Thursday, November 17, 2005

Neo-Nationalist "Join Forces" in Europe

The Brussels Journal reports: Far Right Parties in Europe Join Forces.

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.

Of course, international nationalism is, let's just say, odd. Nevertheless, we will see an increase in neo-nationalist organizing in response to Islamism in Europe.

Update: Commenter Cosmophant brings up "civilizational nationalism". Perhaps we could call it "civilizationalism." Quite a mouth full. There is no doubt that the various neo-nationalists across Europe do share many of the same high-level goals. But what really unites them and what will increasingly bind them together is their shared enemies, Islamism being chief among them. Western nations have a history of being divided, of bickering among themselves only to unite in the face a a common external enemy. In 1814 who would have thought that Britain and France would be allies against a united Germany in 100 years? In 1939 who would have imagined that the US, Italy and Germany would be allies against the Soviets in only 10 years?

In times of conflict, history takes some strange turns. Hang on.

1 Comments:

Blogger Cosmophant said...

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 he 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.

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