Review: Mexifornia: A State of Becoming

I have posted a new review of Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, by Victor David Hanson:

In Mexifornia: A State of Becoming, Victor Davis Hanson, a classics professor at California State University at Fresno, examines and exposes what is happening in California and the entire United States, as unchecked and illegal immigration overwhelms social services and the very social fabric. Where assimilation of immigrants was once the norm, our culture now advocates identity politics above the “melting pot” of old and self-identification above such old, non-specific labels as “American.”

This book was a major subject of a speech by Richard Lamm in 2004, titled, “I Have a Plan to Destroy America.” Lamm, a former Democratic governor, believes this book is required reading for anyone who values American-style democracy and liberal freedoms. I agree. Hanson’s book is certainly political, but it is not easily pigeonholed as “leftist,” “rightist,” Democratic, or Republican. I would call it “realistic.” America has a real problem, as this book makes painfully clear for those who were not yet aware. Hanson also proposes solutions to the immigration problems we face, even after 9/11.

All in all, an excellent book and a must-read for anyone interested in immigration, national security, or identity politics in America.

Harry Potter, Parents, the Media, and the Lunatic Fringe(s)

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” (German: “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”) — Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821)

I saw a report on CNN Headline News, earlier, about the (midnight, last night) release of the latest Harry Potter novel. Forget for a moment that 300,000 Britons felt the need to hang around British bookstores in the middle of the night to buy a supposed children’s book at the earliest possible instant; what bothers me is how the debate over the value of these books is carried on.

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