Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Non-Propositional Proposal

One thing that liberals and neocons agree on (along with all too many libertarians of the more flaky variety) is that there's nothing special at all about Americans. I'm not talking about 'exceptionalism' here, whatever anybody might mean by it, but unique identity. The special kind of people that we are, just as the French are a special French sort of people, Japanese a special Japanese sort of people, etc. In short, it's not that we're uniquely unique. All nations are unique, with a history and blood line that defines them, whether they acknowledge the fact or not. We are not a propositional nation. Nothing of the sort could possible be stable. What to call ourselves other than 'Americans' is tricky, because we've been taught by our betters for years that some joker who just arrived from Somalia or Sumatra and wangled citizenship is "just as American as we are." Nonsense, of course, but that's the myth of our age. Yes, before you start yelling and hissy-fitting, foreigners, some of them, can become pretty good Americans, and back when we were halfway picky about who we let in, most of them did, because that's why they came. We didn't have squads of social workers ready to leap to keep them from becoming Americans back then.

Anyhow, over at http://therightstuff.biz/, Lawrence Murray settles on the term "Anglo-American." He explains:


There's been some discussion lately on our corner of the internet aboutpropositional nationalism in the United States, our historical and current white majority, immigration myths and related topics. A lot of us believe in some form of white nationalism—even if we are hesitant to call it that—or at the very least, the idea that a white American identity is or should be a positive thing. Over at my personal blog I started to organize my own thoughts about what defines us. In short, we're white, English-speaking, and have become native to North America. That must be the basis for our identity as a group. We are Anglo-Americans, not something esoteric but a people with a history on this continent. In the mainstream view of things, however, we are a people who only have an identity when we are needed as a bogeyman: privileged racist white male shitlord oppressors.

If you buy into a negative white identity, you might be on the wrong website. The biggest problem with undoing this narrative is that we have thus far failed to advocate for ourselves in the realm of identity politics, where we are in constant conflict with a coalition of rent-seekers. Pathological altruism in action. Our position will only worsen as our majority shrinks to a plurality and thereafter, perhaps a minority. Every vote counts, our share of those votes is shrinking, and we aren't voting for our interests.

Enter metapolitics. We need to compile and spread our ideas. Namely, that we exist, we ought to exist, and we must compete to exist. It's something so basic yet something we've on the whole forgotten. The Theodore Roosevelts and Lothrop Stoddards and Madison Grants of the world have passed and white racial consciousness itself has gone into a marked dormancy since the world wars. If we are going to accept white nationalism as the vehicle for white survival and flourishing, despite the fact that widespread support for it is no longer fait accompli, we need to ask ourselves how to get or get back there.

I think there's a lot to be learned from the 19th century, which might not sound immediately obvious or intuitive unless you're familiar with nationalism. In many ways, nationalism became a secular religion and was something that needed to be cultivated by writers, thinkers, composers, artists, clergy, statesmen, soldiers, and of course, blood and iron. Nationalism created the world we see today, and has manifested differently for each people. If religion exists in your nation, as Christianity does for so many white Americans, you can incorporate it and if not you must build an alternative. I do not think that Christianity alone can revitalize white America. We need a new narrative about an extant people. A purpose on earth and not in heaven. Explicit meaning where it was only implicit. Nationalism is about a people, their ancestors, and their future. Everything else is subordinate to that.

Read the rest here:

Quibcag: A Japanese illustration just didn't seem appropriate, so I used Baloo's "Libbie" character superimposed on the flaf rom Murray's essay.


  1. I'm going to get a little crude: Reading the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights gives me wood. The problem is there are too many Americans who do not get wood or wet and tingly inside from reading these documents (Which in all sincerity and with no intent of blasphemy I feel should be printed in every Bible in the US as the revealed word of God)) are running this country instead of getting run out of it.

    BTW "The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights should be printed in every Bible in the US as the revealed word of God" is yours to use as a quibcage if you want.

  2. Thought I'd pass this along: Here we go again...
    Once the crowd reached about one hundred teens, they violently invaded a private community pool. The mob of teenagers both fought with each other, hurled bottles at cars, assaulted the two neighborhood security guards, and viciously attacked an adult female resident.

    The pool has strict rules. Any “pool party” requires prior notification, a deposit, and must be limited to no more than twenty people.