Peter Brimelow

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Peter Brimelow
Born (1947-10-13) October 13, 1947 (age 70)
Warrington, Cheshire, England
Residence Litchfield, Connecticut
Nationality English
Citizenship Naturalized U.S. citizen
Education University of Sussex, BA (with honors), 1970
Stanford University, M.B.A., 1972
Occupation Financial journalist, author
  • 1972–73 investment analyst, Richardson Securities of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1973–76 assistant editor, Financial Post, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
  • 1976–78 business editor and columnist, Maclean's, Toronto,
  • 1978–80 columnist and contributing editor, Financial Post, Ontario, Canada
  • 1980–81, 1988–90 economic counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, U.S. Senate Staff, Washington, DC
  • 1981–83 associate editor, Fortune, New York
  • 1980–82 columnist, associate editor, Toronto Sun, Toronto
  • 1984–86 contributing editor, Fortune, New York, NY
  • 1983–84 associate editor, Fortune, New York, NY
  • 1984–86 columnist and contributing editor, Chief Executive (magazine), New York, NY
  • 1984–86 contributing editor, Influence, Toronto
  • 1986–90 Times, London, England
  • 1986–2002 senior editor, Forbes, New York, NY
  • 1993–98 senior editor, National Review, New York, NY
  • 1999– editor,
  • 1999– president, Center for American Unity (nonprofit organization), Warrenton, VA
  • c. 2002 senior fellow, Pacific Research Institute, San Francisco
Spouse(s) Margaret Alice Laws (b. 1953, d. 2004), m. 1980-2004 (her death)
Lydia E. Sullivan (b. 1984), m. 2007-present

Peter Brimelow (born October 13, 1947) is a British-born American writer. Prior to founding the webzine VDARE, Brimelow was a writer and editor at Forbes, the Financial Post, and National Review.[4]

Brimelow founded the Center for American Unity in 1999 and served as its first president but is no longer affiliated with the organization. Brimelow is a paleoconservative.[5] Until September 2012, he was a columnist for Dow Jones' Marketwatch.[6]

Life and career

Brimelow was born in 1947 in Warrington, Cheshire, England, the son of Bessie (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.)[3] Brimelow subsequently immigrated to Canada. After a brief stint as a securities analyst, he settled in Toronto, becoming a business writer and editor at the Financial Post and at Maclean's magazine. From 1978–80, he was an aide to senator Orrin Hatch in Washington D.C..

In 1980, he moved to New York, working mainly for Barron's and Fortune. Brimelow was senior editor of Forbes magazine from 1986 to 2002. He was married to Maggy Laws Brimelow (1953–2004), a Canadian, until her death following an eight-year battle with breast cancer. He and his first wife had two children, a son (Alexander Brimelow) and a daughter (Hannah-Claire Brimelow). He married Lydia Sullivan, a 22-year-old Heritage Foundation intern, in 2007; they had their first child, Felicity Deonne Brimelow, in August 2010. Their second child, Karia Sybil Nancy Brimelow, was born on June 13, 2012. Their third daughter, Victoria Beauregard Brimelow, was born on February 6, 2015.[7]

In 1986, Brimelow published The Patriot Game: National Dreams and Political Realities, a book inspired partly by Goldwin Smith's Canada and the Canadian Question, published in 1891. Brimelow's book helped galvanize the founding of the Reform Party of Canada in 1987 and inspired[citation needed] a number of individuals who now work in the government of Stephen Harper.

Brimelow's later books include the national best-seller Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster, The Wall Street Gurus: How You Can Profit from Investment Newsletters, and The Worm in the Apple: How the Teacher Unions Are Destroying American Education. Alien Nation deals with immigration policy and the influx of illegal aliens as well as legal immigrants. The Worm in the Apple discusses public education and teachers' unions, considering unions "highly destructive."[8] Among views in The Worm in the Apple: "to attempt so far-reaching a goal as universal high school education is foolish."[9] Ilana Mercer[10] and John O'Sullivan[11] 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."[12]

He has appeared as a guest on The Political Cesspool, a "pro-white" talk-radio show. Following the 2008 elections, Brimelow advocated that to win elections, the Republican Party should focus on "white votes".[13] His website VDARE has been rated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist hate group.[14][15] Brimelow responded by applying what he considered their loose standards of definition to themselves, saying "VDARE.COM has just been named a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the notorious Treason Group".[16]

Brimelow appeared on a panel discussing multiculturalism during the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC 2012), and gave a talk titled "Canadian Bilingualism & Multiculturalism as it Relates to America"[17]In the face of condemnation from MSNBC and PFTAW, Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union denied knowing him or his reputation.[18]


Ed Schultz of "The Ed Show" (10 February 2012) discussed Brimelow's CPAC appearance and called him a "white nationalist" and "racist." Ed Show guest Mike Papantonio said Peter Brimelow is "the new David Duke" and went on to say that Brimelow is the one who said "Jews are killing America." Guest Goldie Taylor claimed Brimelow represents the same strain of "racialized populism" seen several times in American history and went on further to claim it was now embraced by the Republican Party. Other panelists disassociated themselves from her statements.[19]

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has called VDARE a hate group,[20] that was "once a relatively mainstream anti-immigration page", but by 2003 became "a meeting place for many on the radical right". The group also criticized VDARE for publishing articles by white nationalists Jared Taylor and Sam Francis.[21] It has been called "white nationalist" by the Rocky Mountain News,[22] a charge denied by Brimelow.[23]

In response, VDARE has published several articles attacking the SPLC.[24][25]


published as The Patriot Game: Canada and the Canadian Question Revisited. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press. 1987. ISBN 0-8179-8681-2. LCCN 87017145. 
letter to the editor, responding to critics[26]


  1. "Peter Brimelow". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2006. GALE|H1000012109. Retrieved 2012-02-12 – via Fairfax County Public Library. . Gale Biography in Context. (subscription required)
  2. Brimelow, Peter (17 March 2007). " 03/17/07 – Another Personal Message From Peter Brimelow". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ruth Cheney Streeter Weds". The New York Times. 19 January 1986. Retrieved 2012-02-13. ...John Brimelow, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Brimelow of Birkenhead, Merseyside, England.... Peter Brimelow was his twin's best man. 
  4. "Peter Brimelow – Topics". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 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." 
  5. Beirich, Heidi; Potok, Mark (Winter 2003). "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration". Intelligence Report (112). Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  7. "Peter Brimelow writes: Miracles Happen!". Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  8. Leef, George (4 November 2004). "No. 155: Worm in the Apple: Teachers Unions Operate Like Mafia". Carolina Journal. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  9. "A Monopoly of Ignorance", The Mises Review, 9 (3), Winter 2003 
  10. Mercer, Ilana (20 February 2004). "'The Worm in the Apple' of American education". WorldNetDaily. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  11. 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. 
  12. Mitchell, George; Koppich, Julia E. (Spring 2004), "Teachers Unions", Education Next, 4 (2) 
  13. Southern Poverty Law Center: VDARE: GOP Should Concentrate on Whites
  15. "VDARE". Intelligence Files. Southern Poverty Law Center. July 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  16. Brimelow, Peter (10 January 2004). "American Renaissance's Conferences: Talking About The Taboo". VDARE. Retrieved 2012-02-13. Peter Brimelow writes: VDARE.COM has just been named a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the notorious Treason Group. 
  17. Brimelow, Peter (16 February 2012). "Canadian Bilingualism & Multiculturalism as it Relates to America". Vdare. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  18. Caldwell, Leigh Ann (11 February 2012). "Immigration speaker sparks controversy at CPAC". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  19. "White Nationalist Leader Peter Brimelow Among Panelists at CPAC". Crooks and Liars. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  20. VDARE Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  21. By Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok. "'Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration | Southern Poverty Law Center". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  22. Flynn, Kevin (Jul 15, 2006). "Funding questioned ; Critics say some Defend Colorado money tainted". Rocky Mountain News. Denver, Colo. p. 4.A. 
  23. Brimelow, Peter (July 23, 2006). " is no 'white nationalist Web site'". Rocky Mountain News. p. 5.E. 
  24. "05/30/01 – VDARE Endorsed by Southern Poverty Law Center! (Well, we regard it as an endorsement.)". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  25. "04/23/05 – The Speech That Launched An SPLC "Hate" Honor". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  26. Brimelow, Peter (27 June 1995). "Immigration and Bad Social Policies Don't Mix; A White Ethnic Core". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 

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