Samuel Francis (April 29, 1947 - February 15, 2005) was an American nationally syndicated columnist known for his opposition to immigration and multiculturalism. Francis was also a leading political theorist of paleoconservatism. He was often characterized as a reactionary conservative and a Machiavellian.
Francis was educated at the Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1969) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he received a Ph.D. in modern history in 1979. At UNC, he was part of a campus clique that Walker Percy called "the Chapel Hill conspiracy." The group was fascinated by antebellum culture and the Southern Agrarians.
From 1977 to 1981, he was a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., specializing in foreign affairs, terrorism, and intelligence and internal security issues. From 1981 to 1986, he was legislative assistant for national security affairs to Senator John P. East (R-NC) and worked closely with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism, of which Senator East was a member.
Francis's political work in the late 1970s and the 1980s focused on international and domestic terrorism. He published several policy studies, including 1978's Palestinian Terrorism: The International Connection and 1981's The Soviet Strategy of Terror. In 1986, he published a monograph called Illegal Immigration - a Threat to US Security. As the Cold War subsided, his agenda changed to other topics.
Francis joined the editorial staff of The Washington Times in 1986 as an editorial writer. He served as deputy editorial page editor from 1987 to 1991, as acting editorial page editor from February to May, 1991, and as a staff columnist through September, 1995. Francis received the Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in both 1989 and 1990. He was a finalist for the National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for Editorial Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation in 1989 and 1990. His twice-weekly column was nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate.
Editor in Chief Wesley cut back on Francis’s column after the ‘’Times’’ ran his June 27, 1995 essay criticizing the Southern Baptist Convention for passing a resolution repudiating slavery. In it, Francis quoted Oswald Spengler that “Christian theology is the grandmother of Bolshevism.” He argued that if the Baptists “dismiss the New Testament passages about slaves obeying their masters as irrelevant,” then they might as well join the Bolsheviks. He concluded:
- The contrition of the Southern Baptists for slavery and racism is a bit more than a politically fashionable gesture intended to massage race relations. It's a radical split from their own church traditions as well as from their determination to let the modern world go to hell by itself. Now that they've decided to join the parade toward that destination, we can expect them to adopt some even more modern resolutions that will pave the road for them.
Pruden fired Francis in September, 1995, after his appearance at the American Renaissance] conference. rancis stated that Southern heritage is demonized in mainstream culture. He also attacked the liberal principles of humanism and universalism for facilitating "the war against the white race." He called Singer Garth Brooks repulsive for singing a pro-miscegenation song. His said Europeans "reassert our identity and our solidarity, and we must do so in explicitly racial terms through the articulation of a racial consciousness as whites . . . . The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people, nor is there any reason to believe that the civilization can be successfully transmitted to a different people."
For many years the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, owned by Richard Mellon Scaife, was the only mainstream paper carrying his column but they dropped it in 2004 after Francis wrote a column complaining about implicit miscegenation in a skit about Desperate Housewives aired during ABC's Monday Night Football. Francis vigorously denounced the advertisement, which featured sexual innuendo between a black football player and a white actress, arguing that "[t]he point was...to hurl a pie...in the face of...white racial and cultural identity." The advertisement, shockingly to Francis, implicitly argued that "interracial sex is normal and legitimate," an idea that Francis sees as "fairly radical." Francis went on to argue that "breaking down the sexual barriers between the races is a major weapon of cultural destruction."
He also served as a contributor and editor of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's quarterly, Modern Age. After his dismissal from the Washington Times and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Francis continued to write a syndicated column for VDARE and Chronicles magazine, and spoke at meetings of the American Renaissance and the Council of Conservative Citizens.
Francis's last published work was an article penned for the 2006 IHS Press anti-war anthology, Neo-Conned!.
- Power and History, The Political Thought of James Burnham (1984) ISBN 0-8191-3753-7
- James Burnham: Thinkers of Our Time (1999) ISBN 1-870626-32-X
Several collections of Dr. Francis's essays and columns have been published, including:
- Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism (1994) ISBN 0-8262-0976-9
- Revolution From the Middle (1997) ISBN 1-887898-01-8
- America Extinguished: Mass Immigration and the Disintegration of American Culture (2002) ASIN B0006S696U
- Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American Political Future (2003) ISBN 0-9672154-1-2
- Costs of War contains a chapter by Francis called Classical Republicanism and the Right to Bear Arms ISBN 0-7658-0487-5 
- Shots Fired: Sam Francis on America's Culture War (2006) ISBN 0-9777362-0-2 
- Neo-Conned!: Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq contains an essay by Francis called "Refuge of Scoundrels: Patriotism, True and False, in the Iraq War Controversy" (2006)
- An archive of Sam Francis's Vdare columns
- An archive of Sam Francis's Chronicles columns
- Obituary by Jared Taylor
- Obituary by Joe Sobran
- Obituary by Pat Buchanan
- Obituary by Peter Brimelow
- Morality Not The Only Target on Monday Night Football, Sam Francis on miscegenation
- Ronald Reagan: Principles - And Failings, Sam Francis on Ronald Reagan
- Why Race Matters, an abbreviated version of Sam Francis's 1994 American Renaissance speech