To be (treasonous to globalism) or not to be (treasonous to one’s own culture.) That is the question.
The proposition as presented, in a play on Shakespeare’s words, thinly conceals a communications trick; these are not distinct things but the same. There is no question between the two in any sense of what is actually presented, only observation of a single fact from separate construction-perspective.
Multiculturalism in a sense of globalism, historically speaking, is a result of conquest via imperialism. The short example given would be Rome and the ‘Romance Languages’ reflecting Rome’s creation of a linguistic monoculture that, over time, devolved into Italian, Romanian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese and French being the most spoken, and sharing Catholicism excepting Romania, which is largely Orthodox due to its geographic location and history tied to what became the Eastern Roman Empire. In every geographic case, the original languages are displaced, marginalized or extinct (including in Italy, e.g. Etruscan), together with the original cultures and religions.
At first glance, this might seem a surprising result. How did many cultures become what amounts to a monoculture? How did many languages and cultures succumb to a single language and culture that became a new family of (closely related) languages and cultures?
It is as simple as Latin became the language one had to become fluent in, to competently function within the intra-empire structures as a whole. Did this happen overnight? No. But it finally DID happen; to function as a Gaul from what became France, demanded a working use of Latin when opportunity afforded (or Rome demanded) one live and work in Iberia in what became Spain, no different to peoples of the several Iberian tribes had to master Latin to function in the economy of the globalism of that era. Over time, everyone became ‘Romanized’ in a new, Christianized, monoculture. The Roman empire’s multiculturalism, then, had melded into a new monoculture and Europe lost an incalculable amount of cultural diversity, including the extinction of many languages.
Modern globalism not only points to a repeat of this social phenomenon of multiculturalism leading to cultural extinctions and a new monoculture; but threatens an accelerated process in the age of the so-called ‘world-wide-web.’
It was Cicily Isabel Fairfield astutely asserted:
“There is not the smallest reason for confounding nationalism, which is the desire of a people to be itself, with imperialism, which is the desire of a people to prevent other peoples from being themselves“
What is Fairfield disentangling here? The quote is contextualized in the events leading up to, and the beginning of, World War Two, and Nazi Germany’s invasions of multiple European states. In Fairfield’s understanding, the French resistance, particularly, would be more properly defined as ‘nationalist’ (patriot), as opposed to their German occupiers, which should be more properly defined ‘imperialist.’ In the throes leading up to the war, during the propaganda events of the war itself, and especially aftermath of WWII, this German imperialism, in an etymology turned on its head, for the simple fact the Germans labeled themselves “National Socialists”, inculcated a weaponized use of the term ‘nationalist’ & ‘nationalism’ but in fact this is a perverted use of a word that should indistinguishable from patriotism.
To drive home the point, a healthy nationalism should be indistinguishable from patriotism, inclusive of, and historically tolerant of, national minorities. On the other hand, malignant nationalism (narcissistic nationalism) can be result of social mutation of a populace under pressures that threaten their culture and/or a secure sense of well being. The Germans radically experienced this transformation, following World War One due to economic factors aggravated by the punitive terms incorporated into the Treaty of Versailles. Due to larger Western Europe’s imperial history & mentality (a legacy of Rome & Catholicism among other historical factors & actors), Germany’s ‘rebirth’ following on multiple Prussian incarnations (and let’s not forget the ethnic German Habsberg dynasty) saw malignant nationalism inevitably expressed in imperialism. Old habits die hard. Healthy conservatism or a patriotic nationalism should not be confounded with a malignant or narcissistic nationalism, particularly the malignant nationalism which becomes entangled with imperialism.
As well, today’s upsetting the demographic stability with a large influx of people with radically different cultural view can cause a healthy nationalism to morph into a localized malignant nationalism that sees tolerance erode and even vanish as social tensions rise; for instance in those many cases of large suburban areas of Europe (examples given: Stockholm, Brussels, Paris, Berlin) where radical application of Sharia law de facto rules entire neighborhoods in contravention of the host nation’s nominally required secular law. It is this erosion of authority threatens traditional, indigenous conservatism and mutates a previously more relaxed social tolerance into a social survival, instinct driven, intolerance.
In this 21st Century variation of nationalism (patriotism) pressured into becoming malignant nationalism, postmodern liberals accuse the social conservatives in this initial phase of stresses of being “Nationalist” in a weaponized sense of the word that is disingenuous. In actuality, it is the liberals are contributing towards a future & growing ‘malignancy’ with a refusal to defend their own cultural origins that reflexively demands ‘tolerance’ of what amounts to the de facto overthrow of a culture’s rule of law based order. In today’s world, it is the European mentality’s ‘liberals’ thinly concealed imperial ambitions are both; the midwife and the driver radicalizing European societies. NATO states are the imperial force creating large, displaced populations (examples given would be Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria & Ukraine, and some sub-Sahara Africa countries) and European Union policy demands absorbing millions of these (mostly) radically different cultures’ populace; with any individual EU nations’ resistance suppressed.
Victor Orban’s problem, then, isn’t only the European Union’s demand Hungary ‘integrate’ a large, culturally alien populace into a European, formerly Sufi, Muslim community being aggressively proselytized by Saudi sponsored radical, fundamentalist Wahhabism, but his problem is also the imperial ambitions of NATO. If NATO armies amount to an Imperial Rome’s 21st Century Legions, the European Union is new Imperial Rome’s administrative apparatus. Orban’s problem is, Hungary belongs to both; the legions effect and the administrative apparatus consequence, are part and parcel of the one arrangement of a new empire. Strictly speaking, any distinguishing between NATO and the EU is splitting hairs; these are not merely fraternal organizations as much as they are fully co-joined Siamese twins.
It follows, European democratic secularism, and those in Orban’s circumstance must face this, demonstrates it is little more than theoretical abstract; its supposed Greek derived, ‘enlightenment’ inspired, democratic traditions in actuality more resemble Gaius Julius Caesar’s envy over the military conquests legacy belonging to Alexander III of Macedon.
A Post-Modern Hybrid of German Imperialism & English Language
If this new Imperial Rome’s Senate is in Strasbourg, and the Imperial Legions’ headquarters are located at Brussels, the Emperor’s residence is in Berlin. Having aggressively expanded in recent decades, while projecting its own behaviors on Russia as though it believed that nation were the new Carthage, we can shortly examine Western Europe’s present imperial expansion in the Western Balkans to assess in a microcosm, the repeat of history at the macro-cosmic level.
As put forward in the essay Education & Espionage, an intelligence assessment of German intelligence agency, Bundesnachrichtendienst, conforming/subverting Serbian academia to the ‘liberal’ political stance via Germany’s Christian Democratic Union associated Konrad Adenauer Siftung at Belgrade, it is not a reach to tie this to the policy position of Ursula von der Leyen; a longtime CDU government minister moved on to EU Commission President concerning the Serbia-Kosovo so-called “peace Highway”
“”Truly an unbelievable thing, it connects with Austria and Greece and this is truly a motor for the Serbian economy, trade and investment. This is an economic plan that is already functioning in Serbia and we truly are connecting Europe,” she said, adding that the majority of youth in Serbia deserved a greener, prosperous and digital future”
Yes, perhaps, so long as the New Rome keeps an Imperial Legion (NATO’s KFOR) in place to insinuate this infrastructure facilitates the rapid movement of modern armor (tanks, howitzers, personnel carriers) were Serbia to attempt reasserting sovereignty over the occupied Serbian majority territory in the north of Kosovo. On top of this, Saudi & Turkish funded missionary/proselytizing allowed to run amok in Kosovo are seeing the moderate Islam of the original Kosovar Muslims displaced by the aggressive & radical Wahhabism. This is no highway to peace. Oh, and about that ‘digital’ future for the youth; the world-wide-web is dominated by English, EU parliamentarians, to cross ethnic boundaries, speak in English, academics from across Europe’s national boundaries communicate in English, the many ‘international’ schools made available to today’s youth instruct in English, and international economics & business relations across Europe are conducted in English. English is the new Imperial Rome’s & future monoculture language that should see Serbian and other languages begin to vanish in not so distant future.
Then, the German Christian Democratic Union’s ‘sister’ party, Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (Bavaria was the least ‘denazified’ German state) gifts the Balkans with the extra-judicially appointed (in violation of the Dayton Accords because he is not confirmed by the UN Security Council) High Representative for Bosnia Christian Schmidt:
“[Republika Srpska’s] Presidency member Milorad Dodik’s announcement that he will talk about the peaceful disintegration of the country, as he has now begun to announce, to disband the army and have an old Republika Srpska army. I think this is the time to make it clear that the international community is not bound to get into the situations we just got into in the 1990s. There is no peaceful dissolution”
Schmidt’s language concerning the Republika Srpska is disingenuous in multiple instance; there was no use of the language “Disintegration” (Schmidt’s hyperbole), there was no language concerning “disbanding” the Bosnian army but rather having the Bosnian army depart Republika Srpska’s territory with demand any Serbian members of that military force choosing to stay with it, should depart with it; and finally, “there is no peaceful dissolution” would appear a thinly veiled threat to return the new Imperial Rome’s legions to deter the Republika Srpska’s international law founded “right to self-determination of peoples.” In fact Republika Srpska’s claim to a right of self determination, the basis underlying Milorad Dodik’s “peaceful withdrawal” announcement, is chartered in United Nations treaty law; Republika Srpska is a recognized ethnic majority political entity and therefore is entitled to exercise a right of self-determination via plebiscite. The Imperial residence at Berlin’s problem with this is, international law affords avenue to Republik Srpska’s national sovereignty and this national sovereignty is at odds with the purpose of empire. All in all, Schmidt is demonstrably a liar; there is no expressed intention in the Republika Srpska’s position to return to the violence of the 1990s, rather this threat of violence is the new Rome’s Imperial threat projected onto Republika Srpska.
Another ‘envoy’ parroting the Emperor’s residence at Berlin would be Viola von Cramon, the European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Kosovo, poking her nose where it clearly doesn’t belong:
”[Republika Srpska’s expressing a right to self-determination] is simply unacceptable and jeopardises all the progress that has been made in the post-war period. Bosnia and Herzegovina is still very fragile, yet complex, and we are closely monitoring the situation there, seeking a strong European response, i.e., sanctions for all those who undermine the country’s sovereignty, strengthen EUFOR on the ground and stop Croatia and Serbia from interfering in internal affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina”
What a mouthful of faux concern and threats from the German noble whose Heinrich Böll Siftung in Belgrade, mirrors the intelligence agency habits of the Konrad Adenauer Siftung in Belgrade, noted in the previously mentioned, related essay “Education & Espionage.”
If one were to allow the ethnic Croat region to join Croatia (peacefully) and allow the ethnic Serb region to join Serbia (peacefully), there would far less opportunity for resurgence of malignant nationalism and conflict of the former time, only a remaining Bosniak entity that had welcomed al Qaida jihadis during the 90’s Balkans wars and since has exported home-grown jihadis across the several empire middle East conflicts. Whoa! The new Rome won’t want that exposed to any international microscope!! (noting France has exported by far more.) A resultant Muslim Bosniak state (presumably a moderate one) would have 3 times the population of Montenegro but this sort of ‘inclusiveness’ isn’t a welcome entity in the present Imperial design. Rather the new Rome’s brat-cum-post-modern-Teutonic-tribal-politics ‘nobility’, von Cramon, would prefer NATO’s legions be returned to Bosnia under cover of EUFOR, perpetrating an artificial multicultural state simmering with unresolved ethnic tensions.
At the end of the day, this new Rome should point to something altogether different to diversity in regards to the propaganda versus the reality; it should be exposed the new Imperial design incorporates all of the elements indicating reprise of the old Rome’s devolution are in place. It’s all there: the Imperial structures, the factors pointing to a future crumbling from within, and a developing linguistic monoculture destined to displace & drive to future extinction much of the cultural diversity the European Union so famously claims it treasures.
It is the co-joined twins European Union/NATO’s imperialism presently creates manifold cases of malignant nationalism and thusly upsets the peace of nations and perverts national patriotism, which should ultimately point to this new Rome’s own demise. This is not a fiction’s play, nevertheless, these staged actors cannot be believed even as they believe themselves.