The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man

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The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man
Cover of the 2011 Wermod & Wermod-edition
Author(s) Lothrop Stoddard
Cover artist Alex Kurtagic
Country London
Language English
Genre(s) Sociology
Publisher The Palingenesis Project
Publication year 2011
Pages 238
ISBN 978-0-9561835-4-5

The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man is a 238 page book by US lawyer and historian Dr. Lothrop Stoddard. The foreword of the latest reprints has been written by American professor of psychology Dr. Kevin MacDonald (among other things known as the author of the book The Culture of Critique). The book originally came out in 1922, but Wermod & Wermod Publishing Group has through their imprint The Palingenesis Project updated the text by adding the modern bibliographical system, footnotes and citations.

The subject of the book is Stoddards treatise on what he considered to be the then (and future) prevailing decadence in the shape of falling birthrates for persons of high birth, culture, IQ and educational level, whilst the persons in the opposite end of the scale were ever increasing in numbers. Stoddards theory was that this in the long run would undermine the very ability of civilization to be upheld, seeing as the biological foundations for a high-culture would wither away and eventually the human material wouldn't be able to keep up civilization due to the dysgenic mechanisms that are ingrained in the modern world, especially focused on the European-descended nations.

From the flip of the book

"In this classic 1922 book, Dr. Lothrop Stoddard examines the point where egalitarian revolutionary movements — particularly the French Revolution and its ultimate offspring in the 20th century, the Bolshevik revolution — intersect with human biodiversity. His thesis is that civilisation imposes increasing intellectual and moral burdens on the less able strata of the population, causing growing frustration, restlessness, and feelings of worthlessness among their members, who, meanwhile and due to differential birthrates, grow in number and proportion; eventually, when the pressure becomes unbearable, they rise up in revolt— a revolt against civilisation. Stoddard examines the gradual depletion of cognitive and moral capital from the population due to low fertility among elites and high fertility among the underclasses; the role and methods of 'tainted geniuses' in mobilising discontent, particularly during the French and Bolshevik revolutions; and the ticking dysgenic time-bomb in the United States. Stoddard stresses that averting disaster and improving society demand active policy changes aimed at reversing negative trends and encouraging positive ones, and that these changes will not be made without the development of an eugenic conscience. Rather than the creation of a caste system or an aristocracy, neither of which would guarantee an overall betterment of the population, he proposes fostering the growth of a neo-aristocracy, founded on ability and merit. Stoddard's perspective on these matters is unique in that it is both progressive and elitist. Both his trenchant analysis of socio-political population dynamics and his critique of egalitarian revolutionary movements prove astonishingly prescient in an increasingly troubled and turbulent West."

About the author

"Theodor Lothrop Stoddard, PhD (Harv.) (June 29, 1883 – May 1, 1950) was an American political scientist, historian, journalist, anthropologist, eugenicist, pacifist, and anti-immigration advocate. A popular author and journalist until World War II, he is known for books like The French Revolution in San Domingo (1914), The Rising Tide of Colour Against White World-Supremacy (1920), New Worlds of Islam (1921), The Revolt Against Civilization (1922), and Into the Darkness (1940)."[1]

Said about the book and its author

"Lothrop Stoddard (1883-1950) is not as well remembered as Du Bois and his name is usually paired with words like “racist” and “white supremacist,” but perhaps a better word would be prophet." - James P. Lubinaskas, contributing editor at American Renaissance.[2]

"Everyone accepts that it’s OK to read great thinkers of the past, like Aristotle, Hobbes, or Marx, who believed in things-slavery, absolutism, communism-that we abjure today.

But strangely, when it comes to the great racial thinkers of the past, this rule is suspended. So complete has been their effacement by the liberal establishment, so far beyond the pale of legitimate opinion have they been pushed, that it’s almost unnecessary to repress them anymore.

But in their day these men were best-selling authors and respected scholars. They produced some serious thinking on race that I have recently been trying to rediscover. The first of my rediscoveries: Lothrop Stoddard." - Robert Locke, former associate editor at[3]

"[...]in his utopianism, Stoddard definitely appealed to the progressive segment of the American audience of the day [...] for Stoddard the term conservative is one of dismissal, if not of outright opprobrium.

With only a little distancing from the Nietzschean position, Stoddard foresees as salvation from the triumphant Underman a new, aggressive aristocracy, bred in accord with eugenics.

Existing elites, writes Stoddard, certainly would never qualify as an aristocracy, "being loaded down with mediocrities and peppered with degenerates and inferiors." - Thomas F. Bertonneau, Visiting Professor of English at the State University of New York College, Oswego, New York.[4]

Table of contents

  • Introduction by Kevin MacDonald vii
  • Note on the Text xxiii
  • Preface xxv
  • I. The Burden of Civilization 3
  • II. The Iron Law of Inequality 27
  • III. The Nemesis of the Inferior 75
  • IV. The Lure of the Primitive 105
  • V. The Ground-Swell of Revolt 121
  • VI. The Rebellion of the Under-Man 151
  • VII. The War Against Chaos 185
  • VIII Neo-Aristocracy 199
  • Bibliography 225
  • Index 229

Publication data

The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man, Lothrop Stoddard, 2011, The Palingenesis Project, ISBN 978-0-9561835-4-5


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