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Roger Pearson (1927–2023) was a British racial pseudoscientist, eugenicist, antisemite, race isolationist, and far-right political organiser. He founded the neo-Nazi organisation the Northern League (no relation of the Italian political party), whose membership included several actual German Nazis, and racial pseudoscience front the Institute for the Study of Man. He was a major recipient of money from the racist and segregationist Pioneer Fund.
His work centres on a belief that the Nordic peoples, who stand "at the very peak of evolutionary progress — the highest form of life that Nature has ever produced", must be preserved as a pure race against miscegenation and white genocide by following eugenic policies. As he wrote in 1966:
He was slightly too young to serve in World War Two, so fortunately for him avoided having to kill any Nazis, but he joined the army in 1945 and after training in the UK and India, he served in British India, occupied Japan, and Singapore.
Northern World and the Northern League
He founded the cosy-sounding Northern League for North European Friendship in 1958 with Peter Huxley-Blythe. From 1956 he published a journal, Northern World, with related ideas, and he was also responsible for the Northern League's own journal Northlander. The organisation had close links with the neo-Nazi publisher Britons Publishing Company, whose publications included an edition of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Its members included:
- Hans F. K. Günther, who holds the distinction of being the only race scientist to join the Nazi Party before they came to power, and who was a lifelong Holocaust denier
- Robert Gayre, eccentric racialist and founder of Mankind Quarterly
- Robert E. Kuttner, biologist and white supremacist
- Donald A. Swan, anthropologist, Nazi memorabilia collector, and associate of George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party
- Earnest Sevier Cox, an American Methodist preacher who campaigned against miscegenation and for segregation and repatriation of black Americans.
- Arthur Ehrhardt, a former officer in the Waffen-SS, and after World War Two an associate of Oswald Mosley.
- Alastair Harper, who later stood as a UKIP candidate in Scotland and wrote for the British National Party's magazine Identity
- Franz Altheim, who worked for Heinrich Himmler's Nazi archaeological institute Ahnenerbe
- Colin Jordan, neo-Nazi leader of the World Union of National Socialists and the UK's National Socialist Movement
- John Tyndall, later head of the British National Front, and a founder of the British National Party
- Ernest Cox of the Ku Klux Klan
Pearson later became more interested in antisemitism and the USA (and pseudonyms). Taking the name Edward Langford, he collaborated with prolific antisemite Willis Carto on the newsletter Western Destiny in 1964-65, and moved to the USA around this time. In 1966 and 1967, under the pseudonym Stephan Langton, he published The New Patriot, dedicated to "a responsible but penetrating inquiry into every aspect of the Jewish Question", with responsible and penetrating articles such as "Zionists and the Plot Against South Africa," "Early Jews and the Rise of Jewish Money Power", and "Swindlers of the Crematoria."
In the late 1960s he pursued respectability by moving into academia, gaining a PhD in anthropology from the University of London and taking up work at the University of Southern Mississippi where he became a full professor in 1971 and replaced the properly-qualified faculty with neo-Nazi and racist associates like Donald Swan and Robert Kuttner.
In this period his academic work included an attempt to argue that the ancient Greek aristocracy were of Nordic stock and ethnically distinct to the majority of the population of Greece. This work, popularised in a 1974 article "The Greek Face", has been attacked as "non objective, non empirical, pseudo scientific, dishonest".
He moved briefly to Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in Butte, Montana, but soon quit that to found the Institute for the Study of Man with funding from the Pioneer Fund. He also became head of Mankind Quarterly in 1978. He took over the leadership of various far-right bodies including the Heritage Foundation, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the American Security Council, the Council on American Affairs, and chairman of the 1978 conference of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL). He edited the American Security Council's Journal of International Relations alongside co-editor James Jesus Angleton, and he was on the editorial board of the Heritage Foundation's Policy Review. However his attempts to turn the WACL into a neo-Nazi and openly antisemitic organisation were rejected by its members following an exposé of his views in the Washington Post, and he lost various jobs and influence as a result, leading him to pull his neck in a bit regarding his promotion of Hitler's ideas.
He nonetheless continued to publish frequently on racial topics, such as Race, Intelligence and Bias in Academe (1991) which attempted to show that history's greatest racial scientists were right. Many of these books were published via his position as head of the Council for Social and Economics Studies and its publisher Scott-Townsend. He also edited the Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies. He reputedly published frequently in Mankind Quarterly using several pseudonyms, even sometimes pseudonymously reviewing his own work.
- See the Wikipedia article on Roger Pearson (anthropologist).
- See the Wikipedia article on Northern League (United Kingdom).
- Roger Pearson, Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed 5 Feb 2019
- Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party, Russ Bellant, South End Press, 1991
- The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea, Robert Wald Sussman, Harvard University Press, 6 Oct 2014
- See the Wikipedia article on Hans F. K. Günther.
- See the Wikipedia article on Robert E. Kuttner.
- See the Wikipedia article on Donald A. Swan.
- See the Wikipedia article on Arthur Ehrhardt.
- Reconceptualizing Britishness on the Far Right: An Analysis of the British National Party’s Identity Magazine, Gilbert Bonifas, Cycnos, Volume 25 n°2 - 2008
- See the Wikipedia article on Colin Jordan.
- Pioneer Fund, Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed 5 Feb 2019
- Roger Pearson's "The Greek Face" completely debunked., Arch Hades, March 30, 2013