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The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under Man

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About the Author

Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (1883–1950) was an American historian, journalist, eugenicist, and political theorist. He obtained a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1914, was a member of the American Historical Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Academy of Political Science. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417939109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417939107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,543,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stoddard's book was published in 1922. The world had just seen the Russian revolution come to fruition and Germany was in chaos. In America various groups seemed determined to radically change society including the IWW wobblies, anarchists, syndacalists, and various shades of socialists. Remember the turn of the century assination of the American president by an anarchist and the bombings of Wall Street and the American Attorney General's home. Stoddard's book attempts to explain this phenomenon of unrest, which he called the revolt against civilization.

He starts with an explanation of the Iron Rule of Inequality showing that all people are not created equal and that as a result there are large sectors of the population that feel cheated in life. As these folks see it others simply have it better. These persons, not accomplishing as much in life and feeling cheated, are the undermen. In simple terms Stoddard goes on to explain these folks are ginned up by unhappy and perhaps unbalanced leaders to attack the social establishment that support western civilization.

You guessed it. The Christian church, schools, the family, representative government must all be attacked and eliminated and those persons supporting these institutions must go too. Now what Stoddard does is remarkable in its simplicity: he quotes the leaders of this revolt and it scares the bejeebers out of you. Science for example must be changed. Physics should emphasize the dynamics of class warfare. Oh, how about smart people? It seems they must be eliminated too or at least made to work in menial jobs for certainly they might feel superior to their lesser endowed brothers. Crazy? Why did Pol Pot make city dwellers go work on farms in Cambodia? What about the Red Guards in China?
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This is a deeply conservative book in that it demonstrates the tension between Freedom and Equality. However, Stoddard's prescription, Eugenics, may strike some as radical.But, from Stoddard's point-of-view, the alternative, the collapse of Civilization, would be even more unpleasant.

I would like to see a synthesis of this book and Murray's "The Bell Curve" to discuss the effects of the increase in the low- IQ population to America, and whether it will be possible to maintain our free society.
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Great read and to the point. Too many intellectually sterile people reproducing and those who should, are not. A must read for those concerned for the future of mankind and primate kind alike.
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America the way it used it to be when it was normal. Don't expect it to ever return any time soon.
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