One of the largest divides between American nationalists and European nationalists is the use of the term “white.” It gets thrown around a heck of a lot, and even though there have been efforts in the Neo-Reaction, for example, to purge racialism, the whole sphere of online thought-criminality is permeated with a sort of “pro-whiteness.” This is due, of course, to the American-centric nature of the Alternative Right (or whatever umbrella you wish to use — for some, “Alternative Right” is not edgy enough as of late), and the fact that the vast majority of people involved with making videos, recording podcasts, penning articles and writing essays are Americans. There are clear racial dividing lines in the United States of America; the country has a famous history of racial happenings, and such matters are quite embedded into the culture of mainstream America. In Europe, however, that is not the case.
Our dividing lines are between countries millennia-old, nations which have fought tooth-and-nail to survive against one-another. Even Christianity has failed to a large degree in ensuring peace in Europe between various countries — the Crusades were not just fought against Middle Easterners, remember, but also against pagans and perceived heretics. The European continent has a long and obviously famous history of inter-warfare, and it has only been in the past seven decades where there has, via global capitalism, been a significant peacetime (and even there we have had groups butting heads — Irish nationalists, to pick a group relatively close to where I live in England).
The strong differentiation between American and European identitarianism is weakened somewhat by two more recent factors; the European Union, and mass-multiculturalism which has facilitated Islamic terror attacks, most recently in Brussels, Belgium, the heart of the aforementioned Union — the irony is quite astounding, but I digress. The existence of the European Union definitely facilitates a sort of pan-European mindset which some poor fools fall prey to. The internet and the information age of course contributes to this, but the European Union contextualises this — in the typically soulless, ultrabourgeois manner bureaucracies tend towards — on the political and economic planes. Running off from both American influence and the sort of subproletarian nationalism which has survived the collapse of national socialism in Europe, one can easily find people talking about the “plight of the white man”; and the presence of the “brown hordes” simply propels this tribal mindset. Not that I think the tribal mindset is some problem, but it can easily become one when the scary complexity of history and geopolitics is ignored. “White” is not an ingroup as has been noted on West Coast Reactionaries before by Andrew Martyanov. It is only a term which can be used in the vulgar context of the United States; it is a strictly one-dimensional, utilitarian sort of word.
If I began to start calling myself “white” what would it entail? The world is the lowest common denominator between myself and someone from… where? Am I equally white to an Irishman? How about to a German, who I actually share a significant degree of my racial make-up with? If you want to talk about “white” interests, then so be it, but that will only have any real pull or meaning in America. Am I then a “European”? To a degree of course, but as an Englishman the fact of living on an island with its own specific history cannot just be cast aside in order to pursue some metapolitical game. That might be an idealised state of affairs, of course — and if some pan-European racial-consciousness suddenly awoke tomorrow a great number of our contemporary existential problems would disappear. However, that is not going to happen, and only a fool would work to bring it about: it is afterall a fool’s errand.
Recently Italian-American Angelo Gage had rather a big falling-out with the largely internet-based communities he was involved with. Bickering about the “use” of writing articles and recording podcasts aside, I saw this coming several months ago when Angelo became disillusioned with the “Fourteen Eighty-Eight” crowd and their constant ramblings about the Eternal Jew and all the rest of that great stuff. Constantly calling-out the Jew, Angelo noted, would not bring ordinary people into nationalism because they are not emotionally open to such radical ideas — in fact all it would do with the majority of people is paint an image in their mind of some Roman-saluting fool in desperate need of therapy. This quite sensible yet important point earned Angelo plenty of feedback, in fact veteran English nationalist Joe Owens deduced that Angelo is working for the American government to… share insightful commentary and share his (rather sane, in my opinion) views regarding the path for American identitarianism..? (I must respect Joe but the man has a kneejerk reaction against anything which is not strictly politics, which is a needless misunderstanding on his part.)
The Right attracts plenty of people, and especially on the internet where there is no central authority, one finds materialistic, rootless, ultimately nihilistic millennials inserting themselves at the forefront of many things. The modern world will inevitably rub-off on people who might be “waking-up” politically and otherwise, hence it is so important to undertake an active and conscious effort to seek identity and meaning in the world. Jews and Marxists aside, the modern world exists for nothing and this leaves an awful vacuum. Markus Willinger, in Generation Identity, went into this point quite well when he addresses the “68ers” (baby-boomers):
We’re a great riddle to you. An incomprehensible phenomenon. Our words and deeds refute all your theories and arguments. We live in the world you dreamt of, yet this world disgusts us. Thanks to you, we could develop free from all social obligations and values; thanks to you we go lost and lonely through life. You’ve destroyed everything that could have offered us identity and refuge, yet you’re shocked that we’re unhappy. For deep in us lies a constant feeling of being alone, of being lost. We do everything to numb this feeling.
American capitalism, filtered through globalism — which the European Union of the last half-century, filled to the brim with businessmen and Maoists alike, so eagerly welcomes — does not offer identity and meaning to life. To feel rooted to a place, to a history, to a set of values, to a unique shared experience and community, is something viciously antagonised by the market mindset — Leftist utopians and Rightist whores both spit upon rootedness, upon belonging, and thus the equation is complicated beyond mere racialism.