What the European left seeks: the fascist super-nation of “Europe”
(UPDATE: As shown by a commenter, below, Jean Thiriart was so odd-ball that it’s questionable whether his statement quoted in this entry can be taken as representative of the pro-EU forces.)
Tiberge at Galliawatch quotes from a 2007 book, Un Empire de Quatre Cents Millions d’Hommes, l’Europe (An Empire of Four Hundred Million Men: Europe), by Jean Thiriart:
Europe has everything to be the first nation of the world: it only lacks political unity. Everything will be possible for Europe when it has achieved its political unity. The key to our destiny resides in these two words: political unity.I’ve posted the following comment at Galliawatch:
The passage by Jean Thiriart that you quote is so extraordinary, because the supposed mission of the European Union is to undo the bad, chauvinistic, power-seeking nationalism of yore and replace it with a humanitarian, transnational entity dedicated to the equal rights of all. But in fact Thiriart speaks the language of the despised old nationalism, indeed, even the language of fascist nationalism, with its national arrogance, its overweening sense of a national destiny to rule Europe, and its menacing-sounding assertion of its external power and its internal discipline. The only difference from the old fascist nationalism is that this new fascist nationalism relates to the entire “nation” of “Europe.” But of course, the old fascist nationalism also asserted its right to unite and lead all of Europe. Which leads to another difference between the old and the new: this new fascist nationalism is explicit about its destiny to rule the entire human race.
In my experience, it is almost a truism that those on the left are completely blind to the way they call for and use that which they call evil and project on the right. Their motivation, i.e. their will, being just and right, is all that matters. One could call it the “triumph of the will” and those on the left might even be flattered by that designation if they missed the obvious allusion.James P. writes:
The author of the book, Jean Thiriart, died in 1992, but was quite an odd character. He was a collaborator with the Nazis and a “National Bolshevist,” an opponent of uncontrolled immigration to Europe, an admirer of Stalin and Mao whose organization had links to former SS officers … I don’t even know what to make of such a confused creature.Daniel S. writes:
It is truly such Christians who need a good Nietzschean thrashing.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 27, 2012 11:15 AM | Send