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. With an Introductory Essay on Count Gobineau’s Life-Work by Dr. Oscar Levy. One Vol. THE INEQUALITY OF HUMAN RACES BY ARTHUR DE GOBINEAU.

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It will behave in such a way that, in the words of Scripture, it will be magnified in the sight of men. Page 33 – I can say positively that a people will never die, if it remains eternally composed of the same national elements.

The first is that a nation, which itself lacks vigour and power, is suddenly called upon to share a new and better destiny — that of the strong masters into whose hands it has fallen; this was the case with the Anglo-Saxons, when they had been subdued by the Normans.

In England, where modifications of the stock have been slower and, up to now, less varied than in any other European country, we still see the institutions of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries forming the base of the social structure. On the contrary ; the critics are all at their posts, and their arrows know where to find their mark.

It shows us that all civilizations derive from the white race, that none can exist without its help, and that a society is great and brilliant only so far as it preserves the blood of the noble group that created it, provided that this group itself belongs to the most illustrious brach of our species.

Thus in our blood is mingled at the same time the sanctity of kings, who are the mightiest of men, and the awful majesty of the gods, who hold kings themselves in their power ” Suetonius, inequaliy Julius,” p.

So long as the blood and institutions of a nation keep to a sufficient degree the impress of the original race, that nation exists. This is yet another reason for the rapid disappearance of gibineau conquering races. In any case the final result would have been exactly the same. How and why is a nation’s vigour lost?

Essay on the Inequality of Human Races

If he is a mere doctrinaire, like Draco, he will draw up a code that will soon be amended or repealed by the Ionian of Athens, who, like all the children of Adam, is incapable of living for long under laws that are foreign to the natural tendencies of his real self. His funeral oration on his aunt is very curious: In unequality, they have been content to state race question in lofty language ; and if they have not solved it, or even thrown light upon it, at least they have not made it a breeder of errors.

Gobinea let anyone tell you otherwise. Yet it does finally come to pass, and is everywhere quite complete, long before the end of the civilization which the victorious race is supposed to be animating.


He, certainly, had far stronger reason than all his predecessors for shaking off a yoke so degrading to his honour as a Christian prince ; yet he was forced by public opinion, that blazed up for the last time before being extinguished for ever, to come to terms with the old national religion.

Let us consider how they harmonize with the manners of the people. The second fact is that a picked race of men, a sovereign people, with the usual strong propensities of such a inequaality to cross its blood with another’s, finds itself henceforth in close contact with a race whose inferiority is shown, not only by defeat, but also by the lack of the attributes that may be seen in the conquerors.

But all these events, however great one may think them, seem to be easy of explanation ; one accepts them as the mere outcome of the intellectual gifts of man.

For the first business of a great free- thinker is not to be mistaken for a little one ; his greatest misfor- tune is to be “understood ” by the wrong class of people, and thus an occasional bow to the old and venerable Power — apart from the safety which it procures — protects him from an offensive handshake with enthusiastic and unbalanced disciples and apostles.

Henceforth, as the nation grows, whether by war or treaty, its racial character changes more and more.

There has never been a country where all theories of conduct had become more obsolete, where the executive was more feeble and dis- credited, where the organization of the church inequlaity was so open to criticism.

Gobineau was very much a product of his time.

Gobineau on the inequality of races (1853)

I cannot imagine any- thing more fanatical than a society like that of the Aztecs, which rested on a religious foundation, continually watered by the blood of human sacrifice.

Want to Read saving…. But when we see that after a time of strength and glory all human societies come to their decline and fall — all, I say, not this or that ; when we see in what awful silence the earth shows us, scattered on its surface, the wrecks of the civilizations that have preceded our own — not merely the famous civilizations, but also many others, of which we know nothing but the names, and some, that lie as skeletons of stone in deep world-old forests, and have not left us even this shadow of a memory ; when the mind returns to our modern States, reflects onequality their extreme youth, and confesses that they are a growth of yesterday, and that some of them are already toppling to their fall: It would have developed special qualities resulting from the actual mixture, and unknown to the communities from which it sprang.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. I know, from what I have seen with my own eyes, that in certain parts of France, the country where races are mingled more than perhaps anywhere else, there are little com- munities to be found to this day, who feel a repugnance to marrying outside their own village. The spirit of isolation is, however, so innate in the human race, that even those who have reached this advanced stage of crossing refuse in many cases to take a step, further.


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 yuman I have just been imagining is a powerful one. I assume that there will be new conquests ; and, every time, a current of fresh blood will humna mingled with the main stream. The Myth of the Twentieth Century.

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Good Read for all races. There may be degrees of separation but not with wide enough of a purview that we are an entity onto ourselves. He has a love of utility and a respect for order, and knows the value of a certain amount of freedom.

America provides us with the richest field for gathering answers to this question. Others are incomplete, and ill-ordered, and, one rafes even say, anti-social, since their elements, being too numerous, too disparate, or too barbarous, have had neither the time nor the opportunity for combining to any fruitful purpose.

The quaternary formations are produced by the union of one of these tertiary types, or of a pure-blooded tribe, with another group taken from one of the two foreign species.

I sincerely hope that no intelligent reader will overlook this sceptical attitude of Gobineau towards religion, because that is a point of great importance at the present time, when our faith will certainly thrive again on a misfortune, which, by the pro- pagation of slave-values, it indirectly has caused.

The greatest enemy that the latter has to fear, especially in infancy, is a continuous series of illnesses—we know beforehand that there is no resisting these; to a society, however, gogineau a series does no harm at all, and history gives us abundant proof that the body politic is always being cured of rhe longest, the most terrible and devastating attacks of disease, of which the worst forms are ill-conceived laws and an oppressive or negligent administration. I will simply say that it is a pleasure to read.

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China was overrun and conquered by hordes of Mongols ; it managed to expel them beyond its borders, after sapping their vitality in a most extraordinary way. And yet these are, on the whole, the best regulated and most fruitful periods in the history of ourselves and our neighbours. The Spaniards, however, the English, the Dutch, and even the French, did not venture to push their innovating tendencies too far, when the conquered peoples were at all considerable in number.

I will give it the better part, and assume that it will conquer. At first sight we are tempted to answer in the negative ; for we have seen the fall of many empires, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, amid the clash of events that had no likeness one to the other.