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“The White Man’s 1984”: a review of Ward Kendall’s ‘Hold Back This Day’
In his dystopian racial novel, ‘Hold Back This Day’, Ward Kendall paints a disturbingly uncanny likeness of our reality. Dubbed “The White Man’s 1984” by Harold Covington, the comparison is apt, for one could argue that just as Orwell’s famous work was an exercise in extrapolation rather than prediction, so Kendall’s brilliant novel is in reality a social commentary on today’s society, and only a work of futurism or science fiction on the surface.
The story is set some 85 years after the ‘Unification’, a fictional conflict of epochal magnitude for the universe that Kendall has created. Through a combination of force and propaganda, all humanity has been subdued under a single World Government – ‘World Gov’, a construct that is at once humanistic and deadeningly tyrannical. In a kind of extreme globalist nightmare, World Gov is committed to the realisation of one religion – ‘Chrislamhinbuddhism’ – and one unified geopolitical and social system. But most significantly – and importantly for World Gov – there is to be but one Race of humanity, or at least World Gov holds out racial unity, or some semblance of it, as a purported aspiration.
This Racial Unity is to be achieved through an organised programme of miscegenation involving the discouragement of mixing between ‘pure breeds’. The ideal racial profile held up by World Gov is someone whose skin profile is a neutral brown on World Gov’s crude racial skin tone scale. For instance, ‘Minister Bergstein’, a member of the High Quorum, World Gov’s sinister ruling council, is described this way: “…a man of withered countenance…Wrinkled and yellow-skinned, his coarse white hair was his only distinguishing feature. Racially intermixed with African, Asian and European blood…” I like to see this as a subtle and brilliant satirical commentary on Kendall’s part about the modish liberal obsession with the superficialities of Race. The liberal-left and other multi-racialists misunderstand. Race is not just about skin colour.
The plot of ‘Hold Back This Day’ is a combination of social criticism, family drama and adventure story that starts on Earth. It takes the reader into outer space and ultimately on to Mars. The central character is Jeff Huxton, a school administrator and a White Man (a ‘Skintone 1’). Jeff is growing quietly disillusioned with the hostile, anti-white world around him, and it is this cognitive dissonance along with concern for his white son that propels the story towards Mars, which holds the promise of peripateia for the White Race. Along the way, Jeff encounters various white characters – some are heroic and conscious of the overriding imperative for white survival (‘Karl Ramstrom’), others are attractive but self-centred in that they do not care for the greater good (‘Susan Kreitzler’, a World Gov Air Force pilot who Jeff falls for). These different characters reflect the different aspects of Jeff’s own personality. Jeff himself is self-centred in some respects, living for his own sake. The novel takes him on a journey of personal growth, in which he comes to understand that all white people share a common destiny.
As we progress through the novel, it becomes clear that the aspiration of ‘racial unity’, held up by World Gov as almost the paragon of human achievement, is all too thin. The race-mixing programme, and the genetic destruction of the White Race in particular – a race of unique creativity, inventiveness, intelligence and talent – has resulted in a dysfunctional society that hides dark secrets, in almost a reversal of the scenario of the Robert Harris novel, ‘Fatherland’.
Some critical comments I would make about ‘Hold Back This Day’ are:
1. The complete absence of any mention of Jewish power and influence. That really is the elephant in the room and a major omission. The racial extermination programme depicted in this novel does not happen in a vacuum. There had to be motivators other than just vague ideals of one world unity or ‘socialism’. That said, I am sure the author will have had his reasons for leaving out the Jews, and it certainly does not detract from the story. Even if the author is Jew-friendly, this is still a worthwhile read.
2. The author’s naivety about social dynamics and change. This is often found among people on the Right, especially those who have been educated in the United States and tend to assume that ‘socialism’ is anything vaguely left-wing without understanding how Jewish influence has corrupted socialism. This is largely because Americans are indoctrinated with Austrian School economics. Kendall doesn’t really show any understanding about the material realities of the way a society works. There is little or no mention of how the economy functions, what the major industries are, how resources are extracted, whether there is any industrial unrest and strife and so on. Reference is made to special hunger-sating pills that everyone – even the middle class – take to combat hunger. These are necessary due to the lack of agricultural efficiency, which causes famines (and also prompts World Gov to institute terrifying euthanasia programmes), but the consistent implication throughout the novel is that problems like this are the result of World Gov’s racial programme and the lack of administrative competency (a consequence of not having as many white people around). This is plausible against the backdrop of the story and makes sense within the author’s overall thesis, but it’s a little simplistic. Kendall could have shown a more nuanced understanding of things.
3. Kendall does embed in the story a class perspective of sorts in that there is a radical difference between the experiences of the political and bureaucratic class of World Gov and everybody else. This shows a good understanding of the trajectory and outcome of all forms of state-socialism. Kendall also makes the telling point that one of the motivations for authoritarianism and repression is the knowledge that real power rests with the people themselves. The World Quorum’s greatest living fear is an uprising among the masses, but this is seen to be almost a spontaneous possibility, with the only resistance referred to among the marginalised whites. However the motives of the powerful are more complex than the Nietzschean-infused narrative of the ‘will to power’ that this novel presents, and a more realistic depiction would have referred to resistance among other races, not just whites, and maybe also among officials of World Gov who want to save their own necks.
The pace is fast and at 271 pages, the novel is a relatively short, undemanding read that can be completed in one sitting. Crucially, it will appeal to young people – but be warned, there are some sexual references in the first half of the book, so it’s wise to read it yourself first before passing it on to a youngster.
The brilliance of Kendall is in his simple eloquence. This is a call for us to confront some of the most challenging issues facing our civilisation.