Every nation needs a founding myth to bind its people together and help forge a common identity. These myths can be animating sources of strength for patriots around the world. Often in ancient times they revolved around creation myths and the founding of city-states. More recently, they have generally been based upon wars of independence to form nation-states. Let’s take a look at a few founding myths before considering myths for a re-birth of our people today.
The Romans famously had the story of Romulus and Remus who were nursed by the she-wolf. The Roman people formed from a union of the Latins, Sabines and other Italic peoples and established a city-state which grew into a national confederation of Italian peoples which eventually became the mighty Roman Empire.
The Spanish and Portuguese nations have their Reconquista in which they struggled for centuries to wrestle back control of their homelands from Muslim occupiers. These nations, formed from a union of Mediterranean, Romano-Celtic and Germanic tribes, fought countless battles against the Muslim “other,” giving them lots of heroes and a sense of a national mission. Both established huge, far-flung empires shortly thereafter and brought Western Christian civilization to numerous barbaric lands across the oceans.
The Jews have their Exodus from Egyptian slavery and later their liberation from Babylonian captivity. Formed from feuding Semetic tribes, their covenant with Yahweh and belief that they are a chosen people above all others has sustained them through numerous trials over the centries. More recently, the story of the Holocaust has also served as a powerful force to unite them as a people.
The Americans have their Revolutionary War for self-government and liberty. It gave them a cast of Founding Fathers as heroes with George Washington as their great general and first president. His life is surrounded in myths such as the cutting down of the cherry tree and the crossing of the Delaware. There is also the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving, a feast which has continued to this day in the form of a national holiday.
Texans have a ready-made, organic national myth in the form of the Battle of the Alamo and their struggle against the Mexicans. They already have a Texas Independence Day and the impressive San Jancinto Monument around which they can rally. As well, they have the Confederate story which they share with all of Dixie. Being a Southern people they can either share in our common Dixie identity or strike out on their own. Either way they have a strong founding myth.
White Nationalists of Cascadia who favor the Northwest Imperative (check out the podcast) can draw upon the story of the settlement of the Western frontier. They also have the possibility of using the White ecotopia vision of the future in contrast to the polluted, crowded multicultural mess of the dying US empire. And they can promote the idea of Cascadia as a place of refuge for beseiged Whites, much as the Jews see Israel, as part of their founding myth.
The Amerikaner White Nationalists of the Midwest can promote their identity as a mostly Germanic people of a former industrial superpower which was de-constructed by globalists. Before being the Midwest, they were once the Northwest and fought wars against the Indians of that land – a struggle which can be incorporated as backstory into their founding myth. Independence for them could be shown as the only way to save their land and people from being looted and destroyed by hostile coastal elites. They still have much work to do in creating a founding myth.
Dixie is the easiest. Every Southern county has a Confederate statue to our fallen countrymen who died for Southern independence. We have a flag (lots of them, actually) and an anthem. Most people, according to mainstream polls, view our flags as symbols of pride in our identity. We were an independent country for four years and endured a tyrannical subjugation and occupation that bound us tightly together. Digging back beyond the Confederate experience, Hunter Wallace and I have done a lot of work promoting the concept of the Golden Circle and an identification among Southerners with our origin in the once great plantation civilization of the colonial era. We have lots of heroes such as Robert E. Lee, Davy Crockett and “Stonewall” Jackson that people admire. Tons of movies and books have been published about our identity and struggle – and not all of them are hostile towards us. Our culture is already recognized as somewhat unique from the rest of the USA. We have large heritage organizations that glorify our fallen ancestors. We have long-established nationalist organizations and new ones on the rise. And we are still mostly ethnically homogeneous as a people. In short, we do not have to create our ethnic and national identity. It began evolving long ago from British settlement, wars with the Indians on the frontier, development of our plantations and farms, experience with the Negro, conflicts with the Federal Government, invasion and war, occupation and poverty and all that we have experienced as a unique people since. We only have to promote our identity and build upon it as a basis for a new political order and civilization which might rise from the ashes of the American empire.