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    Thumbs up Aviation, Geography, and Race by Charles A. Lindbergh Readers Digest Nov. 1939

    Aviation, Geography, and Race
    by Charles A. Lindbergh
    featured in Reader's Digest, November, 1939, pp. 64-67

    Aviation has struck a delicately balanced world, a world where
    stability was already giving way to the pressure of new dynamic
    forces, a world dominated by a mechanical, materialist, Western
    European civilization. Aviation is a product of that
    civilization, borne on the crest of its outlook. Typical also of
    its strength and its weakness, its vanity and its
    self-destruction - men flung upward in the face of God, another
    Icarus to dominate the sky, and in turn, to be dominated by it;
    for eventually the laws of nature determine the success of human
    effort and measure the value of human inventions in that
    divinely complicated, mathematically unpredictable, development
    of life at which Science has given the name of Evolution.

    Aviation seems almost a gift from heaven to those Western
    nations who were already the leaders of their era, strengthening
    their leadership, their confidence, their dominance over other
    peoples. It is a tool specially shaped for Western hands, a
    scientific art which others only copy in a mediocre fashion,
    another barrier between the teeming millions of Asia and the
    Grecian inheritance of Europe - one of those priceless
    possessions which permit the White race to live at all in a
    pressing sea of Yellow, Black, and Brown. But aviation, using it
    symbolically as well as in its own right, brings two great
    dangers, one peculiar to our modern civilization, the other
    older than history. Since aviation is dependent on the intricate
    organization of life and industry, it carries with it the
    environmental danger of a people too far separated from the soil
    and from the sea - the danger of that physical decline which so
    often goes with a high intellectual development, of that
    spiritual decline which seems invariably to accompany an
    industrial life, of that racial decline which follows physical
    and spiritual mediocrity.

    A great industrial nation may conquer the world in the span of a
    single life, but its Achilles' heel is time. Its children, what
    of them? The second and third generations, of what numbers and
    stuff will they be? How long can men thrive between walls of
    brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal
    and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of
    wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made
    beauty, the mineral-like quality of life. This is our modern
    danger - one of the waxen wings of flight. It may cause our
    civilization to fall unless we act quickly to counteract it,
    unless we realize that human character is more important than
    efficiency, that education consists of more than the mere
    accumulation of knowledge.

    But the other great danger is more easily recognized, because it
    has occurred again and again through history. It is the ember of
    war, fanned by every new military weapon, flaming today as it
    has never flamed before. It is the old internal struggle among a
    dominant people for power; blind, insatiable, suicidal. Western
    nations are again at war, a war likely to be more prostrating
    than any in the past, a war in which the White race is bound to
    lose, and the others bound to gain, a war which may easily lead
    our civilization through more Dark Ages if it survives at all.
    In this war, aviation is as important a factor as it has been a
    cause - a cause due to its effect on the balance of strength
    between nations, a factor because of the destruction and death
    it hurls on earth and sea. Air power is new to all our
    countries. It brings advantages to some and weakens others; it
    calls for readjustment everywhere.

    If only there were some way to measure the changing character of
    men, some yardstick to reapportion influence among the nations,
    some way to demonstrate in peace the strength of arms in war.
    But with all of its dimensions, its clocks, and weights, and
    figures, science fails us when we ask a measure for the rights
    of men. They cannot be judged by numbers, by distance, weight,
    or time; or by counting heads without a thought of what may lie
    within. Those intangible qualities of character, such as
    courage, faith, and skill, evade all systems, slip through the
    bars of every cage. They can be recognized, but not measured.
    They lie more in a glance between two men than in any formula or
    mathematics. They form the unseen strength of an army, the
    genius of a people.

    Likewise, in judging aviation, in its effect on modern nations,
    no satisfactory measurement of strength exists. It is bound to
    geography, environment, and racial character so closely that an
    attempt to judge by numbers would be like counting Greeks at
    Marathon. What advantages will they gain? What new influence can
    they exert? To judge this, one must look not only at their
    aviation but at them, at the geography of their country, at
    their problems of existence, at their habits of life.

    Mountains, coastlines, great distances, ground fortifications,
    all those safeguards of past generations, lose their old
    significance as man takes to his wings. The English Channel, the
    snow-capped Alps, the expanses of Russia, are now looked on from
    a different height. The forces of Hannibal, Drake and Napoleon
    moved at best with the horses' gallop or the speed of wind on
    sail. Now, aviation brings a new concept of time and distance to
    the affairs of men. It demands adaptability to change, places a
    premium on quickness of thought and speed of action.

    Military strength has become more dynamic and less tangible. A
    new alignment of power has taken place, and there is no adequate
    peacetime measure for its effect on the influence of nations.
    There seems no way to agree on the rights it brings to some and
    takes from others. The rights of men within a nation are
    readjusted in each generation by laws of inheritance - land
    changes hands as decades pass, fortunes are taxed from one
    generation to the next; ownership is no more permanent than
    life. But among nations themselves there is no similar provision
    to reward virility and penalize decay, no way to reapportion the
    world's wealth as tides of human character ebb and flow - except
    by the strength of armies. In the last analysis, military
    strength is measurable only by its own expenditure, by the
    prostration of one contender while the other can still stagger
    on the field - and all about the wolves of lesser stature abide
    their time to spring on both the warriors.

    We, the heirs of European culture, are on the verge of a
    disastrous war, a war within our own family of nations, a war
    which will reduce the strength and destroy the treasures of the
    White race, a war which may even lead to the end of our
    civilization. And while we stand poised for battle, Oriental
    guns are turning westward, Asia presses towards us on the
    Russian border, all foreign races stir restlessly. It is time to
    turn from our quarrels and to build our White ramparts again.
    This alliance with foreign races means nothing but death to us.
    It is our turn to guard our heritage from Mongol and Persian and
    Moor, before we become engulfed in a limitless foreign sea. Our
    civilization depends on a united strength among ourselves; on
    strength too great for foreign armies to challenge; on a Western
    Wall of race and arms which can hold back either a Genghis Khan
    or the infiltration of inferior blood; on an English fleet, a
    German air force, a French army, an American nation, standing
    together as guardians of our common heritage, sharing strength,
    dividing influence.

    Our civilization depends on peace among Western nations, and
    therefore on united strength, for Peace is a virgin who dare not
    show her face without Strength, her father, for protection. We
    can have peace and security only so long as we band together to
    preserve that most priceless possession, our inheritance of
    European blood
    , only so long as we guard ourselves against
    attack by foreign armies and dilution by foreign races.

    We need peace to let our best men live to work out those more
    subtle, but equally dangerous, problems brought by this new
    environment in which we dwell, to give us time to turn this
    materialistic trend, to stop prostrating ourselves before this
    modern idol of mechanical efficiency, to find means of combining
    freedom, spirit, and beauty with industrial life - a peace which
    will bring character, strength, and security back to Western
    peoples.

    With all the world around our borders, let us not commit racial
    suicide by internal conflict. We must learn from Athens, and
    Sparta before all of Greece is lost.

    Reader's Digest, Nov. 1939, Vol. 35
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    Lightbulb Re: Aviation, Geography, and Race by Charles A. Lindbergh Readers Digest Nov. 1939

    "Band together to preserve that most priceless possession, our inheritance of European blood." That comes out to the best fourteen words I know of.

    You'll find these fourteen words inside the Lindbergh article above that appeared in the largest-circulation magazine in the world, Readers Digest, for November 1939, on pages 64-66.

    White racial common sense existed in all White lands before World War II. That Lindbergh could write this in America's most popular magazine in November 1939 demonstrates the point that World War II was a catastrophe for the White race. Nothing was more important in 1939 than to prevent a world war that would set White nation against White nation.
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    Default Re: Aviation, Geography, and Race by Charles A. Lindbergh Readers Digest Nov. 1939

    Amazing how Europeans were flying all over the place, and Africa didn't even have a hot air balloon. Aviation is truly a European triumph.

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