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White Supremacy in Buchanan’s “Deconstructing America”
In his essay, “Deconstructing America”, Patrick Buchanan laments the impending death of
the United States of America. Multiculturalism – the state in which individuals of different ethnic,
cultural or national backgrounds come together to form a diversified whole – is the stalking culprit,
who is only waiting for the right time to strike a decisive blow against the greatest nation on the
planet. The only way to avoid this fate, according to Buchanan, would be to oppose pluralism;
opting, instead, for the undiversified ways of the past. It is through pluralism, Buchanan claims,
that nations become disintegrated, as the accumulation of diversity makes it impossible to uphold
law and order. To illustrate his point, Buchanan makes use of various historical examples to
demonstrate his point. Unfortunately, it is possible to argue that Buchanan’s analysis relies on a
deliberate misreading of history. It could be argued, too, that Buchanan’s perspectives on the ideas
of conquest and colonization, racial wars and tensions, and immigration patterns are all presented
with the distortion of a White Supremacist bias.
One of the most overt manifestations of Buchanan’s White Supremacist thought is his
imagining of the epochs of colonization and conquest. In one part of the essay, Buchanan laments
that, “we now reject as repellent and ethnocentric the idea that the British who founded our
Republic and created the British Empire were no only unique but superior to other peoples and
civilizations” (2008). Buchanan, though, offers no logical reason for why one should consider the
British empire superior to other civilizations or for the British people as being superior to other
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groups. One can assume, though, that it was the perceived might and power of the mostly-white
empire what gives it this characterization. Certainly, th...
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