Reflections on the 2010s: Blogging

Originally written, Dec. 31, 2019, to commemorate the close of the decade; post expanded, Jan. 5, 2020

This post continues some reflections on the decade now ending. Unlike the previous post, Reflections on the 2010s: Political, this one focuses narrowly on this blog itself and on the political blogosphere generally.

Reflections on this blog

Hail To You, published as a labor-of-love by me, E.H. Hail, was born as a political blog in the first year of this decade (late in 2010), and was at its height between 2011 and 2015. If a single year of peak ‘active’ activity must be chosen it is probably 2012. (I would distinguish ‘active’ activity from ‘passive’ activity, with the latter meaning people cruising in from searches, and/or the secondary use of material like charts, graphs, images, or information that was originally published here on other websites, reports, forums, blogs, and/or social media.)

This blog was successful in its own small way in the 2010s, and earned a place in the network diagram of dissident-right blogs developed in 2013: Continue reading

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Reflections on the 2010s: Political (The decade the cordon-sanitaire was finally breached)

[Originally posted, Dec. 30, 2019, to commemorate the close of the decade; significantly expanded, Jan. 5, 2020]

As I write, the decade of the 2010s will be fully in the books within a matter of hours. No better time to reflect on the decade just concluded.

I am not sure I agree with that turn-of-phrase (“no better time”) in this case. Check back in the 2030s or 2040s, or later still, for perhaps significantly better perspectives on what the 2010s ‘meant. There is value in reflection-impressions penned at a particular moment. Time both adds and detracts value in in different ways.

In any case, this post will include broad political reflections on the decade now concluding (Jan. 2010 to Dec. 2019) and I hope to follow it with two more posts — one on blogging reflections for the 2010s, focused on the greater dissident-right political blogosphere, of which this humble website was a peripheral, bit player in the 2010s (especially early-mid decade).

A later post I hope to put up in early January 2020 will have thoughts on the decade about to commence (the 2020s) and the quarter-of-a-century also soon to commence (Jan. 2025 to Dec. 2049). (Update: I have decided to include it here as the final section, Final Thoughts and Looking Ahead.)

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On the question, “What did the 2010s mean for us?

The most concise and useful answer I think I can give here is this was the decade the post-1945 cordon sanitaire in the West, against any form of ethnonationalism and self-advocacy, was (partially) breached. The partial breaching of the cordon sanitaire happened all across the West, but in some places more fully than others.

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Heidi Beirich (SPLC)’s Origin Story: Family, early life, clues to her political origins and radicalization

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“Sometimes Americans forget that this country
was founded on white supremacy
.”
(Heidi Beirich, May 2017)

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Heidi Beirich, long of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a US political commissar-like organization, was in the news recently (late Oct. 2019) as the latest high-ranking SPLC’er to be “purged” in what outsiders see as an ongoing, internal power struggle.

I present Heidi Beirich’s origin story: family, ancestry, and life trajectory, largely drawn from research original to this post and not previously available anywhere in anything like coherent form. (If you wish to use any of this information, please cite this post as the source.)

It turns out that Beirich spent the first twenty-five or so years of her life (through about 1992) in Southern California. Her childhood and adolescent years (early 1970s to early 1980s) were during the critical period when California was on in its early stages of being ‘lost’ (See: “Who Lost California?” [post]; see also Beirich’s own 2010s-era account of what White politics were like in 1980s California and follow-on comment from Alden [section of this post].)

In the course of this investigation, I also find some tantalizing clues on possible origins of Beirich’s politics, including Beirich’s own account of her left-wing radicalization, which I will post below. Following this are some thoughts of my own on what, in Beirich’s own recent ancestry, may have led her to turn towards left-wing extremism. Continue reading

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The Great Boomer Twitter Tournament (Boomer Cup) of 2019 — Results and Analysis

(The recording of a “Twitter banality”)

With thousands of votes cast, the first Great Boomer Twitter Tournament (or “Boomer Cup”) was held in October 2019.

See the match-by-match Results and Final Rankings below. Continue reading

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“Who Lost California?” The ‘When,’ the ‘Who,’ and the ‘Why’ of California’s Decline from Midwest-on-the-Pacific to Brazil-on-the-Pacific

(Note: The title of this post is a reference to the
late-1940s’ and early 1950s’ “Who Lost China?”)

This essay is a foray into how California’s “Third World-ization” — as the Wall Street Journal and the National Review and many others have put it — came to pass. That is is to say, the “loss” of California.

The state is no longer a place of opportunity for average, core Americans, and has turned from a Midwest-on-the-Pacific to a Brazil-on-the-Pacific.

The question stands to be asked and answered are demanded: Who lost California? When, and why, and how. Who might have saved California?

(Adapted and expanded from a discussion at Steve Sailer’s blog.)

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Here is California’s racial situation, graphed over time:

California Population by Race - 1940 to 2020

(‘White’ is White non-Hispanic; all data from US Census for all years for which White non-Hispanic data is available; see sources and numbers in text format below; Nonwhites refers to the aggregate of all Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, and others who are not classified as “White Non-Hispanic.”)

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The decline of California; from a Midwest-on-the-Pacific to a Brazil-on-the-Pacific

California today is a dysfunctional, one-party, left-wing state with a shrinking White-Christian minority, a bankrupt treasury, a rising homeless population, electricity problems, a large-and-continuing-to-expand recent-foreign-origin majority, endless traffic, recently-legalized marijuana and other decadent political programs.

There are strong parallels here with a Third World society. California does have tens of millions of Third Worlders, and like much of the Third World, Latin America in particular, it also has a racial overclass — in California’s case, largely White-Christian and Jewish — separated from the vast Third World majority (who are, in this case, of immigrant origin); there is also a parallel Asian immigrant technocratic class, with the latter a possible midcentury replacement overclass, or at least bound to be co-administrators of Third World California.

This California is increasingly akin to a dead weight on the US, certainly evidently so in politics:

Have you seen California recently? They gave us President Nixon and President Reagan. Good luck with that. Before the first vote is cast on election day, Democrats already have [California’s electoral votes], because of immigration. — Ann Coulter

I notice that “Third World California,” as a concept, has entered centrist discourse, and this even before the October and November 2019 power blackouts which proved such a nice metaphor for what many feel, in general terms, about the state. The headline of a lead National Review article on California in mid 2019 was “America’s First Third-World State”:

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“America’s First Third-World Sate”: California

The characterization of a California sinking into Third World conditions, or more precisely “Brazilianized” conditions, was present ten, twenty, and thirty years ago, it was largely on the margins. It is now out in the open and hard to ignore.

Brazilianization, as defined by Michael Lind, is:

high-tech feudal anarchy, featuring an archipelago of privileged whites in an ocean of white, black and brown poverty.

Wealthy, white enclaves in California remain, and will continue to do well for the foreseeable future. The broad-based, middle-class society of those who built the state in the 19th and 20th centuries — White-Christian California; WASP California; what can be called “classic-America California” — is now, while not gone, is certainly marginal, having been squeezed out both culturally and physically, in a long-running process of Third Worldization. California has been Brazilianized.

The people would certainly have voted against Third Worldization, if they had ever been given the chance. The political leadership that sympathized with the majority, such as it was, proved unable or unwilling to stop it.

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“Who Lost California?” — Questions

Introductory Q. What led to California’s inability to maintain demographic stability?

Introductory A. There are multiple causes, all tied up with national-level cultural and political changes that emerge in the third quarter of the 20th century across the West, which can be grouped into two main categories: Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Europe’s National Teams by Racial Ancestry


Inspired by comments made on the Steve Sailer blog on the World Cup in June 2018

The World Cup, Europe’s National Teams, & the Race Question

Europe was given 14 slots in the 32-team FIFA World Cup in (mid-June to mid-July) 2018. The 23-man rosters (squads) were announced in early June 2018.

As many have noticed, some of Europe’s national teams are more “national” than others.

I’ve taken a quite detailed looked at the ethnocultural origins for all the players on all fourteen of Europe’s national teams (322 players). From material available online. Ethno-cultural analysis for players is, in some cases, just one line and in others up to hundreds of words for exceptionally exotic cases. Each country’s racial-political situation is briefly commented upon in each post’s Analysis section and how it relate to that country’s team’s racial makeup. (France is the stand-out, with its majority-Black team; full-Whites are one-quarter of the team.)

This post will be a grand summary of each team’s racial ancestry, taken one at a time. See individual links for more information on any team or player. See the bottom for some brief comments on the relevance of this effort.


In Brief

Racial ancestry of each World Cup team

Belgium: 70% White, 22% Black, 17% Muslim
Croatia: 100% White, no Muslims
Denmark: 90% White, 10% Black
England: 63% White, 37% Black, No Muslims
France: 33% White, 52% Black, 33% Muslim
Germany: 83% White, <7% Black, 11% Muslim
Iceland: 100% White, 98% Icelandic
Poland: 100% White, disproportionately from western Poland
Portugal: 77% White, heavy African-colonial presence with 20% Black
Russia: 84% White, 16% from Soviet periphery (Central Asia, Caucuses)
Serbia: 94% White, 4% Muslim, 4% Gypsy[?]
Spain: 92% White, <6% Black, No Muslims
Switzerland: 70% White, but only 44% White-Christian
Sweden: 91% White, <5% Black, No Muslims Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Serbia Team: 94% White, 4% Gypsy


Serbia

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Serbia’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 34th


Serbia national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Serbia-2018 World Cup team:
94% European ancestry [21.5/23.0], Dinaric/Pontid-Mediterranean predominant
4% Gypsy ancestry [1.0/23.0] (Marko Grujic)
2% Miscellaneous (possible minor component in several players) [0.5?/23.0]
One Muslim player (Adem Ljajic); all others appear to be Christians, all or almost all of whom Orthodox.

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Croatia Team: 100% White, with racial-anthropology analysis


Croatia

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Croatia’s starting eleven for the Nigeria game

Croatia’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 20th


Croatia national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Croatia-2018 World Cup team:
100% European ancestry [23.0/23.0],
—- of which, the majority element is Dinarid/Alpinid with substantial Mediterranean and Nordid/Cro-Magnid components
0% Subsaharan African and all other racial ancestries [0/23.0]

See the player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis below for detailed analyses of racial-anthropological typologies. For an analysis of the political significance of the racial-cultural dynamics seen in Croatia’s 2018 World Cup team, see here (below). Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Russia Team: 84% White, with rest post-Soviet peripheral ancestry


Russia

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Russia’s starting eleven in a December 2017 game

Russia’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 70th


Russia national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Russia-2018 World Cup team:
84% European ancestry [19.3/23.0],
—– of which seventeen players (74%) are fully White-European;
11% Middle Eastern ancestry [2.5/23.0], Ossetian and Azeri,
5% Central Asian ancestry [1.2/23.0], various incl. Chuvash, Tatar

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Portugal Team: 77% White, the Rest African-Colonial


Portugal

Portugal national team 2018 full portrait
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Portugal’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 4th


Portugal national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Portugal-2018 World Cup team:
77% European ancestry [17.7/23.0],
—– of which thirteen players (56.5%) are fully White-European;
20% Subsaharan African ancestry [4.7/23.0]
3% Miscellaneous ancestry including Amerindian and Gypsy [0.6/23.0]

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Poland Team: 100% White, disproportionately from western Poland


Poland

Poland 2018 world cup starting eleven The starting eleven at Poland’s first World Cup 2018 game (vs. Senegal)

Poland’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 8th


Poland national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Poland-2018 World Cup team:
100% European ancestry [23.0/23.0],
—– of which 95%+ Polish ancestry; minor known non-Polish ancestry includes German and Southern European


Birthplaces of players, by political status of hometown regions before Polish independence in 1919

— one player born outside of Poland (in Brazil; Thiago Cionek)
— two players from Warsaw [9% of the Poland-born players]
— five players from places in the Russian Empire through 1918 (excl. Warsaw) [23%]
— two players from places in the Austrian Empire through 1918 [9%]
— thirteen players from places in the German Empire before 1919 [59%] [see Former eastern territories of Germany]
—– of which, six born in areas that were part of Germany through 1945 and not part of interwar Poland (i.e., the territories lost by Germany via the creation of the Oder-Neisse boundary by Stalin in 1945) [27%]

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Belgium Team: 70% White, 22% Black, 17% Muslim


Belgium

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Above: Official Belgium World Cup team portrait (Twitter)

Belgium’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 3rd


Belgium national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Belgium-2018 World Cup team:
70% European ancestry [16.0/23.0],
—– of which, fourteen players (61%) are fully White-European
—– of which, thirteen (57%) are fully White-Christian
22% Subsaharan African ancestry [5.0/23.0]
9% North African ancestry [2.0/23.0]

Four players are Muslim (17%), probably near the total Muslim-share among Belgium residents born between the late 1980s and late 1990s (majority of players’ years of birth) as of today.

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry breakdown, see below.

For an analysis of the political significance of the racial-cultural dynamics seen in Belgium’s 2018 World Cup team, see here (below).

Official Belgium World Cup team with the King of Belgium (Twitter)
belgium 2018 team with king

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[World Cup 2018] Iceland Team: 98% Icelandic Ancestry; Racial-Anthropological Analysis


Iceland

iceland national team 2018 (Above) Iceland’s starting eleven for a recent international game.
(Below) Iceland’s 2018 World Cup team [source], of which each player is profiled below and classified by anthropological-racial type.

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Iceland’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 22nd


Iceland national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Iceland-2018 World Cup team:
100% European ancestry [23.0/23.0 players]
—– 98% Icelandic ancestry [22.5/23.0]
—– 2% Danish ancestry [0.5/23.0]
—– by racial-anthropology: est. 55% Nordid, 40% Cro-Magnid stock

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Sweden Team: 91% White, No Muslims


Sweden

sweden national team 2018 Sweden’s starting eleven for a recent international game; Sweden’s full-23 pic for World Cup 2018 (final squad announced in mid-May 2018) is not available.

Sweden’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 24th


Sweden national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Sweden-2018 World Cup team:
91% European ancestry [21.0/23.0],
—– of which twenty players (87%) are fully White-European;
4.5% Middle Eastern ancestry [1.0/23.0];
4.5% Subsaharan African ancestry [1.0/23.0]

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. For an analysis of the political significance of the racial-cultural dynamics seen or implied by Sweden’s 2018 World Cup team, see here (below). Continue reading

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[World Cup 2018] Denmark Team: 90% White/Scandinavian


Denmark

denmark 2018 team (Note: This is not the final squad picture, but is a then-current national team as of late 2017; the finalized World Cup squad in early June, 2018 contains several more non-White players, on whom see below)

Denmark’s FIFA World Ranking in 2018: 12th


Denmark national football (soccer) team at World Cup 2018

Racial stock of the Denmark-2018 squad:
90% European ancestry [20.75/23.0], of which almost all is of Danish origin
—– of which nineteen players (83%) are fully White;
10% Black Subsaharan-African ancestry [2.25/23.0], mainly (1.5) East African;
— No Muslims, though two of the mixed-race players (Yussuf Yurary Poulsen and Mathias Jørgensen) do have African-Muslim fathers

For an in-depth, player-by-player racial-ancestry analysis, see below. For the racial-political implications of these findings, see the end of the post. Continue reading

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