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Preface American politicians constantly talk about various problems facing our country; however, they typically avoid discussing certain topics that are considered politically incorrect, even though those topics are of great importance. In February 2009 a conference was held near Baltimore in which three of those taboo topics were discussed openly. One of the most taboo topics is that of racial differences in intelligence. Although it is widely understood that American blacks have (on average) much lower IQs than American whites, no nationally prominent American politician ever mentions it. Furthermore, on the rare occasions when a journalist or college professor mentions that fact, he almost always claims that the difference is not caused even in part by genetic factors, but is completely due to differences in environment and upbringing. Scientific studies show that assertion to be false. It is hardly surprising that government policies based on a false premise work out poorly. So far political correctness has prevented an honest discussion of the problem. Another taboo topic concerns the nature of the Islamic threat to our country, and indeed to Western civilization. Our last president kept insisting against all the evidence that Islam is basically a religion of peace, and large numbers of Americans have been eager to believe that. Alas, Islam is most emphatically not a religion of peace, but rather an expansionist and militaristic ideology that has already subdued many other peoples. The West cannot hope to defend itself from the Islamic threat if it refuses to face the reality of the nature of Islam. The third broad topic discussed at the conference concerned the problems that are caused by large-scale immigration of Hispanics (particularly Mexicans) into the United States. Although many American citizens are aware of the problem, very few prominent politicians will discuss the matter honestly (perhaps because people who do discuss it are likely to be accused of racism ). The conference on Preserving Western Civilization was held February 6th 8th near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Ten well-known speakers addressed the audience, each one discussing a topic on which he or she had special knowledge and expertise, and each freely answered questions from the audience following his or her talk. Since the attendees almost universally felt that the conference was a great success, it was decided to collect and publish the talks given there. This book is the result. Michael H. Hart, editor March 2009
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Larry Auster is a conservative logger and essayist. He is the author of The Path to National Suicide: An Essay on Immigration and Multiculturalism. He has also written articles for Newsmax, National Review, FrontPage Magazine, American Renaissance, and WorldNetDaily. His daily blog, View from the Right, includes trenchant commentary on current events, politics, and culture, and it was influential in defeating the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill in 2007.
Peter Brimelow is a financial journalist and author. He has been an editor for many well-known publications, including National Review, and Forbes. Outside financial circles, he is best known for his writings on immigration policy and for hosting the website VDARE.com.
Steven Farron was for many years a professor of classics at the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, but is best known for his book, The Affirmative Action Hoax: Diversity, the Importance of Character, and other Lies, which is perhaps the leading study ever made on that topic.
Lino Graglia is a professor of law at the University of Texas. Earlier he practiced law in New York City and Washington, DC, and was an attorney with the US Department of Justice. He is the author of Disaster by Decree: the Supreme Court Decisions of Race and the Schools (1976), a critical analysis of the school busing decisions.
Henry Harpending is an anthropologist and population geneticist at the University of Utah. Harpending is coauthor with Gregory Cochran of the 2009 title The 10,000 Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Evolution and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Michael H. Hart was originally an astrophysicist, but is better known today for his writings on history. His best-known book is The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History (1978, revised edition 1992). His most recent book is Understanding Human History, an outline of world history and prehistory. Together with Michael Berman, he organized this conference.
Roger D. McGrath has been a history professor at UCLA for many years, and was once chosen Outstanding Professor there by the Panhellenic Council. He is the author of three books, over 100 articles, and appears regularly on various documentary series for the History Channel.
Patricia Richardson is a member of the British National Party. In 2004, running as a representative of that party, she was elected to the District Council for Epping Forest. Since Mrs. Richardson was the first Jewish member of the BNP to be elected to public office, she has been much discussed in the British media.
J. Philippe Rushton is a psychology professor at the University of Western Ontario, in Canada. He has published six books and more than 200 articles. He is most widely known for his work concerning racial differences, particularly for his book, Race, Evolution, and Behavior. Professor Rushton is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American, British, and Canadian Psychological Associations.
Serge Trifkovic is the author of the best seller, The Sword of the Prophet, which discusses the history of Islam and the threat that Islam poses to non-Islamic countries. He is also Director of the Center for International Affairs at The Rockford Institute.
Brenda Walker is best known as a tireless anti-immigration activist in California. She has also spoken out on the menace that Moslem extremists pose to our country. She runs two websites: LimitsToGrowth.com and ImmigrationsHumanCost.org, and has also written many articles for VDARE.com.
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