History has erased nationalism from our consciousness. The word has even be redefined to mean “strong patriotism” instead of its original meaning, which is the idea that a nation is defined by a single ethnic group, its culture and values.
This tells us something about how threatening the concept of nationalism is to the liberal democratic establishment. They fear it like evangelicals fear Satan, and the very mention of it makes them tremble, because nationalism invalidates the idea of universality. Instead of all people being interchangeable cogs, each nation has a type of person it needs and that nation can then not be forced to join the collective hive-mind created by egalitarian ideology.
Most liberal attempts to smear nationalism have focused on attempting to reduce it to “racism,” or a dislike of other races, but that definition only makes sense when one assumes that the natural and sensible order is for people of all types to exist in all nations. In other words, the attack on nationalism is a fallacy, which is doubly proven by the failure of even the most radical nationalists to eliminate other ethnic groups who were not present within their borders. If the Nazis had been fanatical racists, for example, they would have left mass graves across North Africa when they occupied it, and they did not.
As usual with pop culture interpretations of history, the point has been missed. Nationalism is not a bigotry, but an affirmation of identity and through that, control of its own destiny by each ethnic group. This is what people crave but cannot articulate in a diverse society because they have no framework for understanding it, as this article of longing for control of destiny expresses:
I remember listening to his speech and fighting off my own emotions, wondering if America’s black community—my community—could experience emotions similar to those of the father of the bride. At that moment, I knew that there was not a place in the world that I—and probably countless other black Americans—could return to and have an emotional connection that was similar to the man’s standing before me.
Nationalism is an emotional connection to a homeland, a sense of belonging to it based in the similarity of people and shared purpose, destiny and values. It gives to each person the inalienable feeling that they belong. It also shows them a path to success not through government and bureaucracy, but culture. Without nationalism, there is no culture, only an ersatz substitute made of ideology and commerce.
Diversity destroys this. The person under diversity can be proud of an economic system, political and military power, or their ideological alignment, but not their nation as a whole. Nothing binds them to others except tangible self-interest and motivation. This means that there is only a backward-looking society which tries to keep itself together, no forward motion toward shared ideals.
As white America and Europe — the indigenous inhabitants of those civilizations — awaken to what it will be like to be a minority surrounded by a third-world society, few have yet awakened to the simple fact that nationalism benefits everyone. No black person wants to be ruled by white cops, laws, and institutions. They want control of their own destiny and values of their own, including the means of implementing those values. People are not only different, but need to be different, in order to feel the sense of belonging that allows them to work toward a future.
With diversity, we have many communities loosely bound together by laws and commerce. These are regulated by a desire to keep people together through external means because internal means, such as the impulse to work together toward the goals that culture and ethnic identity can provide, are taboo. This means that such societies are always backward-looking, enforcing unity through obligation, where nationalist societies are cooperative and based on internal values.
During the past 226 years since liberal democracy began its conquest of the West, our fortunes have declined in every way but commerce and technology, which were present and rising based on the work of the pre-democracy era. Instead of a paradise, we have found a society that wants to treat us like interchangeable parts as means to the end of its own ideological agenda. The greatest collapse has been within, as this purposeless and compulsory regime depletes our existential hope.
We are all men without nations now, people adrift in a sea of the irrelevant, trying to find something to believe in to move us forward toward the types of higher goals and feelings that make life meaningful. Until we repeal liberal democracy and turn toward nationalism, this situation will only worsen.