Who are the “Aryans” and what are they considered to be?

The 19th and 20th centuries in Europe and the United States were awash in racial and racist propaganda. Today’s rising racial problems, which some would like to belittle and push under the proverbial rug, have long and deep roots.

Although education has had a tampering effect on blatant racism, it did not change the mindset created by the old propaganda. In essence, racism is rooted in, and part of the makeup of European and American societies.

With the gradual downfall and glaring failures of public education, that makeup, like a rotting corpse filled with putrid gases, is rising to the surface of the social swamp for all to see and smell.

Is it any wonder Donald Trump chose not to drain the swamp after all?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Nordicism”

The Nordic race was one of the putative sub-races into which some late 19th to mid 20th century anthropologists divided the Caucasian race. People of the Nordic type were to be mostly found in the Nordic countries. The psychological traits of Nordics were described as truthful, equitable, competitive, naïve, reserved, and individualistic.[1] Other supposed sub-races were the Alpine race, Dinaric race, East Baltic race, and the Mediterranean race.

Nordicism was an ideology of racial separatism which viewed Nordics as an endangered racial group, most notably in Madison Grant‘s book The Passing of the Great Race. This ideology was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in some Northwestern, Central, and Northern European countries as well as in North America and Australia.[citation needed] The Nazis claimed that the Nordic race was the most superior of the “Aryan race” and constituted a master race (Herrenvolk).[2]

In the United States

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President Coolidge signs the 1924 immigration act, restricting non-Northern European immigration. John J. Pershing is on the President’s right.

In the United States, the primary spokesman for Nordicism was the eugenicist Madison Grant. His 1916 book, The Passing of the Great Race, or the Racial Basis of European History about Nordicism was highly influential among racial thinking and government policy making.[42]

Grant used the theory as justification for immigration policies of the 1920s, arguing that the immigrants from certain areas of Europe, such as Italians and other Southern Europeans and Eastern Europeans, represented a lesser type of European and their numbers in the United States should not be increased. Grant and others urged this as well as the complete restriction of non-Europeans, such as the Chinese and Japanese.

Grant argued the Nordic race had been responsible for most of humanity’s great achievements, and admixture was “race suicide” and unless eugenic policies were enacted, the Nordic race would be supplanted by inferior races. Future president Calvin Coolidge agreed, stating “Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend. The Nordics propagate themselves successfully. With other races, the outcome shows deterioration on both sides.”[43]

The Immigration Act of 1924 was signed into law by President Coolidge. This was designed to reduce the number of immigrants from Southern Europe, Southeast Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, exclude Asian immigrants altogether, and favor immigration from the British Isles, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

The spread of these ideas also affected popular culture. F. Scott Fitzgerald invokes Grant’s ideas through a character in part of The Great Gatsby, and Hilaire Belloc jokingly rhapsodied the “Nordic man” in a poem and essay in which he satirised the stereotypes of Nordics, Alpines and Mediterraneans.[44]

18 thoughts on “Aryanism: the Resurgence of Racism in Europe and America

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  2. franklparker

    You ill not have seen a recent series of programmes on the BBC in which a well known elderly (the same age as me) actress, who happens to be a lesbian Jew and proud of both designations, toured the USA talking to people about religion, guns and politics. One – I will not call him a gentleman and you will see why – I’m struggling for words here, any of the obvious ones simply will not do, I suggest you supply your own [***] – refused to meet her face to face, allowing only the researcher and the cameraman into his home whilst the Harry Potter actress sat in her car listening. He voiced his belief that all Jews should be rounded up and placed on an island somewhere; all Jewish men should be castrated and all Jewish women have their wombs removed so that the ‘race’, unable to procreate, would die out. If someone like him had been included in a work of fiction it would have been viewed as satire. This was real. It was impossible to see the actress’s face as she listened without having the tears well up. My own reaction was one of anger and despair. The experience made it abundantly clear to me that what you are saying remains true – there are people in this world who believe in a hierarchy of racial ‘soundness’.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      “Proper” public education could have gone a long way to mitigate this problem, used properly. It is usually the uneducated, the ignorant, who support the racist agenda behind a few charismatic sociopaths who push it for reasons of their own. If they had less of the ignorant support group, their madness would have little effect. But let one of these sociopaths become president of a nation with a very poor public education track record and with an entertainment media endlessly promoting violence in a positive vein and you have Nazis and Ku Klux Kanners. In other countries you come across Brahmins and their ilk who openly promote the racist agenda. The only thing that can counter such is proper education as opposed to propaganda.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      You’re welcome, Lisa. I was actually researching to see if I could use the term “Aryan” in my novel. After reading this I decided against it!

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  3. Woebegone but Hopeful

    And yet the fools seem to have ignored or forgotten what happened to the ‘Aryans’ by May 1945.(on the retreat from December 1942).
    There is actually no ‘Aryan’ race, it is another folk-myth propagated by something which barely counts as research; there ‘Aryans’ are folk who have yet to see what happens when the full fury of a war is unleashed against those who try to play this game.
    Fools!

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Fools indeed! I’ve gone to some lengths in the past pointing out all the stupid mistakes Hitler’s Nazis made during their brief but deadly reign of terror, the two absolutely worse were the unbridled attack upon the Jews who formed the backbone of the German “normal times” economy, and of course the insane “Operation Barbarossa” declaring war against the Soviet Union. Communism no doubt was a thorn in Nazism’s backside but with gentle persuasion most of Europe would have gone along with Nazism toned down. Certainly Italy, France and the Nordic countries would and perhaps even Britain. Thing is, you can’t bargain with madness. As I learned in the north, when a coyote comes at you in the middle of winter slavering at the mouth and nothing of it but skin and protruding bones you know it’s rabid and you have to shoot it. Seems like the white supremacists with their military armaments, their nukes, their robots, their tin soldier mercenaries and their failed economies want to start another “Operation Barbarossa” not only against Russia but against China as well. The madness of fools.
      You’re right, there is no such thing as an “Aryan”. I wanted to use the term in my novel, did a bit of research and decided I didn’t want to drag in the associations. Sure fiction can handle fictional history but not this kind. This myth is best left in the cesspool.

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      1. Woebegone but Hopeful

        Indeed.
        No good ever comes out of a racial ‘superiority’ complex or its partner in evil, the denigration of another race.
        It always leads to the perpetrator’s downfall.

    2. A writer from the East

      This word Aryans also comes up in south asian history and there are millions of Indo-Aryan castes in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Hilariously outraging, is that in Sanskrit and my mother language aryā means noble and the castes consider them noble and above others.

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      1. Woebegone but Hopeful

        Thank you for reminding me, I knew there was a link somewhere but couldn’t bring it to mind.
        There was most peculiar writings being produced in the 19th Century by European and Caucasian American writers, convinced of some racial superiority and some how these stuck in some sections.
        Hitler or Himmler apparently despatched as SS team to the Himalayas to seek out a lost tribe of Aryans or a link to a lost tribe.

      2. A writer from the East

        Yes yes, exactly that. Apparently, some did believe in the myth of ‘Aryan’ superiority and invincibility as a race.

      3. Woebegone but Hopeful

        As I never tire of saying
        ‘Notice Berlin in May 1945 to see how that worked out for the last regime to live by that creed’
        When people are united across race, religion etc in common purpose and ‘community’ (be it world-wide or a village) only then they are unstoppable.

      4. A writer from the East

        I agree with your perspective we are above all our differences humans and that should bind us in unity.

      5. Woebegone but Hopeful

        This is a truth above others.
        May all everywhere embrace this

  4. Admin

    The word Aryan has been misappropriated by the west. Here in the east it never meant racially. Although many in India have also taken the word seriously. British historians created a rift between Indians by naming some fair skinned people as Aryan and others as not. Linguists have used Indo-Aryan language as a division, but many ignore that it is just for the purpose of nomenclature, it does not prove Aryans as a racial group. Plus in India Anglophile Communists floated the idea of ‘Aryan Invasion’ later which became ‘Aryan Migration’ ignoring Indian Scripture mention no land outside Indian geography as home to Aryans. Starting from the east, they mention land up to river Kabu (Kabul). Similarly, Avestan scripture of ancient Persia mentions the land to their east as Sapt Sindhu. Sanskrit and Avestan scriptures are similar linguistically and also in content. The only difference is the geography they mention respectively. So there were many people who called themselves Aryan, which literally mean noble. But they were not a particular race group. When oriental knowledge started to pour into Europe during the Renaissance and later during the Age of Enlightenment, there was fascination amongst European scholars about east. But how can a dark skin Indian be an Aryan, after all he only studies Aryan scripture and follows Aryan tradition and faith. A racial meaning was given to it for appropriating whatever that was good to the west and bad to east. Many intellectuals and liberals also played their part in promoting this idea. But the climax came with the founding of Thule Society, whose ideas later catalysed into Hitlers and others taking up the myth.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry about the delay in responding. Western empires, particularly the USA, Britain and the EU, have, and continue, to suck anything of value from the rest of the world to increase their wealth or their power. As in this case, it’s done by propaganda (fake news!) but more often by the “simple” expedient of massive and endless war crimes. They’re a social disease, a plague on the world.

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