This article describes a mixed-race political figure, basically a professional activist, who projected a benevolent exterior, yet brought destruction in his wake. Count Richard Nikolaus Eijiro von Coudenhove-Kalergi is today an obscure political figure, though in his time he was kind of a minor celebrity, and began the concept leading to the European Union.
His father descended from Byzantine nobility, and also with ancestry from lineages all over Europe. This citizen of the world was a diplomat and married a Japanese woman whose parents were quite displeased, throwing her out of the family. Richard was born in 1894, the second of seven children. In his infancy, they moved from Tokyo to a small town near the present-day Czech-German border.
When Richard was twenty years old, his father died, leaving him wealth of which the vast majority can only dream and freeing him to pursue his hobby full-time. Much like Karl Marx, Richard wrote a lot but never had a real job in his life. The major difference was that he was a scion of landed gentry, while Marx was basically a bum plotting worldwide revolution while swilling beer at London pubs. Read more