What is European-America?, revisited

Last week I came upon this entry at an Australian blog called Unfashionable Conservative:

White Majoritarianism?

There is an interesting piece at the Commonwealth Contrarian blog about the lack of any explicit white majoritarian movements in the English-speaking parts of the West.

Given the huge immigration-driven demographic changes that threaten to transform whites into a minority in all of the ‘Anglo’ countries, why haven’t we seen the emergence of white majoritarianism as a political force?

The main discernible reason is that the historic white majority populations of the English-speaking West fail to see themselves as a people. They fail to recognise themselves as distinct population groups whose interests are threatened by the never-ending influx of non-Western immigrants into their countries. Rather, whites in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand generally shun a collective group identity and instead tend to view themselves in more individualistic terms (an Anglo-Saxon trait?).

Thus, although they constitute the actual demographic majority populations in their respective countries, they have, to quote U.S. commentator Lawrence Auster, “no political or cultural existence as the majority.”

As Auster notes:

Not only do whites fail to represent themselves as a group, but many of them think it is immoral … for a white person even to think of himself as being white. Whites thus have no identity as whites, nor or they allowed to have any. Within the terms of our current order, whites as whites are nothing, even as non-white groups aggressively assert their own group identities and are endowed—by that same passive white majority!—with official and favored status.

Unless these white majorities begin to develop a sense of collective peoplehood and begin to assert their own group interests, it is difficult to see white majoritarianism amounting to anything more than a pipe dream.

The blogger, Citizen Sane, has accurately represented my thought. The article of mine he quotes is a July 2003 entry, “What is European America?”, in which I argue that defending the white race as the white race is an indispensable part of any meaningful and effective conservatism. Though the entry is permanently posted in the sidebar under “Key VFR Articles,” and I have re-linked it from time to time, prior to last week I had not read it in its entirety in many years. I highly recommend it. It is central to what traditionalism, as I understand it, is about.

In the long comments discussion that follows the entry, I repeatedly defend my position from intelligent critics, including some on the paleo right, who do not believe, and do not want to believe, that race is important.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 16, 2012 05:30 PM | Send

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