Norman Mailer on "WASPs"

A comment at Mangan's reminded me of this quote:
In his book Of a Fire on the Moon, ostensibly about the Apollo 11 moon shot, Norman Mailer was really writing about Wasps (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). Or so he indicated during an interview with Leticia Kent, published in the current Vogue. Hymenopterist Mailer, who has called Wasps "the most Faustian, barbaric, draconian, progress-oriented and root-destroying people on earth," has moved on to "some mysterious and half-spooky conclusions," notably that "the real mission of the Wasp in history was not, say, to create capitalism, or to disseminate Christianity into backward countries." It was to get the U.S. to the moon.

"The mind of the Wasp bears more resemblance to the laser than the mind of any other ethnic group," said Mailer. "To wit, he can project himself 'extraordinary distances through a narrow path. He's disciplined, stoical, able to become the instrument of his own will, has extraordinary boldness and daring together with a resolute lack of imagination. He's profoundly nihilistic. And this nihilism found its perfect expression in the odyssey to the moon—because we went there without knowing why we went."
Here's Mailer's idea of meaning. For comparison, James Bowery has written:
1) Since the iceages, Euroman was selected as a frontier subspecies to the point he has demonstrated his exceptional potential to bring life to the stars, 2) Euroman, hence the entire family of life, is in danger of extinction because alien influnces have taken over his societies, inhibiting his natural—genetically endowed—expression of his frontierism, turning his powers inward toward the destruction of himself and the planet.

7 comments:

Tanstaafl said...

I would go to get away from people like Mailer. Perhaps that's what the Apollo people were thinking.

Indra Maghavan said...

Creating new frontiers. I'm reminded of the conclusion of the Turner Diaries.

Anonymous said...

Wasps were a mediocre bunch of people. In almost 200 years in North America they almost had not expanded across the Appalachian Mountains. And defeat the British ? The isolated starving Boers almost did it in South Africa and even the weak Argentinians did it in the River Plate almost at the same time of the Eimériken Revolution did... The United States short historical strenght has been due to the plain quantity of millions of immigrants arriving in North America after the 1800's, so the United States became for a short moment in the 19th-20th century a big power because the European peasant starving masses, mainly Germanic, began to immigrate there, tens of millions of Germanics, Irish and whatever Ellis Island miserable undistinct unrooted people inbetween 1800-1930, what meant 60-70 millions of miserable Europeans, what gave the United States a short momentum in the history of the world power in the last century. And Europeans had been killing each others in two World Wars. In the 21st century the normal course of history is being restablished and the decadence of the United States is the daily news. If you have a President or a political leader from another ethnic or racial stock that's the last nail in your coffin, far worse than your fatal energetic crisis . By the end of this 21st century the United States will be again what it was in the begin of the 1800's, just a mediocre and medium range power in face of the new BRIC Powers, all made of a remarkable historical ethno-national hard cores. This time the German immigration will not be able to rescue the United States from being a medium country with a shrinking role in the world. Incredible that there's more German stock than Wasp stock in the United States and everybody knows that the United States is just a client state of Israel and the rapacious World Jewry. So good luck because you were born in the wrong century and all your life will be a show of decadence just like what you call the hell decade (2001-2011).

Mark said...

I think White nationalists would be the first to sign up for colonizing a new planet. At this point the future looks bleak for Earth.

Say what you will about WASPs, they did a far better job at colonization than the Latins did. Imagine the world if Latins had colonized North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. We wouldn't be having conversations about racial preservation at all, it would be a done deal. It would be a bunch of racially mixed swarthoids arguing over religion.

TGGP said...

Mark, you are overlooking the role of disease. America was depopulating even before the Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth (due to contact with English fishermen). Latin America has more tropical diseases that Europeans find hard to cope with. The reason Africans were brought over to the U.S is because natives died to frequently to serve as slaves (and the reason they were brought to the south is because they tended to get rickets up north). Africa is still majority African because Europeans did not have a disease advantage there.

Rob S. said...

TGGP, I don't follow. Aren't nearly all of today's Latin American diseases from the Old World? I would think white genes would fare just as well against those diseases as amerind ones; probably better.

n/a said...

TGGP,

I don't deny that disease and population density played a role, but comparing Louisiana or California under "Latin" rule to the same areas under American management tends to support Mark's conclusion.