George Friedman writes that the current rise of nationalism has nothing to do with fascism; rather, it’s a return to “the core of the Enlightenment’s notion of liberal democracy” – the right to self-determination.
Absolutely. Two co-existing threads underlying European culture – the Judaeo-Christian beginnings, the Enlightenment tolerance [pre-hijacking] and getting that balance right.
Pride in heritage and culture without the jingoism of the far right and without the self-loathing of the Jack Straws.
But it’s far more than that – it is beginning with the politics of integrity, honesty and nobility, dare we say even gallantry, and then tackling the beast by promoting, supporting, maintaining and fighting for:
1) Ordered, accountable, national government and the rule of law
2) Private property
3) Inheritance without taxation
5) The traditional family
6) Freedom of religion
7) Blocking all attempts at a world government
Many will recognize that list in reverse. I’d just add treaties of friendship between European-rooted nations worldwide, very real working partnerships.
The trick for any government is to keep out both the communists on the left and the jingoistic flagwaving on the right – to steer the ship of state down the middle of the channel, so it neither founders on the rocks nor becomes grounded in the shallows.