious significance of Patrick, something far removed from the aggressive and confrontational use of symbolism; and the huge emphasis on alcohol consumption that currently seems to be the case.” David bluntly states that the date isn’t an important one on the ‘Orange’ calendar, but recognises that it does have a place in society.

There remains one annual Orange Order parade related to St Patrick’s Day, which is held each year in Ballymena. One of the participating Lodges is The Cross of St Patrick LOL 688 which was founded in 1967. A lodge spokesperson describes the motivation behind its formation as being “to reclaim the heritage of Saint Patrick” explaining that “Brethren were concerned that Patrick’s heritage was being hijacked by Roman Catholicism and Republicanism.” The lodge’s concerns would appear to have been reflecting the growing sense of alienation the PUL community was feeling regarding St Patricks events.

There is no doubt that this alienation effectively forced many Protestants into an automatically negative position regarding St Patrick’s Day. With the advent of the IRA cessations of violence and the ongoing political process however, it has become apparent that many within Unionism have been able to reflect much more on the meaning of St Patrick’s Day for them. The ending of a violent ‘Irish’ physical campaign has given space to examine the date, with many now realising that it once was a date of relevance that they were forced into denying, and there is a willingness to make it relevant again. Nevertheless this reflection and willingness has not as yet manifested itself into significant participation in civic St Patrick’s Day parades.

With a few exceptions, such as the participation of an unashamedly Loyalist Blood and Thunder band in the 2003 Limerick St Patrick’s Band competition, Unionism still does not feel comfortable taking part in the modern version of a St Patrick’s parade. Concerns still exist regarding the involvement of militant Republicanism in such events along with the aggressive use of flags and symbols, but the problem seems to go much deeper.

St Patrick’s Day in New York (pre-Covid)

Iain Carlisle of the Ulster Scots Community Network has a very straightforward and unambiguous answer regarding Unionist involvement in St Patrick’s Day events. Iain states very clearly “I don’t think there has to be ANY justification given for Protestants or Unionists marking Patrick’s day”, but goes on to say that “there is however a fundamental difference of approach to both Patrick as a person and the means of celebration within the Unionist community”. Iain’s comments would appear to reflect not just a general uncomfortable position with the overtly ‘United Ireland’ underlying St Patrick’s Day theme, but the actual motivation and method of celebration.

All historical examinations of Protestant Irish and their approach and relationship with Patrick indicates that for them he has never truly deviated from having a purely theological relevance. On St Patrick’s Day however the majority of Catholics, Irish Nationalists, Republicans, those of Irish descent and indeed anyone who wants a day out, St Patrick’s significance as a religious icon is purely tokenistic. St Patrick is merely a figurehead for overt Irish nationalism and a holiday. In turn the Unionist tradition of parading has developed from a military perspective and the American style parades are an alien concept, being perceived as being undisciplined and overtly casual.

Whilst new events have arisen, it is obvious that Unionism has no desire to abandon its central belief of Patrick’s religious relevance, and in addition is reluctant to embrace what it sees as an alien approach to parades. Even with the emergence of band parades on the date, they in themselves are a much more disciplined and subdued practise than their counterparts on the day. Whatever the future holds, it is clear that the PUL community is going through an ongoing examination of Patrick and his relevance to them. As journalist Chris Ryder recently pointed out “there will be no going back to the view that St Patrick was a Catholic, and a saint only for Catholics.”

Editor’s note: republished in issue #77 of Heritage and Destiny magazine (March-April 2017)

Panicking US media labels Trumpist circus as ‘nazi’

Can they be serious? Pro-Trump demonstrators later labelled as ‘nazi’ by the liberal media display an Israeli flag alongside the QAnon conspiracy cult flag.

A motley crew of demonstrators stormed the US Capitol yesterday in scenes that arguably had no precedent since August 1814 when (as part of the ‘War of 1812’) British troops commanded by Ulster-born Maj. Gen. Robert Ross captured Washington and set fire to the White House and the Capitol.

However, the War of 2021 was over pretty quickly.

US media and liberal academics have been quick to spout the usual nonsense about ‘nazis’ – yet even a cursory examination of the crowds at the Capitol shows that far from being part of a ‘nazi’ organisation (or indeed any disciplined force attempting a ‘coup’) this was an incoherent raggle taggle ‘army’ including many of the usual Israel-worshippers, religious fundamentalists, and fringe conspiracy theorists.

DC police who so blatantly failed in their basic responsibilities can count themselves lucky that this rabble wasn’t infiltrated by trained operatives from any terrorist group or hostile state.

In fact the one thing yesterday proves is that neither the Russian nor Iranian governments have any interest in promoting terrorist acts in Washington: had they wished to do so it would have been pitifully easy to use the rioters as cover to attack the pinnacle of US political life.

Observers in Tehran would have been especially entertained by the presence of would-be revolutionaries from Iranian monarchist groups loyal to the family of the ex-Shah and associated fantasists and hangers-on.

Iranian monarchist flags flown by some of the many political fantasists who gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Now it’s back to basics for defenders of White civilization in the USA.

Trump was never one of us, and association with his regime has done our cause nothing but harm.

It’s been very surprising to see several ‘respectable’ leading voices of our movement in the USA defending Trump, indulging in nonsense about ‘stolen elections’, and at least semi-justifying the clownish antics of this Capitol Hill mob.

Who needs antifa when our own best and brightest are prepared to dig our political graves?

Perhaps it’s time for a new party, focused at first on securing representation at the most humble, local levels of public life; perhaps we should celebrate the imminent disintegration of the Republican Party; and perhaps we should be looking very seriously at proposals for a separate White American homeland recently advocated by Jared Taylor of American Renaissance.

One thing’s for sure. There’s absolutely no future in the ideologically vacuous and strategically clueless behaviour encouraged yesterday by Donald Trump. The soon to be ex-President’s fantasy of a dime store Götterdämmerung might entertain him in his retirement at some gold-plated penthouse. It has nothing to offer our movement.

Who Will Win the Special Election in Georgia on January 5th? – Report from H&D’s Washington DC correspondent James Knight

Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock (above left) and Jon Ossoff aim to take control of the US Senate for Joe Biden’s party at special elections on January 5th

While a political solution to America’s racial and cultural divide may be a ship that has already sailed, politics is still very much alive. Control of the U.S. Senate will be determined on January 5, 2021 with two run-off ‘special-elections’ in the southern state of Georgia. Due to Georgia’s unusual rules, both these elections have gone to a run-off ballot after no-one won more than 50% of the vote in November.

Republicans still hold both seats with Senator David Perdue and Senator Kelly Loeffler (who was appointed in January to the US Senate post relinquished on health grounds by fellow Republican Johnny Isakson) being the incumbents. Perdue is running against Jon Ossoff, a Jewish journalist and Loeffler’s challenger is Raphael Warnock, a black pastor. Both are typically terrible left-wing Democrats, but Warnock is a follower of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the black nationalist preacher who famously counted Barack Obama as a follower for several years.

(above right) Sen. Kelly Loeffler at a campaign event with former AF-BNP member Chester Doles.

Both Loeffler and Perdue are rather standard Republicans with one big difference. Loeffler has an A+ rating from immigration control group Numbers USA while Perdue has only a C+ on the issue. Critically, both would almost certainly vote against a Biden amnesty proposal while both Democrats would vote for it. Loeffler has also made some mild criticisms against the racist Black Lives Matter movement, and got herself into trouble when photographed with former AF-BNP member Chester Doles, at a campaign event in rural Georgia a couple of weeks back, which was picked up by the main stream media – including the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

Wins for the Democrats would mean the Senate is technically tied. But the vice president votes to break any tie and that will be Kamala Harris, who will vote for amnesty and every other leftist and anti-white initiative.

Even if Republicans can hold a two-seat edge, there is a chance Biden can persuade weak Republicans like Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowksi, Marco Rubio or even Susan Collins to cross the aisle and support amnesty.

(above left to right) Chester Doles, H&D editor Mark Cotterill, and former Louisiana State Representative Dr David Duke, at an H&D event in Virginia in 1999

Right now, the polls show a dead even race in both contests. But these same polls gave Trump a slight edge in November and he lost (by a mere 0.2 percent). Should Democrats win the election there will be literally nothing in the way of an extreme leftist agenda being forced on the U.S. And demographics will ensure this agenda is a permanent fact of life for Whites.
Separation will look better and better to a growing number of White Americans.

Footnote: James Knight’s article – “Trump Lost. Where Does The US Go From Here? Calls for Separation Growing After 2020 Election” will appear in the next issue – #100 of Heritage and Destiny, which will we hope be published in early January 2021.

Power Shift in Washington

Despite various possible legal and constitutional arguments, it seems obvious that Donald Trump has lost the 2020 election, but equally obvious that the result was far closer than pollsters and pundits predicted. From a racial nationalist standpoint, there are positive and negative lessons from these results.

On the positive side, White working class (in British terms) or middle class (in US terms) American voters have for the second successive presidential election defied political correctness and voted for a man who at least in terms of surface showmanship, seems to reject all of modern liberalism’s shibboleths.

Trump supporters in Nevada, where unlike in some other states the President’s fans were demanding that counting continue.

As in 2016, pollsters and journalists failed to pick up the extent of White Americans’ rejection of the ‘woke’ agenda. Ohio – long seen as a marginal ‘swing state’ and where most pollsters predicted a gain for Biden this year – remained solidly pro-Trump, who (with 90% of votes counted) looks to have won the state 53%-45% compared to a 52%-44% victory against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Examples of increasingly loyal pro-Trump areas include Clark County, Ohio, voting 57% for Trump in 2016 and 61% for Trump this year. Clark County (75% White) was once a strong manufacturing area, but industry has declined catastrophically in recent decades and it is now among the most depressed areas in America.

The state of West Virginia, where White workers were once reliable supporters of Democratic presidential candidates – voting 68% for Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and even supporting losing Democratic candidates such as Hubert Humphrey in 1968, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and Michael Dukakis in 1988 – again strongly backed Trump with 68.5% in 2016 and 69% this year.

Some readers will remember the old National Alliance compound in Marlinton, West Virginia. This is part of Pocahontas County which backed Trump with 68% in 2016 and 69% this year. The new NA headquarters is even an even more pro-Trump area – Johnson County, Tennessee, voting 82% for Trump in 2016 and 83% this year!

Falls Church County, Virginia, where H&D editor Mark Cotterill once lived, is at the opposite political extreme, voting 76-13 in favour of Hillary Clinton in 2016, and 82-17 for Biden this year. The state of Virginia as a whole has shifted in the opposite direction to its West Virginia neighbour: once a ‘swing state’ that voted 62% for Ronald Reagan in 1984 and backed even losing Republican candidates George Bush (1992) and Bob Dole (1996), Virginia is now solidly behind the Democratic Party. This seems to reflect not only demographic change, with increasing numbers of black and Hispanic Virginians, but also a distaste for the modern Republican party among many younger, educated and fairly affluent White voters (especially young women) – although very wealthy Whites seem to have set aside their social liberalism and rewarded Trump for his tax cuts.

An unexpected aspect of racial politics this year involved Hispanic voters. While statisticians lump Hispanics together as a bloc, in reality they fall into two broadly opposed camps. This year Trump increased his support among strongly anti-communist Cuban immigrants (especially numerous in the crucial swing state of Florida) and some other conservative and/or Catholic Hispanics, who are alienated by the Democrats’ swing to the left, especially on social issues such as abortion. Though not himself noted for piety, Trump solidified his support among Christian conservatives by nominating Catholic legal scholar Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court a few weeks before the election.

While these Hispanics were repelled by the Democrats’ turn to the ‘left’ and more particularly by their obsession with feminism, ‘trans’ rights and general ‘wokeism’, a very different bloc of Hispanics is in the vanguard of semi-socialist politics. These voters backed leftwing challenger Bernie Sanders rather than Biden in the Democratic primaries, and were targeted by specialist sections of the Trump campaign using Facebook messaging etc. to persuade them that Biden was an establishment candidate who wasn’t worth backing.

Where Biden does seem to have improved on Clinton’s woeful campaign is among some White blue-collar workers who were persuaded to return to the Democratic fold. This was undoubtedly a factor in Biden recapturing two absolutely crucial states – Wisconsin and Michigan – by tiny margins. Equally if not more important is the long-term demographic change, with increasing numbers of Black voters tipping the balance in some states.

After he came down heavily on the side of ‘civil rights’ in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson confided to one of his closest aides that in doing so he had lost the South for the Democratic Party for a generation. Arguably this turned out to be two generations, but eventually (as Johnson implicitly predicted) increasing numbers of new black voters would compensate for the loss of White ex-Democrats.

Despite Trump slightly increasing his support among black voters (probably again concentrated among a small number of black Christian conservatives), the more important trend was the higher turnout of overwhelmingly pro-Biden blacks that helped offset support for Trump among ‘poor Whites’.

This (rather than over-hyped allegations of ‘fraud’) was the main reason why in states such as Pennsylvania and Georgia, early Trump leads were whittled down as ballots from black-dominated areas of Philadelphia and Atlanta were added to vote totals. Emblematic of this trend was Gwinnett County, Georgia. This county was 90% White as recently as 1990, but Whites have recently slipped to minority status here: appropriately enough, Gwinnett County’s ballots were among the last to be completely counted this year and seem likely to confirm Biden’s winning path to the White House – due to demographics, not fraud.

None of this should surprise H&D readers. If anything, the surprise is that after months of black rioting, tearing down statues, looting, and open insults to traditional notions of civility and order – even after all this, many White voters effectively surrendered to the radical ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, either by voting for Biden or simply giving up on democratic politics.

Back in 1983 American Football fans at the University of Mississippi (known as Ole Miss) defied ‘anti-racist’ demands to stop flying the Confederate battle flag. In 2020 more than two-thirds of Mississippi voters backed a BLM-inspired move to change their state flag.

One clear example was in Mississippi, where 68% of voters backed a change to the state flag, removing the image of the old Confederate battle flag. In 2001 a similar initiative was rejected, but BLM-related campaigns had renewed pressure this year. Even while backing Trump by a 59-39% margin, Mississippi voters this year gave up the battle to retain their 126-year-old flag.

Trump’s defeat is not the end of White America, but it is the end of a particular variant of populist White resistance. The very fact that many Trump supporters (taking their cue from the President himself) were so quick to take refuge in impotent rage about ‘fraud’ indicates the futility of their conspiracist, paranoid political strategy. Trump spent much of his presidency tweeting about the evils of the political establishment – despite controlling both the White House and Senate. The sad truth is that Trump didn’t have much of a concrete agenda and leaves behind little concrete legacy aside from a conservative majority on the Supreme Court – and even that becomes less tangible the closer one examines the meaning of ‘conservatism’.

The President’s devotion to Israel won him little support among Jewish voters, 77% of whom backed his opponent Joe Biden. For all the campaign rhetoric, US policy in the Middle East will change very little under Biden – US-sponsored efforts to build bridges between Israel and Arab dictatorships will continue, with the ultimate objective of a de facto Saudi-Israeli alliance against Iran. Just like Trump (but with less inflammatory tweeting) President Biden will seek a ‘tougher’ form of nuclear deal with Iran, though he might be more open than his predecessor to realistic voices in London, Paris and Berlin who favour something closer to the Obama-era deal with Tehran.

Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu formed an intimate political partnership: will Netanyahu follow his friend into oblivion?

Trump was a modest improvement on the 2001-2009, neocon-dominated Bush Administration. Yet from day one his senior appointments lacked quality, integrity or ideological backbone: the Reagan era was a halcyon age by contrast. While Reagan Republicanism was a long way from the ideological spectrum of H&D‘s readership, the Reagan White House included some pretty solid paleoconservatives, and even those who weren’t on our ideological wavelength were generally a class above their Trump-era counterparts.

As in the UK, the US political scene is marked by an obvious racial consciousness among White working/middle-class voters, but lack of a serious political infrastructure giving those voters a voice. Following Trump’s defeat, the Republican party establishment will seek to reassert control and ensure selection of a more ‘moderate’ presidential candidate in 2024. Trump himself was sui generis, and there is no new Pat Buchanan or Ron Paul on the horizon. Even at humbler levels of the political system, it’s difficult to find high-quality defenders of White America. So-called ‘right-wingers’ are more likely to be crank conspiracy theorists such as newly elected Republican Congresswomen Lauren Boebert (Colorado) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia), who support the frankly weird and amorphous ‘QAnon’ theory. One factor this year (which alert readers will have deduced from statistics quoted earlier) was the almost total disappearance of third party candidates. Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen was on the ballot in every state but generally polled only 1% compared to 3.3% for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2016.

Wisconsin liberal attacked by BLM mob

Calhoun’s statue removed on the order of Charleston city authorities

Overnight yet another historic American statue came down: this time the victim was former Vice-President John Calhoun (1782-1850) whose statue had stood in downtown Charleston, South Carolina since 1896.

Meanwhile in another state capital a thousand miles north of Charleston, a liberal state senator was attacked by ‘Black Lives Matter’ rioters in Madison, Wisconsin.

State Senator Tim Carpenter, a 60-year-old LGBT etc activist, was punched and kicked by the mob when he photographed them. The rioters had earlier destroyed another two statues, including one of an anti-slavery activist, Col. Hans Christian Heg.

Senator Carpenter might now realise that these riots are not ‘political’ in the normal, civilised sense of the word. His crime (and that of Col. Heg) was simply to be White.

The paradox of course is that many of the rioters are themselves White, but they are determined to destroy their civilisation in an orgy of self-hatred.

First they came for the Confederates – and I did not speak out, because I was not a Confederate…

The Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia, unveiled in 1890, now to be removed as Virginia’s Governor surrenders to the BAME brigade.

Virginia’s Democratic Party Governor Ralph Northam (himself from a slave owning family) has finally backed down to the BAME brigade and has instructed Richmond Council to take down the great statues of the Confederate Generals on Monument Avenue just outside of down-town Richmond.

I lived in Virginia for over seven years (1995 – 2002) and had the pleasure of visiting Monument Avenue three or four times during my time in America. It was one hell of a place. The giant statues were like nothing I had seen before.

Apart from General Robert E Lee (a direct descendant of King Robert the Bruce of Scotland), Richmond Council plan to take down the statues of President Jefferson Davis (who was of English/Welsh descent), General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (who was of Ulster-Scots descent), and General James “Jeb” Stuart (also of Ulster-Scots descent). All were British-Americans.

The J.E.B. Stuart monument, photographed here in 1933, was the second Civil War statue to be unveiled in Richmond in 1907.

Just this last week, the General Lee Statue was attacked and vandalised by hundreds of communist and anarchist demonstrators, who joined the BAME brigade, protesting the death of black career criminal George Floyd.

Floyd had been arrested by four police officers in Minneapolis, for passing forged $20 bills in local shops. He resisted arrest and was forced to the ground, where he died. Some years before in Houston, Texas, Floyd had been arrested for an armed home invasion (burglary) – he forced his way into a lady’s house and threatened her with a gun before robbing her. Due to a plea-bargain, he got away with just a five-year jail sentence.

I wonder how long it will be before the BAME brigade here in England and in the rest of the UK start demanding that our statues be taken down too, as they are not to their liking, i.e. too WASP-like. In Scotland under their neo-Marxist SNP Government this is already happening. And once Sinn Fein become the majority in Northern Ireland, they will follow suit.

The statue of King William III in St James’s Square, SW1, will doubtless have to go.

And before you say that’s never going to happen, remember the BAME group are only 15% of the UK population now (and look how much sway they have). Long before they reach 50% you can say goodbye to our history, our heritage, our heroes: statues and all. Boadicea, King Billy, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Nelson, Duke of Wellington, Cecil Rhodes, Winston Churchill, Bomber Harris and many others. They will all be written out of the new PC history books.

Will this statue of wartime allies Roosevelt and Churchill (in New Bond St, London) survive the purge?

End note: On the subject of slavery and the American Civil War, fewer than 10% of families in those Southern states that became part of the Confederacy in 1861-1865 owned slaves. And it should also be remembered that on the Northern side, many of them had owned slaves too in the recent past.

The rose-coloured myth of the Civil War is that the blue-clad Union soldiers and their brave, doomed President, Abraham Lincoln, were fighting to free the slaves. They weren’t, at least not initially. They were fighting to hold their nation – the Union – together. Lincoln was known personally to oppose slavery (which is one reason why the South seceded after his election in 1860), but his chief goal was preserving the Union. In August 1862, he famously wrote to the New York Tribune: “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.”

Oliver Cromwell is yet another “dead White male” who will presumably have to be sacrificed to appease the PC crusaders.

Lincoln was also part of a group in the Republican Party that wanted to remove former black slaves from the US altogether. From roughly late 1861 onward, he was involved in some very serious policy discussions about what the post-slavery US would look like, and one of his solutions that he offered, drawing on something that had long been a part of his political advocacy, was to colonise the black slaves abroad. Historically, the most famous example of this is Liberia, which was founded in 1816. Over the course of the next 50 or 60 years, several thousand former slaves migrated to Liberia and colonised it.

Lincoln liked this model, but wanted to expand upon it, and he was willing to look in Central and South America, and across the Caribbean. He pursued this policy for the better part of his presidency, secured funding from Congress in 1862, and carried it out in conjunction with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

H&D Editor Mark Cotterill, who reports from semi-enriched Preston, was chairman of the Virginian-based American Friends of the BNP, from 1999 – 2001.

Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris might just be the only historic White Briton whose statue is permissible in the PC World.

UPDATE: Saturday June 6th (76th anniversary of the D-Day landings).

It didn’t take long for the usual suspects to fulfil our editor’s prediction! The Churchill statue was vandalised twice this weekend, once as reported by The Sun in the link above, then again the next day (see photo below).

The video below was shot at 5 am on the morning of Sunday June 7th, showing widespread vandalism of statues in Parliament Square. St Nelson Mandela seems to have escaped unscathed, but Abraham Lincoln and an array of British statesmen from Disraeli to Palmerston were all sprayed with slogans such as BLM (Black Lives Matter) and ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards). The latter referring to the same ‘cops’ who had cravenly knelt before the mob in previous days.

H&D readers will have mixed feelings about some of the historical figures commemorated outside Parliament, but none of us should be in any doubt – this vandalism isn’t a commentary on the historical record of Abraham Lincoln or Disraeli. In fact we can safely bet that fewer than 1% of the black protesters had the slightest idea who Lord Beaconsfield might be.

Their impulse was to demonstrate control of the streets and contempt for white civilisation. Our political leaders – and following years of brainwashing, also our police – have allowed them free rein.

Loki on Health

reproduced with acknowledgments to The Scorpion, where this prescient article appeared in 2006

One advantage of submitting one’s copy to the Scorpion at (or beyond!) the ragged edge of the Editor’s forbearance with deadlines is that it does enable a certain topicality. So that I can open my remarks on the threat to the health of humanity posed by our present socio-economic system with the Dead Swan of Fife.

This is not the title of a sombre tone poem by some Scottish Sibelius, nor a dolorous ballad from the repertoire of Anne Lorne Gillies or Andy Stewart, but a deceased, and indeed somewhat decomposed, specimen of Cygnus cygnus found on a beach in the former Scots Kingdom of Fife a few days ago as I write. Although actually a whooper, it ended up as a very mute swan nevertheless bearing tidings of doom and despondency to be trumpeted throughout the media even unto the very gates of DEFRA (the British bureaucrats responsible for those relicts of our countryside not yet built over by the myrmidons of the sinisterly-named Office of the Deputy Prime Minister).  

The Dead Swan owed its unhappy state to an avian influenza virus, H5N1, which, having despatched a few dozen hapless Vietnamese and Turks who had evidently become overt-intimately attached to its principal host, wildfowl and poultry,  had been borne on migrating wings ever closer to our sceptred isle. Amid mounting media hype, usually of the form – page 1: NO NEED TO PANIC AS DEADLY BIRD FLU GETS NEARER (see pages 2-9 for further sundry scare stories and panicky reportage of the issue). 

This is of course the latest of a steady series of similar pandemic scares in recent years, from SARS to AIDS. Your author still has a London Sunday Times magazine issued in 1986 purporting to contain reportage from the AIDS-ravaged Britain of the mid-1990’s: millions dead, not a family in the land untouched etc etc. Sadly for such Government-sponsored prognostications, AIDS stubbornly refused to behave in the predicted Politically-Correct equal opportunity manner. Retreating into a bigoted epidemiology characterised by racism, sexism and homophobia. Disproportionately afflicting Africans, male homosexuals and women, even sinking to prey on disadvantaged drug-injectors. Shocking! Still, what can one expect of a mere virus…?

All, thus far, have proved specious. After the headlines and the hype departed, humanity carried on much as usual. So, nothing to worry about then? 

Sadly, not quite. Indeed, not at all. Regardless of how often or how speciously the media little boy cries “wolf!” there really is a big, dangerous beast out there. One we are pretty certain, sooner or later, to unleash on ourselves with apocalyptic consequences retroactively justifying every lurid headline and purple passage. As with almost every pestilence and plague throughout history, it will be in a sense self-inflicted, the price of the way we live. But not, this time, the unavoidable price, if we are prepared to change the way we live just a little. If we don’t, we will collectively deserve all we shall, sooner or later, get. 

First, it’s time to get to know Pestilence, the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse. His colleague Death is several hundred million years old, introduced to our ancestors when they ended the arithmetically confusing practice of multiplying by division (binary cell-splitting or metazoan vegetative budding) and subcontracted reproducing to a minority of germ cells, leaving the rest to perish in an ageing body. Famine is probably an even more venerable fellow, manifesting himself to the first primitive mote of life to run out of primordial soup. War in the sense of battles between rather than within social groups of the same species introduced himself to our apish ancestors some millions of years ago. Ants and termites made his acquaintance much earlier. But, although he has been about since the first phage viruses began to afflict bacteria possibly billions of years ago, and pressed his unwelcome attentions doubtless upon our ancestors for much of the time since, Pestilence pretty much left our own personal ancestors alone for the past few million years, until relatively very recently.

The reason is that our ancestors, from perhaps 2 million to around ten thousand years ago, followed a lifestyle Pestilence found decidedly unconducive to his activities.  We were not herd animals, on and amongst whom pestilential pathogens could themselves graze, assured of finding another host when they used up the current one, either by rendering it deceased or immune. Our hominid, and Palaeolithic human, ancestors were thinly spread across the land. Living in bands of at most 200 individuals, each defending a tribal hunting and gathering territory and meeting in larger numbers only infrequently. A situation not conducive to plagues. If disease did break out in one band, it might well infect all its members quite quickly. But such an infection would have run its course, killing or rendering immune and pathogen-free those infected, before they were likely to have met anyone else to infect. In fact, extreme isolation is not necessary – if conditions were such that each person whilst infectious on average infected less than one other, any disease would, sooner or later, die out even if it managed to spread amongst more than one band. 

As was doubtless the sad (if one can spend sympathy on bacteria and viruses) fate of whatever disease organisms managed from time to time to jump the triple barrier that guards one species from the diseases of another. A barrier comprised firstly of the need to physically get from one host of one species to one of another. Not easy in the millions of years when humans generally only got close to other animals immediately before and during killing, cooking and eating them (which incidentally is why you won’t get bird flu from eating cooked chicken!). Secondly the disease has to actually survive and reproduce in the new host, without being simply swatted by the immune system that stops us being eaten, for example, by our own gut bacteria and the countless others that land on and in us constantly. This is especially difficult for viruses – bacteria basically just divide and multiply given a suitable food source, and we are quite suitable to many. But viruses, thousands of times smaller than bacteria, have to hijack a host cell, subverting it into making copies of the virus, before they can breed. Subversion which is highly selective in terms of whose cells can hear, and whose are deaf, to its genetic siren song. So the new disease has actually to succeed in making us ill. Thirdly – and this is the Third Barrier the H5N1 viral Bane of the Dead Swan of Fife has yet to cross – it has to be able to spread from one human to another before the first human is dead or all the germs invading him and her have been slain by the body’s very effective defences.  Having got that far, almost all diseases to afflict our pre-agricultural ancestors simply died out after a brief local epidemic when they ran out of new hosts having the dual desiderata of being both still alive and not already immune.  

To survive as a disease of human or humanlike hunter-gatherers, a pathogen had to gang exceeding warily. Being quite infectious, but not virulent, nor provoking a strong immune response. Subtly lurking in its hosts for decades, and killing, even debilitating most of them slowly or not at all. 

The result is that, as genetic evidence has revealed, only one major affliction of historic humanity ever managed to inflict itself on us lastingly before we started writing our first histories. Tuberculosis. Human TB, alone of all ills to which mankind is heir, is most closely related to its counterpart in our nearest nonhuman relatives, chimpanzees. And its genetic clock shows human and chimp TB diverged when humans and chimps themselves did. It was a disease of our common ancestors, several million years ago. Its practice of lurking, latent, in infected victims for years, even decades, before becoming active and infectious when their immune systems weakens for any reason means it can become endemic even amongst hunter-gatherers. The same genetic clock, the accumulation of random mutations in non-critical genetic material ticking away in lineages of life after they have divided, that shows TB is the one major indigenous human disease shows that pretty much every other human disease is little if at all older than recorded human history. Many are much younger. 

The reason is that both epidemic disease and recording history sprang from the same source. The “Neolithic Revolution”, the adoption of agriculture, the replacement of hunter/gatherers over wider and wider areas by farmers, leading in turn to towns, cities, civilizations, literacy and recording history. .  Pestilence likes farmers. 

There are a lot more of them to prey on, for a start. Even Neolithic-level farming can support tens of times, up to a hundred times, more people per square mile/kilometre than hunting and gathering.  People living cheek-by-jowl in villages, and soon towns and cities, in herds hundreds and even thousands strong. Amongst whom even the most virulent plague can spread quickly enough to be likely to find a fresh host before the current one has died or defeated it. Whilst an endless supply of interesting new diseases is assured by people living in close association and proximity, over long periods, with other species whose herding or flocking behaviour long enabled endemic diseases to evolve for them. Early farmers shared their homes with pigs and cattle (often housed at the other end of their houses or in a ground-floor byre under the living floor) with ducks and chickens underfoot (much as in those areas of SE Asia in the news lately for deaths from SARS and avian flu, by no coincidence whatsoever).

The result was that disease after disease crossed the species barrier from domestic livestock to man. Smallpox was originally the cowpox of cattle. The same species’ rinderpest mutated into human measles. Jumping the species barrier a second time to become canine distemper. Pigs contributed whooping cough – again passed on in turn to poor old Fido, who has got the short end of the stick medically speaking from being Man’s Best Friend.  Falciparum malaria was originally a disease of birds. The human form evolved from that found in ducks and chickens. Different strains of influenza have repeatedly crossed the species barrier to man from their original hosts in pigs and ducks. Southern China and Vietnam, where both pigs and ducks are kept in intimate proximity with impoverished peasants in unhygienic huts, has for this reason repeatedly contributed flu pandemics to the sum of human happiness. To help them make this contribution to mankind, said peasants have cultivated a taste for delicacies made from uncooked duck blood and similar suitably infectious tit-bits.

Agriculture, and the urbanisation it enabled, also allowed species we didn’t intend to share our space with to make themselves at home amongst us anyway and share their exciting diseases. Bubonic plague, for example, was in origin a disease of rats.     

Throughout the last few thousand years, disease after disease has crossed the species barrier and sparked pandemic after pandemic. In each case, the story is the same. Animal diseases were repeatedly exposed to potential human hosts living in intimate and insanitary conditions with their original hosts. Given the very short generation times of germs – some bacteria go through one generation every nine minutes – they evolve rapidly. Mutant strains arise all the time. In situations of frequent opportunities to infect humans, any mutant able to take advantage would prosper. At first, again and again, they would find themselves trapped in a human host, able to multiply and exploit him or her, but with no way of spreading out of the body they were in should it die on them or become able to kill them off. The only escape was a lucky mutation that could escape into another human. With populations in each infected hosts in the high millions and generation times in minutes, such mutations were generally not long in coming. And another new plague was unleashed on humanity…

With, in general, initially devastating effects on populations with little or no natural immunity or resistance. Mortality rates frequently of 25-75% in the first epidemic. Effects mitigated over time in the interests of the disease rather than humanity. Because the disease organism’s best long-term interests lie in farming rather than exterminating its food supply – us! Killing the host before he has time to infect anyone else is clearly a bad career move, which has spared us so far from the likes of the Ebola virus which do this. But even slaughtering the human host herd to the extent that the population drops below the minimum necessary to maintain the disease as endemic amongst it is also inefficient. Although it’s also inefficient to fail to harvest the maximum sustainable yield of germs from the bipedal food supply. On the other side of the evolutionary battle, a virulent disease is actually breeding, and socially selecting, its hosts for resistance to it – it is only the survivors of its attacks, or those who avoided infection, who survive to carry on their kind and/or their healthier way of life. 

The result is that, over time, evolution causes a gradual reduction in the virulence of each disease. And a progress away from devastating but intermittent plagues thereof to a permanent low-level endemic presence. Rinderpest, for example, is widely thought to have crossed the species barrier to become human measles in the 2nd Century AD, causing the devastating plague that caused over 25% mortality in the Roman Empire in the late 160’s AD, in the process ending the relatively idyllic Antonine apogee of Rome. After which it became endemic, with new mutations able to overcome immunity to earlier variants breaking out in a series of plagues of steadily decreasing virulence until, within a few centuries, it became what it was until the recent MMR vaccine came on the scene – a harmless (with the odd tragic exception) disease contracted by virtually every child in the host population, who thereafter became immune, and surviving at a stable level on that basis.  

Such human-adapted diseases can still wreak havoc on populations that have co-evolved with them. When Europeans reached the Americas and then the Pacific Islands, they inflicted a string of new diseases on the natives. Some, like smallpox, were still pretty dangerous even to Europeans, with mortality rates approaching 50%. Among the urbanised Neolithic populations of Mesoamerica those rates hit 95%. The 5% survivors of course passed their higher (though not total) degree of resistance to their descendants. But their society had been destroyed, easy meat for the Conquistadores. Even diseases fairly harmless to Europeans, like measles, could cause significant mortality in populations that had never been exposed to them. Lower mortality, demonstrating that the relative harmlessness of the disease in long-exposed populations was due not only to the hosts evolving resistance but to the pathogen evolving to be less lethal. An example of coevolution in action fascinating unless you happen to be a 19th Century Hawaiian!         

So the Dead Swan of Fife is not mere media hype. The fear that a new disease – or in this case a new variant of an old disease – will cross the species barrier from its non-human host and become an initially very deadly disease of people is well-founded. It is, as we have seen, the way we got pretty much every other disease to which humanity is now heir. From smallpox – first recorded in scabs on an Egyptian mummy from the 17th Century BC – to polio – the first epidemic of which was as recent as 1840, although it’s not yet clear which animal species we got that one from – and including wave after wave of New Improved Flus. Sooner or later – and more likely sooner than later – it will certainly happen again.     

The trouble is that next time, or at least one of the times in the next decade or two, this happens it will be a disaster on an unprecedented scale. Because of the way we live now. 

Disastrous disease epidemics, as we have seen, are already a result of changed human socioeconomics. Before we invented agriculture, they just didn’t happen. Now we have invented globalisation, they are about to get worse. A lot worse. 

Why? The simple answer is that there are more people than ever before, they move around more and faster than ever before, and the short-sighted selfish greed that is the ruling ethos of globalisation has made it much more difficult in a number of ways for us to defend ourselves against new diseases (and indeed made them more likely to arise).     

The unprecedented swarming mass of humanity, which has more doubled in number in the last 50 years to over 6,000 million, provides a feast for new pathogens as never before. Every year there are 74 million more juicy humans to prey on, an entire large European nation full – although the additional arrivals are not Europeans, of course. This seething biomass bred by Western medical and agricultural technology the prevailing ideology of the West caused to be sold, and sometimes given, to the rest of the World without thought of the consequences, beyond short term profit.   

Now they seethe like maggots, eating up the rest of the living world. Living in swarming squalor in their sewer-free shanty towns and favelas, sitting ducks for the next major pandemic and an ideal breeding ground for such a new human pathogen. The epidemiological antithesis of their ancestral scattered bands of Palaeolithic hunters.

Their sheer numbers also mean people are pushing ever deeper into formerly thinly peopled wildernesses, some of which, such as African rainforests, are rich reservoirs of potential pathogens, currently preying on species such as chimps genetically very similar (98%) to us, making the species barrier the germs have to jump temptingly low. To help the germs even more, the African rainforests are now being raided on an ever growing scale for “bushmeat” to be sold and eaten in the vast squatter camps around the continent’s cities. Chimp meat is, apparently, a particular – if 98% cannibalistic! – delicacy, as is that of various monkey species. From one of whom has already come AIDS. So as to enhance our experience of potential disease diversity here in Britain, recent Court cases reveal that Africans have been smuggling chimp and other bushmeat into Britain, where it is apparently a prized delicacy at a number of African restaurants in London. 

However, were any such diners to go down with some exotic germ here, they could be assured of swift and professional medical care. Not so in the teeming slums back home where most such prime cuts are more usually consumed. There any alien pathogens will be given every chance to try again and again to cross the species barrier to infect humanity in a medicine- and hygiene-free germ-friendly environment. Swarming with potential prey, their immune systems weakened by poor nutrition and in many cases in Africa AIDS. Welcoming any initially diffident bacterium or virus anxious to seek asylum from a rainforest animal host being hunted to extinction as its habitat is destroyed in the welcoming and abundant pastures provided by Homo sapiens – overwhelmingly Africa’s commonest large mammal. Though it would be churlish to pass over the peasantry of East and South-East Asia, living cheek-by-jowl with their pigs and ducks, in their efforts to help Mr Pestilence mount his horse for another good gallop through humanity.   

In fact, he has got his foot in the stirrup a few times already of late. Lassa, Ebola and Marburg viruses have all managed to evolve strains capable of infecting humans and spreading from one human to another. However, so far every outbreak has aborted itself because the viruses turn their human hosts into a bag of goo too quickly to allow effective transmission to a wider public. Any mutation of these viruses that makes them just slightly less deadly and they will be in business.  They don’t have to be any less deadly – and so far few have survived infection with Ebola or Marburg. They just have to be deadly a little more slowly, to take a few hours more to kill. And once these delightful creatures do manage mutate to epidemiological effectiveness (or maybe it will be something else not yet heard of, but we can count on  ex Africa semper aliquod something rather nasty  in the coming years) our delightful global Free Market economy will be there to waft Pestilence wherever he wants to go.

For not only is the vast human population swarming through the last wild refuges of exotic viruses and bacteria unprecedented. So is the speed and volume of human movement around the world. Fleets of jumbo jets roaring hither and yon in the service of the free movement of labour in the global economy.  So that a germ that was caught in a village in Gabon or a shanty town around Lagos or a street in Shanghai in the morning can be coughed out into a crowded London Tube, Paris metro or New York subway carriage the same evening. 

When the last big killer hit Europe, the Black Death in 1347, it took some years, and many thousands of germ generations, to spread West from its origin in China, giving the germ and its new host some chance to adapt to each other. Even then, one European in three perished. Now a germ can be in the heart of Europe and North America only a few tens of cell divisions, or in the case of a virus copyings by host cells of its genetic code from its first deadly incursion into our species. 

No-one is going to stop the carrier if the next Black Death from walking through Passport Control at Heathrow if his papers are in order even if he is looking a little peaky. Any suggestion of thorough medical checks or even quarantine periods on people entering the West from Third World plague danger zones would be howled down. 

Ostensibly, but doubtless effectively, with the parrot squawk of “racism” – though such controls would, to work, have to be applied with the same indifference to race, nationality and ethnic origin that most (though as AIDS shows not all) plagues themselves show.  But actually because they would interfere with the vast profits to be made by the multinational combines who own the West from shipping people quickly and freely around the world. Third World labourers to the West to be exploited in dirty, dangerous and low-paid jobs that no Western worker would do – unless they were made cleaner, safer and better-paid, and where’s the profit in that? And Western managers to run “offshoring” operations in the Third World, milking the low-paid labour at source. But if they carry on, one day they will get something very different from profit from the Third World.

The BBC recently released on DVD its chilling 1975 series Survivors, showing exactly the sort of pandemic plague this article is talking about in action. Then it was portrayed as an escaped Chinese germ warfare agent. But very likely Nature can still show human folly a trick or two here. But the opening sequence, showing the Death spreading around the World in days in a mix of footage of jumbo jets overhead and passport stamps at airports, is even more apposite today, when air travel is vastly greater than it was thirty years ago. Nor is the sequel depicted, of the swift collapse of government and civilization as all but one in ten thousand perished in weeks, dated in the least either. That mortality rate would be unprecedented in the history of humanity. But so is our current social situation, in ways that make such a killer plague far likelier than it was in the past. 

In fact, before the present day, Survivors’ plague, The Death, was, ironically, too deadly to spread around a world in which travellers were slower, better controlled, and fewer in number. More than a few decades ago, and Western Governments would have the time and the will to close their borders effectively as the Death rolled closer, to slam the gates in the face of onrushing Pestilence. With peoples who, as the patient endurance of the privations of the last World War by the ordinary people on both sides showed, were capable of reserves of discipline, dedication to the common cause and courage in crisis one suspects would be sought in vain amongst the consumerist hordes of their descendents, brainwashed into the selfish short-sighted greed that is the underlying ethic of 21st Century Western “civilization”.

Indeed, a few decades ago, not only would the next great plague of mankind be less likely to get into Western nations, there is a much greater chance it could have been beaten back even if it had done so. For the ingenuity and technological brilliance that is one of the better aspects of our civilization had, by the early 1940’s, come up with antibiotic “magic bullets”,  stunningly effective against bacteria if sadly not viruses. But being able to beat bacteria alone secures us against the Black Death, and leprosy, and even the ancient human killer tuberculosis. Combined with widespread vaccination, which does work against viruses, this lead the US Surgeon-General in 1962 to proclaim that humanity had won its war against Pestilence. 

Sadly, he reckoned without Pestilence’s good pal, Greed. And a socioeconomic system built on the mobilization of greed, and Greed’s ally Selfishness. The antibiotics, as everyone knew from the start, would eventually lose their effectiveness if they were used carelessly and promiscuously. So long as they were only deployed to save lives actually under threat and in controlled circumstances where the patient could be compelled to take the full course so there were no bacterial survivors of the attack, they would keep their effectiveness. Let them be used indiscriminately in doses not high enough or continued long enough to stamp out all the attacking germs, and some more antibiotic resistant germs would survive to pass on their resistance. Evolution by natural selection works if the best adapted organisms to a new environmental challenge – even if not yet fully adapted – get a chance to survive and breed. And, each generation, even better adaptation to the challenge was rewarded with better breeding success. With generation times in minutes rather than years, microbes can evolve fast and far – if they are given the chance.    

Capitalist greed gave them that chance. The antibiotics were soon the preserve of giant multinational pharmaceutical companies. Who saw there was no profit in hoarding them and using them sparingly so as to preserve their effectiveness. The more widely they were used, the more they sold. Helped by the fact that it was discovered that putting antibiotics into animal feed in the burgeoning factory farms enhanced yields of eggs, milk and meat. To the point that today 70% of all antibiotics made are not used to treat disease but are used in agricultural food production – fed to battery hens and pigs and the like. Much of the rest is wasted in, for example, bactericidal washing-up liquid and tissues. This was combined with the deliberate fostering of selfishness in the interests of profit, under the guise of “human rights” serving “freedom”. So that compelling tubercular drug addicts and Haitian illegal immigrants in New York to complete their courses of antibiotics was deemed an “infringement of their human rights”. 

The upshot was that bacteria were allowed to accustom themselves to antibiotics, constantly and widely exposed to dosages enough to favour resistant strains but not enough to kill them before their resistance had evolved to be complete. Thus Capitalism created MRSA – a strain of the ubiquitous bacterium of boils and zits, and wound infection and septicaemia, Staphylococcus aureus immune not just to methicillin but, in time, to every known antibiotic. Whilst tubercular trash of society exercising their “human right” to stop bothering to take their medication any more once it had cured their symptoms but before it had killed off the last most antibiotic resistant holdouts of TB germs in their bodies has bred a TB which is now almost as resistant to treatment as it was a century ago.    

Compulsory universal vaccination exterminated viral scourges such as smallpox altogether by the late 1970’s (apart from inside sinister secret US and Soviet Government labs). But again the pervading social spirit of selfishness promoted to create profitable consumer populations insidiously undermined the eradication of other viral plagues. 

To work, vaccination has to cover at least 95% of the host population, so the virus cannot find enough vulnerable hosts to sustain itself in the population. But it is not itself without a cost. Sadly, a very small proportion of those immunised are seriously harmed or even killed by the vaccine. Fewer than the disease used to maim and kill. But in today’s self-centred society the “rights” of the individual prevail against the good of the people as a whole. So, for example, a scare – later found to be unfounded anyway – alleging a link with autism caused British parents to opt their children out of the MMR vaccine. Which they were allowed, selfishly, to do. The result is that measles was not eradicated but broke out anew, and recently the first British child for decades died of the disease, whilst others were blinded or brain damaged because social selfishness backed by the courts allowed the eradication campaign to fail. In a different society – or our own a couple of generations ago – parents would have ensured their children’s vaccination out of social duty. Those few children who did die from the vaccine would be seen in the same light as soldiers who perished in battle or firemen who died on duty, as having given their lives nobly for the greater good of  the whole, by their sacrifice saving the lives of the far more children who would have perished had the populace not been protected by vaccination.      

One might think that, with antibiotics growing less and less effective and vaccination less and less universal, and with a general awareness, as the Dead Swan showed, of the danger of a new pandemic plague, those responsible for finding new drugs would be concentrating their efforts on better antibiotics to fight bacteria and cheaper antiviral drugs to fight viruses. But the big profits for the pharmaceutical companies to whom such research has largely, in the privatised market-run world of today, been abandoned do not lie in pills taken briefly to defeat a deadly germ. They lie in those taken lifelong to stave off a lesser chronic ill – a gyppy stomach or a creaky joint. Or mood-altering drugs to help people cope with their crazy world. Or perhaps really expensive and profitable pills to save a few from cancer rather than cheap and unprofitable ones to save many from germs.  So antibiotic research languishes and  resistant strains rampage through homes and hospitals. Necrotising fasciitis anyone?

So we are right to fear the message the Swan of Fife died to bring us. Modern, cosmopolitan, global market society is making the worst pandemic disaster in human history much more likely, and making it much harder to resist it when it comes. The global market is playing a game of Russian roulette with Pestilence. He pulls the trigger on the revolver’s chamber loaded with AIDS. Click! Spin the magazine. Pull the chamber loaded with SARS. Click! Ebola virus. Click! H5N1 flu. Who knows? The hammer is still falling on the chamber. But sooner or later- BANG!     

The last great pandemic, that caused by a new flu train in 1918, killed more people  in four months than perished in the four years of  the First World War. 80% of the United States soldiers who did not come back from serving in World War One died of this flu after the Armistice rather than in battle before it.   The next, spreading much faster amongst a much more closely connected world with lots more people in it, will doubtless kill many more people. Perhaps most people. Though almost certainly not all people. But quite possibly civilized society, which will collapse if enough of its productive people perish. We do not know how many individuals comprising a society need to die to bring down civilization with them. 50%? 75%? 90%? We may be about to find out…

Yet the predicament humanity has got itself into in the first decades of the 21st Century is so grim that such a pandemic is not the worst thing that could – and probably will – happen to us. Our teeming population eating the Earth like locusts has started a race to get us by all the Four Horsemen. Pestilence, as we have seen, is currently a few lengths in the lead. But, as we turn farmland into desert ever faster each year, partly from exhaustion of the soil in the Third World but increasingly in coming decades due to climate change brought on by our greed and filth, Famine is coming up strongly on the stand side. As rising sea levels force entire nations such as the Bangladeshis to pour inland seeking new land for their hundred millions and drought in a warming world displaces billions in Volkerwanderungen to dwarf those which flooded over and drowned the Roman West , War is beginning to spur on his steed strongly. Add the wider spectre of top tier biosphere collapse brought on by the mass extinction of other species at the hands of the spreading plague of excess humanity on a scale already surpassing that when the dinosaurs departed, and Death, currently hanging back and saving his mount’s wind in the certainty that he will get us all in the end individually anyway, must be the bookies’ favourite to sweep ahead in the final furlong and claim our entire species as his prize. 

Unless Pestilence rides a clever race and claims enough of us now to deny his fellow Horsemen their prey later. We are in such a plight by now, caused at root by far too many people, that a pandemic that killed enough people now might save us from worse to come. 

Not too many people, everywhere, though to collapse that Western technological civilization which, once it has sloughed off its Capitalist carapace, still offers the last best hope for the long term future of our species.  Indeed, resolute, determined and disciplined action in the face of pandemic might save one or a few Western nations more or less intact, whilst the rest of humanity perished. The survival of that part of human civilization which has stabilized its population already, freed from the certainty of being swept away in a tide of the desperate rest of humanity as it dragged us all down to disaster, might well be the last best hope of mankind. 

The tragedy of our current plight is that, for humanity as a species to survive the next thousand years, most humans must die as soon as possible in the next hundred. If he can do that for us, without reducing the survivors to savagery, perhaps Pestilence is our friend after all, and the Dead Swan’s message is one of hope in the hour of our coming desperation.       

Gangster president declares war on Iran

Donald Trump with IRA terrorist godfather Gerry Adams. Trump now seeks to emulate his old friend’s record of brutal and shameless murder.

Gangster president Donald Trump has this morning effectively declared war on Iran by ordering the murder of Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the most significant state-sponsored assassination since Czech SOE agents killed Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 – and the most significant such assassination ever to take place outside wartime.

It is immaterial whether Trump’s action was dictated by his slavish devotion to the State of Israel, or was partly inspired by the need to distract attention from his own impeachment for criminal misdeeds.

During his election campaign four years ago, Trump gave American voters the impression that he would end the era of US entanglement in foreign conflicts. Instead he has today embroiled the US in what will be a far more serious conflict than the Iraq and Afghan wars combined.

The US now stands alone, without its NATO allies, as even the British Foreign Office rushes to distance itself from the White House Godfather.  The only cheers have come from Trump’s fellow crook Benjamin Netanyahu and the neocon cabal whose influence Trump once promised to end, but who now enjoy more control over US foreign policy than under Reagan, Clinton, or Bush.

Donald Trump’s political tutor was mafia lawyer Roy Cohn, seen here with (left to right) Donald Trump, nightclub owner and crook Steve Rubell, and Trump’s first wife Ivana.

Secret tapes show politicians once dared to speak about race

President Richard Nixon (above left) in conversation at the White House with Prof. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

In July this year the US National Archives released a previously secret tape recording of then President Richard Nixon and future President Ronald Reagan speaking frankly about racial differences.

Today two American scholars writing in The Atlantic reveal that these forbidden views were not held only Reagan and Nixon, a man who of course has long been demonised by the political establishment, but by an ultra-respectable academic.

The President was conversing in October 1971 with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Harvard professor who had previously been an adviser to Nixon but was more closely associated with the Democratic Party. Indeed despite his bipartisanship, Moynihan was for decades an icon of America’s liberal intelligentsia.

Yet on this White House tape and in an earlier memorandum, Prof. Moynihan explicitly recognised racial realities. Commenting on an article on race and IQ by Richard Herrnstein published earlier that year, Moynihan wrote: “Herrnstein is, of course, very much worth reading. The findings of intelligence testing, which he summarizes, have profound implications for social policy. …Psychologists now think they know something of the ranking of the major races. Asians first; Caucasians second; Africans third.”

Prof Richard Herrnstein was co-author of The Bell Curve, a book that pointed out the differences between black and white IQ.

Moynihan agreed with the President that in implementing federal programmes to promote black education, he had to bear in mind their fundamental weaknesses – that because of their IQ blacks would basically be at a disadvantage “when you get to some of the more, shall we say, some of the more profound, rigid disciplines”.

His memo to Nixon concluded with pragmatic advice that no doubt influences even those few politicians today honest enough to address racial realities: “Finally, may I plead that you say nothing about this subject, nor let anyone around you do so. There is no possibility of your concern being depicted for what it is, a desire to respond to knowledge in a responsible and prudent manner.”

Moynihan died in 2003, but he would not be surprised that 21st century journalists and scholars are using these newly revealed tapes not to challenge their own liberal multiracialist dogmas, but to demonise Moynihan himself.

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