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Arthur de Gobineau
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Racist
    (July 14, 1816-October 13, 1882)
    Born in Ville d'Avray, France
    Birth name was Joseph-Arthur de Gobineau
    French diplomat and author
    Wrote 'An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races' (1855)
    Popularized the idea of an Aryan master race
    He hated democracy and was a staunch royalist.
    He claimed the white race was superior to all others.
    He declared 'Adam is the originator of our white species' and that blacks and Asians had separate origins.
    He predicted widespread racial mixing would be the downfall of civilization.
    His former mentor Alexis de Tocqueville called his ideas on race 'The theory of a horse trader rather than that of a statesman.'
    His ideas were largely ignored in France, but caught on in Germany after Richard Wagner's widow Cosima had his works translated, because she felt his Aryan supremacism meshed with the Nordic mythology of Richard's operas.
    He had a successful career as a diplomat.
    He described Jews as 'a free, strong, and intelligent people.'
    The Nazis edited out those sorts of passages when they reprinted his works.

Credit: C. Fishel


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