Sailer is known for promoting racist and anti-immigrant theories and has been credited with coining the pseudoscientific term "human biodiversity" in the 1990s, with the term later being used among the alt-right as a euphemism for scientific racism. In his writing for VDARE, Sailer has described black people as inherently lacking judgment.
Sailer is the founder of an online discussion forum called Human Biodiversity Discussion Group.
Sailer's writing has been described as a precursor to Trumpism, seeming "to exercise a kind of subliminal influence across much of the right in [the 2000s]. One could detect his influence even in the places where his controversial writing on race was decidedly unwelcome."Tyler Cowen has described Sailer as the "most significant neo-reaction thinker today". After the 2016 election, Michael Barone credited Sailer with having charted in 2001 the electoral path that Donald Trump had successfully followed.
Views and criticism
Sailer has often written on issues of race and intelligence, arguing that some races are born with inherent advantages over others, but that conservative socio-economic policies can improve things for all.
Sailer cites studies that say, on average, blacks and Mexicans in America have lower IQs than whites, and that Ashkenazi Jews and East Asians have higher IQs than non-Jewish whites. He also considers that "for at least some purposes—race actually is a highly useful and reasonable classification", such as providing a very rough rule-of-thumb for the fact that various population groups may inherit differences in body chemistry that affect how the body uses certain pharmaceutical products, for "finessing" Affirmative Action when that's economically convenient, and for political gerrymandering.
Rodolfo Acuña, a Chicano studies professor, regards Sailer's statements on this subject as providing "a pretext and a negative justification for discriminating against US Latinos in the context of US history". Acuña claimed that listing Latinos as non-white gives Sailer and others "the opportunity to divide Latinos into races, thus weakening the group by setting up a scenario where lighter-skinned Mexicans are accepted as Latinos or Hispanics and darker-skinned Latinos are relegated to an underclass". Sailer considers Hispanic a non-racial characterization.
The term "Sailer Strategy" has been used for Sailer's proposal that Republican candidates can gain political support in the American elections by appealing to working-class white workers by heterodox right-wing nationalist and economic populist positions. In order to do this, Sailer suggested that Republicans support economic protectionism, identity politics, and express opposition to immigration; among other issues. The goal of this is to increase the share of the white electorate, and decrease the minority share of the electorate, with the belief that minority votes could not be won in significant numbers.
Evans, Gavin (2 March 2018). "The unwelcome revival of 'race science'". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2018. The far right has even rebranded race science with an alternative name that sounds like it was taken straight from the pages of a university course catalogue: 'human biodiversity'.
^"Steve Sailer". Archived from the original on 2005-03-12. "I'm a [...] founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute, which runs the invitation-only Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals."
^Dreger: The Controversy Surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: A Case History of the Politics of Science, Identity, and Sex in the Internet Age (Arch Sex Behav (2008) 37:366–421): "Bailey indeed does belong to the HBI "private cyber-discussion group"—the sort of online discussion group usually referred to by the less thrilling name "listserv"—and Bailey acknowledges that some of the most active members of the HBI list could legitimately be called right-wing (Bailey, 2006a); this would include the list’s founder, Steve Sailer."