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The rising tide of color against white world-supremacy Paperback – March 7, 2011
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Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (June 29, 1883 May 1, 1950) was an American political scientist, historian, journalist, anthropologist, eugenicist, pacifist, and anti-immigration advocate who wrote a number of books which are often cited as prominent examples of early 20th-century scientific racism. He published many unashamedly racialist books on what he saw as the peril of immigration, his most famous being The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy in 1920. In this book he presented a view of the world situation pertaining to race focusing concern on the coming population explosion among the "colored" peoples of the world and the way in which "white world-supremacy" was being lessened in the wake of World War I and the collapse of colonialism. Stoddard's analysis divided world politics and situations in to "white," "yellow," "black," "Amerindian," and "brown" peoples and their interactions. Stoddard argued race and heredity were the guiding factors of history and civilization, and that the elimination or absorption of the "white" race by "colored" races would result in the destruction of Western civilization. Like Madison Grant (see The Passing of the Great Race), Stoddard divided the white race into three main divisions: Nordic, Alpine, and Mediterranean. He considered all three to be of good stock, and far above the quality of the colored races, but argued that the Nordic was the greatest of the three and needed to be preserved by way of eugenics. Unlike Grant, Stoddard was less concerned with which varieties of European people were superior to others (Nordic theory), but was more concerned with what he called "bi-racialism," seeing the world as being composed of simply "colored" and "white" races. In the years after the Great Migration and World War I, Grant's racial theory would fall out of favor in the U.S. in favor of a model closer to Stoddard's. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Stoddard writes in an era delightfully free of Political Correct chains so his ideas are clearer and far more logical than what people like George W. Bush or George Will say when discussing international problems-especially when dealing with problems involving non-white people.
The fundamental argument of Lothrop Stoddard is that the enormous demographic expansion of Europeans in general and Anglo-Saxons in particular has slowed and the races of the Third World are rapidly gaining demographic momentum. Additionally, these Third World People (he doesn't call them Third World-they're colored) are colonized by Europeans but their colonized situation is temporary.
Most of the book deals with the threat posed by Japan. In the 1920's Japan was very ably using the "colored" angle as a gimmick to gain Imperial Possessions from European Colonies in the Pacific and in China. Americans had deep interests in China at the time, such as the Protestant Missionary inspired China Lobby as well as other business interests. Americans also held other important colonies in the Pacific such as Guam and the Philippines. As a result, Stoddard looked at the situation and determined that America was on a crash course for conflict with expansionist Japan. Stoddard's alarms regarding Japan are 21 years before Pearl Harbor and read like prophesy.
One supposes if Stoddard was French, he'd be focused on Algeria, or far off Indo-China, but as an American he is focused on the Japanese peril.
Stoddard discusses the expanding Third World populations and the different dilemmas which they pose to European empires. Stoddard shows that the First World War is a disaster for Western Civilization and implores whites everywhere to realize that 1920 is Zero Hour...whites need to focus on the external non-white threat, not internal problems in Europe. Of course, that advice when un-heeded...
Despite being nearly a century old, this book can be read for clues as to how to deal with the world situation as it is today.
As for Europe and Anglo-America he sees a worse case where the white populations are simply overwhelmed by "peaceful penetration" of especially north and Sub-Saharan Africans. With that he sees a loss of western civilization. It seems that for a book written roughly 90 years ago he had some things pretty well reasoned out. Let me emphasize that the book is not a racist rant but mostly geopolitical. He is, however, an advocate of the contributions given us by western civilization. Some folks may find that distasteful. Still, a book worth reading.