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Peter Brimelow
Born (1947-10-13) 13 October 1947 (age 72)
CitizenshipNaturalized U.S. citizen
EducationUniversity of Sussex, B.A. (with honors), 1970
Stanford University, M.B.A., 1972
OccupationFinancial journalist, columnist, writer

Peter Brimelow (born 13 October 1947) is a British-born American columnist, journalist, magazine editor, and writer. He is the founder of the website VDARE, an anti-immigration site associated with white supremacy,[1][2] white nationalism,[3][4][5] and the alt-right.[6][7][8] He believes that "whites built American culture" and that "it is at risk from non-whites who would seek to change it".[9][10][11]

Brimelow was previously a writer and editor at National Review, and columnist for Dow Jones' MarketWatch.[12] Brimelow founded the Center for American Unity in 1999 and served as its first president. He describes himself as a paleoconservative.[13] Brimelow has also been described as a leader within the alt-right movement.[14]

Early life and education[edit]

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).[15]


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 to 1980, he was an aide to US Senator Orrin Hatch. In 1980, Brimelow moved to New York and worked for Barron's and Fortune. He was the senior editor of Forbes magazine from 1986 to 2002.

Views and publications[edit]

Brimelow opposes both illegal and legal immigration[16][17] He has referred to Spanish speaking immigrants as "completely dysfunctional".[16] He said California used to be a "paradise" but was "rapidly turning into Hispanic slum".[16] Brimelow has been described as a white nationalist[18] and a white supremacist.[19] In 2020, Brimelow sued The New York Times for labeling him a "white nationalist".[20]

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has described Brimelow's website VDARE as a hate group,[5][21][22] 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.[23] It has been called "white nationalist" by the Rocky Mountain News.[24] It has also been described as white supremacist.[10] VDARE has also been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a racist anti-immigrant group.[25][26]

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".[27][28][29]

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.[30]

Alien Nation[edit]

Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster criticizes US immigration policy after 1965.[31]

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.[31]

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.[32]

The Worm in the Apple[edit]

The Worm in the Apple discusses public education and teachers' unions, considering unions as "highly destructive".[33] Among views in The Worm in the Apple: "to attempt so far-reaching a goal as universal high school education is foolish."[34] and John O'Sullivan[35] 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".[36]

The Patriot Game[edit]

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 Goldwin Smith 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.[37]


  • The Wall Street Gurus: How You Can Profit from Investment Newsletters (1st ed.). New York City: Random House. 1986. ISBN 0-394-54202-9. LCCN 85028153.
  • The Patriot Game: National Dreams and Political Realities. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Key Porter Books. 1986. ISBN 1-55013-001-3. LCCN 86228891.
  • The Enemies of Freedom. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform. 1990. LCCN 92219523.
  • Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster (1st ed.). New York, NY: Random House. 1995. ISBN 0-679-43058-X. LCCN 94012478.
  • The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education. New York, NY: HarperCollins. 2003. ISBN 0-06-009661-6. LCCN 2002027586.



  1. ^ Sam Frizell, GOP Shows White Supremacist's Tweet During Trump's Speech. Time, July 21, 2016
  2. ^ Arnold, Kathleen (2011). Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 89. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ Holly Folk, The Religion of Chiropractic: Populist Healing from the American Heartland (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), p. 64: "the white nationalist website"
  4. ^ Robert W. Sussman, The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea (Harvard University Press, 2014), p. 299.
  5. ^ a b Phillips, Kristine (26 January 2017). "Resort cancels 'white nationalist' organization's first-ever conference over the group's views". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ Beirich, Heidi; Potok, Mark (Winter 2003). "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center.
  7. ^ Stephen Piggott (21 December 2016). "Ann Coulter Attends VDARE Christmas Party – Her Second White Nationalist Event In Three Months". Southern Poverty Law Center.
  8. ^ Hannah Gais (11 December 2016). "Cucking and Nazi salutes: A night out with the alt-right". Washington Spectator (republished by Newsweek.
  9. ^ Fernandes, Deepa (2011). Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b Sam Frizell (21 July 2016). "GOP Shows White Supremacist's Tweet During Trump's Speech". Time. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Steve Bannon's dangerous campaign to rebrand racism as American "nationalism"". Quartz. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Peter Brimelow". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 13 May 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2020. 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'.
  13. ^ Beirich, Heidi; Potok, Mark (Winter 2003). "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration". Intelligence Report (112). Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  14. ^ "Four lessons from the alt-right's D.C. coming-out party". Washington Post. 30 September 2016.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ a b c "Immigration speaker sparks controversy at CPAC". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  17. ^ Hawley, George (2017). Making Sense of the Alt-Right. Columbia University Press. p. 39. ISBN 9780231546003.
  18. ^ Obeidallah, Dean (1 February 2018). "Trump's Mainstreaming of 'Chain Migration': A White Supremacist's Dream". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  19. ^ Thielman, Sam (9 May 2019). "The fascist next door: how to cover hate". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  20. ^ Gerstein, Josh. "Anti-immigration author sues NYT over 'white nationalist' label". POLITICO. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  21. ^ "VDARE". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  22. ^ VDARE Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  23. ^ Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok. "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration | Southern Poverty Law Center". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  24. ^ Flynn, Kevin (15 July 2006). "Funding questioned; Critics say some Defend Colorado money tainted". Rocky Mountain News. Denver, Colo. p. 4.A.
  25. ^ "Brenda Walker and Dan Amato Inject Anti-Immigrant Fervor into the Blogosphere" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  26. ^ "Immigrants Targeted: Extremist Rhetoric Moves into the Mainstream" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  27. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center: VDARE: GOP Should Concentrate on Whites
  28. ^ Archived 11 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ "VDARE". Intelligence Files. Southern Poverty Law Center. July 2011. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  30. ^ Caldwell, Leigh Ann (11 February 2012). "Immigration speaker sparks controversy at CPAC". CBS News. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  31. ^ a b Hendrickson, David C. (7 July 1995). "Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ Leef, George (4 November 2004). "No. 155: Worm in the Apple: Teachers Unions Operate Like Mafia". Carolina Journal. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  34. ^ "A Monopoly of Ignorance", The Mises Review, 9 (3), Winter 2003, archived from the original on 24 October 2008
  35. ^ 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.
  36. ^ Mitchell, George; Koppich, Julia E. (Spring 2004), "Teachers Unions", Education Next, 4 (2)
  37. ^ "That best political book contest: but what about real influence? –". 4 August 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  38. ^ Olson, Walter (1 September 1990). "Award-Winning Journalism". Manhattan Institute. Retrieved 5 February 2019.

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