Rudyard Kipling's The White Man's Burden
"White" = Euro-American civilization, not necessarily Caucasian
Not all cultures are equal.
Western Civilization is superior: live with it.
Why militant "Islamic" culture is inferior to Judeo-Christian culture
Rudyard Kipling's The Widow's Party
I am a Culturalist and proud of it
|Western Civilization's Burden
Euro-American culture is superior to Third World cultures.
One might argue that the following poem is racist although, at the time it was written (1899), the United States and Japan were the only advanced civilizations (in terms of human rights as well as industry and the sciences) that were not almost exclusivly white. A better title today would be "Western Civilization's Burden."
 As an example, Israel's former prime minister gave Arafat almost everything he wanted. Arafat's reply was another infitadah. As another example, the Palestinians who took over Gaza were given greenhouses in which to raise food. Their first action was to demolish the greenhouses, along with synagogues that they might have turned into mosques, housing, or schools.
 Some people curse Western civilization for destroying native cultures that included quaint medieval practices like burning widows alive (suttee), ritual murder by followers of the goddess Kali (thuggee), the slave trade, female genital mutilation, stoning women to death for adultery, cutting off people's hands, and so on.
Kipling really meant a set of attitudes, values, and beliefs.
Despite Kipling's use of a term that we would call racist today, his writing shows that he was far readier than his contemporaries to recognize that there are no racial or ethnic boundaries to virtue and honor. The son of a British colonel pursues a dark-skinned robber chief who has stolen his father's horse. The two men fight but then realize that each has honor and courage. They exchange gifts and part as friends.
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!
The story of an Indian water-carrier who was killed while giving water to a wounded English soldier concludes as follows:
By the livin' Gawd that made you,
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
Kipling, a Freemason, on the brotherhood of all men in a Masonic
An' Saul the Aden Jew,
An' Din Mohammed, draughtsman
Of the Survey Office too;
There was Babu Chuckerbutty,
An' Amir Singh the Sikh,
An' Castro from the fittin'-sheds,
The Roman Catholick!
The idea that there is a superior race or ethnicity is total nonsense. Hitler's own wacky racial theories would not have held up to scrutiny under their own assumptions. Hitler said that Aryans ("That depends on what you mean by 'Aryan,'" noting that genuine Aryans or Indo-Europeans may have almost black skins) were Ubermenschen (supermen or superior men). Aryans, meaning (per Hitler) Germanic peoples were the Herrenvolk, or Lord-People (Master Race). Semites like Jews (and Arabs), Negroes, and Slavs (eastern and Balkan Europeans) were Untermenschen, or subhumans. Russians, many of whom have blonde hair and blue eyes, actually have substantial Scandinavian (Nordic) ancestry! If you've seen Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, you'll notice that the Russians wear clothing whose style is similar to that of Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and some of the buildings have Scandinavian-style decorations. Prussia, the nation that united Germany, was once closely associated with (if not part of) Poland. One of the German soldiers in Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front was named Stanislaus Katzinsky!
Civilization" encompasses all cultures that uphold and
Natural Law, the universal set of principles that govern all human
The next section discusses Natural Law in more detail. For now, suffice
to say that Natural Law is the foundation of the United States'
and its Bill of Rights, and also of England's Magna Charta. Natural Law
says that all human beings have natural rights such as life, liberty,
freedom of expression, and freedom of religion.
Demagogues (e.g. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) who rely on the support of the Black underclass, and thus on the perpetuation of a Black underclass, resent successful Blacks for "acting White." There is a joke that someone complained that there were no Blacks in the Bush administration, and was told, "Bush appointed Colin Powell Secretary of State." The complainer answered, "No, we want a BLACK man!" The complainer meant, of course, someone who (like Louis Farrakhan and Rep. Conyers of Michigan) wants reparations for slavery, affirmative action, welfare, and other handouts, i.e. someone who does not subscribe to "White" values like industriousness and hard work (which is how successful Blacks like Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell, and Roy Innis got where they are today).
White supremacists who believe that their skin color entitles them
special privileges, meanwhile, have the same values as the Black
They feel that the world owes them a living, and that Blacks and Jews
opposed to their own alcohol problems and unwillingness to get an
are responsible for their condition.
Kipling's "White" includes honor and fair dealing. There was a commentary in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece about Arabs and Palestinians who routinely break truces: "Among white men, a truce means 'no fighting.'" This has been true historically; the vast majority of European nations and armies (and those of the United States) could be trusted to keep truces. This sense of trust was so strong that French and English soldiers played soccer with German soldiers in no man's land during First World War truces. Among civilized people, truces really do mean "no fighting." Among barbarians like Arabs and Palestinians, a truce is a way to get the other fellow to turn his back long enough to insert a knife.
Arab nations, whose cultures are uniformly inferior to those of Euro-American
nations, resent Israel because Israel is culturally Euro-American. Many
are, like Americans of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,
emigrants. Kibbutzniks, or communal farmers, are similar to American
farmers who had to clear forests to make crops grow. (The Israelis'
is getting fresh water for irrigation so they can make a desert bloom).
Russia, with its vast expanses of untamed land (personified by the sorceress Baba Yaga), also has a frontier heritage in common with the United States. Al Stewart's song, "Russians and Americans," points this out:
some settled down by the coast, others cross the mountains and into the flatlands beyond.
From the scramble and dust of Muscovite streets,
merchants develop the trade routes, and open the Door to the East.
Pioneer waves choked by the cold breath of winter, and baked by the heat of the day.
Russia also is hated by the barbaric hordes of militant "Islam." Russia's conflicts with Islamic supremacists goes back to Peter the Great if not before. Remember that the United States is the Great Satan and Russia is the Lesser Satan to militant "Islam."Not all cultures are equal
despite what you might hear from the left wing or the National Education Association (NEA). Western cultures are markedly superior to Third World cultures. This has nothing to do with how the people dress, or the kinds of fine and performing arts they create. It has everything to do with Natural Law, the unwritten laws that govern all human behavior.
Natural Law is a universal set of principles that governs all human behavior:
Principles are not invented by us or by society; they are the laws of the universe that pertain to human relationships and human organizations. They are part of the human condition, consciousness, and conscience.
…The lesson of history is that to the degree people and civilizations have operated in harmony with correct principles, they have prospered. At the root of societal declines are foolish practices that represent violations of correct principles. How many economic disasters, intercultural conflicts, political revolutions, and civil wars could have been avoided had there been greater social commitment to correct principles? (Stephen Covey, Principle-Centered Leadership, 1991, 18-19)
The Declaration of Independence applies Natural Law to human rights: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, which are the ultimate foundation of our country's laws, rests on Natural Law. The Bill of Rights includes:
Natural Law is so important that Asian Indians deify it as Dharma, "The Right Way." It's Tao (the Way) to Chinese, and Do (same as Tao) in Japan. China, a Third World dictatorship, is ruled by tyrants as opposed to Taoists or Confucian scholars. Hindus say that Dharma protects those who uphold it and destroys those who go against it. In fact, the definition of Natural Law allows an objective definition of good and evil. Whatever supports and uphold Natural Law is good, whatever goes against it is evil.
"Dictatorship nations are outlaws. Any free nation had the RIGHT to invade Nazi Germany and, today, has the RIGHT to invade Soviet Russia, Cuba or any other slave pen. Whether a free nation chooses to do so or not is a matter of its own self-interest, NOT of respect for the nonexistent 'rights' of gang rulers." - Ayn Rand [written before the collapse of the Soviet Union]
Western Civilization is Superior. Live with it.
Victor Davis Hansen's new book, Carnage
and Culture, shows explicitly why Western civilization has been
superior to all other world cultures for two and a half thousand
In contrast to these enormous armies of screaming "barbarians" without consensual governments and written constitutions-- "formidable in outward bulk, with unbearable loud yelling and the frightful appearance of weapons brandished in the air" [today, Palestinians and other undisciplined savages fire automatic weapons into the air, despite the obvious hazards of celebratory gunfire]-- "citizens of states like yours," [the Spartan general] Brasidas assures his men, "stand their ground." Notice that Brasidas says nothing about skin color, race, or religion. [And neither does Omdurman.org.] Instead, he simplistically connects military discipline, fighting in rank, and the preference for shock battle with the existence of popular and consensual government, which gave the average infantryman in the phalanx a sense of equality and a superior spirit to his enemies. [pages 6-7]
The most gallant Apaches-- murderously brave in raiding and skirmishing on the Great Plains-- would have gone home after the first hour of Gettysburg. [page 9]
The Western way of war is so lethal precisely because it is so
shackled rarely by concerns of ritual, tradition, religion, or ethics,
by anything other than military necessity.
Of these nine battles, a non-Western culture was the victor in
one-- and Hannibal had, in fact, adopted many Western (Roman-style)
and tactics. He made expressly sure that he was not going to lead any
hordes against Rome's mighty legions. Additional examples:
Hansen also points out that the non-Westerners usually had the
of the home ground. The Europeans were usually the "visitors," and
to the disadvantages of numerical inferiority, long supply lines, and
on. Cannae (and the sack of Constantinople in 1453) may well have been
the only instances in history of non-European armies defeating
in Europe. A Turkish horde did reach the gates of Vienna in 1683 but it
was repulsed very soundly.
Winston Churchill on "Palestine:"
"Left to themselves, the Arabs of Palestine would not in a thousand
years have taken effective steps towards the irrigation and
electrification of Palestine. They would have been quite content to
dwell—a handful of philosophic people—in wasted sun-drenched plains,
letting the waters of the Jordan flow unbridled and unharnessed into
the Dead Sea."
The Christian philosopher Thomas Aquinas described Reason as the
Bride of Faith. "God cannot make the sum of internal angles of a
triangle add up to more than two right angles," Aquinas wrote. (If God
did not want Man to fly, He would not have given Man the brains with
which to invent flying machines.) Aquinas' idea that Science, or
rational inquiry into the laws of Nature, could coexist with religion,
was accepted by Western Civilization. In contrast,
The printing press was illegal in the Ottoman Empire until the 18th century because the "Islamic" rulers were afraid that it would be used to spread "unacceptable" ideas. It is quite clear that a culture that reads books is going to be superior to one that burns books (and possibly their writers). This is why women in militant "Islamic" cultures cover their faces with veils while American women sometimes cover their faces with space helmets. It is why people from militant "Islamic" nations ride camels to Mecca while Americans ride Saturn rockets to the Moon.
Newspapers in the Arab world circulate at less than one fifth of the rate in developed countries. Only 1.6 percent has Internet access,
Arabic books represent less than 1 percent of the world's production (with a predominance of religious books), even though Arabs make up 5 percent of world population (Trudy Rubin, "Arabs' best stragegy: reform from within," Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, 12/28/03).
See "White males leave the others for dead."
"Charles Murray believes Western men alone are responsible for all the great achievements of civilisation, writes Julian Coman."
"Put bluntly, Murray has tried to prove scientifically the overwhelming cultural superiority of dead white males. By pursuing an arcane 134-year-old statistical method known as "historiometry", he claims to have scientifically demonstrated what every cultural conservative instinctively knows: white males have been head and shoulders above all rivals when it comes to significant cultural achievement in the arts and sciences."
My observation: Euro-American females rarely had the same opportunities to excel in paternalistic societies, in which they were second-class citizens. When they did have the opportunity, they also produced literature and Nobel Laureates (e.g. Marie Sklodowska Curie and her daughter Irene).
For the record, I am a culturalist and I am proud of it. A person's race is his skin, which he can't change, but his culture is like his clothing, which he can.Only an ignorant bigot will say that he doesn't like the color of a person's skin but it is quite acceptable (within reason) to say that you don't like the color or appearance of someone's clothes. And I don't like the "clothing" of cultures that say it is acceptable to abuse women or even kill them for "adultery" (which may include being raped), kill people for being the wrong religion, or raise children almost from birth as live ammunition (suicide bombers).
One might speculate that racism comes from culturalism, in that ignorant bigots mistake skin for clothing. Racists might construe Black skin as the equivalent of the cultural "clothing" of many backward African countries while failing (or deliberately refusing) to recognize that the Black people are wearing the superior "clothing" of Euro-American culture and may in fact be culturally superior to the racists themselves.
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