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The Inequality of Human Races Purchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book CHAPTER III THE RELATIVE MERIT OF

  • Title: The Inequality of Human Races
  • Author: Joseph-Arthur de Gobineau
  • ISBN: 9780865274303
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Inequality of Human Races By Joseph-Arthur de Gobineau, Purchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book CHAPTER III THE RELATIVE MERIT OF GOVERNMENTS HAS NO INFLUENCE ON THE LENGTH OF A NATION S LIFE I Know the difficulty of my present task That I should even venture to touch on it will seem aPurchase of this book includes free trial access to million books where you can read than a million books for free This is an OCR edition with typos Excerpt from book CHAPTER III THE RELATIVE MERIT OF GOVERNMENTS HAS NO INFLUENCE ON THE LENGTH OF A NATION S LIFE I Know the difficulty of my present task That I should even venture to touch on it will seem a kind of paradox to many of my readers People are convinced, and rightly convinced, that the good administration of good laws has a direct and powerful influence on the health of a people and this conviction is so strong, that they attribute to such administration the mere fact that a human society goes on living at all Here they are wrong They would be right, of course, if it were true that nations could exist only in a state of well being but we know that, like individuals, they can often go on for a long time, carrying within them the seeds of some fell disease, which may suddenly break out in a virulent form If nations invariably died of their sufferings, not one would survive the first years of its growth for it is precisely in those years that they show the worst ad1fuhTstfat1ori, the worst laws, and the greatest d1sorder But in this respect they are the exact opposite of the human organism 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, such a series does no harm at all, and history gives us abundant proof that the body politic is always being cured of the longest, the most terrible and devastating attacks of disease, of which the worst forms are ill conceived laws and an oppressive or negligent administration The reader will understand that I am not speaking of the political existence of a centre of sovereignty, but of the life of a whole society, or the span of a whole civilization The distinction drawn at the beginning of chap,

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    1. This is a very interesting and thought provoking book It s good, not because its reasoning is correct because it clearly isn t , but because it paints a very clear picture of the rationale for racism and even sets the stage for future Nazi race philosophy Again, remember that while the positions the book advocates may clearly be morally and logically wrong, the book itself is very valuable for what it reveals about racist thought.

    2. When I expressed my disdain for this book, my professor called me a child of empiricism and suggested that I could learn from it She was right This book offers useful insights into the willful irrationality of racism, and a look into a time, a milieu, that was steeped in it It is worth pondering how educated people, any people, thought they had reason to believe such nonsense I still don t like it.

    3. L essai sur l in galit des races has legendary status It is often credited with having been the source for Hitler s theory of a master Aryan race The prime purpose for reading the book is to obtain an understanding of the intellectual roots of political racism and Nazism It is hard not to be nervous about reading such an odious work.Gobineau does indeed argue that a master Aryan race having its origins in Central Asia provided the racial stock for all the nobilities of Europe He is convinced tha [...]

    4. A classic civilizational study from Gobineau Although accurate in its general premise, flawed in many details It has been lambasted for being pseudo scientific and accused of giving credibility to ideas that have impacted the world in a negative way But as it was published in the 1850s, compared to many of its contemporary works, like Das Kapital for instance, that got both the premise and the details wrong and directly led to the horrors of communism, I cant help think that the vitriol directed [...]

    5. To give this racist polemic any than two stars is impossible Reading Gobineau s pseudoscientific justification for a racial hierarchy that postures the white race as the dominant class is a challenging journey in itself More challenging, however, is understanding the weight that this publication had on the development of racial thought throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Certainly not a pleasure read, but useful to understand white supremacists early justifications for [...]

    6. This has been given 3 stars because of amusement value As I m sure Misters Banerjee and Shelat can attest, the peppercorns example for determining racial superiority left us all laughing for days.

    7. Interesting early racial tract To be read as historical background than for any contribution to the field.

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