Sunday, 23 August 2015

Here is a perfect example of the intellectual genocide - the denial of the existence of the European peoples as ancestral communities - that underlies the actual genocide being inflicted on us. According to this author, European culture and patriotism is essentially a bogus construct stitched together in the 19th century. So our response to the hordes of Africans and Asians now invading and occupying our lands should be to just come up with some more of that bogus construct magic to bind together invaded and invader.
New myths will be needed to convince Europe's masses of the desirability of mass migration - and to abandon their nation-states for a multicultural ideology. 
... If you want to bring together people who do not know each other or have nothing to do with each other, you must come up with something. After all, most people want to live in manageable groups. The family, the village, the province: Anything that goes beyond this is pretty remote for them. 
That's something German politicians in the second half of the 19th century had to learn as they set out to unite the German principalities into a single country, the German Reich. Most of their countrymen, they discovered, had little understanding of the idea of ​​a united Germany. 
But there was a desire for this unity. And the poets also did their duty. They created uplifting verses and stanzas intended to give the people a feeling for the new German unity. August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben in 1841 wrote the "Song of the Germans," whose third verse is the text of the German national anthem to this day. 
Authors like Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano created catchy and evocative Lieder, or folk songs. And all-German events like the Frankfurt Marksmen's Festival of 1862 reminded the visitors of their real purpose: "We want to be a single nation of brothers" stood in giant letters over the entrance. 
Europe's invented traditions 
Modern historians have referred to such a smorgasbord of poems, songs and short stories as "invented traditions." Traditions that - contrary to the general belief - do not go back to the depths of time, but are purely artistic creations designed to anchor the young nation-states in the hearts of men. 
The project was a success: The people were all of a sudden French, Italians, Poles, Romanians or Germans. For more than 150 years they have sung their songs and waved their flags. And for the past few decades they have cheered on their national teams at European championships and World Cups. 
Europeans have thus developed longstanding emotional ties with their nation-states. The European elites may long have imagined themselves citizens of a globalized world. But all the others still define themselves primarily through their country. Only then comes Europe, and after that the world. 
... But now people are coming in much greater numbers and from vastly different parts of the world. They have sometimes very different experiences, cultures and beliefs in their baggage. And past experience - for example, the discussions on Muslim headscarves, objections to mixed-sex physical education, and ritual slaughter - have shown that these cannot easily be reconciled with European traditions.
... But the phenomenon of "invented traditions" shows that future coexistence is quite possible. Again, poets and artists will be needed to provide a new understanding, a kind of founding myth, for the multicultural societies now emerging that will be sufficiently strong to bind together the different experiences.


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