Saturday, July 7, 2012

How the WASP lost his way - a review of Fraser's The WASP Question

The WASP Question: An essay on the biocultural evolution, present predicament and future prospects of the invisible race by Andrew Fraser.  ISBN 978-1-907166-29-7. Arktos Media (Arktos £20, Amazon $30). According to Fraser, WASPs have lost their collective soul. They accept prejudice against themselves and suffer from their own Anglophobia and ethnomasochism. Fraser traces out the history of how this has come about. Review by Robert Hughes.

The term WASPs (White Anglo Saxon Protestants), a slightly derogatory term that dates back to the 1950s, has come to be accepted by the people it describes. For that matter Anglo-Saxons have come to accept and absorb prejudice against themselves, (Anglophobia, as Fraser refers to it) even to the point of holding their ancestors responsible for monstrous crimes against humanity.

Proud Anglo-Saxon patriots are few in number and political pariahs. Much better-off are the “organization men’ and ‘liberated’ women denounce and despise any explicit expression of in-group solidarity among their kith and kin. In age of diversity WASPs have lost their collective soul and have become the invisible race.

Considering how much Anglo-Saxons have contributed to the world this is a pretty strange situation. To seek the origins of this Fraser takes a historical perspective going back to days of ancient Germanic tribes and early Anglo-Saxon England. these tribes had a habit of killing non-performing leaders, some, perhaps unfortunately not practiced today.*

While the Anglo-Saxons were not Christians when they first settled in Britain, by 697 the ‘Angelcynns’ or English race had been converted and had their own archbishop in Canterbury. Within 100 years of conversion, the founding tribes had fused into into a single nation within a single church. The church appears to have fostered a sense of spiritual unity and a vision common ethnocultural identity among all the Anglo-Saxons.

Fraser continues the history of the Anglo-Saxons, including the Norman conquest of 1066 and the struggle between church and state. William the Conquerer and his immediate successors rejected papal claims to supremacy over the church in England. Under the reign of Stephen (1154AD) however the papal party mad substantial gains in power. Nevertheless in later years Henry VIII installed himself as Supreme Head of the Church of England.

After the English Civil War and the ascendency of the Puritan Oliver Cromwell there was a rejection of the past-oriented folk religion of their germanic ancestors. The puritans refused to recognize the established Church of England as the symbol of unity. This was a blow to established tradition.

Further pulling apart the compact and cohesive Anglo Protestant civilization and the abrupt rise of homo americanus. Civic patriotism, according to Fraser, cannot be sustained in multiracial societies. Added to the corrosive influence of ethnic heterogeneity is the hedonistic consumerism of the welfare state and its dependence on the cornucopian myth of endless growth and development. Multiculturalism and the worship of the other run concurrently with the worship of Mammon and the sovereign state.

WASPs according to Fraser are trusting souls and hence can be easily exploited by false promises. Nowadays Asians and other Third world migrants daily swear allegiance to Anglo-Saxon civic cultures that are really at odds with their own traditions and folkways. The more genetically distant immigrants are from the host population, the less capable they will be of building or sustaining the economic and social conditions characteristic of Anglo-Saxon societies.

In the postmodern game of identity politics Fraser contender that Negros and Jews have out-played WASPs, who suffer from their own Anglophobia and ethnomasochism.

Fraser, obviously not a republican, puts as one of his remedies for the WASP malaise, the institution of a Patriot King. Such a person, supported by a new natural aristocracy of public men, could reawaken the spirit of freedom. he and his subjects would demand the autonomy of Anglo-Saxon institutions Fraser sees other reforms as necessary to revive Anglo-Saxons including supporting the family and returning to a form of household suffrage. He notes that the institution of universal suffrage facilitated the replacement of the Anglo-Saxon people with a population of atomized, deracinated people.

Fraser makes  a lot of valid points, but it is difficult to be optimistic about about his ideas being put into into effect. He is definitely right about one thing - the worst enemy of Anglo-Saxons is themselves.

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