Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called for the “lazy, spoiled” white working class to be replaced by “new Americans” Tuesday at an event put on by the American Enterprise Institute.
While co-panelist Charles Murray said he sympathizes with the plight of the white working class and has come to support restrictions on immigration in the wake of Donald Trump’s rise, Kristol said he’s “actually sort of gone the opposite way.”
“Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in?” Kristol said.
“Seriously, you can make the case—this is going on too long and this is too crazy, probably, and I hope this thing isn’t being videotaped or ever shown anywhere. Whatever tiny, pathetic future I have is going to totally collapse.”
“You can make a case that America has been great because every—I think John Adams said this—basically if you’re a free society, a capitalist society, after two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled—whatever.”
“Then, luckily, you have these waves of people coming in from Italy, Ireland, Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed and really want their kids to live better lives than them and aren’t sort of clipping coupons or hoping that they can hang on and meanwhile grew up as spoiled kids and so forth. In that respect, I don’t know how this moment is that different from the early 20th century.”
Kristol’s comments are a stunning admission showing the utter contempt he has for white working class Americans. In Kristol’s worldview, we are mere economic units to be shuffled around in order to maximize profits for he and his neocon buddies. As we served our usefulness fighting his neocon wars in the interest of “securing the realm” for Israel in the Middle East, we’re now to be disposed of like used birdcage liner and replaced with “new Americans” who are easier to exploit.