what Wheeler is aiming at. It is the storyrnof a Montana silver-mining town thatrnblossoms and withers between 1888 andrn1893. The town is modeled on the aetualrnmining town of Castle, and the novelrnreflects a good deal of historical research.rnThe descriptions of mining technologv,rnfrontier journalism, labor relations, siherrnpolitics, and the social makeup and activitiesrnof such a town are informativernand bear the stamp of authenticity. It isrnthe story of a community rather than of arnsingle protagonist. The cast of characters,rnmen and women, is large and varied.rnThe chapters alternate in their focus onrnindividuals, and these lives are skillfullyrnblended into a vivid and at times movingrnportrait of that unique social phenomenon,rnthe evanescent frontier boomrntown. Unlike the characters of formularnWesterns, the people of Cashbox combinernvirtues and faults, ideals and frailties,rnand they change and grow. There isrnno mythic hero or stage-property heroine,rnno chasing and shooting, no townrntaming, no feuding or vengeance, and nornfinal walkdown. There is plenty of locrninterest, but it isn’t young love or simplyrnphysical love. It is middle-aged love, domesticrninteractions, tender relationshipsrnbesides those of physical sex—relationshipsrnin which men and women strugglernto recognize and respect the broaderrnneeds and desires of each other.rnThe epigraph from Thoreau’s “Walking,”rnan essay that elaborates the symbolicrnimplications of the West and westering,rnsuggests Wheeler’s principal theme:rnthe West as a place for dreams, tests ofrncharacter, and experiments in humanrnpossibilities. If this symbolic West is arnmyth, it is a myth worth preserving. Andrnpopular fiction is not a bad place for preservingrnit, especially since current “literary”rnhction often seems indifferent if notrnhostile to that task. A book that convincinglyrnportrays the positive heritage of thernWestern frontier, and can be read by everyone,rndoes much to hold our societyrntogether. As Joseph Conrad observed,rn”We are the creatures of our light literaturernmuch more than is generally suspectedrnin a world which prides itself onrnbeing scientific and practical, and in possessionrnof incontrovertible theories.” Forrnthose who value the influence of thernTo order these books, (24hrs, 365 days)rnplease call (800) 962-6651 (Ext. 5200)rnfrontier on the American character, it isrnfortunate that a writer as skillful asrnWheeler is committed, despite adversernideologies and unsympathetic publishingrntrends, to enlarging and revitalizingrnthe Western genre.rnStephen L. Tanner is a professor ofrnEnglish at Brigham Young University.rnPhilanthropyrnIs Bunkrnby Richard D. LammrnImporting Revolution: Open Bordersrnand the Radical Agendarnby William R. HawkinsrnMonterey, Virginia: American ImmigrationrnControl Foundation and U.S.rnBusiness &’ Industrial CouncilrnEducational Foundation;rn209 pp., $8.00rnJmporting Revolution tells the sad andrntragic tale of how the Ford Foundationrnhas funded practically every pro-immigrationrngroup in America for the last 30rnyears. It is hard to read this book withoutrnconcluding that the Ford Foundation hasrnmisused and abused its original purpose,rnas well as its tax-exempt status, by advancingrnthe political agenda of those interestsrnwhich desire open borders. Therncumulative case is overwhelming: thernFord Foundation has used a significantrnportion of its massive resources to fund arnnumber of radical organizations whosernagenda would be displeasing to ordinaryrnAmericans. That said, I was left with thernwish that William Hawkins’ thesis werernactually correct; i.e., that the Ford Foundationrnwere quietly trying to import revolutionrnand destabilize the UnitedrnStates. I wish it were true onh in thernsense that the situation would then berneasy to correct. One major congressionalrninvestigation, a crusading district attorneyrnor attornc)- general, a few people inrnjail, and the problem would be behindrnus. The ironv is that the truth is evenrnmore threatening than Mawkins perceives:rnhis villains arc not deliberatelyrnsubversive people but well-meaning andrntragicallv mistaken liberals vvlio honestlyrnbchee that what thcv are doing willrnstrengthen the nation.rnThe Ford Foundation gives away approximatelyrn$300 million per year ($1.2rnmillion a day for a 250-day working year).rnSince 1968, over $31 million has gone torna series of organizations seeking either tornopen American borders or greatly to expandrnimmigration. These organizationsrnseek multiple goals, including the establishmentrnof “the right to immigrate” (tornthe United States, of course) as a basicrnhuman right. Other organizations arernhard at work to expand the definitionrnof “refugee” to include “economicrnrefugees,” and to give full rights (includingrnt:hc right to vote in American elections)rnto illegal aliens. The list is long,rnand I believe most Americans would bernextremely upset with almost every itemrnof it. Organization bv organization,rngrant by grant, the author builds his case.rnClcarlv, there is no immigration-relatedrncause too far to the left not to attractrnbig dollars from the Ford Foundation.rnSpeaking of these latter groups, the authorrnsas, “To them, immigrants are notrnviewed as ‘teeming masses’ waiting to bernlifted to a higher level of existence. Theyrnare merely a tool for accomplishingrnexactlv the opposite—destabilizing andrneroding America’s current residents andrntheir society—all in an effort to furtherrntheir own self-conscioush Marxist ends.”rnLike the prosecutors of the Salem witchrntrials, hovcvcr, the author has discoveredrntoo man’ witches while o’crlooking thernmain forces behind immigration in thernUnited States. However grievous thernconduct by the Ford Foundation, onernhas to differentiate between a mistakernand a conspiracy. A version of Gresham’srnLaw exists by which false accusationsrndrie out true ones.rnTen years ago I coauthored a bookrn(The Immigration Time Bomb: The Fragmentingrnof America) pointing to the incrediblernpressures building on our borders,rnto the need to set some rationalrnlimits to immigration, and to the dangersrnAmerica faces if the melting pot fails inrnits work. I have been hotly engaged inrndebating this subject ever since. Truthrnbe told, I have run into more oppositionrnin the Christian churches and the Jewishrnsynagogues than 1 have among whate’errnremains of the left in the United States.rnThe philosophy which motivated thernFord Foundation is not dissimilar to thatrnwhich motivates libertarians, some neoconservatirnes, and a large number of religiousrngroups in the United States. It is sorn34/CHRONICLESrnrnrn