In Race: The History of an Idea in America, author Thomas F. Gossett discusses The Passing of the Great Race (1916) by one of America's most notable racial "hygienists," Madison Grant. A little background on the latter...
In The Passing of the Great Race, Grant wrote: "Mistaken regard for what are believed to be divine laws and a sentimental belief in the sanctity of human life tend to prevent both the elimination of defective infants and the sterilization of such adults as are themselves of no value to the community. The laws of nature require the obliteration of the unfit and human life is valuable only when it is of use to the community or race."After recapping some aspect of Grant's argument for Aryan supremacy, Gossett writes (p. 357), "Much of all this is, of course, a straight paraphrase of Gobineau and Chamberlain." That would be be Joseph Arthur Comte de Gobineau, the French aristocrat author of An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races (1853-1855), and Houston Stewart Chamberlain, the British author of the prodigiously racist Foundations of the Nineteenth Century (1911).
It was an odd time -- just before the United States was to declare war against Germany -- for a strong statement of the doctrine of Nordicism to appear in this country. Grant is able to avoid the charge, however, that his theories were very much like those of the prophets of Teutonism in Germany. The truth was, Grant argued, that the Germans were not really Nordics. Great numbers of the Nordics of Germany had been slaughtered in the Thirty Years War. Since the Nordics were pre-eminently fighters, the war "bore, of course, most heavily upon the big blond fighting man and, at the end of the war, the German states contained a greatly lessened proportion of Nordic blood." This decline explained the barbarism of the modern German army... And as Grant makes clear, the peasants were Alpines and the "gentle classes" were Nordics.Now, you may well be thinking: who really gives a rat's ass about all that. I'm with you 100% -- but this absurd sort of speculation provides needed context for the immediately following paragraph...
One of Grant's contemporaries was able to dispose even more conveniently of the German claim to Nordic stock. Dr. William S. Sadler, a surgeon and professor of therapeutics at a noted school of medicine, suggested that not only had the Alpines displaced most of the Nordics in Germany in the Thirty Years War, but many of the Nordics who were left later emigrated to the United States.The new element thus contextualized is Dr. Sadler, who in 1922 wrote a book called Race decadence: An examination of the causes of racial degeneracy in the United States. As you can imagine from the title, its author was a eugenicist. He also held a teaching position at the University of Chicago. But it is for none of these things that William S. Sadler is remembered. His big claim to fame is as the mastermind behind one of America's most prominent -- are you ready for this? -- UFO cults, and that cult's 2,000+ page holy writ...
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Although supposedly somehow "materialized" by alien visitors, The Urantia Book warns in suspiciously Sadlerian style that "Civilization is in danger when youth neglect to interest themselves in ethics, sociology, eugenics, philosophy, the fine arts, religion, and cosmology." (Paper 111 - The Adjuster and the Soul, 4.4) And further on...
Paper 51 - The Planetary Adams, 4.8It was not until 1955 that The Urantia Book was finally published, ten years after the Nazi camps were opened in which six million Jews had been "biologically disfellowshipped."
But there's more. Martin Gardner -- of Scientific American fame -- wrote a book about the Urantia crowd. Here's a taste...
...Sadler became an Adventist at age 11 and was baptized into the church several years later when he was 13... Young Sadler was a devout Adventist while attending Battle Creek College, during which time he and Dr. [John Harvey] Kellogg became intimate friends.At the Lemelson-MIT inventors archive page on William K. Kellogg, from which the above graphic derives, we learn that
...the company operates under two divisions, Kellogg USA and Kellogg International, with manufacturing operations in 20 countries and distribution in 160. In addition to its broad cereal line, today Kellogg’s also sells Pop-Tarts, Eggo waffles and pancakes, the Nutri-Grain cereal bar line, and a variety of other snacks.We do not learn anything about the Race Betterment Foundation created by the brothers Kellogg in 1906. And of course there's no mention of The Urantia Book.
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