the terms “the West” and “Western” can refer to America alone, to America
and her former European allies, or even simply to white folks. The terms
are successors to the terms “Europe” and “European.”
Americans under the age of 40 know little about Europe, and have only the
most tenuous relation to the Old World. What they do know, however, is that
we bailed the Western Europeans out of two world wars, and then saved them
yet, today our relationship to Europe, even the concept of “Europe,” is typically
exaggerated here at home. American socialist writers speak still of our “European
allies,” when referring to countries (France and Germany) that can only honestly
be referred to as rivals or outright enemies. And multiculturalists, black
racists, and white nationalists alike refer to white Americans via the euphemism,
socialist writers’ practice is not hard to understand. They are writing not
of America’s allies, but of their own. They see themselves as domestic enemies
of America, and consider America’s foreign enemies their friends. (Hence,
I disagree with Lee Harris’ thesis that American “liberals” have no concept
of an “enemy.” Sure they do – the term refers to their own country, and its
patriotic defenders.) You can find these traitors all over the world, sucking
up to America’s foreign enemies, the latter of whom hold the traitors in
contempt, but who find them useful idiots. Sound familiar?
And so, when the Spaniards turned on us, the New York Times’ March 16 house editorial
engaged in double-talk: “It is possible to support the battle against terrorism
wholeheartedly and still oppose a political party that embraces the same
No, it isn’t.
theory, one could “support the battle against terrorism wholeheartedly” while
voting against a political party embracing the same cause, if say, that party
had botched every other aspect of statecraft, particularly the economy. But
before 3-11, the vast majority of Spaniards had never even halfheartedly
supported the battle against Islamic terrorism, and the Popular Party’s stewardship
of the economy had been excellent. But at the Times, anyone who screws over America is their friend, and must be defended.
Such traitorous anti-Americanism is nothing new. In Oliver Stone’s anti-American movie, Platoon
(1986), set during the War in Vietnam, the “good” American sergeant, “Elias”
(Willem Dafoe), says, “We've been kicking other people’s asses for so long,
I figure it's time we got ours kicked.” The character was a hero to anti-Americans
across the land, who saw his murder by the evil sergeant, “Barnes” (Tom Berenger),
in terms of the crucifixion of Jesus. That reaction was odd, coming as it
did from a group of atheists.
use of the term “European-American,” has had an even odder trajectory. As
far as I can determine, it comes from the Nation of Islam, when it was known
as the Black Muslims, under the leadership of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad
(aka convicted felon and traitor, Elijah Poole; 1897-1975) and Elijah’s momentary
favorite son, Malcolm X (aka convicted felon, Malcolm Little; 1926-1965).
The Black Muslims identified the races with continents. Well, sort of. Early
on, they referred to blacks as “Asiatics,” so their geography was as nutty
as everything else they said.
I think white multiculturalists are simply imitating black racists, as they do whenever they discuss race relations.
white nationalists are the oddest bunch. The typical white nationalist knows
as much about Europe as he does about Timbuktu, and the more intelligent
ones, most notably Sam Francis, should know better than to join the words
“European” and “American.”
does have a very close cultural and historical relationship to England, but
if there’s one thing I learned in over five years of living in Europe, it
is that England ain’t in Europe. (I also learned that I am no “European.”)
know the Brits are now members of the European Union, but when I lived in
the former West Germany, the Brits were part of the EU-forerunner, the Common
Market, yet I never heard any Continentals speak of the British as “Europeans.”
There was a palpable tension between the Brits and the Europeans, and there
got our language, our Common Law traditions, our notions of representative
government, and our empiricist philosophical tradition from the Brits. The
European tradition, conversely, is one of centralized absolutism and obscurantist,
metaphysical speculation. Since FDR, unfortunately, we have been moving toward
the Old World, as the American people have acquiesced to creeping socialism,
centralization, absolutism and anti-scientific thinking.
Europe is for us less an ideal, than a cautionary example.
yet, I was once in love with Europe. The idea of Europe, at any rate. I got
over that love, by living there. And yet, I shall never forget, and never
regret, the five years I spent in West Germany, reading old editions of old
books; studying philosophy with the world’s greatest living classicist, Hans
Joachim Kraemer (not that I’m a classicist!); working on the assembly-line,
producing the world’s greatest production car (at Daimler-Benz -- “Mercedes”
to you civilians); falling in love with the German language and one of its
speakers; and traveling on both sides of the Berlin Wall.
the early 20th century, Europeans tended to speak synonymously of “Europe,”
“Christianity,” and “the West.” But Christianity was born in the same place
as Judaism – the Middle East. Christianity may have achieved its greatest
political power in Europe, but by the mid-19th century, at the height of
European power, Christianity was a decadent, empty shell. And the ideas associated
with “the West” were already moving … west.
the past generation, the notion of being a “European,” as opposed to the
national of a particular country, was an oddity. There were no “Europeans,”
there were only Frenchmen, Germans, etc. Today, since “Europeans” do not
identify themselves in opposition to Asia and Africa (and South America isn’t
a part of their consciousness), the only reason I can see for their identification
with the Continent, is in unified opposition to America. (No, not “North
America;” Europeans are indifferent to Mexico and Canada. The term “North
America” functions merely as a petty insult to Americans.)
The official story today, is that nationalism destroyed Europe. As is so
often the case, the official story is nonsense. Nineteenth century European
history is largely split between wars pitting nation-states and alliances
against each other, and the rise of revolutionary, transnational movements
(communism, pan-Germanism). Those two trajectories converged and exploded,
in the first half of the 20th century. In each case, a transnational movement
(communism, national socialism) bonded with a national base and nationalistic
passion (Russia, Germany, Austria). The irony, is that one of the reasons
that Europe failed to stop Nazism, was due to the interwar influence of a
bureaucratic, pacifist humanitarianism. After the war, that pacifist humanitarianism
was left standing, unchallenged, in Western Europe, where it still saps the
Continent’s strength. Today, corrupt, supranational bureaucracies (the UN,
EU) are manipulated by nationalist interests (France, Germany, Russia) in
the name of “internationalism.”
as Europeans permit their nations to be swamped with their Muslim enemies,
one wonders if the nations of the Old World will go down with a bang or a
whimper. Thank goodness, no American president would be so foolish, as to
let the U.S. be overwhelmed by hostile foreigners!
functions today as a grand museum. It is home to much of the world’s great
art, literature, philosophy, architecture, libraries, churches, and museums
in the traditional sense … and oh, the food! Unfortunately, this treasure
is largely lost on the Europeans, who have been culturally bankrupt and politically
socialist since at least the end of The War. Given their embrace of the inferior
fare at McDonald’s, Europeans’ appreciation of even their own food is suspect.
than studying the masterpieces of the past, in order to create new ones,
Europeans today often are simply satisfied to know that previous Europeans
created great works, to patronize cultures that have not, and to smugly believe
that their neglect of one legacy, and frivolous elevation of the other, makes
them superior to the rest of the world.
should Americans study Europe’s triumphs … and its decline. For if we are
not careful, in the not-so-distant future, Europe’s fate will be our own.
New York-based freelancer Nicholas Stix has written for Toogood Reports, Middle American News, the New York Post, Daily News, American Enterprise, Insight, Chronicles, Newsday and many other publications. His recent work is collected at The Critical Critic.
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