From the sinking hulk of the Prohibition Party a contingent of race suicide fanatics have since 1972 swum over to the Republicans. It is clear enough that their more theatrical and deadly manifestations followed the Supreme Court adoption of the LP birth control plank shortly after the 1972 election.(link) But where do these racial collectivist ideas come from?
One source is U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who in 1902 wrote a scolding letter to Maria Van Horst on “what is fundamentally infinitely more important than any other question in this country—that is, the question of race suicide, complete or partial.”(link) Teddy also explained how criminal it is to want to live one’s own life, unbothered with “strong racial qualities”:
But the man or woman who deliberately avoids marriage, and has a heart so cold as to know no passion and a brain so shallow and selfish as to dislike having children, is in effect a criminal against the race, and should be an object of contemptuous abhorrence by all healthy people.
How fanatical T.R. was on this subject can be gleaned from another such letter penned while reading Jean Finot, whom T.R. deems an expert on La Mort des Races.(link) This 1907 letter is an attempt to get a book publisher to block such writings, on grounds that
…it is a simple mathematical proposition that, where the average family that has children at all has only three, the race at once diminishes in numbers, and if the tendency is not checked will vanish completely, — in other words, there will be race suicide.
Seven years later the Pope of Rome was alarmed, as is clear enough from the clipping above. Other famous Christians also got on the bandwagon. Heinrich Himmler was another such influential ideologue pushing christian altruism. His published 1938 speech on the subject of homosexuality and its long-term implications for society and reproduction rates states:
I would like to develop a couple of ideas for you on the question of homosexuality. There are those homosexuals who take the view: what I do is my business, a purely private matter. However, all things which take place in the sexual sphere are not the private affair of the individual, but signify the life and death of the nation, signify world power or ‘swissification’. The people which has many children has the candidature for world power and world domination. A people of good race which has too few children has a one-way ticket to the grave, for insignificance in fifty or a hundred years, for burial in two hundred and fifty years …(link)
Race suicide eugenics may not be the only impulse driving the superstitious and altruistic to meddle at gunpoint in women’s reproductive decisions, but it is clearly one of the more important factors.
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