European Nationalism – A Growing Undercurrent

| November 9, 2007

life+rune.JPG.jpgEurope has undergone significant changes in the past 20 years: The formation of the European Union (EU) as a political force, and the steady move towards a more secular progressive mind-set and society. For many Americans, the countries of Europe represent an ideal that we should strive for.

Within the EU, there are really few if any border restrictions. Citizens are free to travel, relocate and take jobs anywhere in the EU with very little paperwork or hassle. This has led to some of the less wealthy countries like Poland being a net exporter of workforce to places like Germany and England. The thought is this helps everyone in Europe out, and spreads around the wealth while forming bonds between countries that a century or less ago were trying to conquer each other.

In contrast to this rosy picture of a large happy Europe working hard and getting along, many countries are seeing a rise in nationalism. Nationalism – where a group of people see their country as needing to “come first” is a growing undercurrent in almost every country in the EU.

Nationalism is what gave rise to the fascist governments of Germany and Italy during World War II, and has been the driver behind the conflicts in Bosnia. At the core is the feeling that comes over the people of a country that their national identity, what makes them good and special, is being debased and corrupted by external influences.

People become unhappy with the state of things, and start yearning for the “good old days when we were strong / respected”. Political opportunists can easily leverage this feeling through everyone’s inherent national pride. This trend is escalating across western Europe.

This could be perceived as a backlash against the open boarder policies of the EU, and the growing Islamification of western Europe by immigrants from Africa and the Middle East. While the majority are willing to “live and let live”, a growing number suspect that floods of people who care nothing for your country, or worse yet want to change your religion (possibly through force) might just be a threat to their cherished way of life.

At present much of the nationalism movement is wrapped up very tightly with neo-Nazi / White supremacist movements, and as such is instantly discredited by nearly everyone. But a “nationalism-lite” movement, one that does not include racial or Nazi overtones is likely to emerge within the next decade.

This trend deserves watching, as nationalism has the ability to be come a popular movement, especially if some imagined threat is made real through terrorist action, economic downturn or social upheaval.

I would like to personally add this really steams me that these people are co-opting the Celtic Cross as a symbol for “White Power” or their new nationalism. Please, if you are going to try and ape the Third Reich, leave the Celtic symbolism out of it.

[Update – Nov 13th BRH]

I want to direct readers to this website: The Outraged Spleen of Zion
They seem to have tremendous detail on the links between nationalism, fascists, and neo-pagan symbolism. Outstanding research on a topic that is worth monitoring.

Also, the rune above is not the Solar Cross / Celtic Cross / Cross of Odin, rather Yggdrasil, or the “World Tree”.

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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  1. BabbaZee says:

    Bill ~
    They are using the Celtic thing as white man taqiyya, dissimulation and deflection…
    it is not the Celtic cross as you know,
    it is Odin’s Cross AKA the Sun Cross.

    And your observations here are all right on.
    I will be writing on this for the foreseeable future.

  2. BabbaZee says:

    Sorry I called you Bill
    I was writing to a Bill in another screen ~