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Good Fences Make Good Neighbours…

Posted in Diversity, Nationalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by English National Resistance - North West

Seeing as before an apparently abrupt 180° turn, multiculturalism was political dogma here in the UK it might be informative if we actually take a look at what happens when we try to mix different ethnic groups into the same territory (spoiler: it isn’t good…)

 

To cut a long story short, where political boundaries fail to coincide with ethnic boundaries, you tend to find ethnic conflict.

For example, according to the United Nations there were 82 conflicts between 1989 and 1992 which caused 1,000+ fatalities. Out of these 82 conflicts, 79 (96%) were fought between different ethnic and/or religious groups within the borders of the same state. A mere 3 (4%) were fought across state borders.

 

Take a look at the following graph taken from a book titled Ethnic Conflicts Explained by Ethnic Nepotism, by Finnish political scientist Professor Tatu Vanhanen. He conducted extensive work on the relationship between ethnic heterogeneity and ethnic conflict (and published his results in said book).

 

 

As Prof Tatu Vanhanen says in the book,

“In ethnic conflicts, people seem to follow a similar behavior pattern across all existing developmental, civilizational, and cultural boundaries. The more the population is divided into separate ethnic groups, the more they seem to become organized along ethnic lines in interest conflicts, and the more often they tend to resort to violence in ethnic conflicts.”

Indeed.

He also goes on to say,

“Ethnic nepotism belongs to human nature and … it is independent from the level of socioeconomic development (modernization) and also from the degree of democratization.”

 

And to include another (unrelated) quote – though at this point quite superfluous:

“Diverse peoples worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other – that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent.”

This is actually from Dick Lamm, an American Democratic politician and three time governor of Colorado. It’s from a speech he gave arguing against multiculturalism, in favour of assimilationism (but we’ve already seen what that involves: a complete disintegration of community and social capital.)

 

Now, on to the next piece of research; this one looks at how to actually prevent ethnic conflict (hint: it doesn’t involve multiculturalism.)

Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence

Abstract

We consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace. Characterizing the model’s success in predicting peace requires examples where peace prevails despite diversity. Switzerland is recognized as a country of peace, stability and prosperity. This is surprising because of its linguistic and religious diversity that in other parts of the world lead to conflict and violence. Here we analyze how peaceful stability is maintained. Our analysis shows that peace does not depend on integrated coexistence, but rather on well defined topographical and political boundaries separating groups. Mountains and lakes are an important part of the boundaries between sharply defined linguistic areas. Political canton and circle (sub-canton) boundaries often separate religious groups. Where such boundaries do not appear to be sufficient, we find that specific aspects of the population distribution either guarantee sufficient separation or sufficient mixing [ENR-NW: again see ‘On Diversity’ to see the desirability of going down that road.] to inhibit intergroup violence according to the quantitative theory of conflict. In exactly one region, a porous mountain range does not adequately separate linguistic groups and violent conflict has led to the recent creation of the canton of Jura. Our analysis supports the hypothesis that violence between groups can be inhibited by physical and political boundaries. A similar analysis of the area of the former Yugoslavia shows that during widespread ethnic violence existing political boundaries did not coincide with the boundaries of distinct groups, but peace prevailed in specific areas where they did coincide. The success of peace in Switzerland may serve as a model to resolve conflict in other ethnically diverse countries and regions of the world

…which corresponds to what we previously said in Why Ethno-Nationalism? Best policy involves separating people out along ethnic lines, and handing them a certain degree of autonomy. Good fences make good neighbours…

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Nationalism 101

Posted in Nationalism with tags , , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by English National Resistance - North West

“Nation connotes a group of people who believe they are ancestrally related. Nationalism connotes identification with and loyalty to one’s nation as just defined. It does not refer to loyalty to one’s country.“ — Walker Conner

 

OK, here we go…

 

Two main forms of nationalism:

Civic nationalism (also referred to as ‘liberal nationalism’)

Ethnic nationalism (also referred to as ‘ethno-nationalism’)

 

There’s also something called cultural nationalism between the two which exists solely for indecisive people who enjoy sitting on fences.

 

Civic nationalism (or liberal nationalism):

Membership is voluntary and is considered to be based on the desire to live together. Membership in the nation is based on the acceptance of a political creed – i.e. a shared set of values (read ‘liberal values.’).

 

Cultural Nationalism:

Based on being an integrated member of a common, national culture. It lacks the belief that ethnic nationalism has of the importance of shared ancestry.

Cultural nationalism is an intermediate position between civic and ethnic nationalism.

 

Ethnic nationalism (or ethno-nationalism):

Based on ethnicity. Membership in the nation is based on common descent.

Herodotus – the ancient Greek historian – is arguably the first who stated the main characteristics of ethnicity, with his famous account of what defines Greek identity, where he lists:

Kinship (Greek: ὅμαιμον – homaimon, “of the same blood”)

Language (Greek: ὁμόγλωσσον – homoglōsson, “speaking the same language”)

Cults and customs (Greek: ὁμότροπον – homotropon, “of the same habits or life”).

 

Further reading:

[From a civic nationalist perspective]

Civic Nationalism & Ethnic Nationalism

[Both of the following are from an ethno-nationalist perspective]

Abstractions Are a Weak Source of National Identity by Kevin MacDonald

Nation or Notion? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Racism is Natural

Posted in Diversity, Nationalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by English National Resistance - North West

One of the most important questions that we need to answer in order to evaluate the merits of ethno-nationalism, is whether or not Nature has given human beings an innate tendency to prefer their own kind – i.e. whether it’s through Nature that ‘birds of a feather flock together’? Is our preference for genetically similar others rooted in biology? And also, might forced integration be depriving people of a deep-seated human need for communal homogeneity?

Of course, just because something is ‘natural’ it doesn’t make it right (that’s not what we’re suggesting so don’t even try it…); but it does tell us about the feasibility (or lack thereof) of constructing ethnically diverse societies, and it also serves to give us an idea as to what sorts of societies will be the most stable and harmonious.

The conclusive answer to this important question will be demonstrated in the following video series, created by our Swedish comrade-in-arms MrHerrIQ, ‘Racism is Natural’:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Ethno-Nationalism?

Posted in Nationalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by English National Resistance - North West

When it comes to people of different ethnicities you can, politically speaking, do one of two things with them; you can mix them together or you can separate them.

 

There are two forms of mixing:

Mix them as individuals – ‘assimilationism’

Or…

Mix them as groups – ‘multiculturalism’

 

And of course you can keep them separate:

Ethnic nationalism (also referred to as ethno-nationalism) or ethnic separatism

 

Here at the English National Resistance – North West, we firmly believe that a nation is definitely not a social or bureaucratic construct – it is, both biologically and culturally, a part and product of Nature. A corollary of that, of course, is that the human tendency towards ethnocentrism and national loyalty is also a product of Nature – and as such is an important part of what it means to be human. Consequently, we believe it would be neither possible nor desirable to eradicate such phenomena from the human experience.

We believe that those who believe in either assimilationism or multiculturalism have a strong tendency to do so because of a misreading of modern history. In short, they see ethnic nationalism as the primary cause of such problems as the Yugoslavian wars. They don’t often stop to think that maybe ethnic nationalism is a predictable reaction to certain circumstances, and that, in reality, the primary cause of nationalist violence is ethnic mixing – a cause we have more control over than the strength and prevalence of nationalist sentiment.

The truth of the matter is that World War II, etc. was caused by different ethnicities co-existing within the same states. Nationalism was a natural, human reaction to that. And the end of the war did not signify the victory over nationalism; it in actuality represented the victory of nationalism. The ethnic and political boundaries in Europe coincided more accurately than they had before, ushering in an era of unprecedented peace. And now what are European states doing? Mixing everybody up worse than ever.

 

If we look at human group psychology, there are two important social phenomena with regards to ethnicity: in-group amity and out-group enmity. In-group amity refers to positive feelings towards members of one’s own group; out-group enmity refers to negative feelings towards individuals who are not a member of one’s own group. The former is obviously a good thing; the latter not such a thing.

Now, as previously stated, you can mix people up as individuals, mix them up as groups or separate them as groups. All three have fairly predictable results:

Mixing people up as individuals (assimilationism) destroys both in-group amity and out-group hostility. People are too mixed-up for tribal conflict (at least in the short-term) but sharing the environment with dissimilar others tends to alienate people from the world around them and each other, and consequently all sense of belonging, community and social capital breaks down.

Mixing people up as groups (multiculturalism) increases both in-group amity and out-group hostility. In short, it produces cohesive groups, but these groups tend to engage in significant ethnic conflict. This can easily be seen from 20th century European history: Yugoslavia, for example (and also Northern Ireland where you have Irish Catholics mixed in with Anglo-Scotch Protestants.) At its worst this produces civil war, ethnic cleansing and even genocide.

Separating people as groups is ideal. This will, on the one hand, increase in-group amity, but at the same time, negate out-group hostility. Separated ethnic groups still go to war with one another, of course, but it’s significantly less likely to happen than it is between ethnic groups mixed up together within the same state (according to the United Nations there were 82 conflicts between 1989 and 1992 which caused 1,000+ fatalities. Out of these 82 conflicts, 79 (96%) were fought between different ethnic and/or religious groups within the borders of the same state. A mere 3 (4%) were fought across state borders.)

 

This is why the English National Resistance – North West Division believes in the ethnic division of the world’s land according to historical patterns of settlement. We exist to fight to make this a reality for the English nation and related peoples.