Wednesday, 4 July 2012

This post is prompted by Ed West’s blog today which claims that the USA was England’s greatest gift to the world. I posted a reply to his article and thought I’d expand on my thoughts here.

First, let me say in advance that I’m not claiming the American example has been wholly negative. Far from it. There are many aspects of it, such as the protection for free speech or the right to bear arms (even though now heavily infringed) that I greatly admire and wish we had in Europe. America has undoubtedly had many positive effects on the world. But the positive aspects of the American example are celebrated almost everywhere. So there is no need to rehearse them again here. Instead, I thought I’d reflect on the role the American example has played in the unfolding of the European Genocide.

The American Revolution was undoubtedly a great rupture in world history. There are many different frames through which it can be seen. The usual ones are the emergence of representative democracy and the sweeping away of inherited privilege. But I prefer to think of it as the first attack on the traditional idea of the nation. Here were a group of people breaking with their ancestral kin group. As West notes, 80% of Americans at the time of the Revolution were of British ancestry. What’s more, they continued to see themselves as English. When they asserted moral claims, they did it, not so much by invoking abstract principles as the French revolutionaries did, but by insisting legalistically on the rights of traditional Englishmen, citing the English Common Law and the Magna Carta, etc.

Whatever the difference in their origins, however, both the French and American revolutions had the same basic result: nations that weren’t nations. In place of the nation in the traditional sense of a people with common ancestry (the word nation derives from the Latin natus meaning “born”) emerged a country or a state based on intellectual abstractions and the the idea of a government-allocated status called citizenship that granted membership of this collectivity. (A case could be made that it’s only with historical hindsight that we see the French and American revolutions converging on this same result; and that another America might have been possible had it not been for the defeat of the South in the civil war, etc., but that’s another essay).

These are the key ideas driving the European Genocide. And here the term European Genocide could be extended to include the European part of America itself, since the people of European origin who built the country up in the first place within the next few decades face the prospect of becoming a minority within it. Of course it’s possible that Americans of European origin don’t mind this; that they really do buy into the idea of a community based on the elite-promoted ideal of shared citizenship, regardless of culture or ancestral origin. The “White Flight” phenomenon from colonised areas like California and Texas suggests otherwise, however. About half this blog’s visitors come from North America. So perhaps some of the Americans would care to leave their thoughts.

Another baneful effect of the American example has been the Supreme Court and its ability to invalidate laws based on their conformity with abstract principles, as interpreted by the judges themselves. This can be attributed to the vaunted “Founding Fathers”’ mistrust of democracy. And Europe’s elites have seized on this device to suppress democracy in their own countries, using human rights courts modelled on the American Supreme Court to suppress democratic initiatives aimed at challenging the de-Europeanisation of Europe.

Why did the American model become so influential? World War Two seemed to affirm the potency and rightness of the American example. In large part, this was irrational. America benefited from WW2 largely because it was physically isolated from the fighting. Free from the threat of German invasion, its economy was actually enhanced by the struggle. And though it was really the Soviet Union that defeated Hitler (88% of German casualties were sustained on the Eastern Front), the Hollywood myth-making machine ensured that most people soon thought otherwise.

In the immediate post-war period, the elites of austerity-struck Europe were mesmerised by the spectacle of American power and prosperity. And the spell hasn’t broken since. (It’s clear, too, that the American government has deliberately cultivated ties with, and promoted the careers of, European politicians willing to favour its interests, so it wasn’t all accidental, but that, too, is another essay). Influence-wielders in Europe seem tragically incapable of grasping the fact that the American model is completely inappropriate for a Europe of historic peoples rooted in their ancestral homelands. Indeed, it is likely to have the same consequences on native Europeans that it did on native Americans. The islamisation of Europe is, in large part, the consequence of this epic failure of judgement. It could be considered almost a cargo cult-level effort aimed at imitating the American example.

And in the 50s and 60s, when Asian and African colonists first arrived in Europe in large numbers, the issue was viewed through the prism of race. This, too, was largely down to the example of America where the civil rights struggle was playing out. As Enoch Powell pointed out, though, the parallel was misleading. Negroes had been resident in America since before it had even been constituted as a separate country. There was simply no comparison with newly-arrived negro or Paki colonists in Britain.

In conclusion, then, let me wish our American cousins a happy Independence Day but note at the same time, as Breivik did, that we Europeans need an independence day of our own. And not just from the Muslims.



3 comments:

Van Grungy said...

Because America has a Constitution and England does not means that the American Founders looked beyond 'common law' to form a more perfect nation. I'm referring to Vattel's Law of Nations.

"using human rights courts modelled on the American Supreme Court"

I disagree on this point. Canada is actually the pilot project of Human/Group Rights Laws and the phenomenon of Legislating from the Bench by Supreme Justices. Not to mention the 40 year Human Rights racket Canada has entrenched.
America is being attacked with fake human rights activism so as to destroy Natural Rights and Individual Freedom. America's enemies are using Europe as the basis for the fundamental transformation of the USA into the the USSA

"And though it was really the Soviet Union that defeated Hitler"
Just remember that the Soviets would not have had a snowballs chance in hell had it not been for America helping Stalin get the Soviet war machine up and running.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lend-Lease
Although most Red Army tank units were equipped with Soviet-built tanks, their logistical support was provided by hundreds of thousands of U.S.-made trucks. Indeed by 1945 nearly two-thirds of the truck strength of the Red Army was U.S.-built. Trucks such as the Dodge 3/4 ton and Studebaker 2½ ton, were easily the best trucks available in their class on either side on the Eastern Front. American shipments of telephone cable, aluminium, canned rations, and clothing were also critical.

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By the time Europe became 'mesmerized' by America, the ruling class in America were already tearing down the last vestiges of America's exceptionalism.
Wilson: Fed Reserve, 16th Amendment, 17th Amendment, League of Nations New World Order leading to the UN
FDR: New Deal Socialism

after FDR, America was set on a path of socialist self-destruction and with each passing decade piling on the unfunded liabilities.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that America should be criticized for what it is. It is a unique country. It should have its own experiment. But i do think that americans shoudn't tell Europe to become like America, and europeans shoudn't tell America to become like Europe. I also think that the american experiment is possible only with certain types of immigration, mainly european and asian (by asian i mean chinese, japanese, korean, etc.) immigration.

isntlam said...

"The “White Flight” phenomenon from colonised areas like California and Texas suggests otherwise, however."

Totally untrue. The problem in California is the business-unfriendly elitist politicians and the unions.

Texas is actually where they are going, where businesses aren't over-taxed and over-regulated. If there is any "white flight" from Texas, this is the first time I've heard of it. Texas has a booming economy with a steady influx of business wealth.

"This can be attributed to the vaunted “Founding Fathers”’ mistrust of democracy."

!?

"It could be considered almost a cargo cult-level effort aimed at imitating the American example."

That's not it at all. In the past, America encouraged the immigration of skilled Europeans. Now Europe and the US are following leftist policies in immigration.

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