I’m an unreconstructed blood-and-soil Southern Nationalist.
As such, I’ve studied American Nationalism for years. I can tell you what has gone wrong with it because it has collapsed on our heads before in the South. It increasingly seems poised to do so again.
“In The Abolition of Man, the author and lay theologian C.S. Lewis explains the importance of the “chest” in man. He describes the chest as the “middle element,” an intermediary “between cerebral man and visceral man.” It is the “magnanimity” and pluck without which “by his intellect he is mere spirit and by his appetite mere animal.” And as it goes with man, so it goes with the nations of man.
Present debates over America’s history and self-conception often swing between a strong sense of nationalism rooted in a particular culture, place, and identity on the one hand and a rejection of that particularized nationalism in favor of universal ideals on the other. These two poles represent the visceral and the cerebral ideas of the nation, respectively. Throughout its history, America has ebbed and flowed between exclusive and inclusive senses of itself, but the story has always been a national story.
Harvard historian Jill Lepore argues that we have slowly abandoned the national story at our own peril. In her new book, This America: The Case for the Nation, Lepore advocates a reformed liberal nationalism as an alternative to the rejection of the national story by the Left in general and left-wing historians in particular. …
Lepore makes the case that, wary of the sins of America and the excesses of nationalism, academics checked out of this battle beginning in the 1970s, abandoning their traditional duty to tell the national story. While she agrees with its critiques of nationalism, she argues that the academy threw the baby out with the bath water. The result? Illiberal factions and politicians filled the vacuum of scholarship and interest in American history, often coopting history for their own political ends: “When serious historians abandon the study of the nation, when scholars stop trying to write a common history for a people, nationalism doesn’t die. Instead, it eats liberalism.”
When we abandon the national story in favor of the cerebral, the visceral sense of nationalism rebounds, and often in illiberal and dangerous ways. Hence, the rise of far-right ethno-nationalism. …”
Allow me to tell you a story.
Let me know if this makes any sense to you. This is what I believe. You are reading my website. I assume you are interested in my take on this.
From the time of the American Revolution until the War Between the States, the South dominated the federal government and the East was the embittered section within the Union. During the Second Great Awakening, a wave of utopian religious fervor swept over the Deep North, which spawned a variety of destabilizing social movements: abolitionism, Mormonism, Adventism, Premillennialism, temperance, socialism, women’s rights, etc. Ultimately, the fruit of Finneyite Northern perfectionism was the War Between the States, which in the time of historians like Avery O. Craven and James G. Randall was understood as The Blundering Generation and The Repressible Conflict.
In any case, the Confederacy lost the War Between the States and the South was plunged into poverty and was marginalized within the Union for about 75 years. The triumphant Northern coalition dominated the United States from Lincoln to FDR in the Great Depression. They passed the Reconstruction Amendments which created a strong consolidated national government. They enacted a high tariff regime in order to stimulate domestic American industry. During the Great Wave, millions of European immigrants came to the United States to work in the Northern manufacturing belt. The South was reconciled to the Union in the 1890s after it was essentially conceded a status equivalent to home rule.
Among the millions of immigrants who came to the United States during the Great Wave were millions of Jews from the ghettos of Europe where they were already then notorious for their radical leftwing politics. They were infected with radical doctrines like anarchism, communism and socialism. Previously, the Jewish Question had been muted in the United States because Sephardic Jews who had settled in America via the Caribbean were culturally reconciled to racism, slavery and white supremacy. These Jews were engaged in business as merchants in our small towns like Montgomery and generally went along with the status quo not unlike some of our Asian minorities today. The Jews who came from Southern and Eastern Europe and settled in New York City brought with them a very different historical experience.
As the 20th century unfolded, these millions of Jews who came to the United States during the Great Wave and who overwhelmingly settled in urban parts of our Northern states began to challenge the Anglo-Protestant Yankee for social, cultural and economic dominance on his own turf. In between the FDR and the JFK presidencies, these Jews united with other elements in the Northern states like Irish Catholics to push their way into the political and economic elite and to break down the barriers to their climb up the social ladder. Previously, there were limits on the number of Jews who were allowed to attend Ivy League universities like Harvard. This was because it was recognized by Yankees that Jews would change the character of the American elite after hitting a critical mass. The “meritocratic” system that was put in place after the Second World War eliminated these barriers and created our current elite which is drawn from a variety of ethnic and racial stocks and which is increasingly intermarrying.
The roots of the present crisis of American Nationalism trace back to the Great Depression and the Second World War and the overthrow of Yankee rule which had lasted since the War Between the States. As Eric P. Kaufmann explains in his book The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America, there was a symbiosis between Jewish and Anglo-Protestant radicalism which largely took place between World War I and World War II that spawned the counter-culture. The counter-culture triumphed in the 1960s among the Boomer generation and its bohemian values of expressive individualism became the American mainstream. These values were diffused through the American population thanks to the new technologies of the mass media – radio, film, television – and the extreme concentration of media ownership. They were also inculcated in the Greatest Generation thanks to the GI Bill and the Boomer generation who were their offspring. The Boomers didn’t create these values. They were the first generation raised on them.
In the long sweep of American history, there have been three moments in which racial egalitarianism has had big breakthroughs and these periods have tended to be followed by much longer periods of retrenchment. In all three cases, the root cause was international conflict: Great Britain during the American Revolution, the Confederacy during the War Between the States and Nazi Germany during the Second World War. This last period of international conflict lasted from 1940 until 1991 because the United States and Soviet Union vied for global hegemony in the Cold War.
The effect of all these conflicts – the American Revolution, the War Between the States, the Second World War and the Cold War – has been to excite and stir up the liberalism of our Northern states. In New England, slavery was abolished during the American Revolution. In Yankeedom, segregation was abolished during the War Between the States. In Yankeedom, this new thing called “racism” was only discredited during the Second World War as Yankees came to define their own identity against Nazi Germany much has they had done during their Civil War against the Confederacy.
The Second World War against Nazi Germany discredited nationalism, racism and eugenics in the eyes of the Yankee elite. Yankee progressives like Oliver Wendell Holmes had been big supporters of eugenics until the moment it came to be associated with Adolf Hitler and could no longer in their view be reconciled with their liberal doctrine. Yankees like Madison Grant had also championed immigration restriction and Nordicism which was fashionable until both also came to be associated with Adolf Hitler. The postwar period was essentially dominated by Yankees taking the argument that was articulated in the Swedish social scientist Gunnar Myrdal’s book An American Dilemma that there is a conflict between the American Creed and the newly discovered sin of racism to its logical conclusion.
The Jim Crow South instantly became Nazi Germany and a foreign policy albatross in the emerging Cold War. From the Truman to the LBJ presidencies, Northern Democrats who had swallowed the new doctrine of anti-racism during the Second World War fought to dismantle segregation, which was bitterly resisted by Southern Democrats. Jews were heavily active in the Democratic Party pushing this new line of reasoning for their own purposes. They steadily alienated the South (the Dixiecrats revolted in 1948) until the New Deal coalition cracked and it boiled over during George Wallace’s presidential campaigns. Richard Nixon won the presidency and Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
In order to compete with the Soviet Union and to defeat communism, American Nationalism was transformed to service the needs of America’s new global empire. The racial and religious glue that had historically held it together was systematically stripped out to integrate the black population and so that Americanism as a universal ideology could gain traction in the Third World. Jews played a key role in creating this new version of American Nationalism. JFK’s redefined America as a “Nation of Immigrants” in an essay he wrote for the ADL. From this point forward, we begin to hear about our “Judeo-Christian” values as Jews were absorbed into the highest levels of the American elite.
During the Civil Rights Movement, the American elite came up with the idea of recreating the United States in the image of the United Nations, which is to say, as a nation-state held together only by cosmopolitan liberal idealism. After JFK was assassinated, we changed our immigration laws so that we could better fulfill his ideals of anti-racism, non-discrimination and America being a “Nation of Immigrants.” Led by his brother Ted Kennedy, the floodgates of Third World immigration were opened. Half a century later, the White majority in the United States is barely hanging on.
There were a number of other variables going on in the late 20th century: internal migration to the newly created suburbs, the rise of mainstream conservatism which was anointed as the official resistance to the liberal establishment during Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign, the fading of the Yankee elite and the growing radicalism our hostile Jewish elite. After ascending to the highest levels of the American elite, Jews turned on the historic American nation and began to dismantle it out of paranoia that one day it would rise up, cast them out of power and reenact the Holocaust in North America. They wanted to ensure that would never happen again so they have tended to support the abolition of our borders and the demonization of the declining White majority and have fomented hatred against Whites among racial minorities while systematically repressing even the slightest hint of racial identity or nationalism among Whites. They are also determined to antagonize and disarm White Southerners and debase and demoralize our people by promoting degenerates as role models for our youth.
The long term result of all of this is our steady march toward national disintegration the ultimate outcome of which will likely prove to be more permanent than the War Between the States for that was a war between Anglo-Protestants largely over the future of slavery. Conservatism which owes its wealth and power to its willingness to police the boundaries of “mainstream” respectable discourse increasingly lacks plausibility as the unraveling of our nation accelerates. Blompf presented himself in 2016 as the solution to this mounting crisis in White America but he has failed in office.
IT is indeed coming … we don’t know exactly what IT is or the exact form IT will take or what the outcome will be, but rest assured IT will likely be a violent and ugly transition period. We can perceive the gravity of IT already asserting itself as it draws closer. We can’t see IT yet over the horizon. IT feels dark and menacing like a plane crash. IT is a major source of anxiety in this country. The definition of IT is whatever is coming that is going to resolve this historical crisis and restore equilibrium.
Note: The Civil War and Great Depression book end two similar epochs of American history. This one is similarly closing out.