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Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities Hardcover – 25 Oct 2018
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A magisterial survey of the most important political trend of the 21st century so far. It will be controversial - but mostly with those who dislike evidence, are horrified by open mindedness, and who find it convenient to ignore truth. It should be required reading for today's rulers; they may not like it, but they need to understand Kaufmann's defence of democracy before it's too late (Trevor Phillips)
A powerful and rigorously researched exploration of how demographic change is transforming western societies and politics. Rejecting extreme nationalism and extreme liberal individualism alike, Kaufmann uses a wealth of empirical data to carve out a space for a multivocal and flexible political system that recognises ethnic identities without sacrificing liberal values of freedom and tolerance. Whether or not you end up agreeing with it, this is a book that speaks to the most urgent and difficult issues of our time (John Gray, author of Seven Types of Atheism)
Whiteshift is a big, brilliant, ambitious book - perhaps the first truly definitive book of the Trump era. Meticulous, challenging, and provocative, this is the rare book that takes it upon itself to try to shift our entire way of thinking on the most difficult question of our time - inevitable demographic and ethnic change in the United States and Europe (Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and author of Islamic Exceptionalism)
Extraordinary. . . a tour de force that could expand the so-called "Overton window" - the range of what is acceptable to say - on these central issues (David Goodhart Sunday Times)
A detailed analysis of attitudes to race breaks the taboo on this vital subject . . . Anyone interested in preparing for the future would do well to read this book. . . Part of the usefulness of the book is in the amount of new data that Kaufmann brings to the debate. As well as his statistical analysis Kaufmann also displays an extraordinarily deep and wide historical knowledge (Douglas Murray Evening Standard)
A giant of a book, channelling together cascades of polls, data sets and excursions in history to produce a conclusion of qualified optimism. . . does the large service of telling liberals and leftists who prefer to remain shocked rather than to work at understanding that their fellow citizens are not, in the main, deplorable bigots, and that white fear is real, but need not be dangerous (John Lloyd Financial Times)
An essential read for liberals. In among its many graphs and reports of surveys are a series of salutary reminders of how easily the idea of a threat from strangers can become a dominant political issue. You may not agree with Kaufmann, but you have to deal with him (David Aaronovitch The Times)
An explosive book (Robbie Millen The Times Books of the Year)
A monumental study of ethno-demographic change and the rise of populism across the rich world. . . ranges far beyond Brexit and Britain and puts a parochial debate in a much bigger context (Economist)
A very substantial book with important things to say about identity, migration, populism and other questions of the moment. . . One of the best aspects of Kaufmann's book is its optimism (Michael Burleigh Literary Review)
About the Author
Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, he was born in Hong Kong and spent eight early years in Tokyo. His previous books include Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? and The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America.
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In this superbly written and well argued book he identifies the causes of the current malaise and also offers constructive ideas to give hope for the future...not just to the 'progressive left' but also to conservatives who highly value their culture and heritage. A must read for anyone interested in knowing what is going on and where it could all lead to.
Whilst I appreciate author's work in highlighting us the various causes of the White population's concern for being replaced by ethnic minorities and other races received into their lands through accelerated immigration/mass migrants, he does not present tangible solutions to the issues. Too often, experts and writers are adept and quick in analyzing problems in regard to states' domestic issues, such as cultural shift, immigration, racism, overstraining of health and public services, etc, but they are not capable of providing credible solutions to them. And, even if they do, who is going to act on it? No-one, because the only body who can enact those solutions is the government, and even for them it is not a straightforward affair.
As a reader and from general public point of view, I daresay the principal cause of the current Whiteshift in Europe and the West is accelerated immigration of non-white races; because in simple terms, immigration = increase in population; and when the land is over-populated, and worse enough, its natives outnumbered, it becomes a dire problem to the state. So, how can a state solve the issue of immigration? I would have given much credit to the book if it had laid some meaningful solutions to the problems it so repetitively mentions.
Today, for example, some 80% of white Britons live in wards that are 90% white. Birds of a feather still prefer to live together. It is not a polemic but it is bound to be seen as controversial for the author examines the touchy subject immigration and its possible effects on the make-up of society.
The book is balanced and written with verve. it ranges over recent history in America, the UK and parts of Europe. Populism is discussed along with segregation and integration.
One small yet surprising omission is the failure to examine the impact of two world wars and the consequences of decolonisation. These had a very important effect on the topics discussed in the book. Otherwise, an important book on a subject that will increase in importance.
Things I especially like about this book:
- The way Kaufmann uses broader academic theories and evidence about ethnic groups and nations to aid understanding of the current situation in the West. This includes a historical context going back further than most authors on this subject do, e.g. the transformation of WASP identity into White identity in American history, and the rise of what Kaufmann terms left-modernism, the ancestor movement of today's liberal multiculturalism. This makes this book more valuable than accounts that only focus on the last few decades.
- The way he describes both the demographic (e.g. migration and fertility differences) and intellectual (rise of multiculturalism, liberalism) changes that have led up to this point, as they cannot be understood apart from each other.
- The cross-national perspective. Britain, Europe, the US and Canada are all covered here.
- They way he looks seriously and realistically at the likelihood of various future developments. This is sorely needed as this conversation is currently dominated by either utopian or apocalyptic visions on the multicultural left and alt-right respectively, while being avoided by the centre due to the uncomfortable nature of the discussion.