[personal profile] forsyth
Okay, so where do you draw the line between being fair-minded and not reading something because you can tell it's tripe?

I'm thinking, in this instance of a new book. One by Pat Buchanan, of the crazytown Buchanan's. I'm not going to link the book because I don't want to help it's google rank, but here's the title. "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America" I mean, why not just title it "OHNOES! BROWN PEOPLE!"I I guess it might be worth reading so I can identify all the problems and know how to take its arguments apart, but that doesn't even usually work in political arguments. At least on the Internet, they always end up with attacks at me and not answering my questions when I'm posting links to articles that disprove what they're saying.

But on the other hand, that means I'd have to slog through 320 pages of crypto-racist bullshit like the summary. Stuff that's EXACTLY the kind of thing I was talking about the other day, the people who are all "America is great! But we're so weak we're going to be destroyed by a bunch of immigrants!"

"In this important book, Pat Buchanan reveals that, slowly but surely, the great American Southwest is being reconquered by Mexico. These lands---which many Mexicans believe are their birthright---are being detached ethnically, linguistically, and culturally from the United States by a deliberate policy of the Mexican regime. This is the “Aztlan Plot” for “La Reconquista,” the recapture of the lands lost by Mexico in the Texas War of Independence and Mexican-American War.
Comparing the immigrant invasion of America from across the Mexican border---and of Europe from across the Mediterranean---to the barbarian invasions that ended the Roman Empire, the author writes with passion and conviction that we have begun the final chapter of the Death of the West. Unless the invasion is halted now, Buchanan argues, by midcentury America will be a country unrecognizable to our parents, the Third World dystopia that Theodore Roosevelt warned against when he said we must never let America become a “polyglot boardinghouse” for the world."

Is it really worth reading the book, knowing that people are going to be quoting it, even when it's wrong, just to see if there's any new arguments in there, or should I just write it off as the same recycled bullshit that's patently wrong? And for the love of monkeys, where do they FIND these kinds of bullshit theories? Mexico is going to conquer the Southwest by having people move there because their lives in Mexico suck? THAT'S a "state of emergency"? Man. How can people think like that?

EDIT: As pointed out in the comments by [livejournal.com profile] shaneon, the bit about religion? Pat Buchannan is a Roman Catholic, like the majority of Mexicans.
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