Wilmot Robertson

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Wilmot Robertson (pen name of Humphrey Ireland, born 16 April, 1915 in Pennsylvania, died 8 July, 2005 in Bryson City, North Carolina)[1] was an American racialist author and publisher of Instauration.

Personal Background

A native Pennsylvanian of colonial ancestral stock, Robertson had relatives who fought on both sides in the U.S. Civil War.[2] Robertson was raised an Episcopalian.[3]

Young-Adulthood Through Middle-Age

Robertson was a student at Yale University from 1932-34. Following university, he visited in the New Germany[4], as racialists were doing at the time, including Lothrop Stoddard. Whatever his opinions of what he saw, his future writing does not appear to be directly influenced by National-Socialist ideas.

During World War II, Robertson served as a U.S. Army officer. After the war, he developed a successful career in journalism and advertising.

Robertson did not get seriously involved in the world of racial-nationalist writing and publishing until he was in his 50s.

Pen Name

Wilmot Robertson became the pen name/alias adopted by John Humphrey Ireland. He exclusively used the name "Wilmot Robertson" during his thirty years as a noted writer and publisher of racialist material.


The Dispossessed Majority

His first and most important book was The Dispossessed Majority, published first in 1972 when he was 57. It was a chronicle of the demise of the white majority in the USA, which, the book argues, was "dispossessed" by anti-national forces and hostile ethno-religious pressure groups. The book was tremendously influential on the racialist political scene of the time. It has since been compared to Which Way, Western Man.

David Duke has said that it was a major influence on his politics personally when he read it as a young man, saying:

"I think this is the most important book since the Second World War"

The book was spectacularly successful, and went through numerous printings, selling 200,000 copies by the end of the 1990s.[5]

Instauration: Racialist Journal

Following the unexpected success of "The Dispossessed Majority", Robertson contemplated putting together a magazine dealing with the same subject matter.

In 1975, this became a reality. Robertson started the highly-regarded racialist journal Instauration that year, which was published monthly until 1996, and irregularly until 2000. The magazine featured the work of numerous racialist authors, including Richard McCulloch. Robertson published the magazine using his own publishing company, Howard Allen Publishers, named after his two sons.

The Ethnostate

In the early 1990s, in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the potential for serious political change presented itself.

In this context, Robertson penned a philosophical exploration of the nature of the ideal state; its purpose, its character, its goals, its mechanics. These ruminations, many of which had appeared in Instauration, were published as "The Ethnostate" in 1993. The breezy quasi-essays of the volume address the challenge of how to solve the postmodern racial crisis facing the world.

The book has been compared to Plato's "Republic" in terms of potential importance. The term "ethnostate" has since become an integral part of the vocabulary of most racialists. The book is still being sold as of 2010 by racialist book-distributors such as The Noontide Press.

Other Writing

In the 1960s he was a contributor to Willis Carto’s magazine Western Destiny.[6] He also published a third, little known book, called "Ventilations" (1982), a collection of essays. It was an early attempt to offer solutions to the racial problem facing modern man. The ideas were fleshed out more fully in the more well-known "Ethnostate".


  1. People Search
  2. Credentials on the dust jacket of Dispossessed Majority
  3. Instauration December 1977, page 13
  4. Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement..., by Leonard Zeskind, page 11
  5. http://www.jstor.org/pss/4121335
  6. Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement..., by Leonard Zeskind, page 11


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