Friday, 16 October 2015

This is an article about the spread of the European ideology of Identitarianism in the US. It is from a hostile source, the Southern Poverty Law Centre, an organisation that monitors associations that defend traditional European culture and affirm the right of the European peoples to exist, branding them "hate groups". Despite this, it contains enough interesting information to make it worth reading.
Several small American hate groups are stepping up efforts to spread local variants of “identitarianism,” a movement born in France in recent years that preaches opposition to multiculturalism, often taking shape in the form of anti-Muslim xenophobia. While Identitarian groups on both sides of the Atlantic claim their opposition to multiculturalism isn’t racist, their direct action tactics and end goals indicate otherwise. 
Put simply, identitarians want regions and nations that are different from one another — but at the same time culturally and ethnically homogenous within their borders. The American efforts are particularly targeted to young people, much as they are in Europe, where the movement featured a 2012 “Declaration of War” indicting the generation known as “68ers,” a reference to the French left-wing radicals of 1968. But in the U.S., where some activists have mirrored that call by attacking the “baby boomer generation” for supposedly selling out the country to foreigners, there isn’t much evidence that this latest version of racist ideology has caught fire. 
“I don’t see much of a future for the Identitarian movement in the U.S.,” said Cas Mudde, a Dutch scholar and long-time analyst of the European radical right who now teaches at the University of Georgia. The American radical right is built entirely around the idea of race, whereas the European version increasingly emphasizes local ethnic and cultural identities within a European framework — what one nationalist from the French region of Brittany calls the “Europe of 100 flags.”

I'm inclined to agree with that assessment. I doubt there is a strong enough of a sense of unity among hyphenated European Americans to make effective coordinated action possible. That is, in large part, what makes it so easy for Jews to dominate the country. Perhaps regional identities might have some leverage, but even that seems unlikely to be an effective bulwark over the long term. "White Nationalism" seems to be the only viable option available for European Americans concerned about the de-Europeanisation that confronts them.

As I've said before (here), the idea of the "White Race" is one that emerged in colonial contexts, as expatriate Europeans encountered the brown-skinned alien. The genocide being inflicted on the European peoples is based on an intellectual genocide, an idea of who they are that denies their existence as ancestral communities of descent. Thus, anyone born in a certain place, anyone in possession of a bit of paper from the government, anyone who declares their adherence to certain values is deemed to be British, French, etc. This artificial conception of the "nation" is part of the complex of ideas that is driving the European peoples' dispossession of their own ancestral homelands. It is intellectual genocide. But the idea of a White Race, or a Black Race for that matter, is also a form of intellectual genocide, albeit from the opposite end of the spectrum, in that it implicitly negates the distinctiveness of separate ancestral peoples.

As I see it, and as, I think, the identitarians see it, it is precisely the specificity and uniqueness of peoples that is of value. I'm not in the least opposed to white racial activists in the US. Indeed I wish them well. But these people are to some degree the authors of their own misfortunes in that they, or their ancestors, chose to uproot themselves from their own ancestral homelands and kin groups. White Racial activism is the best "fallback" position available to them, a defence of Europeanness against the Alien. But it is a fallback position. And while it may eventually get to that stage in Europe too, we should begin by affirming the right of ancestral peoples to cherish and preserve their own distinctiveness in their historic homelands, not by attempting to force an artificial unity upon them. 

Many of the most pernicious ideas being wielded as weapons against us - such as Ius Soli, Citizenship, Constitutionalism, Melting Pot, the values-based definitions of peoplehood - either originate in the US or find their strongest contemporary exposition there. Part of the explanation for our predicament is that our elites, both political and intellectual, have become mesmerised by the USA and the ideas it propagates. Unfortunately, this is also true even of many in the European Resistance, who allow their thinking to be shaped by American Counterjihadists and/or White Nationalists. I suggest, instead, that we free our minds and start thinking for ourselves. And that also applies to them. Although elements of our predicament are shared, our plight is fundamentally not the same. Ideas that work there might not work here; and vice versa.


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