needs some better data. He would alsorndo well to remember that it is the “rich”rncapitalists who are creating jobs.rn— MaryKohlerrnSheboygan, WIrnMr. Djurdjevic Replies:rnShawn Mercer’s response to my columnrnis long on cliches and emotion, and shortrnon facts and new information. I trust thatrnthe readers of Chronicles can separaternMercer’s biases from the facts uponrnwhich my column was based. I also suspectrnthat the people who know that Irnhave fought against Marxism and Communismrnall my life will have a goodrnlaugh at this reader’s insinuation that Irnam a liberal or a Marxist.rnI must, however, correct some factualrninaccuracies. My analysis was not “arnwholly static one,” somehow out ofrntouch with America’s economic realities.rnMy column opens with the plight ofrnMarty and Dawn, two flesh-and-bloodrnyoung people from Phoenix, Arizona,rnwho could not afford to buy Christmasrnpresents for their daughter on middleclassrnwages, and includes comments by arnWashington-based news media editorrnabout the hardships of getting by on arnmiddle-class income in the nation’srncapital.rnMercer’s claim of the “phenomenalrnrecoery of middle-class incomes duringrnthe Reagan boom of 1982-1989” mustrnhave come from some work of fiction.rnThe Reagan-Bush-Clinton presidenciesrnwere indeed boom years —for the WallrnStreet elite, whose plutocratic cause theyrnhave advanced. But they have been arnbust for most of America’s impoverishedrnMain Street families, such as Marty andrnDawn’s.rnMrs. Kohler’s comment about rampantrnimmigration in the last threerndecades lowering the average Americanrnincome is a very cogent one. Not only isrnthis true in a purely mathematical sense,rnbut in a competitive labor market,rncheaper immigrant labor tends to lowerrnindigenous Americans’ incomes throughrncompetition —even if the immigrantrndoesn’t get the job.rnIn my March 9, 1997, WashingtonrnTimes column, “Plutocrats of the NewrnWorld Order,” I wrote that “the destructiverneffect of this 30-year process was describedrnin an excellent book on the subjectrnof U.S. immigration, AUen Nation,rnby the British-born editor of Forfoes magazine,rnPeter Brimelow. The author explainsrnvery clearly why the immigrationrnexplosion since 1965 has led to . . . thern’browning of America,’ a ‘demographicrnevent of seismic proportions.’ And whyrnthe roots of the immigration lie in the liberalrnelite’s economic interests. Namely,rnthe lower-paid immigrants not just displacernthe indigenous workers; they helprnlower the overall wages of the local peoplernby merely competing for jobs.”rnOn Civil War IIrnI have a few thoughts on Sam Francis’srncritique of Thomas Chittum’s Civil WarrnII (“Prophesying War,” June). Dr. Francis’srnmajor criticism of Chittum’s ghastiyrnscenario is that the power elite will notrnlet it happen, but rather will lead Americarndown the path to Brazilianization. Irnthink he overestimates the power of establishmentrnpropaganda and underestimatesrnthe American people. There arerngrowing danger signs for the regime, asrnpolls show that a shrinking minorit}’ trustrnthe government to do the right thing,rncompared to a large majority just threerndecades ago. Given a few foreign policyrndisasters or some serious economic problems,rnthe country might be ready for arnnationalist party of a Buchananite stamp.rnCranted, the manipulators have beenrnable so far to shut out such a message,rnbut how long can they continue to do so?rnThere is a genuine fear among the elitesrntoday that was not present a few yearsrnago. The underlying assumption of thernSecond Amendment is that an honestrnand loyal government should have nothingrnto fear from an armed citizenry, butrnthe elites are in a panic to disarm MiddlernAmerica. The manipulators appear to bernmuch less confident in their powers thanrnDr. Francis is.rnDr. Francis argues that the rulingrnelites that gave us Balkanization will bernable to control it, but racial and ethnicrnloyalties are too strong and intractable,rnand (as Chittum says) multi-ethnic empiresrnusually die a violent death. AsrnBrent A. Nelson writes in America Balkanized,rn”It is highly probable, given therntrends evident in the 1990’s, that at somernpoint in the first half of the twenty-firstrncentury . . . an unstable mix of FirstrnWorld and Third World peoples, willrnproduce a political crisis of such dimensionsrnas to be insoluble within the traditionalrnlimits of American governance.”rnI don’t think that the full-blown civilrnwar that Chittum speaks of will everrncome, nor the Brazilianization that Dr.rnFrancis predicts. I think a more likelyrnoutcome is that we will come to thernabyss, with, say, a full summer of rioting,rnand it will scare the pants off us. The resultrnwill be some kind of peace that involvesrndecentralization and states’ rights.rnThe federal government will be blamedrnfor its role in the Balkanization of Americarnand be thoroughly discredited. Arnhappy corollary would be the end of ourrnoverseas empire.rn—Jeff AndersonrnAmericans for Self-DeterminationrnArlington, VArnMOVCSfG?rnTo assure uninterrupted delivery ofrnCHRONICLES,rnplease notify us in advance. Send changernof address and the mailing label fromrnyour latest issue to:rnCHRONICLESrnSUBSCRIPTION DEPT.rnP.O. BOX 800rnMOUNT MORRIS, IL 61054rnSEPTEMBER 1998/5rnrnrn