*Note: This article is based on remarks given by the author in reply to Dr. Greg Johnson at the 2023 Counter-Currents Spring Retreat.
There is no question about whether we live in an imperial order. It’s just a question about whose empire it is. You will always live under some sort of imperial ideals. It’s a question of which ideals you’re under.
Julius Evola contended that in the traditional world, “[T]he state had a transcendent meaning and purpose that were not inferior to the ones the Catholic Church claimed for itself in the West as a manifestation of, and a path to, the ‘world above.’”
It’s tempting to say such a notion has faded in the modern world, that we live in a purely technocratic, rational system. Yet that is not true. A new faith has emerged that legitimizes our political and social order. It may not have come from “above,” but we see the same pattern of a metaphysical ideal justifying power that Julius Evola saw. Jonathan Bowden argued that, in an age of subversion, traditional ideas are basically “inverted,” and we see that today. The structure of an imperial order exists – it’s just that today’s religious ideal comes from below.
Paul Gottfried has argued — and I agree with him — that antifascism is the creation story of the modern West. Leave aside the fuzzy definition of what “fascism” even is — it’s not necessary to define. We have a creation story that emerged from the ashes of World War II. The United Nations, international political institutions, and many postwar constitutions are explicitly based on the idea of avoiding the causes that our rulers say led to World War II.
Those causes include not just fascism or National Socialism, but racial identity, patriotism, and traditional religiosity. They are all the things that were once considered pillars of a nation or a society — R. R. Reno’s “strong gods.” The true meaning of World War II, however, was that it was a war against ourselves. That would certainly be a surprise to those who fought at the time. However, today, it is understood that fighting National Socialism wasn’t really about fighting Germany, but fighting the inner racism that lies within all white people. Thus, every government in the West is constantly looking for racism and ethnocentrism among its own people, even in the nations of the so-called victors. Today, there’s a bloodlust against “Nazis” that’s far stronger than what existed among the veterans who actually fought the Nazis.
This ideology is only deepening and growing more extreme and powerful. We can call it antifascism, or wokeness, or intersectionality. What’s clear is that it is becoming an actual religion, not just something like a religion. Incidentally, happy Pride Month to everyone reading this. In our new liturgical calendar, I think we have more feast days for martyrs (Matthew Shepherd, George Floyd, Martin Luther King, et al) and sacred groups than the Church had during the Middle Ages.
When we talk about an “empire,” we don’t just mean a state ruling multiple ethnic groups. We mean a polity that claims authority from a divine or moral idea. That is what rules the West today. The creation myth that grew out of World War II is the foundation of our entire civilization. It is the basis of our state boundaries. It defines ultimate good and ultimate evil. It tells us what is sacred. You are allowed to mock God all you want, but certain groups and historical events are beyond question, and you will be thrown in jail for blaspheming them. The list of the sacrosanct is even expanding — some in Canada want to make it illegal to deny that schools were killing American Indian children, even though there is little evidence for such a dramatic claim. Of course, when has evidence ever mattered against religious dogma?
Don’t doubt that you live in a theocracy. Just say a certain name, use a certain symbol, or utter a certain word if you are part of the wrong group. Note the hysteria that results. The implication seems to be that such blasphemy could cause a demonic creed magically to resurrect or at least cause severe emotional damage to certain groups. Don’t laugh — those kinds of premises are now common in the media and even in the law. It’s religious thinking — and when we hear the media insist that “black women are magic” or hear them credit the claims of miracles at the site where George Floyd died, we see that our supposedly “scientific” system has room for the supernatural.
The new creed is becoming more internally consistent and more expansive and is gaining more institutional backing. Now it even has its own symbol, in the intersectional or pride flag. This flag is simply anti-white, which is why it added black and brown stripes seemingly for no other reason but to praise the coalition against whites. In my time in Europe, I’ve seen that imperial banner fly triumphantly from government buildings to bars, from churches to monuments. Make no mistake — that flag means more to many white people, especially upscale whites, than their supposed national flags. It is a banner that isn’t just of the world order led from Washington, DC, but the army of well-funded NGOs and international organizations that carry out the Great Replacement.
Dr. Greg Johnson has referred quite often to the importance of national sovereignty. But we might as well refer to the intricacies of ecclesiastical law. There’s not a country in the West that’s still sovereign. Ethnic identities and even national states have proven no barrier to the imperial creed taking power in every Western nation. The regime that rules from the Potomac uses intersectionality to justify intervention throughout the world, and the Westphalian system of sovereign states is now practically nonexistent. In academia, media, and even fields like medicine, finding new ways to hunt down the demonic presence of “racism” is the best way to gain power and status within the imperial system.
I recently spoke with a Dutch nationalist who said that while each refugee who is brought in provides money and jobs for a host of left-wing activists, there’s no nationalist equivalent. The ideology that rules us isn’t just for show. It’s a political scheme that legitimizes rule and provides social and financial benefits to its adherents. It transcends borders and countries. It is the faith of the current imperial order. It is explicitly anti-white.
We must deal with that apparatus — let’s call it the imperial apparatus — before we can talk about anything regarding sovereignty. We must replace one imperial order with another.
Independence and sovereignty, by themselves, without a repudiation of the imperial creed, do nothing. Italy has a nationalist government, and yet NGOs have more power. In fact, basically the same class of managers govern every Western country. Perhaps, at best, if you shuffle some boundaries around, maybe you can throw up a few barriers to what’s happening. I’d support Flemish nationalism for that reason. But it’s just not true that decentralization is inherently helpful.
What was the great populist triumph? Brexit. What happened after Brexit? Non-European immigration increased dramatically. Brexit was a complete disaster. The replacement of the British people continues under a Conservative government that has ruled for more than a decade.
Look at some of the most prominent secessionist movements in the West, such as Scotland’s or Catalonia’s. They want to leave what’s left of their unitary nation-states so they can bring in more non-European migrants. Needless to say, they do not want to leave the European Union.
Is there even a real desire to break away from such pan-national institutions? France, one of the few countries that could be totally independent outside the EU, is back in the EU camp. Marine Le Pen abandoned her opposition to Brussels for political reasons. Any talk of the Netherlands leaving has long since faded. If anything, the EU will expand.
We must ask difficult questions about what ethnonationalism really means. In his “One White State or Many?” statement at the Counter-Currents Spring Retreat, Greg Johnson referred to the “bad old nationalism” that prompted intra-European conflicts within our race. However, there are certain questions that aren’t about right and wrong, but us and them:
Who does Alsace-Lorraine belong to?
Should Germany reclaim the lands that were stripped and given to Poland?
Does Hungary have a right to avenge the ruinous Treaty of Trianon?
Should Flanders seize Brussels?
What about Northern Ireland — do the Protestants, brought in by the English specifically to undermine the traditional resistance in Ulster, have a right to stay? They have been there for centuries after all.