- The Virtue of Nationalism by Yoram Hazony – Published September 4th 2018 by Basic Books
Internationalist Movements Generate Hatreds More Than Nationalist Ones, With Poland Especially Vilified. European Union is Virtually the Fourth Reich. Inconsistency in Simultaneously Supporting Traditional Morality and the European Union
Author Yoram Hazony identifies himself as a lifelong Jewish nationalist and Zionist. (p. 2). His work is exceptionally perceptive.
EVERYTHING BAD IN NATIONALISM CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN INTERNATIONALIST MOVEMENTS
The stock argument against nationalism is the well-worn claim that it promotes hatred, and that nation-states are inferior to international movements (and empires) in guaranteeing the rights of minorities. Contrary to this, Hazony points out that imperial states have oppressed minorities no less than some national states, and that it was only in national states that the tradition of individual rights and liberties came to be. (p. 136).
Imperialist and internationalist movements (such as Communism and [not mentioned] its cultural Marxist successor) are just as capable of promoting hatred as can nationalism. The author comments, “We can therefore recognize two different kinds of hatred: There is the kind of hatred that is found in nationalist movements, which is the hatred of one clan, tribe, or nation for another that is in competition with it. And there is the kind of hatred that is found in imperialist movements, which is the hatred that a universal idea bears against those nations and tribes that refuse to accept its claims of universality.” (p. 191).
Hazony expands on this, ““But Islam, Marxism, and liberalism have proved themselves quite capable of inflaming similarly vicious hatreds against groups that are determined to resist the universal doctrines they propose.” (p. 11).
Let us look at this more closely, with special attention to the Polonophobic aspects of cultural Marxism and the European Union:
TODAY’S INTERNATIONALIST—AND NOT NATIONALIST—MOVEMENTS ARE THE MAIN ENGINES OF HATRED
At times, the cultural Marxist hostility towards sovereign nations is relatively subtle. For instance, Hazony perceptively notes that, “A common view among academic scholars regards the nation as a fiction or a recent invention.” (p. 254).
At other times, the hostility against sovereign nations is much more overt. The author writes, “‘Liberal internationalism’” is not merely a positive agenda for the erasure of national boundaries and the dismantling of the nation states in Europe and elsewhere. IT IS AN IMPERIALIST IDEOLOGY THAT INCITES AGAINST NATIONALISM AND NATIONALISTS, SEEKING THEIR DELEGITIMIZATION WHEREVER THEY APPEAR IN EUROPE, or among nations such as America and Israel that are regarded having emerged from European civilization” (p. 219; Emphasis added).
Author Yoram Hazony then calls attention to the hatred against Poland directed by the European Union for dissenting against its policy of massively accepting Third World immigrants. (p. 217).
This campaign of hatred against Poland has since intensified, and assumed almost-hysterical proportions. Belgian Europarliament leader Guy Verhofstadt has slandered Polish Independence Day marchers, calling them fascists and neo-Nazis. These kinds of egregious lies about Polish patriotism and nationalism are now a mainstay in the West’s leftmedia.
THE EUROPEAN UNION IS EFFECTIVELY THE FOURTH REICH
To begin with, Hazony reminds us that, “I will understand ‘globalism’ for what it obviously is—a version of the old imperialism.” (p. 6).
The author describes the German drive to being once-sovereign nations into the clutches of the European Union, “In Europe, the German-led effort to subordinate the independent nations of the continent to the European Union proceeded apace.” (p. 50).
Hazony then makes these eye-opening statements, “The European nations are, as everyone understands, dominated by Germany. THE EUROPEAN UNION IS A GERMAN IMPERIAL STATE IN ALL BUT NAME. However, as long as Germany seeks to avoid building up its military and taking responsibility for the security of the continent, the EU will apparently remain an American protectorate—a protectorate that is also an empire in its own right. Should the United States ever withdraw its protection, all the talk of Europeans pioneering a new form of political order will quickly evaporate. At that time, a strong European executive will be appointed by Germany and empowered to maintain the security of the continent. Then the reconstitution of the medieval German empire in Europe will be complete, and the English-inspired experiment with an order of independent nation-states in Europe will have reached its end.” (p. 154; Emphasis added).
For more on the astonishing similarities between the Third Reich and the Fourth Reich (European Union), see: THE TAINTED SOURCE, by John Laughland, and read my detailed review. See:
UNFORTUNATELY, POPE JOHN PAUL II WAS INCONSISTENT IN SIMULTANEOUSLY SUPPORTING THE EUROPEAN UNION AND TRADITIONAL CATHOLICISM
Saint Pope John Paul II’s early endorsement of the European Union played a major role in making Poland a member, and is still cited by Poles that are opposed to any thought of POLEXIT. Although author Hazony does not mention any of this, he does allude to the self-defeating character of this position.
Hazony comments, “In practice, neo-Catholics have been politically outspoken in defending traditional religious views of marriage and the family, opposing the legalization of assisted suicide and abortion, and objecting to the removal of Jewish and Christian symbols (such as public displays of the Mosaic Ten Precepts) from government properties. But they have been ambivalent about the order of national states, tending to support the growth of a regime of coercive international law that will override the powers of national governments.” (p. 52).
He continues, “Neo-Catholics will continue to fight rearguard culture wars against liberal elites on issues such as abortion and the definition of marriage. But at the same time, they will be found offering active or passive support to the liberal imperialism that is uprooting the ability of nations to maintain their independence on constitutional and religious matters of precisely this kind.” (p. 53).
THROUGHOUT HISTORY, THE MAIN ADVERSARIES OF NATIONALISM HAVE BEEN INTERNATIONALIST. NAZISM WAS NOT NATIONALIST: IT WAS INTERNATIONALIST
The current attempts to discredit nationalist movements by equating them with fascism and Nazism are not only false: They are also ironic. Fascism and Nazism were actually opposed to the self-determination of peoples that is characteristic of nationalism. (pp. 38-39). They were imperialistic and internationalist in character.
Let us examine the essential difference between imperialist/internationalist movements and nationalist movements in historical context:
Yoram Hazony writes, “This was the case in the Thirty Years’ War, which was fought in order to assert a German-Catholic Empire over Europe. It was true, as well, of the Napoleonic Wars, which sought to overturn the old political order and established a French-Liberal Empire across an entire continent and beyond it. And it was no less true of the Second World War, in which a German-Nazi Empire aimed at establishing a new order according to its own perverse universal theory of how mankind’s salvation was to be brought about.” (p. 116).
In other words, Nazism was, first and foremost, a racialist movement and thereby an internationalist (not nationalist) one. Moreover, Hitler was an imperialist that aimed to revive the Holy Roman Empire (the First Reich) as embodied in the Third Reich. (pp. 38-39). Finally, as written in MEIN KAMPF, Hitler desired a German Empire that would, among other things, put an end to wars by imposing a PAX GERMANICA upon Europe. (p. 273).
- Source: GoodReads.com , January 1, 2019.
Published with the author’s permission.
Title image: European Union member states as of 2017. Soruce: geoawesomeness.com / selected by wg.pco