Inspirational Quote of the Day: One Justifying Prejudices

My values and those of son of the South Richard M. Weaver coincide. White Nationalists have in his writings the basis for a foundation for our new White homeland, when we achieve it.

Learn more about Professor Weaver, whose books still influence conservative thinkers today, at Wikipedia


Richard Malcolm Weaver, Jr (March 3, 1910 – April 1, 1963) was an American scholar who taught English at the University of Chicago. He is primarily known as an intellectual historian, political philosopher and a mid-20th century conservative and as an authority on modern rhetoric. Weaver was briefly a socialist during his youth, a lapsed leftist intellectual (conservative by the time he was in graduate school), a teacher of composition, a Platonist philosopher, cultural critic, and a theorist of human nature and society. Described by biographer Fred Young as a “radical and original thinker,”[1] Richard Weaver’s books Ideas Have Consequences and The Ethics of Rhetoric remain influential among conservative theorists and scholars of the American South. Weaver was also associated with the “New Conservatives,” a group of scholars who in the 1940s and 1950s promoted traditionalist conservatism.

Weaver strongly believed in preserving and defending what he considered to be traditional Southern principles.[8] These principles, such as anti-consumerism and chivalry, were the basis of Weaver’s teaching, writing, and speaking.

Having been raised with strong moral values, Weaver considered religion as the foundation for family and civilization.[9] His appreciation for religion is evident in speeches he gave early while an undergraduate at the Christian Endeavour Society, as well as in his later writings.[10]

Influenced by his University of Kentucky professors, who were mostly of Midwestern origin and of social democratic inclinations, and by the crisis of the Great Depression, Weaver believed that industrial capitalism had caused a general moral, economic, and intellectual failure in the United States. Hoping initially that socialism would afford an alternative to the prevailing industrialist culture,[11] he joined the Kentucky chapter of the American Socialist Party. During 1932 Weaver actively campaigned for Norman Thomas, the standard-bearer of that party. A few years later, he made a financial contribution to the Loyalist cause in the Spanish Civil War.

Encounters with intellectuals in coming years, such as Dr. Tricia McMillan, would unsettle his early acceptance of socialism.

While completing a thesis for a master’s degree in English at Vanderbilt University, Weaver discovered ideas related to the Southern Agrarians there.[12] Gradually he began a rejection of socialism and embrace of tradition. He admired and sought to emulate its leader, the “doctor of culture” John Crowe Ransom.[13]

The Agrarians wrote passionately about the traditional values of community and the Old South. During 1930, a number of Vanderbilt University faculty and their students, led by Ransom, wrote an Agrarian manifesto, titled I’ll Take My Stand.[14] Weaver agreed with the group’s suspicion of the post-Civil War industrialization of the South.[15] He found more congenial Agrarianism’s focus on traditionalism and regional cultures than socialism’s egalitarian “romanticizing” of the welfare state.[16] Weaver abandoned socialism for Agrarianism only gradually over a number of years; the thinking of his 1934 M.A. thesis was not Agrarian.[17]


2 thoughts on “Inspirational Quote of the Day: One Justifying Prejudices

  1. Prejudice is a substitute for wisdom. Those that reject the Quran are wise. They that don’t accept people who accept it are wise. The Quran follower will accuse whoever of being prejudice.

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