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Vem var Sam Francis?

Posted by sverigeidag på februari 15, 2012

Sam Francis died of a heart aneurism, at the early age of 57, seven years ago today (February 15). But his work is living on in the alt-right blogosphere and even figured in last week’s hysteria over VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow’s appearance on a ProEnglish CPAC panel (Sam was one of the alleged “white supremacists” that VDARE.com has published). Two collections of his works, Shots Fired: Sam Francis on America’s Culture War  and Essential Writings on Race , have appeared since his death.

And, significantly, Sam’s key concept of Middle American Radicals (MARS) is very much alive today, in the form of the Tea Party movement. As Sam described the MARS concept in his book Revolution From the Middle .

Middle American Radicals are essentially middle-income, white, often ethnic voters who see themselves as an exploited and dispossessed group, excluded from meaningful political participation, threatened by the tax and trade policies of the government, victimized by its tolerance of crime, immigration and social deviance, and ignored or ridiculed by the major cultural institutions of the media and education.

Sam’s career spanned the brief lifetime of paleoconservatism and he also was around for the start of the resurgent Alternative Right (Peter Brimelow prefers “Right Opposition”) in the early 2000s. Sam was unquestionably an inspiration for that movement, which acknowledges racial identity and human biodiversity (HBD) and the role of politics, religion, feminism and even capitalism in the decline of Western civilization.

At his career peak, in the early-to-mid 1990s, Sam was on the editorial staff of the Washington Times and his columns were nationally syndicated. He was also a columnist for Chronicles magazine and occasionally appeared on TV and radio. In addition, he was a frequent contributor to American Renaissance and Middle American News.

But Sam was fired from the Washington Times in 1995 for a speech he made at an American Renaissance conference. And one of the first Media Matters witch hunts was against him, in December 2004, for writing a column critical of a Monday Night Football skit featuring a black player ogling a towel-clad white actress. (Black football coach Tony Dungy was also critical—he called it racially offensive—but there were no calls for his firing).

As Peter Brimelow (whose VDARE.com gave Sam’s columns a web home after they were dropped, without explanation, by Townhall.comwrote after Sam’s death:

His fate cruelly paralleled that of the conservative movement to which he gave his life: long years of obscure labor, bravely borne, followed by dispossession at the moment of victory.

By the time the Republican Party for which he had worked so long had won Congress and the White House, he was effectively in exile, utterly alienated from the peculiar invade-the-world invite-the-world heresy that had suddenly and unexpectedly seized control of it. Sam’s firing from the Washington Times in 1995 was, in retrospect, a harbinger of this coup.

It is, however, as a friend that I remember Sam Francis here.

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