By Paul Craig Roberts
Information Clearing House, May 12, 2013: Over the
last several years I have watched the rise of an important new
intellect on the American scene. Ron Unz, publisher of The
American Conservative, has demonstrated time and again the
extraordinary ability to reexamine settled issues and show that
the accepted conclusion was incorrect.
One of his early achievements was to dispose of the myth of
immigrant crime by demonstrating that “Hispanics have
approximately the same crime rates as whites of the same age and
gender.” You can imagine the uproar, but Unz won the debate.
Unz provoked and prevailed in another controversy when he
concluded that Mexican-Americans have approximately the same
innate intelligence as whites, with their lower IQs being due to
transitory socio-economic deprivation.
He next surprised by showing the connection between the
declining real value of the minimum wage (about one-third less
than in the 1960s) and immigration. Americans cannot survive on
one-third less minimum income than four decades ago, and the
unfilled jobs are taken by Hispanics who live many to the room.
A higher minimum wage, Unz pointed out, would cure the illegal
immigration problem as American citizens would fill the jobs.
I wrote about some of Unz’s remarkable findings. One of my
favorites is his comparison of the responsiveness of the Chinese
and US governments to their publics. I found his conclusion
convincing that the authoritarian one-party Chinese government
was more responsive to the Chinese people than democratic
two-party Washington is to the American people.
The person is rare who can take on such controversial issues in
such a professional way that he wins the admiration even of his
critics. In my opinion, Ron Unz is a national resource. He has
established online libraries of important periodicals and
magazines from the pre-Internet era, information that otherwise
essentially would be lost. I have not met him, but he donates to
this site and is an independent thinker free of The Matrix.
Unz’s latest article, “Our American Pravda,”
is a striking account of the failure of media, regulatory, and
national security organizations and subsequent coverups that
leave the public deceived. Unz uses the Iraq war as one example: