This morning, at 0356 hours, Lawrence Auster died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Today, we lost an intellectual giant. His website, View from the Right, will now be inactive, since no one can fill Mr. Auster's shoes; no one can duplicate a voice such as his. Thankfully, his website will remain online for as long as the Internet exits, an enduring memorial of who he was and what he stood for. Laura Wood has left a moving eulogy and mini bio on his website.
I first became acquainted with Mr. Auster's writings during the great game debate from a few years ago. Has it been that long?! Though many disparaged Mr. Auster, saying he didn't get modern women and the modern dating scene, I found someone who was a thoughtful, traditional gentleman; I found a TRUE conservative in every sense of the word. I think that Lawrence Auster DID get game, but I also think that he was disheartened by what it meant for men, women, and our culture. After discovering him, I became a fan of his writings and a regular reader of his website.
Lawrence Auster could have, like Rush Limbaugh and other faux conservatives, have made millions if he only overlooked the truth; if he could only tell the pretty, little lies that Limbaugh, Hannity, et al tell, he could have been a rich man; he could have been a household name. However, integrity was the most important thing to Mr. Auster; without that, how can one be a real man? The answer, in my book, is one cannot. To me, the essence of being a man are courage and integrity; Lawrence Auster had both in spades; he was a man who put his money where his mouth was, even though it cost him dearly.
For example, Lawrence Auster has for years said that American culture was gone; he correctly pointed out that, though America still existed as a political and geographic entity, the Judeo-Christian culture that had made America great was long gone. Another example is that, while the aforementioned, big name talk show hosts were touting an Obama defeat, Mr. Auster correctly pointed out that Barack Hussein Obama would re-election, and he gave sound reasons why. This wasn't what most conservatives wanted to hear, but Lawrence Auster wasn't about telling folks what they wanted to hear. He was about telling them what they needed to hear; he was about telling the truth.
In closing, America and the world will be a poorer place with Lawrence Auster gone. The deep, lively debate that once took place on View from the Right is gone forever. The voice that had cried so long in the wilderness is gone as well. America is poorer for his passing. That said, many of us were glad you were here, and that you touched the lives of so many people. Thank you.