Mar 19, 2010

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Patrick Buchanan on Ethnonationalism

“Ethnonationalism: The Wars of Tribe and Faith Return”
by Patrick J. Buchanan, March 18, 2010

When the Soviet Union disintegrated, most Americans likely had never heard of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan.

Yet the ethnonationalism of these Asian peoples, boiling to the surface after centuries of tsarist and communist repression, helped tear apart one of the great empires of history.

There swiftly followed the collapse of Yugoslavia.

Yet, if one knew nothing of the Habsburg and Ottoman empires or the First and Second Balkan Wars of 1912-1913, one would likely have been surprised by the sudden emergence of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo on the map of Europe.

What the splintering of the Soviet Union and of a Yugoslavia whose baptismal certificate dated to the Paris peace conference of 1919 revealed was the accuracy of Arthur Schlesinger’s insight in his 1991 Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society:

“Nationalism remains after two centuries the most vital political emotion in the world — far more vital than social ideologies such a communism or fascism or even democracy. … Within nation-states, nationalism takes the form of ethnicity or tribalism.”

Ethnic ties, Schlesinger wrote, might prove more powerful and historically important than the forces of globalism and democratism, which then seemed ascendant. He only neglected to mention religious faith as often a “far more vital” emotion than ideology.

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Globalization is no longer on the march, but on the defensive. Economic nationalism is rising. Across the Third World, we see an upsurge of ethnonationalism and fundamentalism, especially among the Islamic peoples. From Nigeria to Sudan to Mindanao, Muslims battle Christians, as Christians are persecuted in Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan.

In India and Thailand, Muslims battle Hindu and Buddhists. In the Northern Caucasus, they fight Russians.

Ethnonationalism, that relentless drive of peoples to secede and dwell apart, to establish their own nation-state, where their faith is predominant, their language spoken, their heroes and history revered, and they rule to the exclusion of all others, is rampant.

In China, Tibetans fight assimilation and the mass migration of Han Chinese into what was their country, as do the Uighurs in the west who dream of an East Turkestan breaking away and taking its place among the nations of the world.

In speaking of the rising tribalism abroad, Schlesinger added, “The ethnic upsurge in America, far from being unique, partakes of the global fever.”

Indeed, separatism and secessionism seem to be in the air.

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  1. We act like we are the only ones. Globalism, tribal/ ethnic conflicts, and potential extinction affect not only Americans and Europeans. Other peoples around the world have the exact same struggles (even worse).

    History has proven that nationalism will triumph, and I have no doubt in my mind that history will once more repeat itself. Every distinct group of people should have the right to a homeland and the freedom to decide what is best for themselves.

  2. Patsy Buchanan, like little Freddy Reed, is a connedservanite, NOT a White Nationalist! Even though he knows the score, full well, he just skirts around the edges and won’t name and shame organized jewry or openly declare himself as a White racist, so he is nothing more than a willing member of the controlled opposition.

  3. If you look at individual rights as the most basic level, then family rights as the next level up, nationalism based on ethnicity is the logical next level up from that. The same rights should exist for each level for much the same reasons — genetic interests vs special interest tyrannies. We give animals in a zoo more freedom and protection at the level of ethnicity than we give our own races. We are all worried about habitats for various subspecies of owl, but why not for our own? One reason — tyranny of special interests. We protect these other creatures from greed and thoughtless pursuit of pleasure, thoughtless waste-dumping, and development of their habitats without considering alternatives because they are species on great natural paths which it is immoral to end for frivolous reasons. It should be at the very least no different for the sub-species of mankind — especially the white race which has proven to be so valuable to humanity — and so creative, insightful, and compassionate.

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