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Lothrop Stoddard:
A Prophet We Should Study

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We can’t say we weren’t warned. Around the time of the First World War, when Europe ruled nearly every part of the Earth, Theodore Lothrop Stoddard wrote a series of highly regarded books and articles about the global racial situation that argued European global rule was coming unglued. Stoddard, a Harvard-educated scholar, was also pro-white figure; he was consequently memory-holed by the establishment after World War II and his death in 1950. It’s precisely because of this we need to continue listening to his words.

Map of European colonial holdings, January, 1914.

When Stoddard wrote his first work of history from a racial perspective, most of the world was controlled by Europeans. Europeans had also expanded demographically since the late Middle Ages. In January 1914, one might think that such a thing would go on forever, but by early September of that year, everything had changed.

Everything that Stoddard wrote has stood the test of time. His division of European races into what he called Nordics in northern Europe and Mediterraneans in Southern Europe are reaffirmed by recent DNA studies. He correctly predicted that Yugoslavia would fall apart in Racial Realities in Post-War Europe, a resurgence of Islam in The New World of Islam, and hostilities between America and Japan two decades before those became reality in The Rising Tide of Color. He also predicted the geopolitical situation which has come to be called “The Clash of Civilizations.”

Map of average European hunter-gatherer DNA admixture in present-day Europe.

Modern DNA studies affirm what Lothrop Stoddard wrote using different terms.

Stoddard’s clairvoyance is best exemplified with raw imagery.

A member of the National Guard and black men stand off during the 1943 Detroit Race Riots.

Demographics: “Weakened and impoverished by Armageddon, handicapped by an unconstructive peace, and facing internal Bolshevist disaffection which must at all costs be mastered, the white world is ill-prepared to confront—the rising tide of color.”

Battle of Verdun, France, 1916.

World War I: “France’s vital losses are only typical of what has to a greater or less extent occurred all over Europe. The dysgenic effect of the Great War is simply appalling. The war was nothing short of a headlong plunge into white race-suicide. It was essentially a civil war between closely related white stocks; a war wherein every physical and mental effective was gathered up and hurled into a hell of lethal machinery which killed out unerringly the youngest, the bravest, and the best.”

Sarajevo burning

Yugoslavia: “The Alpines thus tend to form small political units which unite with difficulty and are more likely to be at odds with one another.  This is one of the chief reasons why the Balkan peoples, who are of course mainly Alpines, are always quarreling and fighting among themselves.”

Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941.

The Yellow Peril: “There lies a danger, not merely to the peace of the Far East, but to the peace of the world. Fired by a fervent patriotism; resolved to make their country a leader among the nations; the Japanese writhe at the constriction of their present race-bounds.”

Yellow Vest protestors, France.

The French Revolution & French Political Instability: “Compare France with its neighbor England. Both are strongly marked nations.  The chief difference is that England has racial unity while France has not. Englishmen are overwhelmingly of one stock – the Nordic race.  The population of France, on the other hand, is highly composite; it is made up of all three of the European races… England’s development has been at once more stable and more consistent; English party quarrels have been less bitter, while there has never been a violent breach with the past like that of the French Revolution.”

ISIS militant destroys Assyrian sculpture, Mosul, Iraq

The Islamic State: “The world of Islam, mentally and spiritually quiescent for almost a thousand years, is once more astir, once more on the march. Wither? We do not know. Who would be bold enough to prophesy the outcome of this vast ferment-political, economic, social, religious, and much more besides?”

Lothrop Stoddard's ethnic groupings compared to modern, DNA-based groupings.

Stoddard’s groupings (top) are remarkably similar to what is generally accepted based on DNA evidence today (bottom.)

Theodore Lothrop Stoddard, A Proud Yankee

Theodore Lothrop Stoddard was born in 1883 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard in 1905, Boston University in 1908, and then received a Ph.D. in History from Harvard in 1914. His first book, The French Revolution in San Domingo, was his doctoral dissertation. He was accused of being in the KKK in 1923 by Hearst’s International. I don’t know if this is true or not, but the expose shows that white advocates were under pressure from the mainstream even then; he also received death threats over the phone. He was a member of the board of the American Birth Control League and other organizations like the American Historical Association.

Stoddard was from a prominent New England family. His immigrant ancestor was Anthony Stoddard, father of the Puritan minister Solomon Stoddard. He was also related to Sir George Downing, for whom Downing Street in London is named, and Jonathan Edwards, the minister who preached the famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Theodore’s father was John Lawson Stoddard, who wrote and lectured on his travels and also wrote hymns and poetry. His mother, Mary Brown, was born in Maine. Stoddard men frequently married women with esteemed families as well – many were physicians. Theodore’s direct ancestors were New England thinking men, not soldiers or pioneers. A look at his family tree also shows a pattern of his male ancestors marrying older than the norm.

Stoddard, curiously, has no official biography despite his prominence. I gleaned information about his life from biographies of his white advocate colleagues, written by authors hostile to white advocacy, as well as from snippets available on the internet. I don’t know if he has a collection of papers anywhere.

As a result of not having a book-length biography from a sympathetic or fair-minded author, there is no philosophical exploration of why, exactly, a wealthy person from such a prominent family, in a mostly white part of the country, would become a racial advocate. Stoddard’s “redpilling” moment is a big mystery. I can only remark that it is common for successful people of that time to be advocates for their own kind. I’ll attempt to argue that Stoddard arrived at his point of view through rational study, and that his conclusions are not too far removed from the intellectual trends of New English “Yankee” culture. Additionally, Stoddard involved himself in the Protestant intellectual civil war between Fundamentalists and non-Fundamentalists. This historical rift is of importance, as it was both a distraction from white advocacy and white advocacy by other means.

The Basic Cultural Ideas of Puritan New England

Lothrop Stoddard’s clergy family had an outsized influence on ideas within American culture generally. New England was founded by a specific sub-segment of English culture usually known as the Puritans. Puritans were passionately convicted radical Protestants who sought to eliminate lingering Roman Catholic traditions in the Church of England. The New England colonists made Puritanism the official religion of all their territories save Rhode Island. The religion of Puritanism still exists today, albeit rebranded as Congregationalism.

Congregationalist thought can be described as vanilla Protestantism. Each congregation is self-governing. Most of the Church’s theology was developed by John Calvin, whose key premise was the Doctrine of Predestination. According to Calvin, God knew would be saved and who would not be saved from the beginning of creation. Those saved were called “The Elect.” The religion was fatalist. The only way someone could show they were among “The Elect” was to be healthy and prosperous. New Englanders thus worked hard every day. They also had a sense of “chosenness” about themselves. The work-hard aspect of New England’s culture has come to be called the Protestant Work Ethic, although I suspect that this work ethic is more a racial trait developed by those with European hunter-gatherer DNA. One needs to innovate and produce to survive the northern winters.

After the religious wars of the seventeenth century faded into memory, the grandchildren of the Puritans began to reconsider the Doctrine of Predestination and the concept of the Trinity. As a result, the Unitarian and Universalist denominations developed in New England out of the Congregationalist Church. The Unitarians and Universalists eventually merged again, creating a religion similar to that of the Quakers but with Puritan roots. When Congregationalism and Unitarianism split apart, there was no society-wide trauma in New England akin to what happened in Germany after Luther. The split was so long in coming that few were truly upset when it finally happened. For example, President John Adams became a Unitarian, but his son President John Quincy Adams remained a Trinitarian Congregationalist; there was no bitter falling-out over this. The church the Mayflower Pilgrims founded even became a Unitarian-Universalist Church.

Congregationalists and Unitarians have a large presence in New England. This map downplays how extensive Congregationalists are – the denomination has further split and rebranded. Additionally, while the percentages of Congregationalists and Unitarians are small, their ideas influence much larger religious sects as well as culture more broadly.

In the early 19th century, the New England states ceased having an official religion. The population didn’t become atheistic as a result; rather, a great many new religious movements developed, including Mormonism and its offshoots, Seventh Day Adventists, Transcendentalists, a flurry of Evangelical sects, and Christian Scientists. According to the information I’ve found on Stoddard, he was an agnostic, a lifelong practicing Unitarian, and a Christian Scientist until his wife died from untreated cancer in 1940. I don’t know how true any of this is and I don’t know the order in which Stoddard embraced or left these views. Most of the available literature on Stoddard emphasize he was a lifelong Unitarian.

The Unitarian-Universalist belief system is a broad spirituality that has a great deal of room for the concepts of scientific humanism, and in 1926, Stoddard wrote a book called Scientific Humanism that explained his philosophy. Like his racial ideas, the themes of Scientific Humanism still pass the test of time. Stoddard argued that although Americans were surrounded with comfortable amenities that were the results of scientific endeavor, most of the population remained influenced by emotionalism and backwards thinking:

The amount of disguised emotion today masquerading as thought is literally astounding.  Nowhere do we see it more plainly than in the current tendency to “think in phrases”; in other words, to avoid thinking by embracing some clever catchword or resounding “principle” which seems to settle the question and bring conviction to perplexed souls.  This is a very insidious evil, because it so subtly debauches the intellect and kills creative thought…This is a sloganized age; an age of searching, not for solutions of social problems, but…”solving words”…Solomon could control the evil spirits because he knew the right names for all of them.  Address an evil spirit by the right name and you’ve got him. And this age is obsessed with the idea that social evils will yield to the same treatment.

The Scopes Monkey Trial 

Protestors gather during the Scopes Monkey Trial.

The Scopes Monkey Trial was an optics disaster for Fundamentalism. However, Fundamentalism returned as part of the Religious Right within the Republican Party after the “civil rights” revolution.

Scientific Humanism was written partially as a response to the famous Scopes Monkey Trial held in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, on the question of whether or not it was illegal to teach evolution in public schools.  Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution called into question the creation story in the Book of Genesis, and those American Protestants that chose to believe the creation story over the ideas of science became known as Fundamentalists. In retrospect, it is clear that the Fundamentalists in the 1920s were fighting the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The Scopes Monkey Trial was an optics disaster for the Fundamentalists. They went underground and didn’t re-emerge until the 1970s, with the so-called Religious Right entering politics, when the Carter administration backed a case, Green v. Connally, which would have denied tax exempt status to religious schools that did not integrate. By the time of the Carter administration, it was clear to all that the “civil rights” revolution was a disaster that empowered black criminality, and religious schools were a refuge from that crime wave. The Religious Right quickly gained traction as an important base of the Republican Party by 1980.

However, there were lingering divisions between the fledgling Religious Right and the Unitarian-Universalist Protestant Left. Issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and birth control created cultural split among whites that was, and is, difficult to bridge and not helpful for advancing white interests. Stoddard, for example, supported birth control and abortion as a way to keep down non-white demographic expansion. The Religious Right, however, abandoned their hitherto pro-abortion stance in the 1970s. Stoddard sought to reduce non-white birthrates and increase white birthrates, especially for high IQ whites. Stoddard, therefore, was one of the very first to correctly identify the situation that we call today “The Great Replacement.” Not only did he predict this pressing demographic crisis, he also prophesied conflict between Japan and the United States and the future aggression of a rising Islamic world.  He also pointed out the split between liberal progressive whites and Fundamentalists. It is this latter split that is not healed, and these continuing divisions don’t help white wellbeing – but there is hope. Identifying the problem is the first step in solving it. Were it not for Stoddard, we may not have known there was ever a problem in the first place.

12 Comments

  1. Ben G.
    Posted January 23, 2020 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    As a result of not having a book-length biography from a sympathetic or fair-minded author, there is no philosophical exploration of why, exactly, a wealthy person from such a prominent family, in a mostly white part of the country, would become a racial advocate.

    An author named James Bachman wrote a 600+ page dissertation on Stoddard in the 60s, which I always figured was a sort of biography, but I’ve never been able to find it to read it.

    Maybe it is just exclusively an exploration of his views, rather than being a biography as well, but I don’t know.

    I would love to read it, or hear it summarized by someone who has. I’m sure it can be found in some library somewhere.

  2. Peter Quint
    Posted January 23, 2020 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    There is still the use of unlimited biological warfare to consider–it may be the only way!

  3. Lord Shang
    Posted January 22, 2020 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    This post started out promising, but ended way too abruptly. I suggest that Mr. de Camp should extend it by several posts, examining the different writings of Stoddard systematically and in turn. The ones I have either read, or at least read reviews of, are:

    The French Revolution in San Domingo
    The Rising Tide of Color
    The New World of Islam
    Into the Darkness
    Revolt Against Civilization

    Stoddard was brilliant, prescient and patriotic in the deepest (racial as opposed to civic) sense.

    For a good example of how 1) our (((modern media))) promotes “native alienism”; 2) such liberal traitors think when writing for and among themselves; and 3) traitors cherry pick facts so as to politically “sculpt” preferred conclusions, see:

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/26/when-w-e-b-du-bois-made-a-laughingstock-of-a-white-supremacist

    Du Bois did not in fact make a “laughingstock” of Stoddard (at least not on the evidence this article offers), which implies to rational whites that he defeated him forensically. He did no such thing. A largely black audience simply burst out laughing at an empirical statement of Stoddard’s about the quality of segregated trains. Stoddard’s contention may in fact have been ludicrous, but it had no bearing on the substance of his argument about Negro “inferiority” vis a vis whites.

    I put “inferiority” in quotation marks because it is of interest that Stoddard, on this evidence, seems to have been something of a more moderate racial separatist, disclaiming that Negroes
    were inferior, but asserting that they were merely “different” from whites (with the implication that their presence in the same society and democracy was incompatible with whites). In this, too, he was extremely prescient, as this approach seems to be the growing preference among white preservationists today.

  4. Alexandra O
    Posted January 22, 2020 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I sometimes think I am the only person left on earth that espouses massive birth-control efforts in Third-World countries — and they know who they are — in order to head off ecological disaster and the erasure of white population by the tsunami of babies born to women who cannot feed or care for them. Every one of those boy babies will want a racy, red, new Tesla, and the girls will want racy, red strappy high-heels — as well as both blaming the West because they cannot have them. The West is sunk, the Planet is sunk, and still no one even mentions ”””whisper””’ birth control. Thank you Lothrop Stoddard, for first pointing this out to me a few years back. Everyone would do well to read him now and/or again.

    • RVBlake
      Posted January 23, 2020 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      Yet another “gift” from the Catholic Church.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted January 24, 2020 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      White preservationists need to develop a set of positions which are facially-racially neutral, although their implementation would ultimately help our racial interests (eg, we need Third World population control), or else ones which only involve positive recommendations for our people to follow (eg, whites need to have more children).

      Overpopulation in the Third World is a real planetary catastrophe that threatens both the global biosphere and the survival of the white race, as well as retards the raising of living standards in the Third World itself. Trump should be taking the lead in advocating population control measures in the developing world.

  5. Nikandros
    Posted January 22, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    His division of European races into what he called Nordics in northern Europe and Mediterraneans in Southern Europe are reaffirmed by recent DNA studies.

    They can be divided into sub-races, but all Europeans are still made up of varying degrees of Western European Hunter-Gatherer, Neolithic farmers, and Yamnaya (Hitler’s Aryans). There is no such thing as a pure Aryan Nordic. Finns and Russians seem to have the highest Aryan admixture at around 67%. Sardinians and Basques, on the other hand, are almost pure Neolithic farmer, but even they still have a small bit of Aryan and WHG.

  6. HamburgerToday
    Posted January 22, 2020 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Good essay.

    Many of Stoddard’s works are available for download in multiple formats on Archive.org. If you have the money, Ostrara Publications seems to carry many of Stoddard’s works including ‘Into The Darkness’, an account of Stoddard’s travels in pre-War Nazi Germany (where he was given considerable access including an interview with the Fuhrer).

  7. A. D.
    Posted January 22, 2020 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    This is a timely piece, because after reading the recent article here by F. C. Comatose about the Midway movie, my mind immediately went to Stoddard’s outlining in The Rising Tide Of Color of the ambitions of Imperial Japan in the 1900s. Plenty of quotes from Japanese thinkers about overturning White world hegemony, etc – even going so far as to earmark the Pacific seaboard of the United States as lebensraum for Japan (!).

    I still agree with the points made in that Midway article though – I’m just saying my mind went to Stoddard while reading it. It’s interesting to then see a piece on Stoddard on here, that also mentions Stoddard’s contemporaneous hot take on Japan.

    Stoddard and Madison Grant were men against time. F. Scott Fitzgerald is worth mentioning here, too.
    I find myself constantly thinking about ‘what could have been’.

    • Corday
      Posted January 22, 2020 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      In “The Great Gatsby,” Fitzgerald has his villain, Tom Buchanan, reference Stoddard.

      “Civilization’s going to pieces,” broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read ‘The Rise of the Colored Empires’ by this man Goddard?”

      “Goddard” is most likely a portmanteau of Grant and Stoddard.

      • A. D.
        Posted January 23, 2020 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

        I read somewhere that Fitzgerald was a race realist and was in touch with Stoddard and put the reference into his book as a little cameo for him.

        Also, it could be argued Gatsby is the villain, because Gatsby is a fraud. Tom Buchanan seems to embody a natural hierarchy, a divine right to rule. Gatsby is a fraudster and smuggler who is in league with (((Meyer Wolfsheim))) – who fixed the 1919 world series no less! Which was a reference to an real betting scandal with the Jewish mafia at the top of it.
        It is Tom Buchanan who gets the girl. Also the book doesn’t depict Jews or Negroes in particularly flattering tones, either. Nick Carraway also seems to have a weary and unimpressed view of the drinking and the decadence of the Jazz Age in general. At least that was my impression of the book. Maybe I’m seeing things that arent there.
        Gatsby’s failure to land himself into American gentry seems to me a comment on how uprootingg and change generally ought to be resisted and that certain people belong in certain places and other people belong in other places, and that is the way it should be and it should not change.
        That’s my reading of it anyway. Maybe I’m wrong.

        I may be wrong about all this and I cannot remember where I read this stuff about Fitzgerald’s politics. Maybe it’s bullshit, it was just a theory I read once, I havent looked into it much. I just assumed Fitzgerald was /ourguy/ based on those little dogwhistles and what I’d read.

  8. Jud Jackson
    Posted January 22, 2020 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Terrific article Mr. V. De Camp!!

    You write

    “Stoddard, curiously, has no official biography despite his prominence. I gleaned information about his life from biographies of his white advocate colleagues, written by authors hostile to white advocacy, as well as from snippets available on the internet. I don’t know if he has a collection of papers anywhere.”

    Maybe you can write the definitive biography of Stoddard,

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