Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Things You Might Not Know About Regnery Publishing

PZ Myers has some interesting information about Regnery, proud publishers of, amongst other items, both of Michelle Malkin's hysterical books on the threat posed to America by (non-white) immigration (details of her latest opus can be found here). Ol' William Regnery has a, shall we say, "colorful" history, along with an even more colorful present: from the SPLC comes the following.

William Regnery II, an heir to the Regnery publishing fortune who's a prime mover and shaker in white nationalism publishing, is moving into a new line of business: match-making for "heterosexual whites of Christian cultural heritage."

In an appeal to potential investors titled "Population is Destiny," the famously reclusive Regnery wrote this March that the Caucasian dating service would be no ordinary money-making opportunity, but a chance to ensure "the survival of our race," which "depends upon our people marrying, reproducing and parenting."

Regnery, who says he's long been concerned with a "tendency to bachelorhood" among white men, told the potential investors that his latest effort to save the white race would not stop with match-making.

The dating service, he says, will be only the "first arrow in a business quiver" providing "services and products to whites."
Also see this story for more info about Regnery's planned "dating service for whites."

Here's what Myers himself has to say about Regnery publications.
Regnery is one of the backers of the Charles Martel Society, a new organization dedicated to advancing the cause of academic racism. He is the publisher of the Occidental Quarterly, and seriously, if you want to see something that will turn your stomach, read their "Statement of Principles".
Myers is right, that really is pretty stomach-churning stuff. But wait, there's more!
I'd heard that name of Regnery before. It turns out that the only two books I own from the Discovery Institute, Wells' Icons of Evolution and The Privileged Planet by Gonzalez and Richards, were published by, you guessed it, Regnery. I find it amusing that the Discovery Institute went to an organization associated with right-wing crackpots and neo-Nazi skinheads to get two of their big 'science' titles published.

I also find it ironic that they are now publishing a book, From Darwin to Hitler, Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany, by Richard Weikart, that tries to couple Darwin to Hitler. Their usual pro-Hitler publisher must have balked at that, though: it's published by Palgrave MacMillan.
A coupling of fundamentalist creationism and social darwinist racism in one publisher makes for a rather heady brew, doesn't it? This is hardly the stuff of which credibility is made, and I hope I'll be forgiven for making the assumption that anything that rolls of the Regnery presses is highly suspect by definition.