As a European, I was taught to dislike Americans from a young age. In school and through cultural osmosis one is thought to look down on these cultureless, backwards savages with their guns, their Christian dogmatism, their unrefined tastes, their consumerism and obesity, their racism. The far left bias in European schools is undeniable. They inculcate in young European people a sense of dislike for Americans that verges on the irrational. Europeans feel a sense of snobbery and superiority over Americans. Now, years later and having become a traditionalist and a nationalist, I have learned to hone this irrational feeling into a finely tuned anti-American religious fervor. For reasons that are both the same as often as they are different from why leftists hate America. I will explain why Americans are generally disliked by both European leftists and nationalists. And how I think America can revert this.
Now before I launch on a tirade against all things American, I would like to say that there is a side of America that doesn’t receive much attention in discussions about American culture, nor does this side of America have much influence on the culture and politics of their country. And these would be the salt of the earth mid westerners and southerners. The “real Americans” as they would call themselves, and they in general have as much disdain for the coastal elites who rule them and who shape their culture as I do. Whereas it is of course these coastal elites that the left sympathizes with and leftists hate the Midwest.
Jonathan Bowden in several of his lectures, namely the ones about Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Robinson Jeffers, refers to another America that could have been, but was lost. This would be the America of the old WASP elites, the America of southern belles, of Jack London’s harsh wilderness novels, the America of Hemingway’s fishing trips, of ruthless and merciless capitalism, of the frontiersman and the cowboy. An America of religious protestant fervor where cults are born every few years. An America of entrepreneurs and inventors that try, fail and get up again. An isolationist America that looked inwards and had an Anglo-Dutch identity. This America was mostly destroyed by the progressive movement of the 1890s through the 1920s and the intervention by Woodrow Wilson in the First World War. Franklin Delano Roosevelt smashed its lingering remains by entering the Second World War and shaping the globalist multilateral system of the post war order, in which economically, socially, culturally and financially, America took central stage. In Bowden’s opinion, Patrick J. Buchanan’s run for president was the last struggle and dying breath of this America.
But as Bowden himself often said, nothing can ever truly be destroyed. The core demographic and, in a lessened way, the lifestyle of this America still exist, far away from the coastal urban centers of the USA. These would be the Evangelicals, the Mormons and so on. And I imagine that when I start with my accusations against American global imperialism, they would reject what I say because that is not the America they experience day to day. The cultural imperialism of New York and California is less influential on them than it is on me, living in urbanized Europe. Another group that would reject criticism of America is the core of “my country, right or wrong” patriots, who might admit America is flawed in some ways to other Americans, but any criticism of America by a foreigner is an attack, and the national pride must be defended against such attacks. This is admirable in a way, as no nation can survive if it doubts itself. But this America is not the America that the world experiences, its not the America that has influence on the world stage. That America is the America of the coasts.
When I was a leftist teenager it was the America of the Midwest I was taught to hate. It is the America of the coasts that I despise now as a nationalist.
So let me begin: America, j’accuse!
Both left and right dislike the mass consumer culture of America, the fast food chains, the giant shopping malls, the idea of packaging everything into a product and selling it, whether it is music, travel, art, or simply fine dining. “An experience” is for sale. Everything is a product, and America exports its culture and its fast food chains all over the world. You can frequent a burger king or Starbucks from Moscow to Lisbon and from Reykjavik to Rome. Dutch pop culture in the 1970s remarked on this introduction of fast food here and there, joking about home cooking being worse than a trip to a burger joint. It was still considered a social faux pas of the worst kind to not dine at home and eat the wife’s cooking in the 1970s. Since the year 2000, it has become common to eat out or order food 2 or 3 times a week for most Dutch households. Only the upper middle class steadfastly cooks at home and eats with the family. An American might exclaim in response: but the convenience, the economic growth! The rationale is that if a consumer didn’t want to eat fast food, he would not order it. No one forced him to. But what of the family rituals? What of warmth and appreciation for each other within the family? What of maintaining the culinary traditions of a culture? Economic rationality can be poisonous for social cohesion. And cultural attitudes taught from a young age can be an inoculation to such materialistic thinking. The upper middle class looks down on fast food as plebeian and therefore does not frequent it’s establishments. There are things more valuable than money and cheap prices. Elitist as this may seem, elitism is little more than educated discernment in this case.
Its the same with the environment. Any sane nationalist knows that there is not much point in preserving his people, only to leave them an overheated ball of sterile dirt as their inheritance. An ethnonationalist must be an environmentalist. And there he agrees with the left again, on the Americans. Who are by far the biggest consumers on earth per capita, and by far the most wasteful and whose mass consumerist culture promotes an attitude of disposability towards goods. Did some household item break? Throw it out and buy new, its cheaper than repairing it anyway. Buy discard safety razors rather than a straight razor. Buy your kids plastic toys that break within a year. Giving them sticks to play with and wooden toys is too plebeian. And so on. Cheap prices and mass consumer goods are terrible for the environment and accustom people to luxury. Things become just objects to use. A household in the 1950s had sets of linen and silver that were passed down the family line, mother to daughter. Kitchen knives lasted a whole life and were cherished. Mass production might be easy and cheap, but it is also wasteful and materialistic.
The economic rationale that it is “cheaper” to ship oil halfway across the world, transform it into plastic and then make toys out of it which are shipped by truck from factory to store, rather than chopping down a birch tree near your house and carving a toy car out of that, is utterly insane. That is the result of American economic rationalism. I firmly believe in distributism, which argues that capitalism only works if there are a lot of capitalists. Local business should supercede megacorporations.
Another issue with America is its interventionist foreign policy. America drags Europe into all of its military adventures. Dutch soldiers served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and are now serving in Mali. Dutch blood and treasure expended for what exactly? Not that the common American has much benefit from these adventures, with the possible exception of getting cheap gas prices. The British have it worst of all, being lapdog extraordinaire of America. Britain lost 800 servicemen in wars for America between 1995 and today. An American might object and say that we are part of NATO, and therefore we do benefit from this alliance with the USA. In fact, we profit of the back of the US! I personally don’t think so. The fact that all European militaries are a joke and rely on the USA for defense is an unhealthy situation in many ways. Firstly because the military is a core of pride for the nation, secondly it instills its members with discipline and a sense of nationalism. The Army is always a stronghold of nationalist sentiment, something profoundly lacking in young European men. In Germany only 15% of young men are willing to fight for their country. Thirdly NATO leaves us entangled in a mess of international alliances which often are not to our benefit. The Netherlands has no cause for conflict with Russia. We do however have cause for conflict with Turkey over its ever expanding fifth column in our nation, and Turkey is a NATO ally. NATO is a cold war relic that only benefits global elites and we would be much better off with friendly relations with Russia. It costs our agricultural sector €650 million a year to embargo Russia at the behest of the USA. Money we could use to expand our military to an independent standard.
Furthermore, the military weakness of European nations is an argument the European Union uses to argue for a united EU army, under the motto “strength through unity”.
The worst aspect of American imperialism and its global empire however, is its cultural influence. And again the British are the worst affected. As an outside observer, the UK looks to me like a far left police state that enforces all of Americas Cultural Marxist ideas through a brutal system of repression. And these ideas would have remained in the USA for Americans to contend with if it weren’t for the cultural power the post war USA has. European cinemas show Hollywood movies almost exclusively. To find something non-Hollywood one has to go looking for upscale art house cinemas. Only the French and Germans have maintained their own film industry through cultural chauvinism and a deliberately enforced language barrier, something that is slowly disappearing under the youth of today. Santa Claus is replacing our native European holidays (Sinterklaas, Krampus, Yule) and this year big retailers even tried introducing Black Friday to the Dutch, which is a wholly unknown phenomenon in the Netherlands. Folk music is dead and replaced by Rock and Rap. Local traditional festivals have been almost wiped out and replaced by international tours by famous bands. Architecturally, American style skyscrapers dominate the skyline of every major city in the world. All cities are becoming homogenized and turned into ugly grid patterns made up of blocks of glass, concrete and steel. The integrated European style cities with their own shops, squares, schools and so on are being replaced by the Suburb/Central Business District split akin to the New World.
The media caste in Europe is utterly Americanized. They have the exact same sensibilities as a New York liberal, and adopt the same language and talking points. All things political are reframed into an American historical narrative. A baffled Irishman is told by his media that he is to blame for slavery in a piece written by some journalist who forgot she lives in Dublin and not Los Angeles. The Dutch are told yearly that Zwarte Piet is blackface with all its respective connotations, that we are guilty of slavery (which to be fair, we did practice, but nowhere near the extent of the United States) and that we owe reparations for slavery to recent arrivals from Africa. Even the language is becoming polluted with Anglicism’s. Things are no longer “gaaf”, they are cool. Things no longer have “invloed”, they have impact. And so on, and so on. Large parts of the European population have become completely rootles cosmopolitans with no ties to European culture and history at all. Their sensibilities and attitudes are fully Americanized. To them its at best incidental that they were born of Dutch blood and live in The Netherlands.
Poison. Utter poison is what modern American culture is. A Finnish friend of mine used to say “America is the means by which the Devil enters the world”, and I can hardly disagree. So what do I have to say to an American nationalist who might be inclined to changing these things? Well, I would say acquaint yourself with the culture of the America that was lost, the culture of the USA when it was truly a fully white nation. Read Jack London, read Hawthorne, read Jeffers. Learn about folk tales like Johnny Appleseed. Culture is not learnt or understood through political tracts like the federalist papers or the constitution. It is understood and manifested through art. Read American fiction like Melville, Howard, Lovecraft and Poe.
An American nationalist movement should understand its roots first, reconnect with the frontiersman spirit and the sensibilities of the WASP elite that once shaped it’s culture. America is (or was) European and yet never was quite fully European. It has the rebelliousness of youth about it, whereas Europe is at the very least middle aged and more weary, if not elderly. A frontiersman is what Americans should be. Bold, self reliant, but always in fear and respect of nature, something modern Americans truly lack. An American nationalist ought to look inward, to its piles of debt, to the obesity crises, to the utter lack of culture on all levels (architecture, literature, music). The United States cannot keep up its role of global hegemon much longer. It will either collapse or will have to start changing course, and fast. Return your armies and fleets home, let the world return to a multipolar system.
American isolationism served it well for the entire glory period of the 19th and early 20th century. America now may have more power, but it is a decadent empire that is spiritually dead and running on financial wizardry. In the 19th century there was such a thing as actual American culture, and American high culture, because like I said, in some ways that America and its culture still somewhat exist in the interior, but it has no cultural representatives. It has no cultural capital or power. There have been no great Midwestern novels, there have been no great southern novels for nigh on a century. The WASPs still made great art more recently, for example the Great Gatsby and Orson Welles’ movies, but the WASPs have been wiped out. The Anglo-Dutch parts of American culture are truly extinct, with only some reliquary street names leftover.
For something like a Nationalist Right Wing Movement to succeed in America, I think it should return to the 19th century roots of the USA and appeal to the core of the country in the Midwest and south, and utterly reject the coastal lifestyle and pretty much all of the changes to America from at least 1920 onward, and perhaps its even better to go all the way back to 1890. Perhaps they should withdraw from the coasts in a geographic sense too and focus on the interior. Culturally, socially and politically. Don’t bother with activism on the coasts. There is little to gain there.
America holds the world in its claws and only an American renaissance or collapse can liberate us and cast the die of history yet again.
America, iacta alea