If ever there was a political idea that had been used as a scapegoat, that idea would have to be Nationalism. It’s an idea that has been blackened by historians who only contextualize it in a small period within the first half of the twentieth century, and even then they are conflating it with things that have nothing to do with Nationalism – and never should.
So here’s the truth straight off the bat: Nazism, Fascism, Socialism, Expansionism and Militarism are ideas of their own. None of them have anything to do with Nationalism. They were, for a brief time combined with Nationalism to create other ideologies, but the truth is Nationalism is not an ideology (not as far as I’m concerned).
It is, at its purest, the idea of the nation as an extended family, a vast community whose culture is “Mother”, whose principles are maintained and whose people are encouraged to uphold, not undermine their shared nation. It’s simply the notion that a country governs itself, preserves its culture and puts its people first. It’s hardly radical.
So, with that in mind, I would just say this: Nationalism is the future. It is going to be our future. I know this will be hard to swallow for the Leftist snowflakes hearing this, but believe me, it’ll be a good thing. We need it now more than ever, and if the recent paradigm shift in voting is anything to go by then it’s certain we’re getting it at last.
In short it’s not an extreme idea, it’s a necessary one – so it’s time to get used to it.
Most importantly it will be the perfect medicine for the sickness of Globalism and one of the greatest cures for the cancer that is Cultural Marxism. It will form a bulwark against undesirable outside influences and strengthen us from within.
I’ll lay out a vision for this in a bit, but first a brief bit of history; I’ve already explained what Nationalism is and isn’t – let’s try to understand where it came from and what we can do with it in the twenty-first century.
Nationalism is not an old concept – in fact the term “Nationalism” only dates back to the mid nineteenth century. In an early sense it slowly helped form The Kingdom of Great Britain (later the United Kingdom), but it’s in France that most historians understand the first stirrings of Nationalism to have occurred; the effects of the French Revolution helped inspire Nationalism across Europe, particularly with Italians and Germans. Then, as nations became more culturally and economically integrated, citizens began to identify with their country at large more than individual towns and provinces.
During the nineteenth century the Industrial Revolution and the building of railroads linked previously far-away peoples of the same ethnicity, making the world seem smaller in a similar fashion to advances in technology and communications having the same effect in the world today.
During the Italian Unification separate provinces came together to form Italy – pretty much as we know it today. People began to identify less with the idea of being Venetian or Roman or even Sicilian, instead relating to the idea of being Italian. Prussian chancellor Otto von Bismarck waged small, successful wars against neighbors to create a modern German state, helped by Nationalistic Patriotism promoted by historians and intellectuals. The Greeks desire to become independent from Ottoman rule was possible because of a desire to break free – a desire which not only inspired their own people, but brought other countries such as Britain and Russia to help them in their plight, securing their victory against the Turks and forging a new nation.
So that’s the history of the matter. But there’s a point here and it’s this: do you really think these newly created nations, which still exist today, would have been possible had it not been for the Patriotism and Nationalism that played into their foundation? Answer: Of course not.
The story of Nationalism in the twentieth century, however, is seen as very different. The twentieth century presented World War One, with its tragically vast death toll. Was Nationalism the main cause for the outbreak and duration of the war?
No, I don’t think so. In fact I find the accusation ridiculous. But I find myself unable to deny that Nationalism did indeed play a role in the cause of the war… I just don’t believe it was the main cause, as some historians believe.
Today Nationalism is seen by some as a dirty word. Albert Einstein famously stated “Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” The fact he said this probably has something to do with the era in which he was then living. In truth you really can thank certain historians for the way in which most of us see this simple concept today.
Yet here we are, two decades into the twenty-first century, and as far as I’m concerned we simply cannot live in a world in which Nationalism is viewed through a lense of negativity – not any longer. Luckily we live at a time in which Civic Nationalism is becoming more and more mainstream. Whilst I find this encouraging, I feel we need to expand beyond Civic Nationalism; we need something more, something stronger.
It’s no use having Liberal Civic Nationalism, that’s not strong enough, it’s also no use having mindless flag waving nationalism, that’s not intelligent enough. We need to be nationalists for the entirety of western civilization, uphold traditional values and take pride in our heritage.
For fifty years we’ve had most of the traditional values that made western civilization what it was eroded, chipped away at, erased, derided and defeated. Institutionalized in academia since the 1960’s and 70’s, an increasingly regressive, destructive agenda has done this, promoted by the media and popuar culture, and now, dictated by the establishment. Tradition has been, mostly, disposed of very quickly. This is sad. We’ve become weak because of this.
Multiculturalism stems from this as well, and is as equally as destructive. Something as ridiculous as Multiculturalism can’t continue in western society; Diversity is not a source of strength and it never will be. We’re not all the same. If you start mixing us together in one society you are going to see why we live in separate cultures in the first place. Multiculturalism doesn’t work – the sooner we rid ourselves of it the better.
There’s a reason why the west is the best – there’s a reason why everyone wants to move to the western world and live here; our culture and values are king. Everyone knows this. Regardless of what country we come from – be it America, Canada, France Britain, Germany – there are values that unite us all, tying us together. These are the traditional values of western society. They are the brick and blocks of western civilization.
These values won’t save themselves – we do actually have to do something or the cancer that endangers them will continue to spread. It’s no use voting the right candidate into office, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, there’s more to it than that.
We need to reclaim Tradition. We need to re-install crucial tenets of traditional society back into modern society, cherry picking the best ones and re-planting them, ignoring those we don’t need anymore.This is the way forward. (Examples include the nuclear family, traditional gender roles and other non-hedonistic christian virtues).
If we don’t do this, if we continue in the same regressive manner we have done for the last five decades for another five decades, western civilization will eventually cease to be western civilization. It won’t be as we know it now.
Thus we need to embrace Nationalism and Tradition in order to ensure the survival of our civilization. What I’m suggesting is something I call Traditional Western Civilization Nationalism. As far as I’m concerned this sort of idea could unite us as citizens of western civilization, all Nationalists for our shared values.
I believe this is the way forward. We need to emphasize the values and culture that makes western society so great in the first place, and from there embrace an intelligent form of Nationalism – Traditional Western Civilization Nationalism.
The answer lies in our past; it’s about realizing that some things were in place for a reason, and tossing them aside in order to “progress” was a mistake. To save Traditional Western Civilization we need to turn to tradition itself. We should teach people there is a reason for the existence of things like borders and the nuclear family. We should encourage others to take pride from what our ancestors achieved, the heritage and legacy they left us, and the world they built for us. So long as we convince enough people to come to our side, I’m convinced the future of our civilization will be auspicious.