Madison Grant and the old America

It seems that recently I’ve been pointing to others’ writings on the Internet rather than writing original content, but the fact is that there have been a number of pieces that are very much of interest to anyone interested in the theme of this blog. Lately it does seem that more is being written, finally, about the fact that yes, we do live in an America which is the product of Anglo-Saxon Protestants in its beginnings, and yes, those WASPs did create much that was of value, and their writings have definite relevancy to us today.

One example is the early 20th century writer Madison Grant, who wrote a book called The Passing of the Great Race. The Wikipedia entry on that book describes Grant, first, as a eugenicist, which may reflect the bias of the generally leftist Wikipedia, as no doubt the very word ‘eugenics’ now has inescapable associations with Hitler, et al. That’s another issue, but unfortunately a man like Madison Grant is now tainted with such associations simply because he was of Anglo-Saxon Protestant origin, and of aristocratic lineage, an unfortunate thing in today’s anti-White, anti-WASP, radical egalitarian world.

Richard B. Spencer at Radix Journal has written a piece about Madison Grant and his works Conquest of the Continent and The Passing of the Great Race.

With Conquest, as with his earlier Passing of the Great Race (1916), Grant creates a genre of his own—racial history. The 19th century had witnessed the flowering of biography—in-depth portraits of men and their individual minds. Grant writes “bio-graphy” in a new sense of the word—the story of the movements and developments of peoples across great swaths of earth.
[…] As Henry Fairfield Osborn, the President of the American Museum of Natural History, notes in the first sentence of his preface, “The character of a country depends upon the racial character of the men and women who dominate it.” Thus, Grant turns historiography on its head (almost in a way comparable to Marx): History is no longer to be understood merely in terms of the actions of “Great Men” or the “culture” bestowed on peoples by king, artists, and churches; to the contrary, what is called culture, morality, and society are the outward effects of millennia of evolution.

As demography is destiny, Conquest is the story of how America became, not just the White Man’s Country, but a Nordic country.”

Being a Nordicist is very much out of favor in today’s melting pot America; even those who claim they oppose politically correct egalitarianism are very resentful of anyone who  speaks for America’s Nordic roots, apparently because people of Nordic ancestry, it’s implied, are ‘racist’ towards non-Nordic Europeans. But in Grant’s time, it was just a given that America’s founders were primarily people of Northern European (or Teutonic, as Lovecraft put it) origin. That much was not controversial. Yet it is now.

In Grant’s words, “It is probably accurate to say that there never has been a nation which was so completely and definitely Protestant as well as Nordic as was the United States just after the American Revolution.”

Spencer goes on to explain how the thinking of the intellectual/scientific establishment changed, or was changed, away from the ideas espoused by Grant, towards the egalitarian, melting pot viewpoint, championed by people like Franz Boas.

Please read the full article at Radix Journal. It’s worth your time.

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