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10 February 2011

Catalogue Number
TPP003HB
Author
Lothrop Stoddard, Kevin MacDonald (introduction)
Title
Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man
Genre
HBD, Politics, Eugenics
Date of Publication
March 2011
Size
Demi 8vo
Pages
262
ISBN
978-0-9561835-4-5

Next on The Palingenesis Project: Lothrop Stoddard's The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man, New Edition with an Introduction by Kevin MacDonald

James Stevenson

We are proud to present our next title: a new, 2011 edition of Lothrop Stoddard's The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under-Man.

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.

This new edition, due out later this month, will be available in both hardback (first) and paperback versions (later), and will come with a scholarly introduction by Prof. Kevin MacDonald, supplementary footnotes for added background, a new and expanded index, and cover artwork by Alex Kurtagić (Mister).

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