end of tlie Civil War; recently, political correctness—reinforcedrnb- poor education, intellectual sloth, religious unbelief and materialrnsurfeit—has greatlv increased their reluctance to dissentrnfrom whatever point of icw rcjiresents the official consensus. Illegalrninvaders could be rounded u]3 b the police and throw n outrnof the countn,, but such “conservatix’cs” as Michael Meded considerrnthis solution “fascishc,” and there is certainK’ no possibilit)rnof Congress adophug it. Ron Dnz, celebrating the end of whiternAmerica in Commentary a couple of vears ago, rejoiced thatrnAmerica will ccrtainh- become a nrulticultural entit}’, barring arnresurgence of natii,st resi.stance-in which case, Unz admitted,rnall bets on the American future are off.rnThough signs of resistance hae et to occur, reachon seemsrnincitablc in the long run. Almost as ineitablv, the long runrnwill be too late, beond the point where regaining control of nationalrnpolitical institutions and reinstating the old Americanrnculture is possible. And, as the European-American rciunantrnasserts itself at last, the shock and indignahon this provokes willrnheighten self-awareness among the former minorities and furtherrnpromote the Balkanization of the nahon. Once the southwesternrnstates are loaded with Mexican immigrants and theirrndescendants —enjoving dual cihzenship in die United Statesrnand Mexico —die possibilit}” for the return of these territories tornMexico b’ simple majorih ote will be cr’ real.rnEven before the reconquista is a political fact, howcxer,rnMexicans may lune ceased to be the dominant minorih’rnor p]nralit’ in the United States. Douglas S. Massew professorrnof soeiolog}’ at die Unixersiti, of Penn,slania, predicts that thernlatent potential for immigration is greatest not in Latin Americarnbut in Asia,rnwhere the forces that initiate and sustain internationalrnimmigration have only begun to operate. The potenHalrnfor Chinese immigration alone is enormous. E’en arnsmall rate of immigration, when applied to a populationrnof more than a billion people, can be expected to producerna flow of immigrants dwarfing diat now obseredrnfrom Mexico.rnWhile Chinese immigrants en mmse would likeK’ be morernintelligent, better educated, and more skilled dian die mestizornproletariat that supplies the lion’s share of emigration fromrnMexico, the Chinese, unlike the Mexicans, lune not been ourrnneighbors for several centuries, nor is their history entwinedrnwidi our own. Wc might, howeer, expect from them cohesion,rnaggression, and rudilessness in a degree likely to producernconflict widi die former majoritarian popidahon and also widirnformer minorities, the Jews especially-America’s hithertornmost successful minorit, whose claim to viehmhood is unlike-rn1- to receive svmpath from an Asian immigrant populationrnwith no compelling reason to assume a burden of guilt for hvornmillennia of Jewish suftering.rnEpochal forces, such as the new immigrahou to die UnitedrnStates and mass migration inteniationally, generate a nionientuuirnof their own that ma be resisted only b- a liigliK’ organizedrnand resolute eounterforce. In the case of the United States, nornsuch force appears to be gadiering. Caged in a fantasy w odd inspiredrnbv commercialized ideolog}’ and ideologized capitalism,rncorrupted b- unprecedented affluence-Hie effect of which isrnto diffuse fuither a cultural tradition alread- undercut and attenuatedrnbv die Old Immigration during the past eenturv-anda-rnlialf—Americans todav live in a state ot moral paralvsis diat inhibitsrnall the natural defense mechanisms and die instinct forrnsurial. And so, as Paul Craig Roberts predicts, the fate of diernLhiited States probabK /’.s to become another Third Worldrncountr-, round about the middle of the 21st century.rn’Third World status im]3lies fliat the United States will be odierrnfliings as well. First, the consumer-socialist nature of modernrn.America, long past the quickening stage, will be (barring anrnoverwhelming influx of povert-stricken peasants that swampsrnthe economic structure) enhanced; flie fatal fusion of polihealrnideolog’ and commercialism ensures this. Second, Americarnwill not enjov a democratic polit as die term is now understood,rnflic Constitution being amended—or replaced, or iiia’bernsimpK’ ignored—to accommodate the Third World genius forrnchaotic hrannv or tyrannical chaos and die difficulties inherentrnin governing a vast, poKglot, and crowded people. (The SecondrnAmendment will be one of flie first of our British-Americanrninheritances to be dispensed wifli. Strangely, given flieir liistor’rnof political oppression, Mexicans in America appear to favorrngun “control.”) Third, “we” will no longer remain, eeii inrnsemblance, a Christian countr” (Mexican immigrants are flockingrnin droes to Pentecostalism, a first step on the road to Scientisni),rnnor are we likelv to have an’ definable religious ideiiht’.rnSimilarly, as the First Universal Nation, America will lack arncommon culture; in fact, it will probabK’ not have an- culturernat all, aside from the ersatz one alread’ in place. Fourth, /nieriearnwill be e’en more oerwheluiinglv an urban nation than itrnis toda”, the population —swelled bv the superslunis of thernThird World —having grown prodigiously, suburban sprawl increasedrnin proportion, and agricultural land being at a premiumrnto reflect the burden of feeding not onlv ourselves but thernbillions of potenhal immigrants left at home. FinalK’, flie countn’rnwill have become an en’iroiinicntal mess, owing not just tornoxercrowding and flic vastK’ increased pressure on natural resourcesrn(including groundwater) and open space, but flic sy,stemahcrnrepeal of environmental legislation passed in the latern2()tli centim’. (The indifference and contempt—even outrightrnhostilit—noil-Western peoples feel for flie natural world is nornsecret to anxoiie, except Big F,n iroumentalism.)rnLeft unconsidered in fliis .scenario is flic possibilitv of a wildrncard. Barring an’ unforeseen cata.strophie eent, the future werntace could quite plausiblv be as I’ve ouflined it here, flie only eoiisolaflonrn(if it is consolation) being fliat flic United States wouldrnnot suffer miserv alone in a world worse off still flian ourseKes asrndemographics, limited warfare, terrorism, social confusion andrndeeav, economic hypertension, epidemic, famine, and environmentalrndisaster bring the end of liistor’ to a shuddering halt.rnUnlike flie Titanic, which plunged 12,500 feet to an honorablerngrae on the ocean bottom when flooding in die fliirdrncompartment finallv reached flie 16th, something called fliernLhiited States is likch’ to remain afloat—transformed from arnpowerfifl, graceful, and efficient luxun- liner into a ghost ship, arndown-at-thed)ow Third Wodd ghetto drifting on a Sargasso Sea,rncrammed and stinking, commanded b’ vicious thugs, each ofrnwhom has his own lifeboat picked out in case of the ultimaterndisaster: flic realization in American terms of novelist Jean Ra,spail’srnprophetie ision more than a quarter-cenhirv ago.rn(‘The Titanic, bv flie wav, though British-built and mannedrnbv British tars, was American-owned, the White Star Line beingrncontrolled b- flic International Mercantile Marine, a Morganrntrust and about as British a firm, as Walter Lord pointed out, asrnU.S. Steel.)rn16/CHRONICLESrnrnrn