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Essay on the Inequality of Human Races: Arthur de Gobineau: (–55; Essay on the Inequality of Human Races), that was by far his most influential work. by Arthur de Gobineau, translated by Adrian Collins des races humaines (An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races) (–) by. Such a true prophet was Count Arthur de Gobineau. .. THE INEQUALITY OF HUMAN RACES pondered these two truths, we shall find no further help, I repeat, .

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Yet, if we pierce below the surface, we soon find that this very necessity of coming to an end, that weighs imperiously on all societies dw exception, presupposes such a general cause, which, though hidden, cannot be explained away. Where so many errors reign, I certainly agree that we have ” bad govern- ment. Not all these, however, have been so numerous as to force self-control on their European masters. Under European direction they would inequaliyt merchants and especially money-brokerslawyers, and physicians.

Martius is still more explicit.

We find there, almost in its first vigour, the communal organization hukan the Plantagenets and the Tudors, the same method of giving the nobility a share in the government, the same gradations of rank in this nobility, the same respect for old families tempered with the same love of low-born merit. Good Read for all races. Thus, while by their very genius for civilization they collect round them the different elements in which they are to be absorbed, they are the victims, first of their original small- ness of number, and then of a host of secondary causes which combine together for their destruction.

Paris is certainly one of the places on this earth where civilization has touched its highest point, and where the contrast with primitive ages is most marked ; and yet you will find a large number of religious and learned people admitting that in no place and time artuhr there so many examples of practical virtue, of sincere piety, of saintly lives governed by a fine sense of duty, as are to vobineau met ths in the great modern city.

They proved once more the great truth that it is affirmation, not negation, which inequqlity of service in the business of this world. We might even say that the violence with which he pursues the object that has aroused his senses and inflamed his desires is a guarantee of the desires being soon satisfied and the object forgotten.

InGobineau served as French emissary to AthensGreeceand inhe moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazilto carry the same position. However uncertain the aims of physiology may be, srthur meager its resources, however defective its methods, it can proceed thus far with absolute certainty. Not that the past is itself without stain.

But as soon as the empire had become democratic, and the pride of these classes had been brought low, then the populace determined to have their revenge. A government is especially bad when the principle on which it rests becomes vitiated, and ceases to operate in the healthy and vigorous way it did at first. The prime purpose for reading the book is to obtain an understanding of the intellectual roots of political racism and Nazism. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


Diocletian was a politician ruled by the clamours of his people ; Decius and Aurelian were fanatics like their subjects. The men of to-day might even be justified in flourishing in its face some new merits of their own.

The whole business is thus a matter of agreement between the Protestant mission and its nominees ; the rest is merely for show. The English are the masters of India, and yet their moral hold over their subjects is almost non-existent.

The Fathers were persuaded, as so many others have been, that barbarism occupies the same place in the life of peoples as infancy does in the life of a man ; and that the more rudeness and savagery a nation shows, the younger it really is.

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It has used up the time that heaven granted at its birth, for it has completely changed its race, and with its race its nature. When Paris, whose population is certainly a museum of the most varied ethnological specimens, had finally gained dominion over the rest of France owing to the centralizing policy favoured by the Southern character, it had no longer any reason to love, respect, or racs any particular tendency or tradition. It is only men who are killed by the sword ; and when the most redoubtable, warlike, and success- ful nations have nothing but valour in their hearts, gbineau science in their heads, and the laurels of victory in their hands, without any thought that rises above mere conquest, they always end merely by learning, and learning badly, from those they have conquered, how to live in time of peace.

Hence, as there hats never been a nation of which one could say that it had no faith at all, we have no right to assume that ” the lack of faith causes the destruction of States.

Recommended to Czarny by: The Spartans enjoyed a long life and the admiration of men merely owing to their laws, which were those of a robber-state. Further, on the social side, there have been complete changes rather than modifications, and these were more or less far-reaching, as the groups that successively held the chief power were more or less different. They uprooted the ancient empires, but brought no light. Just as in ancient Palestine, there are living amongst us two kinds of prophets — the prophets of evil and disaster, and those of bliss, or, as Europe likes to call it, of ” progress.

All that experience, unremitting study, and the living spirit of charity had taught the Jesuits, was now drawn upon ; they made un- tiring efforts to secure a quick, though lasting, success. There racfs no difficulty in the first hypothesis.

We see from this what a long life paganism had — and still has.

It is certain that no civilization falls to the ground unless God wills it ; and when we apply to the mortal state of all societies the sacred formula used by the ancient priesthoods to explain some striking catastrophes, which they wrongly considered as isolated facts, we are asserting a truth of the first importance, which should govern the search for all the truths of this world.


What he desires is to eat, to eat furiously, and to excess; no carrion2 is too revolting to be swallowed by him. But the case is not generally so simple as this, and the intermingling of blood is not confined for long to the two constituent peoples; The empire I have just been imagining is a powerful one. The Inequality of the Human Races. While clinging to the liberal dogma of human brotherhood, every nation has always managed to add to the names of others certain qualifications and epithets that suggest their unlikeness from itself.

Well, suppose they have become a nation. The constitution, however enlightened it may pretend to be, has no influence whatever. They had, however, a very real influence ; and the proof is that until paganism was at its last gasp, their temples and shrines had to be kept going, and their acolytes to be paid. No, we cannot account for the greater vigour of all early peoples by alleging their greater virtue.

Thus it was not the faith of the plain citizens, the country folk, and the slaves that was of small account ; it was the theories of the men of culture that mattered nothing. Can we be so certain that even in France there are not to be found to this day a few places where the tenacity of some odd superstition still gives trouble to the parish priest?

Although accurate in its general premise, flawed in many details. He has other interests, of course, and very different interests ; but no other ideas. Well, the Romans, for all their power, never succeeded in com- pletely stamping out these barbarous rites.

The Inequality of Human Races

Why then, in the course of the ages, has he not invented printing or steam power? The Athenian democracy is not a ” society ” in our sense, any more than the Kingdom of Magadha, the empire of Pontus, or the Caliphate of Egypt in the time of the Fatimites.

Say, if you will, that Aspasia, at the end of her little suppers, and Laelius, in the company of his friends, made a virtue of mocking at the sacred beliefs of their country ; no one will contradict you. Paul merely out of curiosity.

All that the most enlightened liberalism has proclaimed for the last sixty years in the deliberative as- semblies of Europe, all that has been written by the most en- thusiastic champions of man’s dignity and independence, all the declarations of rights and principles — these have all found their echo on the banks of the Artibonite.

In Februarythe revolution broke out, which ended the French monarchy.