Larry Auster is dying. Which is a tragedy for not only his friends and family, but America. Because Larry Auster is an American hero. I, like many people Larry has never met, and sadly never will, owe him a great debt. But so too do the American people. Because of his example of heroism, pure and simple.
Why is Larry Auster not just a hero, but an American hero? The answer is simple. Not only has Larry conducted himself, at the end of his life, with grace under pressure and masculine strength, he has lived his whole life in the same way. Larry Auster, almost alone, has shown that one can be quite critical of multiculturalism, of political correctness, and the absolute disaster of the conduct by and large of the Black and Hispanic populations, without descending into hatred, racism, and anti-semitism.
To put it simply, Larry Auster does not hate. Because that emotion is anti-American. Through his writings and personal conduct, Larry has upheld the traditional values that have made America great: toleration, but within distinct boundaries, reverence for our forefathers and their considerable sacrifices, and the wisdom of the core of tradition, while being willing to update the outer edges of tradition to fit new circumstances.
Larry has done so at considerable professional and personal cost. While there are many that can see the rotten-ness of political correctness, of multiculturalism, most of them fall into the trap of anti-semitism, the mark of a weak mind seeking scapegoats instead of the real problem. The rest seem to fall into the equally deadly trap of hating Black or Hispanic peoples. Another trap for the mind and spirit, that leads people to dismiss individual heroism and fails to hold peoples to account.
You see, Larry is a hero. He avoided these traps, by strength of spirit and sheer willpower. That’s the mark of a hero.
Meanwhile, Larry much like Jesus when tempted, abjured the riches, power, social acclaim, and fantastic career that was open to him if he merely followed the PC path of say, David Frum. The nominal “conservative” who exists merely to bash other conservatives while enforcing the dictates against “crimethink.” Let us be plain, Larry could have made millions and millions of dollars, been on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, FOX, and many other outlets on a weekly basis if he had just betrayed his principles and what he knew to be true. He did not.
That makes him a hero.
On a personal level, Larry has always been in correspondence, kind and gracious. I’ve always felt that when Larry answered an email, it was like corresponding with say, Dwight Eisenhower or Winston Churchill. A man from another, better century, filled with Old World politeness and grace. I have never seen Larry use obscenities, curse, make personal attacks, or otherwise conduct himself like far too many do on the internet. Larry IS a man, not a boy, and acts that way through and through.
Larry is a good man, who through sheer effort of will, has hung on to life far longer than I suspect, his doctors had thought possible. His writings, which by the way should and hopefully will be archived, have opened many thousands of eyes towards the possibility of saving or sustaining at least a part of what made America the greatest country in the history of mankind. There are many kinds of patriotism, and it is a mark of Larry’s that in his last moments, he has exhibited his finest hours: spending them in an effort to spark that one bit of reform that can save America.
I ask that all who have enjoyed his writings give a prayer of thanks to Larry, and carry on his fight. Because a hero deserves no less.