Whiteshift

Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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Whiteshift: the turbulent journey from a world of racially homogeneous white majorities to one of racially hybrid majorities

This is the century of whiteshift. As Western societies are becoming increasingly mixed-race, demographic change is transforming politics. Over half of American babies are non-white, and by the end of the century, minorities and those of mixed race are projected to form the majority in the UK and other countries. The early stages of this transformation have led to a populist disruption, tearing a path through the usual politics of left and right. Ethnic transformation will continue, but conservative whites are unlikely to exit quietly; their feelings of alienation are already redrawing political lines and convulsing societies across the West. One of the most crucial challenges of our time is to enable conservatives as well as cosmopolitans to view whiteshift as a positive development. 

In this groundbreaking book, political scientist Eric Kaufmann examines the evidence to explore ethnic change in North American and Western Europe. Tracing four ways of dealing with this transformation - fight, repress, flight, and join - he charts different scenarios and calls for us to move beyond empty talk about national identity. If we want to avoid more radical political divisions, he argues, we have to open up debate about the future of white majorities. 

Deeply thought provoking, enriched with illustrative stories, and drawing on detailed and extraordinary survey, demographic, and electoral data, Whiteshift will redefine the way we discuss race in the twenty-first century.

©2019 Eric Kaufmann (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Brave book that could help prevent civil war!!

Eric Kaufmann is one of the bravest, most important, most articulate, and convincing scholars of our time and I would actually argue that he is the most important academic in the world. This wonderful book lays out compelling arguments regarding the dramatic demographic changes happening in the West and he backs it up with lots of supporting data. Kaufmann gives many fascinating historical examples from around the world that show how and why demographic changes tend to cause tremendous conflict. However, Kaufmann also gives hope to readers and lays out a way in which Western countries can move forward.

I strongly agree with Kaufmann's arguments that whites in Western countries have legitimate interests as a demographic group in decline and that these views have to be expressed and listened to by the other side. He argues that there has to be a compromise between white interests (mostly an interest in maintaining white majorities) and hard-edged civic nationalism and I couldn't agree more. He argues that this compromise can only happen if 1) Left-Modernism tones down its claim that all white ethno-cultural interests are racism and 2) if whites accept that the new white majorities will be much more of mixed race. Personally, I don't even see whites in the Alt-Right strongly opposing mixed race whites identifying as white so I think the only big hurdle to this sort of compromise is Left-Modernism.

This book is packed with data proving that maintaining a solid white majority is not only very important to many whites in the West but also to a substantial number of minorities within those countries (over 25% of non-whites). Yet, few who prefer white majorities have the courage or verbal skills to articulate this controversial preference since Left-Modernism has deemed this position as racist. Kaufmann explains how Left-modernism became such a powerful force in the West with a fascinating historical outline of this ideology.

There are so many wonderful arguments in this book and I can't lay out all of them but I also love the author's assertion that public opinion is very driven by cues given by the elites/persuaders in society. He argues that Trump and other nationalist politicians have already played a huge role in moving the Overton Window away from Left-Modernism but that we have to take an additional step by acknowledging that hard-edged civic nationalism is not going to work.

I hope that many influential politicians, media personalities, and persuaders read this book because nobody else lays out a better path forward for how the West can survive. I also highly recommend Kaufmann's amazing book, "Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth" if you are fascinated by demographics. Make it a priority to read "Whiteshift" and please recommend it to others! The West is at a point where we are trying to avoid civil war and heroes like Kaufmann can go a long way towards saving us.

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