Social Contract and John Tanton
John Tanton’s The Social Contract Press is designated as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC:
“In 1994 The Social Contract Press republished an infamous racist novel ‘The Camp of the Saints’ with his whole hearted endorsement and a special afterword from its author saying ‘the proliferation of other races, dooms our race, my race to extinction’…… Tanton said he was ‘honored’ to republish what he described as an important and ‘prescient’ text. The novel, like the race war
fantasy ‘Turner Diaries’, has become a key screed for American white supremacists” (SPLC)
Tanton’s The Social Contract is the fulcrum of his movement, and he is described as the “puppeteer” with a network of other fellow travellers, front organisations and groups funded, controlled and/or patronised by Tanton and/or U.S. Inc., in both the USA and internationally.
These include Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform FAIR (Dan Stein), Centre for Immigration Studies CIS (Mark Krikorian), Progressives for Immigration Reform PFIR (Philip Cafaro & Kevin Lynn), VDARE (Peter Brimelow), Numbers USA (Roy Beck), American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC etc. and others in Tanton’s network.
More telling have been the pro eugenic, white supremacist, separatist, racist and anti semitic groups whose leaders and members Tanton has corresponded with including KKK (racism), Pioneer Fund (eugenics), Council of Conservative Citizens (white separatism), American Renaissance etc.
The evidence, not merely allegations of relations, was provided by Tanton himself, i.e. his personal letters were given and are publicly available in the Bentley Historical Library at University of Michigan (apparently unable to resist attention, perceived status and plaudits from his fellow travellers, plus need for a legacy).
Further, his adherents in the USA which unlike Australia has freedom of speech enshrined in the constitution, allows racists to quite openly express their views.
Another feature of Tanton supporters is their protective behaviour which can be exemplified by attacking the messenger while ignoring contrary arguments and evidence against Tanton, while they neither provide referenced evidence nor solutions to issues (except their obsession, stop population growth and immigration).
Many online forums, and especially comment sections of news and related articles regarding population, immigration, environment, identity, Asia, Latinos etc., are filled with pro Tantonites, obviously familiar with each other and organised, who behave like ‘trolls’, i.e. seem to think anybody who disagrees must be attacked personally (this media strategy will be explored in more detail later).
“Unfortunately FAIR and other anti immigration groups have used reckless, distorted language and tactics that cloud and inhibit responsible debate” (Baumgarten).
Next we shall start to look at the Australian end of Tanton’s network of influence via high profile Australians and environmental groups with media access, who act as “messengers”, “influencers” and “protectors”.
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