The American Interest

A Serious Third Party?

The looming amnesty of millions of illegal immigrants is deeply unpopular with millions of Americans, and for good reason: If the immigration bill the Senate passed in June gets through the House, this nation is finished.  The bill would not only legalize some ten million illegal aliens but bring in five times that many—legally—over the next 20 years.  Could this crisis provide the impetus for the creation of a political party capable of challenging the ruling duopoly?

Such a challenge is under way in Europe.  After many false starts and dead ends dating back to the early 1970’s, an ethnic-nationalist party capable of upsetting the establishmentarian Labour-Tory consensus has emerged.  The British National Party (BNP) did very well in local elections last May and now holds 54 council seats across the country.  In some areas—notably in East London—it has replaced Labour as the dominant political force among the ethnically British working- and lower-middle classes.  According to the Spectator, working-class voters are switching to the BNP in such large numbers because they believe that it is the only political force that articulates what they are thinking: “Today’s BNP possesses the local campaigning skills and ability to make a personal connection with the voter that mainstream parties have forgotten.”

I spoke at some length with Nick...

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