A “Renaissance Man” in the truest sense, Hesketh Prichard was an explorer, adventurer, big-game hunter, and soldier who modernized British sniper tactics during the First World War. One of his expeditions was to the island nation of Haiti, where he documented his observations of the black republic in his book titled Where Black Rules White: A journey […]
THE BURDEN OF CIVILIZATION
Civilization is the flowering of the human species. It is both a recent and a fragile thing. The first glimmerings of genuine civilization appeared only eight or ten thousand years ago. This may seem a long time. It does not seem so long when we remember that behind civilization’s dawn Hes a vast night of barbarism, of sav- agery, of bestiality, estimated at half a million years, since the ape-man shambled forth from the steaming murk of tropic forests, and, scowling and blinking, raised his eyes to the stars.
Civilization is complex. It involves the existence of human communities characterized by pohtical and social organization; dominating and utilizing natural forces; adapting themselves to the new man-made environment thereby created; possessing knowledge, refinement, arts, and sciences; and (last, but emphatically not least) com- posed of individuals capable of sustaining this elaborate complex and of handing it on to a capable posterity.
This last consideration is, in fact, the crux of the whole matter; the secret of success; the secret, likewise, of those tragic failures which perplex and sadden the stu
dent of history.
Never seen a black
It is difficult to say with any precision how many black people were living and working in Britain before the outbreak of World War II, but the permanent black population numbered in all probability between 10,000 and 15,000. Most of these were situated in or around dock areas such as Liverpool, Cardiff, Swansea, Hull and London, and it is safe to say that the vast majority of the population had never seen a black person.
Διαβάστε το εδώ: RACE AND POLITICS
Like all sound political conceptions, Fascism is action and it is thought; action in which doctrine is immanent, and doctrine arising from a given system of historical forces in which it is inserted, and working on them from within. It has therefore a form correlated to contingencies of time and space; but it has also an ideal content which makes it an expression of truth in the higher region of the history of thought. There is no way of exercising a spiritual influence in the world as a human will dominating the will of others, unless one has a conception both of the transient and the specific reality on which that action is to be exercised, and of the permanent and universal reality in which the transient dwells and has its being. To know men one must know man; and to know man one must be acquainted with reality and its laws. There can be no conception of the State which is not fundamentally a conception of life: philosophy or intuition, system of ideas evolving within the framework of logic or concentrated in a vision or a faith, but always, at least potentially, an organic conception of the world.