Epstein: ‘Diversity Can Be Good In Moderation’ As Long As ‘Trends Do Not Overwhelm The Dominant Culture’

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Earlier this year, a New York Times editorial blasted Marcus Epstein for a report he authored as executive director of The American Cause, arguing that Republicans ought to embrace anti-immigration extremism if they still dream of an eventual renaissance.

In the course of their digging, the Times editors came across an online archive of Epstein’s writings which contain gems like:

“Diversity can be good in moderation — if what is being brought in is desirable. Most Americans don’t mind a little ethnic food, some Asian math whizzes, or a few Mariachi dancers — as long as these trends do not overwhelm the dominant culture.”

There’s much, much more, if you care to browse.Here, for instance, is a long defense of the infamous Ron Paul Letters, complete with a sideways defense of the Los Angeles police officers who pummeled Rodney King. And here is a remembrance for paleocon Sam Francis who once said whites must “reassert our identity and our solidarity, and we must do so in explicitly racial terms through the articulation of a racial consciousness as whites . . . . The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people, nor is there any reason to believe that the civilization can be successfully transmitted to a different people.” And here is a piece supposedly slaying the “Myths of Martin Luther King”

Epstein took issue with the Times op-ed for attributing “white supremacist” views to him and insisted that their cries of racism were off base. Two years before that, he drunkenly karate chopped a pedestrian in Georgetown and called her a “nigger.”

He now works for both Tom Tancredo’s Team America PAC and Pat and Bay Buchanan’s The American Cause, each of which have called Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist. On his Facebook page Epstein lists Taki’s Magazine as one of his favorite publications. It’s owned by Taki Theodoracopulos–a self-described anti-semite.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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