Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Failed mongrel prophet   posted by Razib @ 12/06/2006 08:39:00 PM

Since Chet told me that he was going to start his own weblog after his guesting stint is over at GNXP SB, and that that weblog would focus in part on Austrian economics, I decided to look up von Mises on Wiki out of curiosity (I was a libertarian, I know von Mises, but I am not one of the 132 people in the world alive today who has read all of Human Action). I found out that von Mises was a consultant for the Pan-Europa Movement, which was headed by one Count Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi. This man was a mischlinge, his mother was Japanese! Here are some of his opinions:
"The man of the future will be of mixed race. Today's races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals."
"Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility through spiritual grace. This happened at the moment when Europe's feudal aristocracy became dilapidated, and thanks to Jewish emancipation."

Being an F1 hybrid Coudenhove-Kalergi couldn't comprehend that the nature nature of genetical inheritance implies that heritable variation will be maintained. This also means that ills like racism will still be around despite admixture. Consider this description of the problems of racism in multiracial Dominican Republic:
In one Dominican family, one child can be considered black and the other white. Though siblings, their different skin colors make them two different races. Because of this unique structure, I was forced to live and deal with prejudices in new ways. I could not avoid problems by living with a "black" family. There were no black families. I had to live within a community that rejected me.

South Asians can relate to the fact that intrafamilial variance on phenotype does not negate societal preferences for particular looks.