This is the person who will guide the drone that will kill you, anon. pic.twitter.com/7hiazbXNp5— RAW EGG NATIONALIST (@Babygravy9) April 13, 2022
If you hate the Global American Empire (GAE), well, you hate America.
“One oddity of the Ukrainian war has been watching far-right leaders such as Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini and Nigel Farage scramble back from their adoration of Vladimir Putin, while their far-left peers tone down the excoriations of Nato. It must have felt similar watching Hitler’s appeasers reinvent themselves in autumn 1939. Today’s far right and far left share an outlook: hatred of one’s own nation, at least in its current incarnation, and the search for a better foreign country to love.
George Orwell saw this first. In May 1945, in his essay “Notes on Nationalism”, he defined “transferred nationalism”: people displacing their nationalist loyalties to another country. The Corsican Napoleon and the Austrian Hitler were case studies. Orwell wrote that in his day, the phenomenon was strongest among western leftwing intellectuals, whose transfer of loyalty was “usually to Russia”. …
By contrast, far-right nationalists who despise their own nations focus on betrayal. They believe that the real country has been sneakily replaced by a fake country full of immigrants and “woke” customs. Recall Trump’s warning to the marchers on the Capitol, on January 6 2021: “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more.” In this view, modernity equals destruction. The British philosopher Roger Scruton — “the greatest modern conservative thinker”, according to Boris Johnson — wrote in a “funeral oration” for his own country: “The old England for which our parents fought has been reduced to isolated pockets between the motorways.”
I’m quite specific about what I dislike:
- The Deep State
- The “intelligence community”
It is true that I hate what America became in the 20th century, but this is because I like what America and especially the South used to be like before that and want to go back to that model.
In my view, this country made a fatal mistake in the Spanish-American War when it turned its back on its own origins and set out to emulate the British Empire. We started to accumulate colonies in the Caribbean and Western Pacific which we had no intention of absorbing as states. We started to build up a military to protect those colonies and to project force into distant parts of the world. It was a hop and a skip from there to intervening in foreign countries to acquire markets and to open them up to American corporations and investors. The next step was intervening in foreign countries to punish and smite evil doers and to impose “democracy” on them and to import Third World immigrants to compete with American workers. The next step after that was to develop “intelligence” agencies to manage and crush domestic dissent and to destabilize foreign countries. And so on it went until we inherited the British Empire and Wall Street replaced London and the responsibility for maintaining the “liberal world order” which serves the interests of a tiny class of oligarchs, corporations and parasites became our duty.
Americans now die in places like Afghanistan fighting the modern day equivalent of the Mahdi in Sudan like their British predecessors. America’s elites have fully absorbed the liberal imperialist outlook and have taken the rest of us along for the ride. We’re now told by our elites that we ought to be willing to fight Russia to the death over the status of Donbas which is a place which couldn’t be further removed from the interests of the ordinary American. This ought to prompt some self reflection on how we ended up here.
As for Russia, there is no reason why we can’t have the same relationship with that country that we had in the 19th century. We are separated from Russia by three oceans, Canada and the European Union. Were it not for our liberal imperialist elites on the coasts, we wouldn’t be in a conflict with Russia over Ukraine. In the 19th century before the War Between the States, the United States was nothing like the autocratic Russia of the tsars. The reverse is true in our times as we have “progressed” from a nation of independent family farmers to a nation of self-censoring serfs and debtors who work for a few dozen corporations. Opposing the neverending foolish crusades and wars in Eurasia of the Global American Empire isn’t the same thing as wanting to be like Russia or transferring ones loyalties to Russia. We want to be more like America before it was blighted by British imperialism.
There is a reason why some Americans are instinctively suspicious of a global military presence, a vast standing army, the “intelligence community” and the Pentagon managing the news cycle, the FISA court, bureaucrats overruling the president, endless wars in far flung parts of Eurasia, the corruption of the military-industrial complex, moral crusades to punish evil doers abroad, “journalists” misrepresenting foreign conflicts, entangling alliances that jeopardize our own security, and so on. We’re not comfortable parading around the world in the skin of the old British Empire.