Friday, November 18, 2005


On
Civilizational
Nationalism


Neo-Nationalist Parties are joining forces across Europe:


Nationalist parties from seven European countries convened in Vienna last weekend to join forces. The “patriotic and nationalist parties and movements” signed a so-called “Vienna Declaration” calling for a stop to immigration in the entire European Union and the defence of Europe against “terrorism, aggressive islamism, superpower imperialism and economic aggression by low-wage countries.”

The parties also reject the European Constitution and demand that “geographically, culturally, religiously and ethnically non-European territories in Asia and Africa” will be excluded from joining the European Union.


Thomas the Wraith comments that it's an odd phenomena to see Nationalists join forces. What would you call that, International Nationalism?

But, commenter Cosmophant comes up with an even better phrase, and some very intelligent thoughts on this emerging trend:


International nationalism is perhaps an odd concept, but this here is civilizational nationalism.

As Samuel Huntington says, a civilization is "the highest ranking of cultural identity".The parties in the coalition are somewhat odd in themselves, though. It is notable that the Danish People's Party choose to stand outside of this effort.

The problem is the Western self image. Westerners percieved image of the dialectics of the situation, makes them see the brownish abyss as the anti-thesis of multiculturalist fantasies. (Thus, the problem of Front National etc, in my view is that they have too much in common with the establishment; they share the same world view).

Denmark manages to produce a sensible anti-establishment party (DPP) since it is a truly liberal country (in the best sense of the word), so there is a long tradtion of open and constructive debate.

Anti-establisment parties in other countries is more of an expression of hampered emotions expressed in a still immature way. But nevertheless, the dynamics of change has to start somewhere, I suppose.

Still, for me, anti-semitism is always the litmus test. The parties of this joint effort are generally anti-semitic, so in it's current form it is nothing I can support. Compare again with Danish People's Party, which, in contrast, is the most Israel friendly party of it's country.