Hitler's spirit lives
[ opinion - september 10 ]
CHICAGO (AP) July 2010 - Angered by a controversial Arizona immigration law, tens of thousands of protesters - including 50,000 alone in Los Angeles - rallied in cities nationwide demanding President Obama tackle immigration reform immediately. From Los Angeles to Washington DC, activists, families, students and even politicians marched, practiced civil disobedience and "came out" about their citizenship status in the name of rights for immigrants, including the estimated 12 million living illegally in the US - USA Today
They were protesting the "hysterical nativism" of a new law in Arizona, which is at risk of becoming a police state, according to The Economist, now that anyone can be detained, identified, prosecuted, and deported if they are illegal aliens.
"It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo), who is Jewish, told Politico.
The people coming into the US are mostly Latinos of mixed race - Hispanic, American Indian, and African. In general they are now called Coloreds, just like American Negroes. Roger Ebert tweets sarcastically suggests that, for easier identification, they wear a cloth star pinned to their outer clothing.
The issue today is that more "wetbacks" are crossing the Rio Grande and Southern border to take work away from US citizens, jobs that are hard for legitimate citizens to find. The unspoken excuse is that people are afraid of those who are different in any way, those who may threaten health, wealth, or safety, those who are untouchable.
It is ironic that, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, April 2007, stemming illegal immigration would likely lead to a net drain on the US economy - a finding that calls into question many of the proposals to increase funding for border protection, such as the new Arizona law.
"Wedge issues" in US politics like controlling and reducing immigration have been around since colonial days. For example, the Puritans of Massachusetts did not want any longhaired Cavaliers going there to corrupt the natives, and federal laws in the newly created United States restricted naturalization to white people and Negroes, no Asians need apply. East Indians were not allowed, not even "pure" Punjabi Aryans. For a while in those days Mexicans were considered to be white people in Texas.
The Know-Nothing Party was a United States political movement of the 1840s and 1850s compelled by fears that the country was being overrun by inimical German and Irish immigrants who hated Anglo-Saxon values and were controlled by the Roman Catholic pope. When asked about the movement, they said they knew nothing about it. They lied and became the Democratic Party.
That sort of "nativist," colonial, selfish reaction to immigration and social change was still trumpeted by the Ku Klux Klan, numerous 20th Century reactionaries, and the Immigration Act of 1924, or Johnson-Reed Act, including the National Origins Act, and Asian Exclusion Act (43 Statutes-at-Large 153), which largely excluded more Southern and Eastern Europeans, Asians and East Indians.
One such reactionary thinker was Madison Grant, the great American conservationist who had saved the bison and tried to save the WASP [White Anglo-Saxon Protestant]. He was certain that WASPs had to be protected from inferior people whose backward ways and genes would be the death of the American Way of Life. He wrote "There exists today [1920s] a widespread and fatuous belief in the power of environment, as well as of education and opportunity to alter heredity, which arises from the dogma of the brotherhood of man, derived in turn from the loose thinkers of the French Revolution and their American mimics."
We Americans must realize that the altruistic ideals which have controlled our social development during the past century and the maudlin sentimentalism that has made America "an asylum for the oppressed," are sweeping the nation towards a racial abyss. If the Melting Pot is allowed to boil without control and we continue to follow our national motto and deliberately blind ourselves to all "distinctions of race, creed, or color," the type of native American of Colonial descent will become as extinct as the Athenian of the age of Pericles, and the Viking in the days of Rollo.
The Passing of the Great Race, p263
The Puritans who created New England, the patrician oligarchs who later controlled the United States, and the National Socialists in Germany shared an exclusionary view of the human family.
The United States was awash in migrants fleeing European ferment and displacement in that miserable world of the early 20thC.
Civic leaders like Adolf Hitler could assert that we were "living in a bourgeois, Marxist-Jewish world÷ in a bastardized and niggerized world where all the concepts of the humanly beautiful and sublime, as well as all ideas of an idealized future for our humanity, are lost forever..." That is what Adolf Hitler wrote in his Nazi Bible, Mein Kampf [My Struggle, 1925-27], and he would say the same today if he could come back and look at the world we have created.
Books about racial theory, or "scientific racism," as it was called, were popular. [Google Madison Grant, Houston Chamberlain, Lothrop Stoddard, Carleton Coon, and William Ripley, for titles] Hitler said that Grant's The Passing of the Great Race was his Bible. In Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Tom Fitzgerald, alludes to the book saying: "Everybody ought to read it. The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be - will be utterly submerged. It's all scientific stuff; it's been proved!"
Hitler's Mein Kampf is a remarkable book full of astounding observations about cultural history and human progress, particularly accessible now in the new annotated Ford English translation [2009-2010]. For example, Hitler's thoughts about the Westernization of what used to be known as the Third World are obtuse and mixed with ideology.
The great civilizations of the past have all been destroyed simply because the original creative race died out as a result of the pollution of their bloodlines.
Mein Kampf, p249, Ford edition
Hitler was a Christian, nominally a lapsed Roman Catholic. He was ignorant but smart, and a great preacher. He wrote (by dictation in his prison cell) that "a folkish [pure] state [of the Aryan, Teutonic, Nordic people] must set race in the center of all life÷must see to it that only the healthy beget children÷ raising marriage from the level of a continuous defilement of the [pure] race and give it the consecration of an institution which is called upon to produce images of the Lord and not monstrosities halfway between man and ape." [Italics mine]
Monstrosities with mixed DNA? You and me? Henry Louis Gates Jr? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Barack Obama?
According to "scientific racial theory," Jesus Christ must have been a Nordic Aryan Greek-speaking Semite, for a common assumption is that the "Lord" must be the ideal human being, the perfect man. After all, God made Man in His own image, didn't He? We are actually led to believe and teach that the ideal man must be like an angel, a superman, a paragon, a model for the rest of us, and that white skin, tall stature, blue eyes, blond hair, and a build like a Greek statue are part of this perfection.
Or is it light brown hair and blue eyes, like those of the Jew Paul Newman?
Hitler was not only concerned with black Africans or yellow Asians. He was talking about varieties of Aryan "white" people too, which according to highly developed and basically wrong theories belonged to either pure or mixed Nordic, Alpine, or Mediterranean races.
The ideal Nordic person has been reported since classical times. Pope Gregory the Great, Saint Gregory (c.590 AD), on seeing pretty British slaves in the market in Rome, punned "They are not Angles but angels." And Strabo the Greek geographer (c.24 AD) writes about seeing British men in Rome who were yellow haired and six inches taller than everyone else.
Norman [North men, Viking] French and Sicilian nobles were said to be of fine race, "characterized by a tall, slender figure, ÷of proud bearing and with clearly marked features of classic Greek regularity." (Great Race, p207) The Vikings, North men, or Normans were vicious, greatly feared tribal warriors. A common prayer in Europe was "A furore Normanorum libera nos!" Save us from the rage of the Normans! The Vikings' reputation as fierce warriors and conquerors gave Hitler his main idea: Aryan people, of which the Nordics were the finest, have a natural duty to rule the world, he reasoned.
All human culture, art, science, and invention which surround us are almost exclusively the creative products of the Aryan race. (p250)
Hitler, the champion of the Nordics, used religious prejudice against people he wanted to eliminate, including the Jews. Jews, like Gypsies, used to be legally segregated from the rest of society in Europe, at first because of their peculiar religion and later because the notion of the modern Western state or country requires that citizens not be identified as members of a specific ethnic or religious community. Rather, without exception true citizens are members of the society that make up the population of the state. People still belonged to the land in a sense, they said, and if you didn't belong, you must be a Gypsy, a pilgrim, a bum, or a Jew - an outsider.
Modern states of this sort are formed of like-minded people who see themselves first and foremost as Germans, Poles, Italians, Britishers, and so on. Jews not being emancipated from religious identity are therefore not true citizens of the state; their special religious identity disqualifies them, or so the thinking went, and still goes. They were treated like cattle. See pogrom, shtetl, and pale of settlement.
It used to be that almost everybody owned nothing. There were no deeds, titles, licenses, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, or certificates. Indeed, there was no standard money. Every individual belonged to someone else in the hierarchy, with rights and obligations, from the monarch down.
The modern world, on the other hand, had a different sort of economic base. 1844 Karl Marx argued for the Enlightenment ideal that individuals in modern countries should be religiously, spiritually, and politically free to be themselves, however rich or poor they may be. Just look at the USA, he wrote.
Many Jews then had become wealthy because of capitalism, Marx explained, which was the material basis for Judaism. After all, remember that in Christian society making money by lending money, usury, charging interest, was a sin, but many Jews could encourage people to borrow their money because Jews were not accorded full legal citizenship. In order to make a living, they resorted to pawn-broking, lending money, the junk business, medicine, and other lowly occupations. Consequently, capitalism, which is making do with what you have when what you have is only money, was the Jews' main way of life, and so they formed a caste apart from everyone else - across countries and regions - who later must be eliminated in order to purify the race and assimilate the citizenry into good little Germans who would then expand their territory to the south and east, taking and occupying the Lebensraum, the living space they needed.
Hitler had the acumen to obliterate a relatively wealthy class of people, the Jews, who were easy to identify and persecute. He stole their property and money, and he also got rid of or absorbed for his purposes all other opposition, from Gypsies to trade unions to the nobility. Remember that "Germany" had recently been 350 separate principalities, miniature feudal states, with titled nobles and landless peasants. They had Luther's Bible as the High German dialect for their standard language and little else in common. Like their Polish, Hungarian, and Austrian neighbors, they lived according to tradition.
Hitler's trick was to use prejudice and ignorance against those he wanted to control. He didn't believe a word of the lies he told. He knew that race is a technical term seldom used by biologists meaning only an interbreeding group, a breed within a species, like a German shepherd dog.
So who is a Jew? Whoever Hitler said was a Jew was a Jew. Tradition holds that if one's mother is Jewish, then one is a Jew. And one can become a sort of Jew by assimilation and conversion. Hitler knew that there was no such thing as the Jewish race.
We use the term Jewish race merely for reasons of linguistic convenience, for in the real sense of the word, and from a genetic point of view, there is no Jewish race. [...] The Jewish race is above all a community of the spirit. Spiritual race is of a more solid and more durable kind than natural race.
Hitler in a letter to Martin Bormann
The American Black entertainer Sammy Davis Jr (of Cuban-American parentage, somewhat African), a converted Jew who had suffered from racial prejudice in the US Army and in showbiz, a Civil Rights worker who had lost an eye in an accident, and who had three children with his blonde Swedish wife, the actress May Britt, met Jack Benny for a round of golf in Beverly Hills. Benny asked Davis about his golf handicap. "I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew," was the reply.
Educated people today hope and even believe that education and opportunity will turn workers, immigrants, and children into model citizens. They used to believe that discouraging unfit degenerates like the Jukes and Kallikaks (large families of indigent and feckless people studied by sociologists) from having children would in time improve society. Concomitantly, our encouraging the better and best to have more and better children would help improve the race and therefore enrich society. The practice of selective breeding of people is called eugenics - making better people, "scientific racism." Eugenics is not making people better, but making better people through culling out the unfit, getting rid of them, and then helping the best people to reproduce themselves and thrive.
OK, you say, then who are the "unfit" and the "best" people? [There you go again, making it difficult, as Ronald Reagan would say] The best people are those whom I wish I were like, even though I have a black moustache.
Contrary to popular belief, the Nazis in Germany did not originate eugenics. Eugenics grew out of 19th Century ideals, with the Boy Scout Movement and physical education in the schools their expression in every community. Colonialists were taking whatever they wanted from less warlike, and mostly "colored" people all over the earth. Lord Baden-Powell, the hero of Mafeking in the war against the Boers, a racist, monarchist, and imperialist, wanted working-class men to become strong and brave in order to produce strong and brave soldiers to fight for Queen and country (The Bank of England). He looked at the puny, diseased, and deprived poor youth of Britain, and finding them lacking, he set about improving them. He praised Mussolini and Hitler for "moulding the men of tomorrow."
The Nazis' use of selective breeding to strengthen the pure Nordic or "Aryan master race" was based on ideas from many sources popularized by Alfred Rosenberg in
his book Der Mythus des 20 Jahrhunderts (The Myth of the 20th Century), 1934, ideas he got from a prestigious, upper-class American, Madison Grant.
Grant's The Passing of the Great Race, 1918, like Rosenberg's book, was an argument for eugenics in the breeding of human beings, that is, the control of human mating, and the book is a eulogy for WASPs, White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (a dying breed, as if there formerly existed purebred people, a pure race of ideal people).
This book was quoted by Senator Bilbo of Mississippi in Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization, 1947:
The incontrovertible truths of this book and its sincere warnings are respectfully inscribed to every white man and woman, regardless of nationality, who is a bona fide citizen of the United States of America.
An influential exponent of pseudo-scientific blather about race, the guru of the eugenicists, Madison Grant, had helped start the nature conservancy movement. He used his authority and influence to protect and preserve American wildlife in its pristine, natural state as much as possible. He saved the American Bison from extinction. He was president of the New York Zoological Society, a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, Councilor of the American Geographical Society, and a founder of the Bronx Zoo. Through his efforts Yellowstone National Park and several other national parks were created. The Boone and Crockett Club, the conservationist group providing a model for responsible wildlife regulation today, and the National Park and Forest Services owe their existence to Grant's influence in shaping public policy. He thought that surely he could do the same for "highly-evolved," superior people, entirely confusing biology and nurture, as had most popular journalists in his day.
Grant counted among his colleagues President Theodore Roosevelt, who held that "Negroes are a perfectly stupid race," and Leonard Darwin, son of the great naturalist, Charles Darwin. Grant, born in New York in 1865 of old Yankee stock, was a member of a patrician family that had emigrated from Scotland, He went to Yale, and had a law degree from Columbia.
Convinced that natural selection had produced the highest type of human being in the Nordic "race," and sure of the sanctity of Protestantism, he put forward the ideas of social Darwinism and eugenics in seminal books that have far-reaching effects even today. Most people today tacitly think that Grant's premises are the truth, even though they are not "politically correct." And the difficult part to accept is the fact that Grant's premises seem in many ways true as far as individual experience goes.
For example, David Sedaris tells of waiting at an airport and watching a punk-dressed teen-aged couple with a baby. A grandmotherly type next to him said, "Typical," nodding towards the distasteful couple. "The only ones having babies are the ones who shouldn't be having them."
We have trouble seeing beyond surface appearances. We take bad manners and vulgarity for proof of degeneracy, while we are duped and cheated by well-dressed slim customers.
We relish the spectacle of conspicuous consumption, and we admire the rich and ogle the nice things their money will buy in periodical magazines whose portrayal of pretty people and nice things other people will pay to see.
Our conscious and latent prejudices are the result of common experience wherein we treat other people as domestic animals who are not of our family, or not fit to be
married to us, the ones we keep as pets, or eat. Not of our group or class, such people are fit only to be used - to work for us as servants, to grow crops, to make things, and so forth. Other kinds of people who are beyond the pale entirely, those of other languages or races, we keep at a safer distance, untouchable in economic slavery, in ghettos, or in prisons, like inedible wild animals in zoos.
Few scholars today support the notion that poverty and vagrancy are associated with defective heredity. We now recognize that the reasons for failure to succeed in society are many and complex. Where the eugenicists saw the inheritance of bad genes, we now see a vicious cycle of poverty and lack of opportunity.
Most educated citizens subscribe to the credo stated above, but public education today is primarily the sequestration of young people so they do not take work away from adults or get into trouble during the day, and little else. Public education is a minor source of knowledge, and one of the necessary liabilities of democracy.
All you monstrosities gather round and hear the word of the Lord: "The head bone's connected to the neck bone. The neck bone's connected to the shoulder bone"÷all the way down to the toe bone in every one of us, without exception, ceteris paribus, everything else being equal. Hear the word of the Lord: The Colonel's lady and Rosie O'Grady are sisters under the skin, you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din, you big, black, bounding beggar, you broke the British square, Fuzzy-Wuzzy. Whew!
He's really awfully fond of colored people. Well, he says himself, he wouldn't have white servants.