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Peter Brimelow (born 13 October 1947) is a British-born American magazine editor, writer, columnist, and former journalist. He is the founder of the webzine VDARE, which has been described as a white supremacist web-site,[1][2][3] a description rejected by Brimelow.[4]

Peter Brimelow
Born (1947-10-13) 13 October 1947 (age 71)
ResidenceLitchfield, Connecticut, U.S.
CitizenshipNaturalized U.S. citizen
EducationUniversity of Sussex, B.A. (with honors), 1970
Stanford University, M.B.A., 1972
OccupationFinancial journalist, author, columnist

Brimelow was previously a writer and editor at the National Review,[5] and columnist for Dow Jones' MarketWatch.[6] Brimelow founded the Center for American Unity in 1999 and served as its first president. He describes himself as a paleoconservative.[7] Brimelow has also been described as a leader within the alt-right movement.[8]

Early life and educationEdit

Brimelow was born in 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, the son of Bessie (née Knox) and Frank Sanderson Brimelow, a transport executive. Brimelow (and his twin brother) studied at the University of Sussex (BA, 1970) and Stanford University (MBA, 1972).[9]


After a brief period as a securities analyst, he settled in Toronto, becoming a business writer and editor at the Financial Post and Maclean's magazine. From 1978–80, he was an aide to Senator Orrin Hatch. In 1980, Brimelow moved to New York, working for Barron's and Fortune. He was the senior editor of Forbes magazine from 1986 to 2002.

Views and publicationsEdit

Brimelow opposes both illegal and legal immigration[10][11] He has referred to Spanish speaking immigrants as "completely dysfunctional."[10] He said California used to be a "paradise" but was "rapidly turning into Hispanic slum". [10] Brimelow has been described as a white nationalist [12] and a white supremacist.[13]

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has described Brimelow's website VDARE as a hate group,[14][15][16] that was "once a relatively mainstream anti-immigration page", but by 2003 became "a meeting place for many on the radical right". The SPLC also criticized VDARE for publishing articles by white nationalists Jared Taylor and Sam Francis.[17] It has been called "white nationalist" by the Rocky Mountain News,[18] although Brimelow himself denies being a white nationalist.[4] It has also been described as white supremacist.[2] VDARE has also been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a racist anti-immigrant group.[19][20]

Brimelow has appeared as a guest on The Political Cesspool, a "pro-white" talk-radio show. Following the 2008 United States elections, he advocated that to win, the Republican Party should focus on "white votes".[21] [22][23]

Brimelow appeared on a panel discussing multiculturalism during the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2012), and gave a talk titled "The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity." In the face of condemnation from MSNBC and PFTAW, Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union denied knowing him or his reputation.[24]

Alien NationEdit

Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster criticizes US immigration policy after 1965. [25]

A review in Foreign Affairs acknowledged that the book raised a number of persuasive objections to contemporary American immigration policies, but criticized Brimelow for "defining American identity in racial as opposed to cultural terms", and for the "extreme character" of his proposals. [25]

The SPLC described it as an "infamous anti-immigrant book", and pointed to Center for Immigration Studies executive director Mark Krikorian's positive review of the book as evidence his organization had close ties to white nationalists. [26]

The Worm in the AppleEdit

The Worm in the Apple discusses public education and teachers' unions, considering unions as "highly destructive."[27] Among views in The Worm in the Apple: "to attempt so far-reaching a goal as universal high school education is foolish."[28] and John O'Sullivan[29] praised the book. For the Hoover Institution journal Education Next, public policy consultant George Mitchell wrote: "Brimelow... demonstrates how collective bargaining for teachers has produced labor agreements that stifle innovation and risk taking. He makes it clear that the dramatic rise in influence enjoyed by the teacher unions has coincided with stagnant and unacceptable levels of student performance." However, in the same journal article, education consultant Julia E. Koppich took a more critical angle: "Brimelow uses a variety of linguistic devices to drive home his points. But his over-the-top language soon grates on the nerves... His argument is not that teacher unions are destroying American education, but that they labor long and hard to preserve the status quo... But this book contains so little about education-virtually nothing about classrooms, schools, or districts-even that point gets lost." Koppich called the book "an anti-public school polemic."[30]

The Patriot GameEdit

In 1986, Brimelow published The Patriot Game: National Dreams and Political Realities, a book partly based on Goldwin Smith's Canada and the Canadian Question, published in 1891. The book consists of Brimelow's self-described attempt to "provide a general theory of Canada," the country in which he had lived and worked for several years in the 1970s. In it, he consciously echoes the comments of 19th century author Goldwin Smith in his book Canada and the Canadian Question and argues that modern Canada is largely a farce, an unnatural country without a clear guiding purpose or reason for existence. Brimelow's book helped starting the Reform Party of Canada in 1987 and motivated supporters of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Brimelow was married to Maggy Laws-Brimelow (1953–2004) until her death. He and Maggy had two children, a son (Alexander) and daughter (Hannah-Claire). After Maggy's death he married Lydia Sullivan, a Heritage Foundation intern, in 2007. They had their first child, Felicity Deonne Brimelow, in August 2010 and Karia Sybil Nancy Brimelow on 13 June 2012. Their third daughter, Victoria Beauregard Brimelow, was born on 6 February 2015.[32]




  1. ^ Fernandes, Deepa (2011). Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Sam Frizell (21 July 2016). "GOP Shows White Supremacist's Tweet During Trump's Speech". Time. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Steve Bannon's dangerous campaign to rebrand racism as American "nationalism"". Quartz. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Brimelow, Peter (23 July 2006). " is no 'white nationalist Web site'". Rocky Mountain News. p. 5.E.
  5. ^ "Peter Brimelow – Topics". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 February 2012. Peter Brimelow has been an editor at Barron's, Fortune and Forbes and is the author of 'The Wall Street Gurus: How You Can Profit From Investment Newsletters.'
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  7. ^ Beirich, Heidi; Potok, Mark (Winter 2003). "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration". Intelligence Report (112). Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Four lessons from the alt-right's D.C. coming-out party". Washington Post. 30 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Ruth Cheney Streeter Weds". The New York Times. 19 January 1986. Retrieved 13 February 2012. ... John Brimelow, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Brimelow of Birkenhead, Merseyside, England... Peter Brimelow was his twin's best man.
  10. ^ a b c "Immigration speaker sparks controversy at CPAC". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  11. ^ Hawley, George (2017). Making Sense of the Alt-Right. Columbia University Press. p. 39. ISBN 9780231546003.
  12. ^ Obeidallah, Dean (1 February 2018). "Trump's Mainstreaming of 'Chain Migration': A White Supremacist's Dream". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  13. ^ Thielman, Sam (9 May 2019). "The fascist next door: how to cover hate". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  14. ^ "VDARE". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  15. ^ Kristine Phillips, Resort cancels 'white nationalist' organization's first-ever conference over the group's views, Washington Post (January 26, 2017).
  16. ^ VDARE Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  17. ^ Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok. "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration | Southern Poverty Law Center". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  18. ^ Flynn, Kevin (15 July 2006). "Funding questioned; Critics say some Defend Colorado money tainted". Rocky Mountain News. Denver, Colo. p. 4.A.
  19. ^ "Brenda Walker and Dan Amato Inject Anti-Immigrant Fervor into the Blogosphere" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Immigrants Targeted: Extremist Rhetoric Moves into the Mainstream" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  21. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center: VDARE: GOP Should Concentrate on Whites
  22. ^ Archived 11 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "VDARE". Intelligence Files. Southern Poverty Law Center. July 2011. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  24. ^ Caldwell, Leigh Ann (11 February 2012). "Immigration speaker sparks controversy at CPAC". CBS News. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  25. ^ a b Hendrickson, David C. (7 July 1995). "Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  26. ^ Piggott, Stephen; Amend, Alex (23 May 2017). "More Than An Occasional Crank: 2,012 Times the Center for Immigration Studies Circulated White Nationalist Content". Southern Poverty Law Center.
  27. ^ Leef, George (4 November 2004). "No. 155: Worm in the Apple: Teachers Unions Operate Like Mafia". Carolina Journal. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  28. ^ "A Monopoly of Ignorance", The Mises Review, 9 (3), Winter 2003, archived from the original on 24 October 2008 Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  29. ^ O'Sullivan, John (20 May 2003). "Blame pain-in-the-neck unions for education bow tie". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 22 May 2003.
  30. ^ Mitchell, George; Koppich, Julia E. (Spring 2004), "Teachers Unions", Education Next, 4 (2)
  31. ^ "That best political book contest: but what about real influence? -". 4 August 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  32. ^ "Peter Brimelow writes: Miracles Happen!". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  33. ^ Olson, Walter (1 September 1990). "Award-Winning Journalism". Manhattan Institute. Retrieved 5 February 2019.

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