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The Counter-Currents 2018 Fundraiser
& Charles Krafft Auction Update

Plan B: Co-opting & Subverting Nationalism

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In the last week, we have received 26 donations totaling $4,234.33 for which we are enormously grateful. Our goal this year is to raise $70,000. So far, we have received 104 donations totaling $16,547.27. So we are almost one quarter of the way there. See below for new incentives to give.

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Some readers have asked what’s my next project now that The White Nationalist Manifesto is finished and going to press. Frankly, I was wondering that myself, until the answer was provided by a piece in the New York Times, “How Liberals Can Reclaim Nationalism” by one (((Yascha Mounk))), to which a friend recently drew my attention. Mounk’s essay, as well as his book, ludicrously entitled The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It, is part of an emerging strategy that I call Plan B.

Plan A is basically pedal to the metal globalization and far-Left anti-white identity politics, which hopes to outright destroy its nationalist opponents. Basically, the pussy-hat wearing, Clinton Kool-Aid drinking Twitter and Tumblr “Resistance.”

Plan B strikes a more moderate, centrist posture and seeks to embrace and subvert the populist-nationalist forces that are sweeping the world by channeling them into liberal, multicultural forms of manufactured civic nationalism. In Mounk’s words:

Nationalism is like a half-wild beast. As long as it remains under our control, it can be of tremendous use. But if we abandon it, others are sure to step in, prodding and baiting the beast to bring out its most ferocious side. For all the well-founded misgivings about it, we have little choice but to domesticate it as best we can.

Plan B is being pushed by such thinkers as Mounk, a well as Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics; William Galston, author of Anti-Pluralism: The Threat to Liberal Democracy and How to Stop It; and Francis Fukuyama, in his forthcoming book Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.

Lilla, Galston, and Fukuyama are basically Left-wing Straussians. I am less sure about Mounk’s intellectual pedigree, but Fukuyama gives a glowing recommendation to Mounk’s book. Of course, Left and Right do not fundamentally matter to these writers. They slide up and down the political spectrum at will. What never changes, however, is their commitment to globalization, multiculturalism, and minority rule.

All of these writers are determined to defend “liberal democracy” against  populism and nationalism. How, exactly, is rule by the people (populism) a threat to democracy rather than a definition of it? Basically, for all of these thinkers, the “liberal” in “liberal democracy” means minority rule. Which for Straussians and their ilk boils down to securing and empowering diaspora Jewry by breaking down exclusionary forms of ethnic nationalism.

My next project is the intellectual demolition of Plan B. Stay tuned.

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8 Comments

  1. Dominique_Malaparte
    Posted August 27, 2018 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Since everybody else is linking articles, this also looks interesting, from this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, a condensed version of Israeli thinker Yoram Hazony’s forthcoming “The Virtue of Nationalism” —–> https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-liberty-of-nations-1535120837

  2. Petronius
    Posted August 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    This Yascha Mounk interview has become a classic (of sorts) in Germany:

    “…we are daring to engage in a unique historical experiment, to transform a monoethnical and monocultural democracy into a multiethnical democracy. This can work, this will work, as I believe, but there will be of course many rejections.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFLY0rcsBGQ

  3. Justin
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    From the article;

    “There is nothing natural about the idea of the nation. Its modern form took shape as a result of deliberate political choices and the construction of elaborate myths.”

    Well, surely he could say the same thing about that nebulous poltical idea that justifies his goals, that idea of “humanity.” But he doesn’t do that, does he?

    His “inclusive nationalism” just makes nationalism more illegitamate than he claims it is. If he wants to debate the legitmacy of the nation, fine, but he has to admit that the connection between people with the same language, ethnic background and history is far deeper than a connection between different groups merely sharing the same piece of land. Nationalism still resonates because multiculturalism is shallow. “Inclusive nationalism” will not capture the fervor of nationalism at all because it doesn’t resonate with anything people are fervant about, it will just rob any remaining semblance of meaning from the terms “French” “German”
    “American” and so on…

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted August 26, 2018 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

      Well said

    • alexei
      Posted August 27, 2018 at 2:19 am | Permalink

      Actually, that sentence would be enough for me to stop reading, as it reveals that author uncritically subscribes to tired, endlessly recycled Hobsbawmian anti-nationalist theories. Aforementioned theory is the only genuinely modern, unnatural construct here.

  4. Walter
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Yasha Mounk is a Jew with a German passport, born and grown up in Munich and went over the Atlantic to be hired by Yale University. I first encountered the name about half a year ago when he was cited to the effect that what is happening in Germany is a large-scale experiment with a nation. He said it on German television.
    That he never had any intention to have anything German about himself, other than the privileges and the free money handed to him, is obvious from the way he writes his name.
    Jews are the quintessential non-assimilable people, and they prove it from century to century.

  5. inq
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    The jewish subversion at work, covering both sides of political spectrum.
    Caught with the hand in the cookie jar !

    How Liberals Can Reclaim Nationalism
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/03/opinion/sunday/liberals-reclaim-nationalism.html

    How Nationalists Can Reclaim Liberalism
    (Yes, The Left Stole Liberalism And Sold Out The West)
    http://katehon.com/article/yes-left-stole-liberalism-and-sold-out-west

    Here comes a songbird (((Barbara Spectre))) via Sweden:
    Jews will play a leading role in multicultural Europe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYKyp1e_jYc

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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