Arthur de Gobineau

The Inequality of Human Races.

" . . . I was gradually penetrated by the conviction that the racial question over-shadows all other problems of history, that it holds the key to them all, and that the inequality of the races from whose fusion a people is formed is enough to explain the whole course of its destiny."1a CARNEGIE BUBER

"Every people, great or small, has begun by making inequality its chief political motto. This is the origin of all systems of caste, of nobility, and of aristocracy . . ."1b

"Intolerance is one of the chief notes of European civilization. . ."1c

"The purer a race keeps its blood, the less will its social foundations be liable to attack . . ."1d

"I find these races naturally divided into three, and three only -- the white, the black, and the yellow."1e

"There has been no real progress in the intellectual conquests of man. . . "
People spoke of slaves in the same way as one speaks to-day of workmen and the lower classes . . .

"The negroid variety is the lowest . . . "
The yellow races are . . . clearly superior to the black. . . "
We come now to the white peoples. These are gifted with reflective energy, or rather with an energetic intelligence. They have a feeling for utility . . . a perseverance . . . a greater physical power, an extraordinary instinct for order . . . a remarkable, and even extreme, love of liberty . . .
The white races are, further, distinguished by an extraordinary attachment to life. . . When they are cruel, they are conscious of their cruelty; it is very doubtful whether such a consciousness exists in the negro.



For an "elucidation of the entire human genome", see the International; HapMap Project of the National Human Genome Research Institute. For an analysis of the "us" vs. "them" complex, see Pagels. For information on an organization seeking to ensure the "equality of rights" of all persons, see the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). For an understanding of the nature and roots of Judeophobia, see Schafer. For a general investigation of Anti-Semitism, see Sartre.


* Italics in the original.

1 Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1882). The Inequality of Human Races. Translated by Adrian Collins. Preface by George L. Mosse. The George L. Mosse Revokable Trust, 1999. New York, NY: Howard Fertig, Inc. [Originally published: New York: G.P. Putnam, 1915.]
a From the Author's Dedication (1854); To His Majesty George V, King of Hanover; at xii.
b V. Racial Inequality Is Not The Result Of Institutions, at 36.
c Ibid., at 45.
d IX. Definition Of The Word "Civilization" (continued); Different Characteristics Of Civilized Societies; Our Civilization Is Not Superior To Those Which Have Gone Before; at 90.
e XII. How the Races Were Physiologically Separated, and the Different Varieties Formed by their Inter-Mixture. They Are Unequal in Strength and Beauty; at 146.
f XIII. The Human Races Are Intellectually Unequal; Mankind Is Not Capable Of Infinite Progress; at 157-158.
g XVI. Recapitulation; The Respective Characteristics of the Three Great Races; The Superiority of the White Type, And Within This Type, Of The Aryan Family; at 205-207.