to status at birth. This is still an infantconcept in many non-white societies.Respect for others suffuses theother qualities we think of as typifyingWestern man. Ideals of sportsman-ship, for example, are meant to curbexpressions of triumphalism and pro-tect the loser from humiliation. Theyare also meant to instill in competitorsa respect for fair play that is morepowerful than the desire to win. In itsmost extreme form, fair play requiresthat a player refuse to believe he wascheated.In his younger days Teddy Roose-velt pursued “the strenuous life.” His-torians write of the time he was in aboxing match when the gong soundedthe end of the round. Just as Rooseveltdropped his guard his opponent let flyand hit him square in the face. Bloodgushed from Roosevelt’s nose. Agrowl of disapproval rose from thecrowd. Roosevelt went to the edge of the ring and shouted: “He didn’t hear the bell. He didn’t hear the bell.”The history of the penalty kick inBritish soccer reflects the same tradi-tion. The kick was granted on the as-sumption that a player who was fouledwithin scoring distance must havebeen deliberately fouled. When soccer became a professional sport, manyformer British amateurs would nottake the penalty kick. They refused tobelieve that anyone in their sportcould commit a deliberate foul.Rooting for the underdog is an-other European sporting tradition.This, too, shows Western man’s con-cern for the other person’s point of view. Some competitors may be no-hopers, but we cheer their efforts andhope for the unexpected upset.The swaggering, “trash talk,” cor-ner cutting, and absence of gentle-manly play that characterize sportstoday are largely the importation of non-white behavior into a previouslywhite arena. Sadly, many whites havebeen infected and act just as loutishly.One of the most dramatic ways,though, in which whites differ fromlaws in a corrupt way that serves itsown interests. Everyone accepts this.Although whites sometimes try toevade the law and some succeed,white societies are built on the as-sumption that justice is blind and thateveryone is equal before the law.One of our peculiar governmentrituals requires that American politi-cians disclose their incomes and networths. Africans and other third-worlders are astonished at how smallthey are. Many non-whites take it for granted that political power is a li-cense to steal.Another almost uniquely Europeancharacteristic founded on recognitionof the rights of others is legal protec-tion against censorship. The tempta-tion to suppress the speech of othersis always strong; most non-white re-gimes give in to it without a secondthought. Though we will return to thisquestion, the rise of anti-"hate" lawsin Europe and Canada that prohibitspeech thought to damage protectedminorities, is a significant step back-wards in the evolution of Europeanprinciples. It is a good example of thedisease that now afflicts us: the per-version of good qualities into their opposites. Guarantees of free speech,enacted out of respect for humanrights, are being abridged—but in thename of even greater respect for hu-man rights.Another white expression of con-cern for others is the elimination of hereditary class distinctions and theprovision of public education. West-erners take for granted the ideal thatcitizens should rise or fall accordingto their abilities rather than according
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white nations than in others.In like manner, European societieshave given rise to a broad range of non-political traditions also based onconcern for others. These have estab-lished the unique texture of lifeamong whites, but now virtually all of these traditions have changed in waysthat make them threats to our sur-vival.Given the self-centered nature of man, democracy is an unlikely devel-opment. It is based on the assumptionthat, within the body of electors, allopinions are equal. This is remark-able, even excessive respect for oth-ers. History records few examples of people with power who willinglygave it up just because a majority of voters asked them to. This requiresthe powerful to subordinate their am-bition to the opinions of strangersand, for the most part, only whites canmanage this. A few Asian nationshave developed a tenuous tradition of democracy, but only among whites isit taken for granted.The same can be said for the ruleof law. The idea that power is notself-justifying requires an understand-ing that others have legitimate rights.In virtually every non-white society,the power-holding clique enforces
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Respect for otherssuffuses the qualitieswe think of as typifyingWestern man.