Peter Brimelow

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Peter Brimelow (born 13 October 1947) is a British-born American columnist, journalist, magazine editor, and writer. Peter Brimelow is the founder of the website VDARE, an anti-immigration site associated with white supremacy, white nationalism, and the alt-right. Peter Brimelow believes that "whites built American culture" and that "it is at risk from non-whites who would seek to change it."

Peter Brimelow was previously a writer and editor at National Review, and columnist for Dow Jones' MarketWatch. Brimelow founded the Center for American Unity in 1999 and served as its first president. Peter Brimelow describes himself as a paleoconservative. Brimelow has also been described as a leader within the alt-right movement.

Early life and education

Peter Brimelow was born in 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, the son of Bessie (née Knox) and Frank Sanderson Brimelow, a transport executive. Brimelow (and his twin brother) studied at the University of Sussex (BA, 1970) and Stanford University (MBA, 1972).


After a brief period as a securities analyst, Peter Brimelow settled in Toronto, becoming a business writer and editor at the "Financial Post" and Maclean's magazine. From 1978 to 1980, Peter Brimelow was an aide to US Senator Orrin Hatch. In 1980, Brimelow moved to New York and worked for Barron's and Fortune. Peter Brimelow was the Senior Editor of Forbes magazine from 1986 to 2002.

Views and publications

Peter Brimelow opposes both illegal and legal immigration, and has referred to Spanish speaking immigrants as "completely dysfunctional." Peter Brimelow said California used to be a "paradise" but was "rapidly turning into Hispanic slum." Brimelow has been described as a white nationalist and a white supremacist. In 2020, Brimelow sued The New York Times for labeling him a "white nationalist."

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has described Brimelow's website VDARE as a hate group, that was "once a relatively mainstream anti-immigration page," but by 2003 became "a meeting place for many on the radical right." The SPLC also criticized VDARE for publishing articles by white nationalists Samuel Jared Taylor and Sam Francis. VDARE has been called "white nationalist" by the Rocky Mountain News. VDARE has also been described as white supremacist. VDARE has also been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a racist anti-immigrant group.

Peter Brimelow has appeared as a guest on "The Political Cesspool," a "pro-white" talk-radio show. Following the 2008 United States elections, Peter Brimelow advocated that to win, the Republican Party should focus on "white votes."

Peter Brimelow appeared on a panel discussing multiculturalism during the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2012), and gave a talk titled "The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity." In the face of condemnation from MSNBC and PFTAW, Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union denied knowing him or his reputation.

Alien Nation

Peter Brimelow's book "Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster" criticizes US immigration policy after 1965.

A review in Foreign Affairs acknowledged that the book, "Alien Nation," raised a number of persuasive objections to contemporary American immigration policies, but criticized Brimelow for "defining American identity in racial as opposed to cultural terms," and for the "extreme character" of his proposals.

The SPLC described the book "Alien Nation" as an "infamous anti-immigrant book," and pointed to Center for Immigration Studies executive director Mark Krikorian's positive review of the book as evidence his organization had close ties to white nationalists.

The Worm in the Apple

Peter Brimelow's book "The Worm in the Apple" discusses public education and teachers' unions, considering unions as "highly destructive." Among views in "The Worm in the Apple:" "to attempt so far-reaching a goal as universal high school education is foolish." John O'Sullivan praised the book, "Alien Nation."

For the Hoover Institution's journal, "Education Next," public policy consultant George Mitchell wrote:

However, in the same "Education Next" journal article, education consultant Julia E. Koppich took a more critical angle:

The Patriot Game

In 1986, Brimelow published the book The Patriot Game: National Dreams and Political Realities - based in part on Goldwin Smith's  Canada and the Canadian Question, published in 1891. The Patriot Game consists of Brimelow's self-described attempt to "provide a general theory of Canada," the country in which Brimelow had lived and worked for several years in the 1970s. In The Patriot Game, Peter Brimelow consciously echoes the comments of Goldwin Smith and argues that modern Canada is largely a farce, an unnatural country, without a clear guiding purpose or reason for existence.

Brimelow's book helped starting the Reform Party of Canada in 1987, and motivated supporters of [now former] Prime Minister Stephen Harper.



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