I found this to be an interesting take on the retreat of liberalism and the rise of nationalism and populism in the West.
“Authoritarianism, populism, and nationalism have dominated the headlines in recent years. From India to the United States and across the European continent, this triad threatens the predominant liberal democratic order, both domestically and internationally. All three are closely intertwined. Both nationalists and populists claim ownership over the authentic will of the people, using it to frame their campaigns around overly simplistic narratives that pit “the people” (often ethnically defined natives) against a globalist, out-of-touch elite.
But tropes like the “will of the people” tend be far more narrowly defined than their label implies, clashing with a much broader public perspective and forcing populist and nationalist politicians to adopt authoritarian methods to capture and maintain power. Far-right parties and most populists have traditionally been Euroskeptic, rejecting the European Union and opposing further integration inside its institutions.
Nationalism, populism, and authoritarianism are not new phenomena, but their modern proponents have made inroads across Europe partly because they have adopted a broader civilizational outlook that, ironically, centralizes the importance of European culture. …
Liberal Europeans also share a set of core values, defined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union: “Human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.” The nationalists turn toward Europeanism shares the notion of a values-based Europe, but instead of emphasizing universal rights, they see it underpinned by distinct notions of civilization, usually defined by race, ethnicity, and religion.”
I started this website in 2006.
I’m pleased to see that our cause has grown stronger. It seems like we have suffered a setback in the Trump era, but in the broad sweep of the last twenty years it has only been a bump in the road. At the time, I didn’t expect someone like Trump to get elected as early as he did.
Liberalism in our times has become synonymous with a spirit of negativity: deracination, degeneracy, deconstruction, dissolution and death. It cultivates self-hatred in Europeans and chauvinism and resentment in non-European minorities. It holds that all European nations are illegitimate and welcomes the dispossession and replacement of Europeans by foreigners. European nations are uniquely being subjected to a reverse colonialism and as we have recently seen with Angela Merkel anyone who speaks out too harshly against the status quo will be deprived of the highly touted benefits of the liberal order. In short, the liberal order has made itself the enemy of the nation and each European people having a homeland.
As we look back across history to try to explain this bizarre state of affairs, we can see the origins of it are rooted in World War II. The triumphant Western Allies created the Western Bloc which squared off against the Eastern Bloc in a contest for global domination. The universal ideology of the Western Bloc was liberal democracy and free-market capitalism. The universal ideology of the Eastern Bloc was communism. This contest between the American-led West and the Soviet-led East changed the West in a number of ways that have led to the present crisis.
The Western Bloc triumphed in the Cold War. It has since expanded from its core to incorporate the nations of Eastern Europe and Southern Europe. The European Union is best seen as an attempt to integrate Europe on the basis of the Western Bloc’s universal ideology: liberal democracy and free-market capitalism. It is really only one pillar of the Western Bloc though which is a larger entity that includes the rest of the Occident and much of the non-Western world. If you step foot anywhere in the Western Bloc, you will find that the problems are the same because the same culture and system is coextensive with the Western Bloc. Just as the problems of Gaul were the problems of Britannia, the problems of France are the problems of the United States.
In the aftermath of World War II, it was decided at the United Nations that race doesn’t exist anymore. “Racism” became the ultimate taboo after the defeat of the Nazis. Nationalism also became taboo. The fight against the Nazis was expanded to include dismantling “white supremacy” whether it was the Jim Crow South or White Australia or Rhodesia or South Africa under apartheid. In the Western Bloc, the basis of the social order became liberal democracy and free-market capitalism, which were soon mobilized and pitted against the particular racial, ethnic, cultural, historical and religious identities and foundations of Western nations. Eventually, whiteness itself became illegitimate and taboo and all across the Western bloc the peoples of the Occident as a whole were decoupled from their homelands under the liberal concept of civic nationalism. The Great Deracination has produced a Western Bloc that no longer has any belief in itself, its own Christian culture or sees any reason to continue to exist. It cannot even reproduce itself as it now values other things much higher than children or continuity with the past.
In hindsight, we can see liberalism mutating as it merged with other poisonous trends of the late 20th century like postmodernism, multiculturalism and political correctness, which are not necessarily liberal but which have become integrated into it over the course of time. These things have all combined with mass immigration to create a culture of death that hangs over the Western Bloc. The peoples of the West have been detached from their roots and cast adrift in this disintegrating and disordered world. The current generations of Gen Xers, Millennials and Zoomers were born into this liberal dystopia which was created largely by the Greatest Generation and the Boomers in the so-called Thirty Glorious Years that followed World War II.
The current revival of nationalism and populism is a visceral reaction against this culture of death. Nationalism is not synonymous with fascism. We live in a very different time. We live in a different century with different challenges. The great challenge of our time is to reconnect all the Western nations with their roots, which were foolishly severed by the liberal establishment after World War II, and to ensure that the West survives the early 21st century in some recognizable form and that it is passed down to our descendants. The alternative is the 21st century equivalent of the fall of the Western Roman Empire. We’ve learned from the mistakes of the past and the last thing we want to do is to plunge Europe back into the horrors of the World Wars. In fact, no one is more opposed to the thought of World War III than nationalists. We see Russia as a European Christian nation that is properly nested within the European family. Similarly, China is a great nation with an ancient civilization in its own right that we tend to respect. It is only the champions of the liberal order who seek to disturb the peace of the world, not us.
The 20th century can be divided into two periods. In the first half of the 20th century, nationalism was taken an extreme. In the second half of the 20th century, anti-nationalism was taken to the other other extreme. The pendulum is now swinging back to its proper place as history marches forward: Europe as a family of nations at peace with itself, each with its own place, culture and unique identity, which share common roots and a common destiny, and only that Europe, not the one that is a common market of deracinated and self-loathing consumers, has a future.
Note: Was Oswald Mosley a fascist? I don’t know or care but what he says here is what we all believe. The man has met his hour.