The past two centuries have been defined by States making war against each other and their own people. Internal squabbles, between a group that wants a strong state and a group that wants near anarchy, have paralyzed our governments. We circle around the same issue, never solving it.
This shows us the importance of the nation — a group united by ties of heritage, language, culture, customs, cuisine, religion and values — in sustaining the nation-state. While the nation-state is not ideal, if it is supported by the nation, it has a goal and standards. Without those, it becomes the lapdog of business and special interests.
When a nation-state has homogeneity, experiences internal harmony. When the nation-state stuffers diversity/multiculturalism of any kind, it leads to a depressing disintegration of social values. While this seems unexciting to our minds saturated in media that in its zeal for the new values anything “different” over even the logical and reliable, we do well to remember Aesop’s words: “Better cheese and olives in peace rather than wine and cakes in hell.”
I propose a new philosophy called National Futurism. The basic concept is that we recognize the need for eternal ideas, like nationalism and the shared values it allows us to have, in the context of moving toward the future. We should not abandon technology, our powerful modern society, or all we have learned. But we should not disregard the wisdom of the past, either.
The principles of National Futurism:
National Futurism can best be understood through the art it would produce. Its concept would be “the best of both worlds”: the free will of modern art with the professionalism of Renaissance art. Traditional icons (Ra, Seth, Odin, Thor, Freja, Christ, Virgin Mary) are expressed in a fresh new technique with new ideals and techniques. Art — poetry, sculpture, music, image and film — should be more than decoration; it explains the state. National Futurism is the wisdom of the past thrust forth into the future by knowledge.
A National Futurist state would be an antidote to a dying time. Modern art is bad or incompetent because it expresses nothing other than the hollow individualism of the artist, and a belief that the world is fundamentally distorted and cannot be changed. Romantic art is incomplete because it is past-focused. National Futurist art merges the two to make a movement headed toward the future.
Ideas if pure can have large flaws; only if you marry ideas can the result have a chance of being a strong, rugged phenomena. Futurism with its progressive tone, optimism of the coming years and scientific light merges with nationalism and its blithe traditionalism, pride which kills the nihilistic tone of today and sense of values. Together these two fragmentary ideas make a complete one.