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A New Wave of Nationalism Is Coming to Europe
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Last century, many people still associated the Left with fun controlled chaos and the Right with boring, strict, and violent uniformity. It made an amusing caricature, I guess, to pitch the French May against fascist uniforms, which is the typical comparison that still today arouses waves of pleasure throughout the offices of Netflix. The truth is that nothing represents the true Left better than those ranks of North Korean soldiers paying tribute to a lunatic who has never read a book in his life, is obviously overweight, and cuts his hair with Black+Decker power tools; this last detail I mention to distinguish Kim Jong Un from Nicolás Maduro.

Yes, in the postmodern world, uniformity is left-wing. Supranational institutions increasingly condition the politics of nations, worsening the health of our democracies. After all, no one voted for them, or at least, no one voted for them in full possession of the facts. The UN, the WHO, the EU, Davos … what is it all? We almost have more privileged positions dedicated to telling us how we should live in this world than people willing to inhabit it and obey them. And we know what it is all for. The UN is for the Great Reset, the WHO is for saving Xi Jinping’s ass, the EU is for forcing electric tractors on modest farmers living thousands of miles from Brussels, and Davos is for laughing at all of us for being too poor to actually have a say.

The utopia of a world government is a monster that feasts on our freedom. And organizations like Davos are making it real in a very direct way, through deeds. It is a laboratory of shady interests, corrupt politicians, and millionaires who design the crazy policies that governments throughout the West will be made to implement.

Globalism has replaced the main idea of diplomacy and international politics: what was essential was not global politics, but cooperation and isolated pacts to further common interests. International relations were not invented to make us all one and the same, but precisely to try to understand each other because of our differences.

Between us, globalism has brought the worst kind of multiculturalism to European nations, one that prioritizes respect for foreign identities, and the construction of minorities, over the respect that should be offered to the nations and the cultures that embrace them. This often creates violent ghettos where delinquency runs riot, but above all it is conducive to the dilution of national cultures. I have no sympathy for multiculturalism. The great Spanish poet Luis Alberto de Cuenca was clear and funny about it in one of his most famous verses: “multiculturalism is a new fascism / only more vulgar.”

The founding fathers of today’s EU would be appalled at what their project has become. From a single currency and free movement, we have moved on to a single policy and compulsory wokeism. Much of the blame lies with the traditional and majority political parties in Europe, which have been leaning one after the other toward globalism in recent years. For different reasons — Davos has a lot to do with it — big corporations have done the same. This is why people are feeling betrayed; ironically they suffer the consequences of this homogenizing totalitarian epidemic much more than any politician does. All this has translated into painful political orphanhood.

As a logical consequence, from Italy to Spain parties defending the old idea of national sovereignty have been emerging and growing. My prognosis is that we are still in the embryonic phase of a new swing of the pendulum in Western history. Nationalism will once again reign in the countries of Old Europe, and of course in America, and the European bureaucracy in Brussels will collapse sooner rather than later, unless it manages to reinvent itself in time with a forum that is truly committed to keeping its nose out of the most intimate affairs of nations all over the world, particularly in ideological matters.

Little by little, those parties that defend political sovereignty, from energy to laws of conscience, will win elections, and a new nationalism will emerge in Europe that will leave no room for possible negative connotations; I feel sorry for the Left because they have bet everything on winning the ideological game by cheating: it is easier to control Brussels, and thus the whole continent, than to control the individual nations. I will not cry over the progressive collapse.

Moreover, this time the continent will not put an end to the nationalist process by turning into a powder keg ready to explode. This time it will be the beginning of a new way of organizing the West, where countries will once again cooperate in common interests, but where there will be a reverential respect for the culture and politics of each nation, for the will of each population. We will no longer see European Parliament leaders berating the citizens of different European nations for voting for political options whose only sin is that they do not please the privileged elite of Brussels and the clowns of the Masonic feast at Davos.

I like to see Italy when I travel to Italy. And France when I travel to France. I like to see very Portuguese Portuguese people, and very Croatian Croatians. I travel to grow with them, to share with them my Spanishness, not to discover a uniform, artificial, and cold Europeanism in every corner of Europe, seemingly designed by some geek in a turtleneck from a basement in Silicon Valley.

We will love Old Europe once again for the uniqueness of each nation and for the historical ties that unite us, the most important being foundational Christianity that so wrongly, cynically, and suicidally the fools who drafted the European Constitution did away with in their day, naively thinking that we could dynamite the Cross without people returning to the barbaric state that was prior to the hopeful passage of Christianity. We shall return.

Translated by Joel Dalmau. 

Itxu Díaz
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Itxu Díaz is a Spanish journalist, political satirist, and author. He has written 10 books on topics as diverse as politics, music, and smart appliances. He is a contributor to The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, National Review, American Conservative, and Diario Las Américas in the United States, as well as a columnist at several Spanish magazines and newspapers. He was also an adviser to the Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sports in Spain.
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