Western Greatness and Its Enemies  

F. Roger Devlin

Faustian Man in a Multicultural Age
by Ricardo Duchesne
London: Arktos, 2017

Prof. Ricardo Duchesne’s first book, The Uniqueness of Western Civilization (reviewed by Kevin MacDonald in TOQ 11:3, Fall 2011) argued that the West was already a uniquely creative culture several millennia before the industrial revolution led to today’s vast differences in wealth and living standards between it and most of the rest of the world. The West’s uniqueness lay not in institutions such as democracy and representative government, nor in great books and abundant artistic production, nor in free markets and a ‘work ethic’—but in a more primordial Faustian drive to overcome obstacles and achieve great things. The original historical expression of this drive is the heroic ethos which informs Homer’s Iliad and Germanic heroic poetry: the overriding ambition of the aristocratic warrior to achieve immortal fame by engaging in battles for prestige in contempt of his own mortality. This ethos the author traces back to the Proto-Indo-European pastoralists of the Pontic steppes.

Following publication of The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, the author turned his attention to the decline of the West. He notes the prescience of Oswald Spengler, the major theorist of civilizational decline of the past century, who anticipated

the eventual exhaustion of the West’s energies in the rise of internationalism, quasi-pacifism, declining birth rates, hedonistic lifestyles, coupled with the spread of Western technology in the non-Western world and the rise of ‘deadly competition’ from Asia.

All this is, of course, right on target. But Duchesne sensed something missing from Spengler’s account. There is one major factor at work in the contemporary West which goes well beyond the spiritual, political, economic or geopolitical exhaustion that was the fate of Rome, China and other ‘old’ civilizations: the massive immigration of cultural and racial aliens. As he remarks, this is “a new variable with truly permanent implications.”

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But why should immigration be so decisive if the West lacks any ‘fixed ethnic boundaries,’ as the author had maintained in The Uniqueness of Western Civilization? This earlier statement of Duchesne’s reflected academic orthodoxy, which allows two ways of accounting for the success or failure of nations and civilizations. One is geographical explanations which emphasize, e.g., the number of domesticable plants and animals in various regions of the earth and the difference between a balkanized geography encouraging small, competitive political units (characteristic of Europe) and a more easily connected geography that tends to favor centralized administration (characteristic of Asia). This style of interpretation has been popularized in recent years by Jared Diamond, and tends to portray the rise of the West as a matter of geographic luck.

The second is the institutional approach which emphasizes free markets, democratic governance, the rule of law, and so forth. On this view, the West owes its success to the ‘values’ embodied in such institutions. European man may have been the first to discover the right combination of institutions, but other races can achieve similar success by adopting them; once they do so, they too will be fully ‘Western.’ Partisans of this institutional approach see nothing wrong with mass immigration so long as new arrivals are ‘assimilated’ to Western ways of thinking. Some of them, such as Niall Ferguson and Mario Vargas Llosa, even consider universal racial panmixia the ultimate consummation of Western civilization—and devoutly to be wished.

Neither approach satisfied Duchesne, who had come to agree with Samuel Huntington’s observation that successful modernization in non-Western countries had actually encouraged indigenization and ethnic confidence rather than Europeanization. Looking at the country where he currently resides, Duchesne noticed that

non-European immigrants arriving into Canada were interested in assimilating only to those aspects of Canadian culture that allowed them to keep their ethnic identity and advance their own ethnic interests.

Observations like this seemed to belie the approach of traditional Western Civilization textbooks of treating as ‘Western’ all lands and peoples who happened to be under Western governments at any particular time. Egypt, for example, was depicted in such textbooks as part of the West during the centuries it was under Macedonian and Roman rule, but not before or after. But had Egypt really changed its nature during those centuries? In fact, Middle Eastern populations, certainly including Jews, retained their collectivist tendencies, including cousin marriage, even after centuries of Greek and Roman domination.[1] With the rise of Islam, these cultures returned to their Middle Eastern roots.

Duchesne attempted an historical essay on the location of the West through history, but could not attain any consistency in his views until he began to look into the forbidden subject of race. He began visiting websites like VDare, American Renaissance, and The Occidental Observer and reading taboo authors such as Steve Sailer and Guillaume Faye. Eventually, he retrieved a copy of the 2nd abridged edition of Rushton’s Race, Evolution and Behavior which had been sent to him years previously only to be laid aside as a ‘racist’ tract. He learned that the races of mankind were populations which had lived in reproductive isolation from one another and been subject to different environmental pressures over thousands of years, thereby evolving innate statistical differences in behavior, intelligence and personality.

Paul Kersey’s Escape from Detroit convinced Duchesne that the character of a place is closely dependent on its racial makeup. Detroit was one percent black in 1912, rising to 25 percent in 1960. As late as the 1970s, the city still hosted universities, museums, good schools, a symphony orchestra, parks, beaches and other public amenities. But in that decade, Blacks captured control of the city government and Whites began leaving en masse. The downtown core of Detroit is now 92 percent Black; half its population is classed as functionally illiterate and many children attend school only to take advantage of subsidized lunches. Violent crime is extremely high, and entire neighborhoods have been abandoned and fallen into ruin. The city only avoids bankruptcy thanks to regular federal handouts.

Mainstream explanations of Detroit’s decline point to the downturn in the automobile industry. But as Kersey shows, Pittsburgh was simultaneously being hit much harder by the loss of its steel industry, yet the effects have not been as drastic. The city diversified its economy and prospered to the point of being named ‘the most livable city in America’ by The Economist in 2004. The difference is that Pittsburgh is 65 percent White; the figure for the metro area is 90 percent.

Duchesne found it hard to avoid the conclusion that today’s Detroit is no more part of the West than ancient Egypt had been under the rule of a tiny Greek-speaking elite. The same goes for majority-Chinese Vancouver, where the remaining Whites are being forced into small apartments as foreign Chinese millionaires buy up the city’s housing stock, pricing them out of the market. A city can no longer meaningfully be considered Western when the majority of its population is pursuing interests opposed to those of its European-descended inhabitants.

Duchesne began investigating what the academic literature had to say about the phenomenon of ethnocentrism. As early as 1981, Pierre L. van den Berghe produced a sociobiologically informed study called The Ethnic Phenomenon, which concluded that ethnic and racial sentiments are an extension of kinship sentiment and a universal tendency among humans. Yet van den Berghe, like most scientists, is a political liberal and agrees with the supposed need to suppress ethnocentrism. In his view, the usefulness of a neutral scientific explanation of such behavior lies in helping policy makers combat this natural tendency more effectively.

Turning to contemporary psychology textbooks, Duchesne found ethnocentrism treated differently from all other behavioral traits. Everything else was considered a product of biological evolution, but ethnocentrism was depicted as “an irrational disposition to be understood within the context of a cultural background … and to be eliminated through proper education.” Indeed, some textbooks championed the usefulness of psychological techniques such as B. F. Skinner’s ‘operant conditioning’ for creating a new type of human being who welcomes racial diversity. Others offered guidelines on how students could overcome their own prejudices. Some textbooks featured photographs of hooded Klansmen, but none provided any examples of racial prejudice on the part of non-Whites. The average unsophisticated undergraduate is being given to understand that the struggle against White ethnocentrism enjoys the authority of ‘science.’

But the instinct to organize into in-groups and out-groups along lines of genetic relatedness is found in all living things, from bacteria to elephants. This is because it helps organisms survive, and is therefore consistently favored by natural selection. Why, asks Duchesne incisively, should such a behavioral disposition be viewed as a ‘problem’ only among humans—or, even more specifically, only among White people?

A generation ago, sociobiological perspectives were viewed with deep suspicion by the academic establishment, and this continues to be the attitude of many social scientists. But a survey of recent literature convinced Duchesne that today’s ruling ideology has made its peace with biologically based explanations of human behavior as long as they avoid the subject of race. Cultural Marxism has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to assimilate scientific findings; what it will not tolerate is any challenge to efforts to equalize outcomes by race or import massive numbers of non-Whites into White nations. Academics can do all the research they want in evolutionary psychology, but they had better not question why the defenders of one set of ethnic interests are ‘civil rights activists’ while those of another are ‘haters’ and ‘supremacists.’

By 2014 Duchesne was reading Frank Salter’s On Genetic Interests, with its call to incorporate the evolutionary interests of ethnic groups into political theory and its recognition that the best strategy for preserving ethnic interests is “a well-defined territorial state.”

It became obvious to me after reading his book that the ‘ultimate’ factors in Western decline were not cultural, economic or even environmental, but the complete control of Western nations by elites dedicated to mass immigration and the dissolution of the racial interests of Europeans.

Duchesne even goes so far as to recognize the cogency of Michael Polignano’s reservations about Salter: that universal nationalism is more likely to appeal to fair-minded Whites than to other more competitive and ruthless groups.

This was a long journey to make in three years, and the first chapter of Faustian Man in a Multicultural Age, in which he recounts it, is for me the most compelling part of the book. In the second chapter, he carries out his old project of an historical essay on the location of the West through history—taking race into account this time around. Europeans are a subgroup of Caucasoids which evolved on the European continent during the past 45,000 years. The “first Europeans” of the Aurignacian era (45,000 to 28,000 years ago) were less European than later populations, since fewer distinctively European traits had yet had time to evolve. Duchesne suggests that the Magdalenian era, from 18,000 to 11,000 years ago, may have been the most fertile for the development of such traits, possibly because of increasing intelligence. He also makes some shrewd observations on the way the mainstream media spin discoveries in this domain to make ancient Europe appear both non-White and open to ‘immigration.’

Duchesne’s third chapter reviews the desperate efforts of cultural Marxist historians to deny the West credit for the scientific revolution, portray the enlightenment as a global phenomenon, and interpret classical Greek culture as derivative of Egypt and the Near East. This material first appeared in the Fall 2013 and Winter 2013–14 issues of TOQ (13:3–4).

The later part of Faustian Man in a Multicultural Age highlights the seminal historic importance of the Indo-Europeans in contrast to other, later inhabitants of the steppes, such as Turks and Mongols. These groups were influenced by the sedentary peoples with whom they came into contact far more than they ever influenced them.

Finally, Duchesne considers geographical exploration as a useful subject matter for elucidating the Faustian spirit of Europe. Much writing on Western achievement, such as Charles Murray’s Human Accomplishment, focuses on the arts and sciences, but these are later, sublimated expressions of the primordial European heroic ambition. The history of exploration not only brings us closer to that primordial ambition; it shows up the contrast between the West and the non-West at its most stark.

Almost all the explorers in history have been European. Concise Encyclopedia of Explorations lists a total of 274 explorers, of which fifteen are non-European, with none listed after the mid-15th century. World Explorers and Discoverers, a bibliographical dictionary containing profiles of 313 of the most significant individuals in the history of exploration, lists only 7 non-Europeans.

But European writing about exploration is entirely free of racial pride or boosterism, commonly depicting the drive to explore the unknown as a human universal. In New Found Lands (1998), Peter Whitfield writes that “the desire to penetrate and explore the world’s wild places is a fundamental human desire.” Numerous general histories of exploration present themselves as accounts of “man’s” progress into the unknown, but contain few or no accounts of non-European exploration.

As Duchesne points out, this projection of European drives and ambitions onto humanity at large is precisely the sort of error academics would decry as ‘Eurocentrism’ in other contexts. Perhaps embarrassment at the overwhelming reality of European dominance makes them reluctant to point it out in this case.

Duchesne catalogues for us some of the techniques employed by cultural Marxist scholars in order to conceal Western greatness in the field of exploration. Some portray European exploration as nothing more than a quest for gold; others portray non-European migrations within the known world as ‘exploration.’ Zheng He’s fifteenth-century expeditions meant to impress foreigners with Chinese greatness are elevated above Henry the Navigator’s stated determination to make ‘great and noble conquests and to uncover secrets previously hidden from men.’ The fourteenth-century Arab Ibn Battuta, who recorded his visits to scattered shrines within the Islamic world is championed at the expense of Marco Polo, who brought home a greater body of new geographical knowledge than any other person in history.

The resentment aroused in the cultural Marxist by European excellence in exploration can be studied in the writings of a curious character named Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, a faithful mirror of the current academic Zeitgeist who has seen his work translated into 27 languages and been loaded down with awards and honors. In 2006, he published Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration. Early on, he is content to ignore the Greek achievement in cartography and equate non-European trade and migration with European exploration of the unknown; but

as his narrative reaches the modern era, with only European explorers holding center stage and outperforming the Chinese, there is a conspicuous change in attitude toward the whole business of exploration. The tenor becomes extremely cynical and disparaging.

Fernandez-Armesto accuses modern explorers of ‘amateurism, naivety, credulousness, bombast, mendacity [and] sheer incompetence.’ Concerning one of David Livingston’s expeditions, he writes that it ‘failed in all its objectives: no trade, no converts, no suitable sites for British colonization, no new geographical discoveries resulted. … His meanderings took him nowhere.’ Duchesne then lists several geographical discoveries of Livingston’s which Fernandez-Armesto somehow missed.

Elsewhere in Pathfinders we read that Henry Morton Stanley ‘spent his patron’s wealth and his men’s lives with equal profligacy’ and that Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of the Antarctic was a ‘failure’ and ‘pointless.’ Robert Falcon Scott is charged with orchestrating his own death and that of his men as ‘the best career move’ for a man who ‘preferred to die dramatically than live in obscurity.’

If men can be judged by their enemies, the defenders of Western greatness have little cause for concern.

Duchesne concludes with a call to restore the history of exploration to the curriculum, ‘not to elicit self-satisfaction among [European] students but to teach them the meaning of endurance and hardship and the inimitable European thirst for adventure and risk.’ If young men are bored with college today or prefer to avoid it altogether, it may be because higher education is in the hands of resentful mediocrities who feel compelled to tear down the achievements of the past in order to shore up their own egos.

[1] Ladislav Holy, Kinship, Honour, and Solidarity: Cousin Marriage in the Middle East (Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1989), 12, 13.

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25 Comments to "Western Greatness and Its Enemies  "

  1. JRM's Gravatar JRM
    June 18, 2017 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Great article! I’m reminded of a PBS presentation (a “Nova” episode if I recall correctly) which purported to explore new ideas about the Neanderthal.

    It did present some interesting information, mainly the good news that the Neanderthal contribution to modern Europeans was much more promising than the old “brute” stereotype ever allowed.

    But as one might expect from PBS, there was an admixture of mendacity. Going to a classroom filled with kids both White and black, the producers did DNA tests which revealed that the White kids had Neanderthal DNA but the blacks did not. However, the producers apparently let the children cling to their now outdated notions of Neanderthals as savage, subhuman evolutionary disappointments.

    As the White kids bemoaned the “caveman” genes they carried, some black kids triumphantly basked in celebratory exclamations of relief and joy at their apparently “superior” genetic heritage.

    At least in the televised edit, the entire point of the program, that Neanderthal DNA was a “good thing”, was left undisclosed to these schoolchildren. Another example of subtly downgrading European heritage and flattering blacks about their own qualities.

    I haven’t watched a PBS program since.

  2. Jack Highlands's Gravatar Jack Highlands
    June 18, 2017 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    Suppose the drive to explore is the greatest of all expressions of Western man, and exploration of atoms via accelerators and quasars via telescopes are necessarily sublimated forms of that drive. Then it follows that, having left Europe and explored the planet in a mere blink of the historical eye, it makes sense that Western man faces a major hiatus while we await means, and it could be a long wait, to become something that can travel faster then some ten miles per second.

    Not saying that’s all there is to it. But I am saying.

    • June 20, 2017 - 1:49 am | Permalink

      The culture that practices science & systematic technological innovation gave up its social order and almost every form of solidarity; with the losses in the social order it also gave up its cultus and mysticism and, instead, lives in a pantheistic reality utterly stripped of joy and life in abundance–exchanging awe before the creation with excitement about mechanisms, often with an implicit “nothing but…” Everything except orgasm and proper daycare centers (maybe) is a means: without the cultus and a happy intact community, all we’ve got for our scientific edifice and ethos is means. (The proper discussion of this was provided by Joseph Pieper, “Leisure: the Basis of Culture.” We lost the sacred groves and gained abundant board-feet of lumber.

      • RonaldB's Gravatar RonaldB
        June 20, 2017 - 7:38 am | Permalink

        You’re actually describing a pretty standard differentiation between the urban and the rural: the mystical and the commercial. Historically, the urban environment provided the center of commerce, development of knowledge and skills, and alienation from the land. The rural environment provided a common, distinctive, and intuitive culture, a connection with the land, and individual character, including courage.
        Also, historically, the development of the urban and commercial tended to push out the rural, resulting in depopulation, over-centralization of authority, and the deterioration of the citizen soldier in favor of the professional mercenary.

        I think there’s not only room for both, but a need for both. But, that takes changing some conservative thinking. For example, the totally free international markets favored by libertarians and classic liberals will push out the rural farmer who can’t compete with cheap foreign agricultural goods. This makes a case, which I won’t go into, for a certain amount of protected markets.

        The concepts I’m describing can be found in Coudenhove-Kalergi’s “Practical Idealism” and Brooke Adams “Law of Civilization and Decay”. Yes, I know Kalergi’s writings form the basis of the EU and the push for ending the European peoples through migration, but his observations were nevertheless extremely interesting.
        Practical Idealism
        Law of Civilization and Decay

      • T. J.'s Gravatar T. J.
        June 20, 2017 - 9:54 am | Permalink

        When Philo Farnsworth- a farmer- was plowing one day, he discerned a pattern in the field that led to the development of television. Was he rational, or mystical, or just living the White way?

        Philo’s patents ended up in the hands of (((David Sarnoff))), head of RCA.


        90% of our problems stem from the (((fake money hegemon))).

        Here, Lord Keynes explains:

        Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth. Those to whom the system brings windfalls, beyond their deserts and even beyond their expectations or desires, become ‘profiteers,’ who are the object of the hatred of the bourgeoisie, whom the inflationism has impoverished, not less than of the proletariat. As the inflation proceeds and the real value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be almost meaningless; and the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery.

        Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.

        And here, Copernicus, four centuries earlier:

        ALTHOUGH THERE ARE COUNTLESS MALADIES that are forever causing the decline of kingdoms, princedoms, and republics, the following four (in my judgment) are the most serious: civil discord, a high death rate, sterility of the soil, and the debasement of coinage. The first three are so obvious that everybody recognizes the damage they cause; but the fourth one, which has to do with money, is noticed by only a few very thoughtful people, since it does not operate all at once and at a single blow, but gradually overthrows governments, and in a hidden, insidious way.

  3. David Ashton's Gravatar David Ashton
    June 18, 2017 - 11:20 am | Permalink

    The question is whether the brilliant Spengler, who had the eye of an artist and the pen of a poet, was correct in predicting an inevitable doom for the Euro-American civilization.

    In my view at the time of writing he was too attached imagining the historical predecessor cultures, especially the Classical, and failed to think through the full implications of our unique Faustian character – constant exploration and unlimited science. The proper use of technics in biology and economics may give us a longer extension of life than suggested by his comparative timelines, if there is sufficient will and organization.

    The prophetic conclusion of “Jahre der Entscheidung” (1933/4) gives hope: optimism may not be cowardice, after all.

    • Franklin Ryckaert's Gravatar Franklin Ryckaert
      June 18, 2017 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

      We have no doubt that science and technology will continue to develop in the West, however how “western” will that West be if the majority of its inhabitants will be non-white. Keep in mind that a substantial part of the population that will be still white will also consist of degenerates. A civilization led by a creative white minority, but consisting mainly of non-whites, mongrels and white degenerates is not an attractive prospect, no matter how “advanced” its technology. At the end of the day it is only race that matters.

      • David Ashton's Gravatar David Ashton
        June 19, 2017 - 3:59 am | Permalink

        @ Franklin Ryckaert

        While I would not go quite so far as Disraeli’s “All is race”, you have put the problems facing us quite succinctly. The solutions are (1) exclusion of alien colonists and (2) a subsequent eugenics program.

        Aware of the continued growth of the obstacles, ideological and practical, put in their way since my own contrarian student days, I realize the difficulties, but agreement on these main objectives and discussion of serious efforts of how to “get to Yes”, despite recent setbacks and enemies astute enough to forestall them, are now – however belatedly – imperative.

        Incidentally, a quibble: Niall Ferguson has not studied Spengler (nor LeBon, Danilevsky, Ibn Khaldun, Tenney Frank, &c) with sufficient care, but he has emphasized the dangers of Muslim mass-immigration, as a sort of neo-con, while some of his writing (despite the deterrence of his marriage to a Somali) does encourage opposition to miscegenation).

        • RonaldB's Gravatar RonaldB
          June 19, 2017 - 9:17 am | Permalink

          You have to be very, very careful in advocating a system eugenics program, especially if the government is involved. Once you start a government tampering with mating and birth, you run into multiple problems:

          1) Any government agency or program is subject to capture by the population under focus. Imagine a government agency devoted to eugenics captured by cultural Marxists.
          2) A government agency, even if operated legitimately, would probably focus on a single, well-defined measure, such as an IQ score. A selection based on IQ scores would ignore the public virtues and personality characteristics so important in progress and civilization. Imagine a population of Tony Blairs, Vanessa Mays, Barak Obamas: highly verbal, highly persuasive, highly adept at organizational manipulation, moral cretins.

          • David Ashton's Gravatar David Ashton
            June 19, 2017 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

            Depends on the government and its aims. Traditional mainstream eugenics outlived the Nazis in several democratic countries, and is coming back in China. Elimination of crippling genetic diseases and improving the birth-rate of productive and creative people (especially OUR lot) are better than what is happening now. Let us at least participate in the already on-going policy debates.

            And PS – it has NOTHING to do with “The Holocaust” TM.

          • June 20, 2017 - 10:52 am | Permalink

            Endogamy among “that extended family”, the ethnic state, ensures the perpetuation of the race; further endogamy among admirable enclaves, dynasties, or even castes used to usually achieve an eugenic effect.

          • silviosilver's Gravatar silviosilver
            June 20, 2017 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

            Cultural Marxists are already more or less “in charge.” Contemporary fertility patterns look very much like something a cultural Marxist fanatic would ordain – the worst outbreeding the best, and by a comfortable margin. Just how much worse than this could a real cult Marx ‘eugenics’ (dysgenics) program possibly be?

  4. Bruce's Gravatar Bruce
    June 18, 2017 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had this book on my to-read/buy list but have not gotten around to it as of yet. It sounds wonderful per the review, will be reading it soon!

    I find it fascinating that Duchesne went through a similar journey as many have. First denouncing certain topics as beyond the pale, then slowly and eventually arriving to them with an appreciation at some later point.

    • silviosilver's Gravatar silviosilver
      June 20, 2017 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Have you ever reflected on what sort of presentation of the facts of racial reality might have expedited your acceptance of their importance?

      Such acceptance in itself is not necessarily enough to make one care about white racial interests, but it’s hardly uncommon for whites to grow concerned for their race after becoming aware of certain racial home truths.

  5. Charles's Gravatar Charles
    June 19, 2017 - 7:32 am | Permalink

    I am reading Bernard Diaz now who was among the conquistadores of New Spain… They saw themselves as superior to the natives, who were cannibals that sacrificed humans in temples all over what is now Mexico, but at the same time they married the women and took them as brothers if the indians worshipped the cross. The amount of worthless glass beads that were traded for all the gold in the country is incredible, how were the Indians tricked? They must have thought the beads to be diamonds… Ultimately one cannot conclude anything other than that the conquistadors were the highest type of men, being that a few hundred of them conquered hundreds of thousands and founded a country that still exists today.

  6. Michael Adkins's Gravatar Michael Adkins
    June 19, 2017 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    I believe there’s something missing that needs to be addressed, “biracial privilege.” This is something we are subjected to daily.

  7. RonaldB's Gravatar RonaldB
    June 19, 2017 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    Deterioration of the population.

    There is a natural rate of genetic mutation that affects all genes. The consequence of this is that any population trait not continually selected for will disappear. This is graphically illustrated by the existence of eyeless fish in subterranean caves.

    The existence of the welfare state, and to an extent the success of medicine and the easy availability of food and medical care results in the deterioration of salient population characteristics, even in the absence of mass immigration, which certainly speeds up the process. Thus, the aggressive instincts of the Indo-Europeans, rewarded so richly for centuries, is likely in decline now through natural processes.

    As a seat-of-the-pants example, take Sweden, isolated through location and previous immigration restrictions, but a tremendously wealthy and beneficent welfare state, totally unable to defend itself from external and internal pressures to change its fundamental nature.

    My point is that the European aggressiveness and other characteristics we love so much will eventually disappear, even with total immigration restriction, unless there is some selection for these characteristics. A government targeted program to this effect would undoubtedly do more harm than good.

  8. Realist's Gravatar Realist
    June 19, 2017 - 3:39 pm | Permalink

    “Yet van den Berghe, like most scientists, is a political liberal and agrees with the supposed need to suppress ethnocentrism.”

    Van den Berghe is a social scientist not a true scientist.

  9. Peter's Gravatar Peter
    June 20, 2017 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    “Fernandez-Armesto accuses modern explorers of ‘amateurism, naivety, credulousness, bombast, mendacity [and] sheer incompetence.”

    Another great article from this great website. As my fellow Europeans / whites begin to recognize the hatred, animosity and jealousy many non-whites feel towards them, I feel closer to other whites than ever before. Fernandez-Armesto apparently has the contempt for whites that I noticed towards my fellow Germans, most noticeably, for the first forty years of my life. And I think Jews are largely responsible for both situations.

    Several sentences were particularly interesting and enjoyable to read, including that Professor Duchesne “Eventually, he retrieved a copy of the 2nd abridged edition of Rushton’s Race, Evolution and Behavior which had been sent to him years previously only to be laid aside as a ‘racist’ tract.” I think many people’s thinking has developed the same way, which isn’t surprising. We’ve all received the same instruction in school and society.

    • Peter's Gravatar Peter
      June 20, 2017 - 9:39 am | Permalink

      I wish my deceased parents were still alive so they could read the articles on this website, particularly my father, who died in the mid 1990’s. We argued about the war, “racism” and the “holocaust” constantly and I owe him many apologies which it is now too late for him to hear.

      • Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
        June 21, 2017 - 12:05 am | Permalink

        @ Peter:
        Thanks, your comment struck a resonant chord.

  10. Amasius's Gravatar Amasius
    June 21, 2017 - 2:25 am | Permalink

    Armesto is terrible. I read his “Civilizations” book and in it he actually claims (doesn’t argue, since he doesn’t know what he’s talking about) that there was no Indo-European people or Indo-European homeland, furthermore there isn’t even an Indo-European language family and the resemblances are all just a coincidence. He’s basically a pseudo-educated imbecile.

    • George Kocan's Gravatar George Kocan
      June 21, 2017 - 8:01 am | Permalink

      The relevant academic term here is ‘deconstruction.’

  11. Sam J.'s Gravatar Sam J.
    June 21, 2017 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    “…The original historical expression of this drive is the heroic ethos which informs Homer’s Iliad and Germanic heroic poetry: the overriding ambition of the aristocratic warrior to achieve immortal fame by engaging in battles for prestige in contempt of his own mortality…”

    You know this sounds a little like SJW think. Even though nulticultural immigration hurts them they defend it. How can we turn this feeling or behavior over where it’s eugenic instead of dis-eugenic?

  12. Sam J.'s Gravatar Sam J.
    June 21, 2017 - 7:02 pm | Permalink

    The Jews are a tribe of psychopaths. Not all, maybe not even the majority, but a lot. I keep saying this constantly but the psychopathic mentality is so different from most of our way of thinking that we have a hard time believing it.

    Now we are beginning to have proof in genetic studies. Read heartiste article on genetic testing of races.(It’s not too long)


    The long term behavior of Jews, as a group, can in no way be differentiated from a tribe of psychopaths. All of the Jews ancient writings are nothing more than a manual for psychopaths to live by. The Talmud is nothing but one psychopathic thought after another. The Talmud “great enlightenment” basically says that everyone not Jewish is there to serve Jews. All their property is really the Jews. No one is really human unless they’re Jews and their lives don’t matter. A psychopathic religion for a psychopathic people.

    They’ve been thrown out of every single country that they’ve been to in any numbers. Psychopaths having no empathy themselves can only go by the feedback they get from the people they are exploiting. So they push and push to see what they can get away with. The normal people build up resentment towards them. Thinking “surely they will reform or repent” like a normal person who does wrong. Of course the Jews do not. They don’t have the mental process for reform. Then in a huge mass outpouring of hate for the Jews, fed up with the refusal to reform their behavior, they attack and/or deport them. In this stage of the cycle the Big/Rich Jews escape and the little Jews are attacked.

    Start over.

    Even if it’s wrong if you assume the Jews are a tribe of psychopaths you will never be surprised and Jew’s behavior will make sense.

    Once you understand the Jews are a tribe of psychopaths their silly assed schemes become transparent. You just have to see them for what they are. Never listen to what they say as they are complete liars. Look at the media coverage of Trump, Russia, Russia, Russia, if this is not an absolute premier textbook definition of psychopathic “gas-lighting” then I don’t know what is.

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