A longtime hobby of mine is collecting racist literature. Fascinating stuff... especially when it comes from the mind of a well-educated man.
There was no better-educated racist writer active in my lifetime than Revilo P. Oliver. Dude was super-intelligent... a philologist and professor of classics at the University of Illinois for decades. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.
As a right-wing anti-Communist, Prof. Oliver was an early writer for National Review and a founding member of the John Birch Society.
In the 1960s, he became stridently anti-black and anti-Semitic until he was no longer welcome at National Review. He even broke with the Birchers.
Revilo Oliver’s style of political rhetoric involved casual disdain for his racial enemies (referring to blacks as “the savages”) and lots of smirking sarcasm (the “civil riots movement”... “snivel rights”), all presented with high-toned eloquence.
I find him quite entertaining to listen to.
Yes, some of the professor’s speeches are available on the internets. I’m streaming a couple of pops on my Vox blog.
Click here for a 4-minute excerpt from “Can Liberals Be Educated?,” a 1965 address to the John Birch Society.
Click here for a 5-minute piece of Oliver’s 1968 lecture “Race and Revolution,” presented to the Canadian League of Rights.
By the 1980s, Revilo Oliver felt the white race was doomed to extinction, weakened by its attachment to Christianity. (“... hoping [for] a pat on the head from the ferocious old Jew-God’s son...”)
He committed suicide in 1994.