"The Revolt of Asia" by Upton Close

I just finished reading “The Revolt of Asia” (1927), a copy of which I had picked up in Europe.  It provides an interesting between-the-wars perspective on the receding influence and power of the white man (AKA the fall of Western colonialism) – especially in Asia.
A few things struck me about the book.  Firstly, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly the English language changes – even specifically American English.  There were a few usages that I know would be considered incorrect by today’s standards – such as “Scotch” for “Scottish”.  Perhaps the speedy evolution of Western languages goes hand in hand with a forward-looking philosophy and cultural and technological advancement.  But the constantly changing street slang does not support such a hypothesis.
In any event, Mr. Close gives us an intimate view of the precursors to modern “liberalism” which are bringing about the downfall of Western civilization.  He repeatedly refers to the United States as a “white nation”.  For example (pg. 284):

The destiny of the United States, unknown to most of its present citizens, has from the nation’s embryonic beginnings been determined by Asia.  In the future even more than the past, relationship to Asia will mould the history of the leading white nation.

There was no question, in Close’s mind, that America was a “white nation”, nor was there any doubt that it would continue to be a white nation for the indefinite future.  Close was, for his time, rather liberal and he urged fair treatment for all the races of mankind.  He encouraged the United States to accept as many non-white foreigners as their respective countries accepted Americans.  In fleeting references, throughout the book, he makes it clear that he holds racism to be evil – and that Americans are more guilty of it than others.  In this spirit, the last few pages are dedicated to this topic.
Here are his words:

Elements in Western Race Prejudice

Since America must be the determining factor in the great crisis it is well to speak in closing of race prejudice.  This, rather than political or property disputes, would arouse the public opinion to throw America athwart of Asia’s aspirations.  How will we analyze this trait in the white mind?  Added to the primitive dread of the stranger:  the feeling that “we do not like them because we do not know them and we will not know them because we do not like them,” there seem to be four cultural elements.  There is the pride of culture, like that of the ancient Greeks.  Our word “barbarian”, from their term for all aliens, still expresses the feeling.  There is pride of religion, remnant of the medieval perversion of Christianity which transformed acceptance of the most inclusively loving and humble teacher earth has known, into a ground for arrogance.  The tone in which “pagan” and “heathen” are often pronounced, tells the story.  There is pride of political efficiency, inherited perhaps from Rome, causing us to despise those unpossessed of organized power.  Last to grow, perhaps, is the pride of scientific and mechanical achievement – that which impels a Westerner to identify sanitary plumbing and speedy communication with “civilization.”  Does our preeminence in these things justify an attitude of superiority?  More pertinent still, is it going to last?  What about the rapidly approaching time when Asia demonstrates as much capacity in “culture”, Christianity, nationalism, and mechanical equipment as we?  Will we be as much at a loss to justify our attitude of racial superiority when no longer able to maintain it, as was the young educational officer with whom we talked on the train leaving Gandhi?

America has walked boldly into the danger of drawing lines of racial discrimination.  The feeling in Japan we know well.  The American Consul-general in Calcutta was asked by a high-class Hindu:  “I suppose your country bars us out because we are not an independent nation.  Once we attain national dignity that stigma will be removed?”  Our official thought it as well not to try to explain.  Shortly after our contact with this man of splendid physique, bright mind and high character, really of our own race, but “browned by a few millenniums of sun,” I met a weazened, degenerate Semite in Persia.  “I’m going to America to become an American citizen!” he boasted.  “Can you?”  I asked in astonishment.  “Why, of course!  Persians, you know, are white.”

Back in America, I related the incident to my boyhood schoolmate, clerk of the Immigration Committee of the House of Representatives.  He was secretary to the Committee chairman, a man above reproach.

“Never mind,” he assured me humorously.  “As long as God and Albert Johnston are watching over this nation it will not be overrun by Persian undesirables.  Only one hundred are admitted each year under the quota.”…

We have come to a time when any prolonged attempt of any race or nation or class or sex to dominate another can only bring destruction to both.

It is let live and live.

It is tolerance, or death.

It is easy to see why the edifice of white racial solidarity in America so easily collapsed.  If Mr. Close’s perceptions of American “racism” are accurate, then it was built upon a foundation of sand, at least by today’s standards.  Perhaps those four pillars of white racial consciousness were good enough back then, but they are not good enough today.   Now we must rebuild white racial consciousness – but this time, it must be built upon updated, and firm, foundations.  Otherwise, the very tolerance that Mr. Close promoted will bring us death.

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5 Responses to "The Revolt of Asia" by Upton Close

  1. destructure says:

    We have come to a time when any prolonged attempt of any race or nation or class or sex to dominate another can only bring destruction to both.
    Upton Close sounds like a fool. It’s the myopia of little minds that they can’t think beyond the immediate circumstances. He speaks generically but it’s obvious that what he really thinks is that white domination and equality are the only two options. They’re not.

  2. CanSpeccy says:

    An interesting historical perspective on the evolution of liberal thought.
    I was going to comment, but it got too long, so I wrote it here, if anyone is interested. Comments here or there would be welcome.
    Also, interesting in this context, I think is the article by Susie Green: Jews, Leftists, Immigration: My Journey To Nietzsche.

  3. Upton Close was no fool. He and his partner in publishing Don Bell are a forgotten resource of very solid background reporting on the construction of the American administrative security state from l945 to about l990.
    Proofs of a Conspiracy to Build a Total Managed Society
    Clarence Alton Beliel Sr. aka “Don Bell” – During liberation of Santo Thomas internment camp outside Manilla, Phillippines (1945?) http://www.cnac.org/emilscott/beliel03.wmv
    “Because of wartime regulations, we could not return to General MacArthur’s command, because we had escaped through enemy territory and had to go to the United States, via Europe, for reassignment.
    And here began a series of shocks. We had been out of the United States for nineteen years. We left when Calvin Coolidge was President and the country could still be called a Republic; we returned shortly after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the country had become a Democracy. The Nation we had loved, and served, was so changed that we hardly recognized it. When we applied for a new passport, we were arrested as a draft dodger. When we made a guest appearance on CBS’s Report to the Nation, we couldn’t get paid because we had no social security number. When we were sent to San Francisco to cover the organizational meetings of the United Nations we found Alger Hiss directing traffic and the Council on Foreign Relations running the show in collaboration with V.M. Molotov and the Soviet delegation.
    We were shocked, but we held our peace at the time. There was a war to finish and then, having settled permanently in the United States, we would study, and speak out against the forces that were destroying our country.” -Don Bell
    Don Bell Reports 1972-1993

  4. T. Brieanne (Hall) Berg says:

    My father was Clarence Victor (“Dee”) Hall and his father (my grandfather) was Joseph Washington Hall alias “Upton Close.” When Joseph wrote the “White Nation” he was looking at it through the eyes of the Chinese and Japanese. It is these two cultures or Asian cultures where traveled extesively and even wrote as a spy for the US Government. Even now, in my talking with my elderly Chinese friends, they remember the White Nation (in referring to America) when they lived in China. Best regards, -T. Brieanne (Hall) Berg, 5-22-2015

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