Saturday, August 17, 2019

NYTimes "booklet" about American heirees Cordelia Scaife May and today's explosion of anti-immigrant populism

Nicholas Kulish and Mike McIntire have a booklet-length story in the New York Times Thursday, Aug. 15, 2018, front page in print, “An Heiress Intent in Closing America’s Doors” with the subtitle, “How a nature lover helped fuel the Trump immigration agenda”.  The woman was Cordelia Scaife May (1928-2005).

The first sentence makes a metaphor of James Dean – “she was an heiress without a cause”.  So she took up overpopulation and protecting the environment and animals as a reason for countries to control immigration.

The article has charts showing how her Colcom Foundation fueled anti-immigration and population control groups -- although it looks like it wants to do good for the planet.  Then there is John Tanton’s network, of at least thirteen groups, which the Southern Party Law Center lists as anti-immigrant.

She was also associated with the Melon Foundation, which seems curious.

It isn’t hard to see where this can go.  Population strains the planet and may exacerbate climate change (the Left).  But rich white people don’t have as many children as POC – “replacement” ideology?  Actually, when minorities get wealthier (descendants of legal immigrants) they also have fewer children.

This direction doesn’t seem to be what she really wanted.  Yet, she unwittingly helped fuel modern nationalist populism that helped put Donald Trump and alt-right persons in Europe in power.

A lot of inequality results from the fact that more affluent people don’t have as many kids.
Be careful what you wish for!

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