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CounterPunch Gives Platform to White Nationalism


Eric Ward • Mar 17, 2009

I’ve argued publicly that the issue of immigration would someday reconfigure political movements in the United States. It is already becoming apparent that segments of the political left via cynicism and desperation are stumbling onto the twisted road of white nationalism. What remains to be seen is if they have the political will to backtrack from it.

Sadly, one of the greatest political newsletters and websites of our time CounterPunch seems to be caught in this web and is unwilling to save itself or its reputation. CounterPunch, a bi-weekly newsletter with a web edition, is rightfully part of the historic tradition of muckraking journalism that takes both the Republican and Democratic parties to task.

While I celebrate CounterPunch for uncovering hypocrisy that exists in society and offering solutions that are otherwise ignored by mainstream media outlets, it is time for CounterPunch co-editors Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair to be self-reflexive and to ask themselves why they choose to offer a platform to a supporter of white nationalism.

The Center for New Community is reporting that CounterPunch continues to allow Paul Craig Roberts to write for its newsletter. While CounterPunch simply lists Paul Craig Roberts ias “Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Ronald Reagan administration,” his biography is a little more disturbing. What CounterPunch irresponsibly fails to inform its readers of is that Paul Craig Roberts is part of the editorial collective of a website known as VDARE.

VDARE, named for Virginia Dare who is allegedly the “first white child born in America,” publishes the works of numerous white nationalists including Jared Taylor and the late Sam Francis. VDARE also features the anti-Semitic Kevin MacDonald, a Long Beach, CA, professor who accuses the Jewish community of conspiring to destroy the United States through immigration.

Joining Paul Craig Roberts on the editorial collective is Brenda Walker, who wrote in a column on VDARE that Hmongs, an Asian ethnic group, in America are “drug-addicted polygamists.” Following Hurricane Katrina, Steve Sailer, another member of the editorial collective, once argued on VDARE that blacks rioted in New Orleans because of lower IQ scores.

Beyond VDARE, Paul Craig Roberts’s bio stretches even further into the world of white nationalism. His writings appear in the white nationalist publication Chronicles: The Magazine of American Culture, which is tied closely to the racist League of the South. Besides placing articles in Chronicles, Roberts’s writings appear in the weekly newspaper American Free Press run by Willis Carto. Before being named American Free Press, the newspaper was known as Spotlight and was the flagship newspaper of the white supremacist movement until the late 1990s.

In Carto, Roberts writing for a man who has founded or was active in over a dozen far right organizations, a man who once said, “If Satan himself, with all of his super-human genius and diabolical ingenuity at his command, had tried to create a permanent disintegration and force for the destruction of the nations, he could have done no better than to invent the Jews.”

So, why is CounterPunch allowing Roberts to write for them?

There is a self-destructive belief among segments of the left that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Sometimes, however, the enemy of your enemy is nothing more than a bigot. If anti-racism is a principle of the American left then Roberts surely is not our friend. It’s time for Cockburn and St. Clair to dump Roberts from CounterPunch.

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