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The Mysterious German Professor

The Atlantic Recording Company’s history strangely parallels the Jewish-American elite’s cultural revolution after World War II. This elite promoted Frankfurt School teaching in a effort to weaken the middle classes — their political nemesis. Atlantic Records prides itself on plugging the same socially destructive behavior.

This article explores a possible connection between Theodor Adorno and Atlantic Records. The connection: An unnamed German professor helped Atlantic Records devise its signature sound in 1947. When this professor could no longer work with Atlantic, he was replaced by a research assistant from the Manhattan Project. I argue that this professor was Theodor Adorno.

The significance of this connection is that Atlantic  Records was one of the most influential recording companies during the sexual revolution, the Civil Rights movement, and era of immigration reform. A connection with Adorno would suggest that the company at its origins was intent on tapping the expertise of one of the greatest propagandists of the 20th century.

The Frankfurt School

Adorno was the Frankfurt School’s music critic. His forte was analyzing the psychological and political impact of music on listeners. He was also interested in how new recording technology changed the listening experience. Of course the point of all this interest in the technical side of music was Adorno’s passion for finding out how to use music to achieve the Frankfurt School’s leftist political aims.

Theodor Adorno

Adorno knew what made music intellectually challenging, as well as what made it appeal to the masses.  Very broadly, popular music appeals to our expectations about what sounds should follow one another; intellectual music challenges those expectations.

In general leftist intellectuals during the 1930s and 1940s were hostile to mass produced culture, including all forms of popular music. Both the New York Intellectuals and the Frankfurt School saw mass culture as the result of manipulation by elites, whether it was in the Soviet Union, National Socialist Germany, or capitalist, bourgeois United States. According to Adorno, mass culture appealed to base pleasures, propped up the status quo, and led to a pervasive conformity which denied the individuality and subjective experience of the masses.

Adorno considered Jazz to be one of the worst forms of popular music. He though Jazz reconciled erotic urges with traditional Western Culture: that it transformed people into insects.

He was both right and wrong.  Any music with a strong, steady beat tends to absorb the listener’s attention — the beat has a focusing effect on music. The jazz of the 1920–1930s was often made from traditional tunes played loudly with a syncopated beat — an easily produced commodity that wasted energy that Adorno thought should be spent in revolution. Everything about big-band music went against Adorno’s philosophy. Fun-loving jitter-buggers indulging in their base instincts were not good revolutionary material. Rather than expressing their individuality, they were doing little more than conforming to a cultural fad.

Adorno’s desire for a socialist revolution led him to favor Modernist music that left the listener feeling unsatisfied and dislocated — music that consciously avoided harmony and predictability. He believed that only discord could usher in what Herbert Marcuse would later describe as the “return of the repressed.” This is why Adorno endlessly praised the work of Arnold Schoenberg, his coreligionist and avant-garde composer.

A recent collection of Adorno’s music criticism, Essays on Music contains the essay Why is the New Art so Hard to Understand?, originally published in 1931. In his usual opaque style, Adorno explains why the general public instinctively rejects Schoenberg and “the new music”:

The difficulty of understanding the new art has its specific basis in this necessity of consumer consciousness to refer back to an intellectual and social situation in which everything that goes beyond the given realities, every revelation of their contradictions, amounts to a threat.

In other words, in order to understand this music, people had to get beyond their consumer consciousness and realize the contradictions of middle class life. The omniscient Frankfurters were very proud of their ability to reveal to “stupid” consumers the contradictions in the Western society and the psychological inadequacies of the middle class.

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Plato thought that new art styles could trigger social revolutions. This is why Plato believed that the State should carefully censor the arts to make sure they preserve the values that society is based on. Adorno and the rest of the Frankfurt School wanted to use the “new music” to undermine Western middle class values, as described more fully in my essay, The Difficult Class.

Adorno’s goal was to present his political message as the solution to the feelings of dislocation that “the new music” invoked. Adorno thought that these feelings of dissatisfaction could be used against Western Culture: He wanted listeners to associate these negative feelings with traditional lifestyles, and look toward the Frankfurters for something “better.”

Adorno’s hopes for the revolutionary potential of Schoenberg’s music were dashed because very few people wanted to listen to it. Schoenberg’s music has never been popular outside of academic circles, partly because you have to be highly musically trained to find it even interesting, much less beautiful. Even if one can appreciate the studied discord of his pieces, listening to Schoenberg is hard work.

After World War II it became clear that Adorno’s hopes for Schoenberg’s work were unfounded. The most widely respected Frankfurt School historian, Martin Jay, says that Adorno had stopped publicly criticizing contemporary popular music by 1960. This suggests that he may have changed his mind on the revolutionary potential of popular music even before that time.

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records was founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun, a Turkish-American, and Herb Abramson, who was Jewish.  Much of the growth of Atlantic occurred after 1953 when music producer Jerry Wexler, also Jewish, joined the firm.

The story about Atlantic’s first sound engineer is intriguing.  Atlantic moved out of Washington, DC. and into a building at 234 W 56th Street in New York in 1947. There a “German Professor” helped the young businessmen record their first jazz albums.

Ertegun told this story many times, but no one ever found out who the “German Professor” actually was.

There are clues though.  According to Ertegun, “the studio had this German professor who did the bulk of the engineering.” The professor was “a little middle-aged German doctor” who was “really difficult to work with.” Ertegun claimed that, the professor “wouldn’t let us turn up the bass, or touch anything, but we were told he was a master, so we put up with him.”

Ertegun also claimed that the professor “didn’t know anything about popular music” but that that he was “technically reliable.”

There are only so many German professors with knowledge of music recording and a negative attitude toward jazz and popular music in any city — but especially so in 1940s New York. The publicly available evidence points to Adorno being that mysterious sound engineer.

Ertegun recorded music that more established performers like Count Basie considered “ignorant.” Ertegun specifically wanted to produce music that appealed to the masses, not the musically trained. As noted above, Adornoreally disliked this type of mass production and made a point of telling us so in his essays, particularly On Popular Music (1941) and On the Fetish-Character in Music (1938). See my Adorno as Critic for more information on this.

Nevertheless, Adorno was a brilliant music analyst who had been thinking in terms of multi-track recording for a long time. He understood recording technology and its effect on music and he knew the music industry inside-out. Adorno knew a lot about how music affects people’s thinking and he had written extensively on the dumbing-down effect of pop culture.

There would seem to be two possibilities. One is that Adorno helped Ertegun achieve a popular musical sound even though Adorno himself hated popular music for all the reasons noted above. This would seem to be unlikely. Why would the Adorno as a self-conscious revolutionary participate in something he saw as reactionary?

The  second possibility is that by the late 1940s Adorno understood that popular music could be used to further the cause of revolution. Adorno and the other Frankfurt School theorists and New York Intellectuals were well aware that popular music could be used to manipulate the masses in communist, fascist, and capitalist societies. As alienated intellectuals living in New York in the 1930s and early 1940s, they had excellent reasons to dislike popular culture: In the US, it upheld the capitalist status quo. In National Socialist Germany it reinforced anti-Semitism and racialist ideology. And in the Soviet Union, it was part of Stalinist repression.

But it’s a completely different ballgame when they had the power to influence popular culture, as they did after World War II. If these leftist intellectuals had the power to influence popular culture, they could use it to manipulate the masses in the directions that they wanted — toward liberal cosmopolitanism, breaking down racial barriers, and promoting Black cultural icons.

Atlantic Records was certainly involved in these trends. By all accounts (including Ertegun’s), Atlantic Records led the way breaking down racial segregation in 1950s America. Ertegun says he promoted Black music when nobody else would. (He used a stage name so he wouldn’t embarrass his family.) Ertegun is credited with having set America on course for appreciating Black culture and replacing White cultural icons with Black ones.

This is only a half-truth. According to Ertegun’s partner Jerry Wexler, Atlantic was in the business of “taking the gospel songs and putting the devil’s words to them.” They weren’t representing Black culture, but a self-destructive Black sub-culture. They were promoting icons that spoke for society’s underbelly: unrestrained sexuality, violence, and drugs.

The message that Ertegun promoted is the same message that Herbert Marcuse plugged in Eros and Civilization and Adorno pushed in The Authoritarian Personality. Based on psychoanalysis, their message was that socialism could only develop if people free themselves of their sexual repressions. In The Culture of Critique, Kevin MacDonald described the basic ideas as follows:

In Eros and Civilization Marcuse accepts Freud’s theory that Western culture is pathogenic as a result of the repression of sexual urges, paying homage to Freud, who “recognized the work of repression in the highest values of Western civilization—which presuppose and perpetuate unfreedom and suffering” (p. 240). Marcuse cites Wilhelm Reich’s [he oforgone energy fame] early work approvingly as an exemplar of the “leftist” wing of Freud’s legacy. Reich “emphasized the extent to which sexual repression is enforced by the interests of domination and exploitation, and the extent to which these interests are in turn reinforced and reproduced by sexual repression” (p. 239). Like Freud, Marcuse points the way to a nonexploitative utopian civilization that would result from the complete end of sexual repression, but Marcuse goes beyond Freud’s ideas inCivilization and Its Discontents only in his even greater optimism regarding the beneficial effects of ending sexual repression. (Ch. 4)

Clearly the Frankfurt School intellectuals had come to find virtue in appealing to base pleasures and unrestrained sexuality. Such views fit well with Eric P. Kaufmann’s emphasis on the role of leftist intellectuals in the rise of expressive individualism as a theme of the 1960s counterculture that in many ways remains dominant today. Such views are quite opposite to those of Plato who believed that they would weaken the state and pave the way for tyranny.

Atlantic branched out into rock music in the 1960s, and by the 1990s they were into “gangsta rap.” I can’t think of a better example of “polymorphouslyperverse” sexuality than The Rolling Stones, or a more degenerate icon than Snoop Dogg.

In the years following World War II the music recording industry was massively consolidated. In 1967 Atlantic Records was bought by what is now the Warner Music Group, although Atlantic continued to operate under its own label.

But Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group isn’t just an unfortunate anomaly. The preponderance of the modern recording industry promotes lifestyle choices that the Frankfurters came to identify as being conducive to social revolution. EMI,Universal and Sony have signed a corps of artists who espouse the same morally weakening messages. As I discussed in The Difficult Class, this revolution has concentrated power in the elite and disenfranchised the middle class.

The Columbia University Connection

The Frankfurters had been revolutionary propagandists since the beginning of the Institute for Social Research in Germany in 1923. Refugees from National Socialist Germany, the Frankfurt School moved to Columbia University in New York City in 1934.

Columbia University was also very important to the scientific side of Roosevelt’s war effort. The Office of Scientific Research and Development recruited heavily from Columbia for the Manhattan Project. The OSRD was also interested in psychology and psycho-acoustics — topics that were more in tune with Adorno’s research.

It is also noteworthy that during World War II, several Frankfurters, including the sociologist Herbert Marcuse, joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) which became the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947.

The connections between the Frankfurters, Columbia University, the OSS/CIA and the OSRD are important because when the “German Professor” was called away from Atlantic Records in 1947, he was replaced by Tom Dowd, a Columbia University student straight from the OSRD’s Manhattan Project. Dowd’s high-level connections made him a likely candidate to replace the prickly Adorno once Atlantic had established its signature sound.

The German Professor suddenly stopped helping Atlantic Records in 1947. Ertegun recalled only that Dowd had been sent to help Atlantic “because the professor can’t make it.” No one seems to how Dowd got the job.

Tom Dowd was a classically trained musician as well as a Manhattan Project researcher. Dowd stated that his bomb work was paid for by the OSRD, which was closed in 1947. He claimed that he couldn’t continue studying nuclear physics at Columbia because he knew a lot of very current, sensitive information on the bomb project and didn’t want to have to sit through lectures that were a decade old. (See Tom Dowd and the Laugage of Music, a film by Mark Moormann.) Fortunately for Dowd, Adorno was unhappy at work.

The Bomb and Personality Profiling: Closer Than You Think

John Marks, author of The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control, shows that there were many links between the Manhattan Project and the CIA’s “mind control” initiative  known as Project MK-ULTRA. MK-ULTRA was organized along the Manhattan Project model, and Manhattan Project contractors were hired by MK-ULTRA for top-secret research into psychotropic drugs.

The MK-ULTRA program was also interested in profiling personalities — work that the Frankfurt School had been concentrating on for the US Government since the final years of the war.

I have been through the MK-ULTRA files at the National Security Archives. I would like to clear up a common misconception about them. The LSD research was only a part of this organization’s interests. Their main goal was to figure out the most efficient way to manipulate people. The LSD projects were simply the most sensational and not even the most effective.

Many of the MK-ULTRA programs were designed to analyze different personalities and how they are likely to respond to certain situations. MK-ULTRA teams tried to map out the beliefs and insecurities of certain ethnic groups, like Blacks; and social groups, like lower-class inner-city residents; and religious groups like Evangelical Christians. They were building a database of how to manipulate ethnic politics and special interest groups.

The Frankfurt School’s work on “authoritarian personalities” in the 1930s was repackaged for American audiences as Studies in Prejudice, including the landmark The Authoritarian Personality and other books that attempted to develop psychological profiles of White Americans. In general, these works aremore ideological than scientific, typically relying on psychoanalysis as a very pliable means of attaining its political goals of depicting White Americans with ethnocentric tendencies as victims of variously formulated psychiatric disorders.

The CIA’s MK-ULTRA program picked up where the Frankfurters left off by analyzing politically-organized minority groups. Tom Dowd belonged to a very select group of students who had the security clearance to be exposed to the type of work that the Frankfurters were doing through the US government. Tom Dowd would have been an obvious choice to replace Adorno at the recording studio.

Conclusion

In this article I have not provided evidence proving that Atlantic Records is an offshoot of Frankfurt School social engineering. I have provided circumstantial evidence that shows cooperation between the two organizations was very likely. Much of what the Frankfurters were doing was beyond public scrutiny. But when an entire industry devotes itself to ideals espoused by a handful of aging leftist radicals, it is a strong indication that something is amiss.

Governments have always existed to control society. Humane philosophers recognize that a legitimate government exercises control in a way that benefits its citizens. Anything else is tyranny. Music companies like Warner promote behavior that is corrupting and damaging. Just ask the joker in the White House.

Elizabeth Whitcombe (email her) is a graduate of MIT in Economics with a concentration in International Economics. She is a financial analyst and free-lance writer living in New York City.

Dysgenics of a Communist Killing Field: The Croatian Bleiburg

In the study of communist terror different methods from different fields have been applied, ranging from the fields of political science, historiography, philosophy, to international justice. An impressive number of books about communist crimes have enabled observers to grasp this unique phenomenon of the twentieth century, which inevitably brings about a large and emotional outcry, followed by constant haggling about different body counts. Whether it is former communist Cambodia, or former communist Poland, in the minds of many citizens of former communist countries, communism is a synonym for an inhumane political system.

Despite the fall of communism as an ideological and political-legal system, the communist ideas of egalitarianism and the belief in permanent economic progress are still alive, albeit in other forms and under different names, and even amidst people who describe themselves as anticommunists. Perhaps the reason for that lies in the fact that the ideas of equality, internationalism (‘globalism’) and economic growth may be more easily achievable, or at least appear to be more easily achievable, in the liberal, capitalist West than in the former ‘real-socialist’ countries in the East.

Little effort has been made so far to analyze the communist system within the framework of modern genetics. As discussed below, communist terror was at least at times disproportionately directed at the upper classes. From a genetic perspective, this suggests that it had dysgenic effects on the gene pool of victim populations — that is, by removing the upper classes, there would be a general lowering of the genetic quality of the population.

According to Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen, the average IQ for European countries ranges from 90 to 100. They find that the average IQ for Croats is a meager 90. Why such a modest IQ for Croats?

Besides possibly lowering IQ, one might also ask the question: Did communism in the former Soviet Union, or for that matter in the former communist Yugoslavia, gave birth to a unique subspecies of people predisposed to communism?  Did it give rise to people who would fit into and feel comfortable in a largely bureaucratic regime with little scope for personal freedom?

In fact, the description of communist lifestyle has already been well described by former Russian dissident and novelist, Alexander Zinoviev in his Homo Sovieticus, (1982). Zinoviev introduced the term homo sovieticus into the study of communist pathology, albeit more as a literary metaphor than as a term for a specific anthropological species. Seen from the perspective of sociobiology, Zinoviev’s homo sovieticus is not only a literary figure reflecting a distinctive life style or an allegory for communized masses in the former Soviet Union or the former Yugoslavia. It is a peculiar biological sub-creature of modern mass democracies.

Zinoviev was well aware that communism directly appeals to the lowest instincts of each human being, and therefore that communism is an ideal system for future mass societies facing shrinking natural resources. Unlike the erratic free market system, communism provides workers with a complete sense of psychological security and economic predictability, however Spartan their living and working conditions may be. Only by deciphering such a communized mindset will Western observers be able to comprehend strange feelings of “Yugo-nostalgia” or fond memories of Stalin in post-communist Eastern Europe — even among former victims of communism and despite the terrible legacy of Gulag and Kolyma. The communist workers motto, so often analyzed by Zinoviev, summarizes it best: “Nobody can pay me as little as little I can work.”

The Aristocide of Bleiburg and other communist killing fields

The Croatian Bleiburg (see also here and here) is a name of a mass killing field in southern Austria. In mid-May 1945 hundreds of thousands of fleeing ethnic German and Croatian civilians and soldiers surrendered to the British — only to be turned over promptly to the advancing and victorious Yugoslav communist troops. Subsequently, the term ‘Bleiburg’ became a metaphor for the Croatian holocaust and is widely used in contemporary Croatia by those who suffered under the communist rule, long after WWII. In the collective memory of Croats the word ‘Bleiburg’ means an absolute biological catastrophe whose historical, psychophysical and anthropological (and craniometrical?) consequences are yet to be evaluated. The word Bleiburg means to Croats what the word Katyn means to Poles, or what Auschwitz means to Jews. Although the true body count of Bleiburg is subject to emotional disputes, one thing remains certain: Bleiburg meant the violent disappearance of the Croat middle class in 1945.

The word “aristocide” first entered into the English vocabulary thanks to Nathaniel Weyl, a former American Communist of Jewish origin, who became a celebrity in the fifties after converting to a radical anticommunist and a denouncer of his former communist comrades. In his essay “Envy and Aristocide,”  Weyl describes how envy prompts less intelligent people to criminal behavior and malice.

Weyl’s concept of aristocide makes it easier to comprehend the real reasons for the sanguinary behavior of Yugoslav Communists, who, in the aftermath of WWII, carried out gigantic killings against civilians of the Croatian, Serbian and the ethnic German middle class. In their incessant purges the Yugoslav secret police, the OZNA and the UDBA, were not only motivated by ideological reasons, i.e., the famed ‘class struggle,’ but rather by primordial emotions of envy and knowledge that many anticommunist and nationalist Croat intellectuals, were more handsome, more intelligent, or had more moral integrity than themselves. A German general and intelligence officer,Lothar von Rendulic, who had a keen understanding of the communist guerilla mindset in the Balkans, describes cannibal-like practices of the Yugoslav partisans against German Wehrmacht soldiers, and how German soldiers begged him for transfers from the Balkan front to the Eastern Front. (Gekämpft-gesiegt-geschlagen, 1952). It is a great pity that many of such books have been translated neither into Croatian nor into English.

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In his important book Future Human Evolution, John Glad has pointed out that communist genocides had a direct impact on the decline of cultural and economic growth of the new nations of Eastern Europe because a large number of intelligent people were simply wiped out and could not pass on their genes to their offspring. One can say that all East European nations were subjected to considerable depletion of their gene pool.

Here lies the trap of the tantalizing ideology of egalitarianism and its most glaring offshoot, communism: These ideologies teach that all people are equal, which logically entails a conclusion that anybody can be replaceable and expendable at will and that his or her replica can easily be reproduced in another social environment.  There is an old Yugoslav communistic proverb, still alive in Croatia’s public life that says:  “No one is indispensable!”

Similar theses of ‘indispensability’ and ‘expendability’ had been earlier put forward by the Soviet pseudo- scientist  Trofim Lysenko, who argued that wheat can be grown in Antarctica and that intelligent citizens can be cranked out according to the communist party Five-Year Plan.

This thesis, namely that the social-economic environment engenders miracles, is still widespread, albeit in its softer version in multiracial America. The liberal philosophy of the “nurture factor” seems to be an ideal tool for petty criminals, maladaptive individuals, and especially for people of lower intelligence, who, as a rule, for their own physical and moral shortcomings, always blame “somebody else.” The formula for such procrustean ethics becomes transparent in the lexical and juridical fraud known as “affirmative action” in the USA, which is in essence a carbon copy of what multicultural communist Yugoslavia termed the “republican key quota.” This Yugoslavian version of affirmative action meant that each former Yugoslav constituent communist republic was obliged to furnish its own share of communist hacks to receive federal perks.

From the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, communist revolutionaries targeted the pre-revolutionary elites — Russian aristocrats, the Christian clergy, the ethnically German middle class, and all those whose intelligence and knowledge were above average. Because  of this, communism, with its teachings of equality, is still highly appreciated by large masses of dispossessed individuals, and particularly by frustrated intellectuals because it stresses the dogma of “equal opportunity with equal results.”

Studies should be made as to the exact number of the Croat urban population killed by the Yugoslav communists after 1945. Maybe forensic studies of the barren bones scattered in numerous unknown graves and pits all over southern Austria, Slovenia and Croatia could reveal interesting data on the decline in IQ among Croats today. A French author, Christopher Dolbeau, goes to great lengths to provide the names of countless Croatian artists and scientists who perished in Communist genocides in 1945 and after (writers: John Softa, Marijan Marijasevic, Marijan Blazic, Bonaventura Radonic, Kerubin Segvic, Yerko Skracic, Vladimir Jurcic; poets: Stanko Vitkovic, Branko Klaric, Vinko Kos, Gabriel Cvitan; journalists: Mijo Bzik, Agathe von Hausberger, John Maronic, Vilim Peros, Daniel Uvanovic, Tias Mortigjija, etc. If we add to these names the names of Croatian engineers, technicians, military officers, priests — all classes of people with higher than average IQs, the figure of human losses among Croat intellectuals in the aftermath of WWII is frightening indeed (Croatie, Sentinelle de l’Occident, 2005).

By its nature communism, and to a large extent modern liberalism, encourage mediocrity and lack of initiative, because everyone who sticks out above the average is quickly castigated for “bourgeois, fascist deviation.” Based on the rough estimates of human losses in Yugoslavia, one could also speculate about subsequent political events in Yugoslavia, including the unnecessary war between two similar peoples the,   Serbs and Croats in 1991 — which was to a large extent orchestrated by ex-communist Serb and Croat apparatchiks respectively. In addition, Croatia had also its  “silent Bleiburg,” — that is, the voluntary departure to Western countries of over one million Croats, from 1945 to 1990.

Under the romantic assumption that this biological disaster had not occurred, Croatia may well have made today some significant achievements in certain fields of science — and not just in the field of sport or in the soccer field. The same goes for all East European countries, except for one detail: Croats, Estonians, Lithuanians are small peoples and the time needed to replenish their gene pool lasts historically longer.

One can advance another hypothesis. The Yugoslav crisis in 1990 and the subsequent savage interethnic killings would have probably not taken place with highly intelligent and highly educated non-communist and non-fascist politicians such as the late Serb Milan Stojadinovic (who left in 1945 for Argentina) and his Croat counterpart Vlatko Macek (who left the same year for America). Conversely, if one had a quick glance at the phenotype of the leaders in both in Croatia and Serbia in 1991 one is struck that they were all once avid participants of the same Yugoslav communist mindset.

Murder and persecution of intelligent people leads to economic slowdown. Zimbabwe (former Rhodesia) was once the main wheat exporting country in Africa. Today it must import food, because of its inept government. Algeria was once the breadbasket of France; now, although being one of the main world exporters of natural gas and oil, it depends on huge food imports. It is no wonder that the so-called Soviet miracle — most notably the launching of the space rocket Sputnik into the orbit, was due to the work of captured German scientists. It is still an unspoken truth in Croatia today that the so- called “Yugoslav miracle of the 60’s,” was due to German slave workers (i.e., captured ethnic Germans and German POWs, 1945–50).

Under the assumption that Croatia had preserved its genetic stock and that the tragedy of Bleiburg had not occurred, under the assumption that hundreds of thousands of Croats had not emigrated to Western countries, one cannot rule out that Croatia would be by now a dynamic country with 8 to 10 million people (approximately twice its current population), with completely different political elites and political values. Thus, even today, the framing of public opinion in Croatia remains the privilege of sons and daughters of former communist stalwarts whose past won’t pass away.

Sociobiological analyses may be looked at with derision by the liberal media. However, each individual knows deadly well which tribe or ingroup he belongs to when “push comes to shove” — which one is his real in-group. Should he fail to acknowledge his racial or ethnic kinsmen or his “territorial imperative,” “the Other” won’t hesitate to remind him of it. It may sound cynical, but a significant number of Croats discovered their nationalist credo only in 1990 — when the perception of the communist and the Serb threat had begun looming large on the horizon. A discovery of such ‘negative identity’ may tomorrow await Americans, which could then make the ex-Yugoslav example look like a kindergarten brawl.

Subconsciously, all races are aware of that old Latin proverb that “a man’s character lies in his face” (in facie legitur homo). And Friedrich Nietzsche was even blunter when he recalled the ancient European wisdom “monstrum in anime, monstrum in fronte (monster by spirit, monster in head). Translated into English: a political crook is recognizable by his facial expression.

Tom Sunic (see www.tomsunic.info and http://doctorsunic.netfirms.com/) is an author, translator, former US professor of political science, and a former Croat diplomat.

Eye on the Media – NYT’s Kristof Admits: A White Mugabe Would Get Attention

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof is a bit of an enigma:  an apparently white gentile male with solidly liberal leanings who occasionally flirts with the reality of genetic differences.  His big concern, as with many white liberals, is Africa.

But Kristof is not quite the apologist that Walter Duranty was for the Soviet Union.  He lays bare the atrocities of African regimes and does not reflexively blame whites for Africa’s messes.

In his Sunday column, he actually reports that many black Africans in Zimbabwe preferred the rule of white leader Ian Smith to its present leader, black African Robert Mugabe, because under Smith, food was available.

Says Kristof, “If only Mr. Mugabe were a white racist! Then the regional powers might stand up to him. For the sake of Zimbabweans, we should be just as resolute in confronting African tyrants who are black as in confronting those who are white.”

The attacks on white farmers by Mugabe and his goons — as well as horrifying violence committed against fellow blacks — should be known to white advocates.  The latter has started to get attention from the Bush administration and even Britain, which recently stripped Mugabe of his “knighthood” (what it says about the West that he ever got this in the first place is too depressing to consider.)

But for Kristof, the fate of whites shouldn’t enter into the moral calculus at all. He states, “Britain squandered its influence partly by focusing on the plight of dispossessed white farmers. (That’s tribalism for Anglo-Saxons.)”

Those tribal British! All they care about is people like themselves when they should really be finding ways to help out the blacks. Of course, the sad fact is that the British have lost the normal human sense of tribalism to the point that both major parties officially endorse Britain as a multicultural, multiethnic state.

Kristof is correct that a white Mugabe would get attention.  But he’s wrong if he thinks the West should or will drop its double standard.  The truth is that we expect such madness from black Africans, because it’s perfectly in line with their past behavior.  The lower IQ, quickness to violence and higher rates of pathology among blacks are a compelling explanation for that behavior, but beyond that, the madness of Africa is not the business of whites (with the exception of the attacks on whites, for which I recommend military intervention and refugee status in white countries).

Africa is a hellhole not because of the legacy of colonialism, “racism” by the white West or “failures of leadership,” but because it is populated by the lowest-IQ human beings on Earth.  Their evolutionary trajectory simply does not equip them to live in or make the civilized societies of the West.  This is no cause for mockery or condemnation, but simple understanding and acknowledgment.

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But this understanding is crucial, because whites have saddled themselves — with the prodding of men like Kristof — to feel that Africa’s situation can be remedied if we simply take the right actions.  Of course, it won’t.

Even if the case could be made that whites should make humanitarian gestures toward Africa, this would be immoral given the present crisis facing whites. Whites need to be attending to their own people, who are quickly vanishing from the Earth.  If Kristof wants a tragedy to cover, he should look into this.

Christopher Donovan is the pen name of an attorney and former journalist.

The Nation-Destroying Naïveté of an American President

The dullness of President Bush needs no expanding here.  Critics right, left, racial-nationalist and otherwise have weighed in the utter obtuseness of our Commander-in-Chief.

But a recent item from a New York Times’ reporter’s notebook reveals the stunning depths of that naïveté.

In it, Bush, visiting Jerusalem as part of his tribute to Israel’s 60th birthday, was surprised to learn that Arabs and Jews do not date each other.  “No dances?” he asked. The American ambassador, Richard H. Jones, had to step in and tell him, as the item says, that society there is “more conservative.”

Reflect on that for a minute.  The leader of the world’s superpower, currently occupying Iraq and other parts of the Middle East in a military venture that has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives, is so ignorant of even basic elements of ethnic hostility that he imagines Jews and Arabs, perhaps West Side Story-style, to be dancing giddily together and sneaking kisses under palm trees. Or … pick your musical.  Actually, West Side Story, a neat little bit of early Jewish “deracialization” propaganda, at least starts with the premise that whites and Hispanics don’t normally mix.

No wonder he’s easily controlled by Jewish advocates for Israel.  No wonder he doesn’t understand that you cannot turn Iraq into a democracy.  Of course, we didn’t really wonder about these things, but this anecdote is just too much.  What a dangerous, dangerous idiot this man is.

But not just a generally dangerous idiot — a man who, against every advice, belief and instinct of this website, does not understand that, truly, diversity is not our greatest strength.  We are not “all one race, the human race.”  We are a world of very different racial and ethnic groups, whose evolutionary course has made naturally hostile toward, and competitive with, each other.  No, Mr. Bush, we can’t all “just get along.”

Ah, but President Bush is the perfect product of years of steeping in minority racist advocacy, anti-white activity, and Jewish activism directed toward the deracination of whites against all others.  He probably does really believe that “race is just a skin color,” that ethnic and religio-ethnic conflict can be fixed with the right attitude, and that Mexicans are no different from white Americans, but for a darker shade.

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And behold the damage this has done, both to white Americans whose country is being dissolved with the help of his policies and beliefs, and to peoples around the world (save the Israelis) who suffer from American warfare.

The insistence of policy makers and political leaders throughout the West that racial and ethnic groups are fungible goods is probably the single most destructive idea of the 20th Century.  With the ascension of either Sen. McCain or Sen. Obama to the presidency, it will likely continue into the 21st.

Christopher Donovan is the pen name of an attorney and former journalist.