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.


#american-history, #ancestry, #anglo-saxon, #ethnicity, #multiculturalism, #wasps

Scots-Irish vs. English Americans

At The Right Stuff, Lawrence Murray writes a good piece about Jim Webb and his book on the Scots-Irish, titled ‘Born Fighting.’ It’s well worth reading.

In a discussion thread , a reader called Anglo Billy left a comment:


I don’t know ‘Anglo Billy’, and I trust he won’t mind my quoting his comment. It appears we are of the same mind when it comes to the subject under discussion. It’s heartening when somebody speaks up in favor of the ‘WASP’ or English-descended Americans. A big thanks to Anglo Billy.

I’m not engaging in a vendetta against the Scots-Irish or the Ulster Scots; it’s only because (in the words of Lawrence Murray’s article linked above) of

…Webb’s identitarian separation of the Scots-Irish from the broader “WASP” group as a disdained provincial working people of distinct ancestral and class origins from those of the East Coast elite and Southern slaver-aristocracy…”

This is a fairly recent phenomenon, as I’ve written here repeatedly, and it has primarily been promoted by a few writers of Scots-Irish origin: Grady McWhiney, the Kennedy brothers, and Forrest McDonald, among others. See blogger ‘N/A’s analysis of the Celtic thesis here.

Yet that thesis has gained a lot of traction, and it has reached the point where people say, in all earnestness, that the ‘Celts made the South’. It has begun almost to parallel Afrocentrism in the tendency to claim anyone of note as being ‘Celtic’, such as the aforementioned General Robert E. Lee, who was in fact of English stock. (I do notice that the ‘Celtic South’ advocates haven’t yet claimed Bill Clinton as being one of them, though his mother was a Cassidy.)

The ‘Celtic South’ controversy, in which the role of English-descended people has all but been denied, serves to further the anti-Anglo agenda. The South, believe it or not, was not always divided on an ethnic basis as it is now becoming.

We’ve heard at length from the Scots-Irish side of things, and for the sake of balance someone has to speak up for the Anglo-Saxon population of the South, both in the historical perspective and in the present. As ‘Anglo Billy’ says, not all WASPs are elitist rich folks; most are not part of an effete aristocracy; they come from all levels of society.

#american-history, #anglo-saxon, #english, #ethnicity, #wasps

English identity, then…

From West Coast Reactionaries, ‘Arcane Archivist’ describes how he came across a book called King Edward’s Realm, from 1902.

“[…]King Edward’s Realm provides its readers with an unapologetically strong and forthright understanding of English history, heritage, and identity in order to explain the origins of the Empire and its continuing relationship with its founding people. In other words, it explains how the Empire is a unique product and living embodiment of (White) English, identity, skills, and values. Now as the entire book is a testament to the (then) healthy state of English nationalistic sentiment…”

The linked piece is a great find for those like me (and, I hope, some of you reading this) who care about the subject of English history, heritage, and identity, especially in the context of our current troubles, and our loss of historical memory and self-confidence. I found it bracing to read the excerpts from the book.

I don’t like to quote too much at length from another’s blog post, so I do encourage you to read the piece at West Coast Reactionaries. However I will offer you a couple of passages from the piece. As ‘Arcane Archivist’ puts it, the book provides “encapsulations of the glorious “heart of oak” spirit of the English peoples one-hundred and fourteen years ago.” From the preface:

As Englishmen we have been born into a great inheritance, which we hold in common with our kinsmen in all parts of the Empire. It is quite time that all who share in its possession should have some knowledge of the way in which it has been founded and built up, and should learn something of the great men under whose guidance and inspiration the work has been done.”

[…]But we need something warmer than sea-water to unite us all, and make us in heart and mind one people, in whatever quarter of the globe we live, and this is the spirit and sentiment that spring from the fact that we are of kindred race, that we all speak the same language, read the same books, enjoy the same freedom, make our own laws, and passionately love justice and fair-play…

Much of what is here said about us resolves itself into one great characteristic, which stamps us all as one people, in whatever part of the empire we may chance to live, and that is the passionate love of justice or fair-play. What men of our race ask for is a fair field and no favour.”

Do click on the link to read the rest.

I have noticed an uptick in the appearance of pieces like this one, having to do with English heritage, and the connection that exists still between our mother country and those of colonial stock. Unfortunately there has been more of a rift between Britain and the rest of us in the Anglosphere in recent years, in part because of political differences but also because our cultures have drifted apart increasingly, despite the British being exposed to a surfeit of American ”entertainment” and cultural influences generally — or maybe because of it. Nevertheless I think there is still a connection that exists and I think that in a world increasingly focused on identity politics, with everyone else encouraged to ”celebrate” their particular heritage, that it’s only reasonable that Americans of English/Anglo-Saxon descent should have the right to assert our identity, and more importantly, to renew our bonds with our cousins on the other side of the Atlantic — and elsewhere in the world.


#ancestry, #anglo-saxon, #english-character, #english-culture, #ethnonationalism, #kinship

‘We too are English’


“We too are English; and all the far-descended honors of the English name are ours by inheritance. It is our pride that “Chatham’s language is our mother tongue ;” that when Edward scattered the hosts of France at Poitiers and Henry at Agincourt, and when Wolfe scaled the heights of Abraham, it was our blood that was poured forth like water on those glorious fields. We were proud of the victories of Wellington in Spain, and we were proud to meet his heroes at New Orleans, and to show that we were not degenerate. It is not the least of our pride, that, while our race reads lessons to the world in philosophy, in science, in mechanic skill, in the arts of government, in Christian morality, in all that makes for the temporal and eternal happiness of man, we are far behind in the light and frivolous arts which do but tickle the ear and please the eye. “ – Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, of Virginia

#american-history, #ancestry, #anglo-saxon, #english, #kinship

‘Restore WASP America’

From Brett Stevens, another good piece advocating for the restoration of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant America. This theme is being discussed more and more of late, as I noted yesterday, and this piece links to the Alternative Right post I linked to yesterday, about Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and the Puritans.

Stevens notes the failure of the ‘post-WASP’ America and suggests a return to the WASP order of things.

Like most actual changes, as opposed to symbolic and trivial alterations to an otherwise unchanged path, this idea seems controversial or even laughable. But the facts of history speak to us: WASP America was sane, decent and competent. Post-WASP America is none of these things. If we wish to survive — do we? — the course for us is in discarding all of the post-WASP order, and resurrecting the methods that worked.”

Read the entire article at the link, if you haven’t already done so.





Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and Puritans

Not many these days have a positive word or even a neutral word to say about Puritans and Puritanism, so the following passage is a rare find:

”Puritanism[…]was and is a sort of alt Protestantism—a Christian sect devoid of superficial, “feel good” messages and instead replete with rational intolerance. The Puritans saw life as nothing more than a painful existence totally dedicated to glorifying their covenant with God. More importantly for Hawthorne, the Puritans and their stern religion were native to New England, and as such their ideas and their descendants had rightful claims to American life, politics, and culture. America, in many ways, is an offshoot of the Puritan model.’

Again, the topic of America’s Anglo-Saxon roots has long been a subject which is out of favor, though we are seeing a slight trend lately toward revisiting those roots, and not just to vilify the ‘WASP,’ which has been a popular pastime for some years.

”Although it’s a thoughtcrime to recognize this today, it is undoubtedly true that our country’s English settlers gave us our laws, our folkways, our customs, and our language. Furthermore, when it comes to assimilation, the immigrants who have the easiest time are either English or come from similar cultures (see: Northern Europe). ‘

The title of the piece from which this comes is Hawthorne and Lovecraft: Two Who Rode the Tiger. It’s by Ben Welton, and it’s at Alternative Right.
Don’t miss it.

#american-history, #ancestry, #anglo-saxon, #english-culture, #literature, #wasps