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In der news.

Excerpts, emphasis added:

ROME—The word quarantine comes from 17th-century Venetian dialect for 40 days, which was the amount of time ships had to wait in isolation before entering certain Italian ports during the pandemic known as the Black Death.

Which originated in China as well.  The Chinese people have been waging biological warfare against Europe for centuries. This is unbridled, unprovoked genocidal aggression by the Chinese against Europeans.

Now the word is being used again in Italy, applied to the  government’s draconian reaction as the coronavirus and the disease known as COVID-19 appear to be hitting the country with a vengeance. More than 50,000 Italians living in 10 communities are literally locked down, facing jail sentences and fines if they leave their homes, thanks to the largest outbreak outside Asia. 

Yes, thanks to Asia, the Curse on Humanity.

In Rome, nervous taxi drivers outside Fiumicino Airport were hesitant to pick up Asian passengers and a Chinese woman in Turin reported being assaulted for simply being Chinese.

Aww…poor baby. God forbid the Italians want to protect themselves from being MURDERED by Chinese infections. 

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right League party wants to close the frontier, though countries that border Italy are likely thinking the same thing from their side. An outbreak this extensive and virulent is likely to impact all of Western Europe very quickly, if not with the disease itself, then with precautions taken to try to stop it.

This is act of war by China against Europe.

Since Friday, Italian authorities have confirmed more than 130 new cases, including two fatalities, in the north of the country. Three people, including two Chinese tourists, who were confirmed positive in Rome last month have since recovered and are no longer believed to be contagious. 

“Chinese tourists” = biological warfare vectors.  This viral crisis has already been going on for months.  What excuse do Chinese have to be “tourists” in Europe at the current time except to spread the virus?  Should they be considered akin to soldiers in a war?

A Chinese tourist died in France earlier this month, but the deaths in Italy are the first Europeans killed by the virus. Both of the Italian victims were in their 70s. The first was a man who died in hospital, and who also suffered from other respiratory problems. The second was a woman found dead in her home on Saturday morning, clearly unaware she even had the virus. It is unknown how many people may have been in contact with her.

They were MURDERED by the Chinese people, in a vicious, unprovoked attack.

The quick spread of the disease in this outbreak and the uncertainty about how it came to Italy is especially troubling. 

Gee..how it came to Italy, maybe those Chinese soldiers (“tourists”) had something to do with it?  Share and share alike, eh?

In the northern town of Codogno, near Milan, the 39 people who initially tested positive are all tied to the local hospital and a so-called “Patient Zero” who was thought to have brought it back from Shanghai. The problem is that “Patient Zero” never tested positive for the virus. Authorities think he may have been a silent carrier, infecting a friend referred to as “Patient One” whose only tie to China was being a friend of “Patient Zero.” Authorities at first thought “Patient Zero” had the virus and recovered, but they concede that, in fact, there may be another source. Clearly, this is not a perfect science.

How about a “perfect” solution – all Chinese to be barred entry?  All peoples of the Earth forbidden to visit China?

On Sunday morning, the regional governor of Lombardy, Attilo Fontana, confirmed that 89 people have now tested positive for the virus and a much larger but unspecified number are referred to as suspect cases.

Thanks, China.

The second hotspot is in the Veneto region, near Venice, which is celebrating Carnevale to somewhat diminished crowds. Twelve people in the region have tested positive even though none of them has ever been to mainland China or, as far as is known at this point, been in contact with any obvious vectors.  Eight Chinese residents…

What the hell are they doing in Italy?  Are these the Silkers’ dream black-booted Chinese girls with guns who are the “border guards of the West?”  Gravediggers of the West is more like it.

Other cases in Turin and Milan confirmed Sunday morning have spread the panic even further. Closing down such major metropolitan hubs would be a logistical and economic disaster.

China is waging war against Italy.  The dumb afrowops just sit there and take it.


Here’s an idea.  Withdraw diplomatic recognition form the PRC and give it back to Taiwan instead. Everyone should do that, every nation. Replace the PRC on the UN Security Council with Taiwan. That’ll get PRC attention no doubt. It might even dampen their appetite for live monkeys and rats.  Put down dem dere chopsticks and pay attention!

This is hilarious.

Separately, State Department officials say that thousands of Russia-linked social media accounts are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus, including a conspiracy theory that the United States is behind the outbreak.

If that is true, it’s funny because the HBDers (and the Silkers) hate Russia, and the Russians are exploiting HBD yellow fever fanaticism for their own geopolitical agendas.  Der Movement is such an unmitigated disaster that it is useful only as an object of ridicule. Feeling down?  Think about Der Movement and laugh heartily.

Odds and Ends, Liddell

Liddell, etc.

“I think gays can be particularly useful to the alt-right,” Alternative Right editor Colin Liddell told me. “Our movement is a revolutionary and taboo-busting movement, and gays have the right ‘psychological equipment’ for that. And, because of their lack of immediate family, gays often have a stronger feeling for their ‘wider family.’ The left has successfully displaced this sentiment to the fake ‘gay community’ or to leftist causes in general, but the true wider family for gays is their particular tribal or ethnic group.”

Of course, Liddell was writing for Counter-Currents in 2016-2017.  Later, in 2019, with that podcast with Forney and Friberg, the “Grand Alt Right Feud” was underway.  Like Spencer, Liddell’s attitude toward homosexualism changed based on “movement” feuding. In contrast, the attitude of EGI Notes has been consistent.  On the one hand, I believe that a homosexual can be a useful activist as long as they don’t promote a homosexual agenda within racial activism. On the other hand, I agree with “Common Sense Counselor” that homosexuals shouldn’t be leaders – but otherwise, as long as no agenda is being pushed, being activists is fine.  Unfortunately, those I am aware of do in fact push an agenda.

In response to this retarded Liddell essay (not surprisingly at the Jew HBD Unz site) we read this (apparently from the same Zman I otherwise critique):

Z-man says:

January 25, 2019 at 6:40 am GMT • 300 Words

Blaa, blaa, blaa, a lot of typical, rehashed critique of the Italian war effort.

Italy wasn’t ancient Rome in 1939. Germany, Britain and France had surpassed ‘The Boot’ in technology since the industrial revolution. Mussolini’s own economics minister told him that Italy would not be ready for a modern war until 1942. They aided the Germans in the Battle of Britain with Fiat bi-planes going against sleek Spitfires and didn’t have any large numbers of modern fighters until, yep you guessed it, 1942. Their Navy lacked radar but their submarines and commando divers still did a lot of damage to British shipping and the Royal Navy. The Army had lighter tanks compared to the heavier more modern British ones.

True the Italian people weren’t convinced of fighting against the British or French or even the Russians but that is a testament to their intelligence and realistic attitudes not apathy. They eventually did fight anyway. In Africa they met with defeat at the hands of better armed British forces but poor Italian leadership and tactics also were to blame as they spread their forces thin along the coast. But they did regroup before the Germans came to help. When Rommel came in with his Afrika Korps most of the troops under his command were still Italian. In fact the first defeat of the US Army were at the hands of mostly Italian units in the Kasserine pass in Tunisia. As for Russia the German positions were almost hopeless on all fronts including the flank defended by the Italians. The carnage there was immense. Once the Allies invaded Sicily yes the Italians gave up too quickly but the writing was on the wall. Still ten thousand allied troops died in Sicily, many at the hands of discouraged Italian troops. If Hitler had been assassinated in ’44 the Germans would have probably surrendered at that point, a year earlier, to the Allies also.

The case of Adam Gemeli, the UK sprinter that Lemaitre narrowly beat for the 200m, seems to indicate this. As an athlete of Persian and Moroccan descent, Gemeli is “near-White” and physically could pass as a Southern European.

This is the obviously non-White Gemeli, who no sane person would confuse with a Southern European.

Liddell is crazed.  Note that Liddell wrote that at Counter-Currents, where Johnson shills for homosexuality on the pretext that opposing homosexuality is like Nordic vs. Mediterranean divisive conflict.

It’s Der Alt Right.


I agree that Joyeux Noel is a good movie, about a brief incident of pan-European amity amidst an ethnonationalist bloodbath.  Thanks ethnonationalism – you’ve done so much for us!  There are still ethnonationalist filth today who openly promote self-described petty nationalism.  Enemies all.


By the way, one unfortunate part of that movie was that the “German” officer was portrayed as Jewish, despite looking Germanic and displaying typically Germanic behavior.  A very incongruent note among an otherwise excellent film.

Odds and Ends, 12/10/19

Various issues.

UPDATE – the post now credits “Robert Hampton” for the low quality review.

Robert Hampton (not Greg Johnson?) unburdens himself:

Most World War II films like to portray America’s fighting force as an ethnic melting pot. In Midway, nearly all of the characters are Anglos and heartlanders who don’t reminisce about Brooklyn. 

As opposed to reminiscing about Brokeback Mountain.

The one clear exception is Gaido, an Italian from New York. 

That damn wop!

The historic American nation fights for itself.

Like John BasiloneNo, wait….


Basilone – the extended phenotype of guys like Johnson, who clearly exclude “Manila John” from possibly ever being accepted into “the historic American nation.”  No affirmative action for you, paisan.  Gaslighting Greggy and Raunchy Richie want to keep it all for themselves.

Gaido is captured by the Japanese after his plane is shot down. He’s thrown into the sea when he refuses to give the position of the American ships.

Ah…he’s expendable.  Why shouldn’t he sacrifice himself for real White men?

It’s dangerous to show heroic whites defeat evil yellow men.

Derbyshire may get offended.


Question: Do dumb dagoes still send “D’Nations” to Counter-Currents?  After all, Greg needs to fund going to the movies, so it’s all good!  Close to $100,000 for the latest fundraiser – remember, those who give live in the Golden Age today!  Just not in Brooklyn.    

Unlike Rand, I’m not going to imply Jack Merritt had it coming. His father’s grief must be immense. Yet he is waging an online political battle immediately after his son’s death at the hands of a Muslim.

We’ve seen this before. University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts disappeared in 2018. After police arrested an illegal immigrant, her father rather bizarrely defended Hispanics. “As far as I’m concerned,” he said, “they’re Iowans with better food.” He also attacked politicians who call for stricter border control, saying Mollie would have called their views “profoundly racist.” Her mother let an illegal immigrant who was related to the alleged killer stay in her home.

Kevin Sutherland was killed, apparently at random, by a black man on the Washington D.C. Metro on Independence Day 2015. He was stabbed repeatedly; no one tried to help.

The late Sutherland worked in liberal politics and had been an intern for Congressman Jim Himes. Sutherland’s Twitter feed was filled with attacks on the Confederate flag, Christianity, and conservatives. Then presidential candidate Chris Christie blamed “liberal policies” for the murder. Congressman Himes condemned him, accusing Governor Christie of “fearmongering and thinly veiled racism.”

In 2015, two black men raped a pregnant woman named Amanda Blackburn and shot her in the back of the head. Her preacher husband Davey Blackburn said he “forgave” the killers and hoped he could “get the opportunity to share the Gospel with these guys.” He also said, “Jesus takes what the world says is a tragedy and makes it beautiful.”

That same year, Islamic militants killed 129 people in Paris. In a video the New York Times called “moving,” the husband of one of the victims said he didn’t hate the killers. “I will not give you the gift of hate,” he said. “Even though it is what you were hoping for, responding to hatred with anger would be to fall to the same ignorance that made you the people you are.”

There’s also Amy Biehl, a young Fulbright scholar who traveled to South Africa to register blacks in the first all-race election in 1994. She was murdered by a black mob, despite her pleas that she was a “comrade.” Her parents showily forgave the killers, who were released without punishment because the Truth and Reconciliation Commission determined the murder was “political.” Indeed, her parents took the opportunity to honor those who “lost their lives in the struggle.” They gave jobs to two of the murderers.

How can we explain this? I believe it’s something beyond pathological altruism.

Yes, it’s those “high trust northern hunter-gatherers” in action. If the “movement” really believes all of that in the genetically deterministic sense (and apparently it does), then everything that Hood wrote is a warning not to put all our eggs in the “high trust” basket. Maybe we should have some input and leadership from some “low trust Neolithic farmers” to balance things out.

If even half our readers sent in ten dollars a month, let alone 10 percent of their income, I have absolute faith we’d triumph — and quickly.

Once again, Hood peddles the outrageous lie that all we need is just more money.  If you give that money to the “movement” as it currently exists, it’ll just waste it, just as it wasted the millions of dollars it already ran through, generating nothing but endless failure.

See this.  It’s already dead.

Richard Lynn, the stalwart defender of the race hypothesis, issues a challenge from on high to find a single instance in which Africans have higher IQs than Europeans and then claims that under such circumstances, “the evolutionary and genetic theory of these differences would be falsified.” Chanda Chisala then says, “Game on!” and manages to find one instance in which a small subset of black children outperform a much larger subset of white children on a series of exams.

Does this mean that Chisala refuted the race hypothesis in IQ? No. It means he refuted an unwise and arrogant statement made by Richard Lynn.

Putting “unwise and arrogant” and “Richard Lynn” in the same sentence seems to me to be a redundancy. 


True enough, finding exceptions does not disprove the clearly observed general trends of racial differences in intelligence. But that is not the point here. HBDer Lynn put forth a falsifiable hypothesis. The hypothesis was falsified. By Lynn’s standards – derived from his moronically unwise and pathetically arrogant statement – the hypothesis is incorrect. In reality, the real hypothesis, that of general trends in intelligence due to racial differences, has not been falsified.  But Lynn’s retarded, completely genetically deterministic, cartoonish views on IQ were falsified.  Yes, it was falsified in a somewhat unconvincing manner, but that is the fault of Lynn for framing the hypothesis the way he did.  I do agree with this:

Does this mean that Chisala refuted the race hypothesis in IQ? No. It means he refuted an unwise and arrogant statement made by Richard Lynn.

But we need to put Lynn ns the same category as Rushton – a fraud and a hypocrite.  It’s not enough to cover up Lynn’s manifest deficiencies by merely saying he was “unwise and arrogant” in one instance. That one instance is a reflection of the hand-waving, pseudoscientific, never admitting to being wrong, nature of HBD. This one instance is a peek at the rotten underbelly of the HBD travesty.

Spencer expresses himself.  And whose fault is that?  The “movement’s” affirmative action “leadership” – of which Spencer is a prominent member.

Counter-Currents comments:

Svea Svensson

Posted December 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

Even if most whites generally prefer a partner of their own race, many of them will choose someone of another race if he or she is younger and more attractive. They trade their whiteness (and sometimes money) for youth and beauty – at least as long as it is socially acceptable.

The most common example of this is probably white men marrying Asian women, which explains why 12% of the white men, but only 10% of the white women, marry outside their race.

This constellation also seems rather normalized among racial nationalists. The American Renaissance Conference even invited one of these men to give a speech on “The Arctic Alliance” earlier this year!

Of course.  The HBDers promote the grand Jeurasian future. Derbyshire, an Englishman married to a Chinatrix with mixed-race children and who is a Judeophile – is the leading proponent of this. So, of course, he’ll be featured prominently at Amren.

Another Ghost

Posted December 7, 2019 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

I agree with you. There was an article I believe on this website that stated white men whom date outside their race often do it out of lack of confidence.

Derb – “awkward squad” – so designated by his own mother.


“Movement” solipsism on display as follows.  A Counter-Currents commentator links to scientific research – real science, not 23andMe junk – clearly showing extensive New World admixture in the Argentinian population.  The “movement” peanut gallery responds thus:

Phineas Eleazar
Posted December 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
Argentina is the worst Latin American example for you, because its white population is largely descended from recent immigrants from Europe, in about the 1900’s. That is certainly the reason they still have sizeable numbers of nearly pure whites.

Who cares about dat dere science?  Someone writes something on the Internet, so it must be true.  Every thought, every comment, every post from Der Movement instantly creates reality!  The Lathe of Heaven Syndrome.


Laugh at this:

Greg Johnson
Posted December 8, 2019 at 11:21 am | Permalink
You are painting with a very broad brush here. There is an edge of hysteria to this sort of MGTOW apocalypticism. I can’t help thinking that communicating such attitudes, even subliminally, must make a man less attractive to women.

Certainly, Greg is an expert on this matter.


After everything that’s happened, after the complete and humiliating collapse of the Alt Right, we still get this in December 2019.  Remarkable.  And, of course, rattling the tin cup for “D’Nations” – also in the name of the utterly discredited Alt Right:

Gifting TOO—We’re a Central Cog in the Populist, Alt Right Surge

Astonishing.  


Lee Priest White Power t-shirt.


Predicting eminence.

This investigation examined whether math/scientific and verbal/humanistic ability and preference constellations, developed on intellectually talented 13-year-olds to predict their educational outcomes at age 23, continue to maintain their longitudinal potency by distinguishing distinct forms of eminence 35 years later. Eminent individuals were defined as those who, by age 50, had accomplished something rare: creative and highly impactful careers (e.g., full professors at research-intensive universities, Fortune 500 executives, distinguished judges and lawyers, leaders in biomedicine, award-winning journalists and writers). Study 1 consisted of 677 intellectually precocious youths, assessed at age 13, whose leadership and creative accomplishments were assessed 35 years later. Study 2 constituted a constructive replication-an analysis of 605 top science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduate students, assessed on the same predictor constructs early in graduate school and assessed again 25 years later. In both samples, the same ability and preference parameter values, which defined math/scientific versus verbal/humanistic constellations, discriminated participants who ultimately achieved distinct forms of eminence from their peers pursuing other life endeavors.

That’s in Northern Italy and thus an assault against those blonde, blue-eyed, ultra-Aryan, Hallstatt Nordics there – like this fellow – and we can’t have that!

Skorzeny and Jeelvy

Two idiots.

This book, and this one is also on the same subject, about a minor but very interesting episode of WWII, deconstructs the Skorzeny myth. These books persuasively argue that Skorzeny was an inept blowhard, a publicity hound who got credit for a successful raid to which he contributed little and actually almost ruined. General Student and others deserve the real credit.

Skorzeny, worshipped by some in Der Movement, is a clear example of Der Movement’s obsessions and fetishes.  An Austrian Nazi – and ostensibly a politically dedicated Nazi – Skorzeny also I presume wins points because of his negative views of Italians, as chronicled in Irving’s Hitler’s War. But, alas, the Aryan Superman Skorzeny was not only an incompetent fraud, but also a traitor who worked for Jews.

I mean, too bad he’s not alive today, he’s got what it takes to be a WN 2.0 hero!  Maybe Unz would give him a column at The Unz Review.

Nicholas R. Jeelvy

Posted October 24, 2019 at 12:35 am | Permalink

The establishment has to pretend like we don’t exist and prop up alt-lite grifters and milquetoasts. It’s called “unthinging”.

At the same time, another wing of the establishment is censoring those grifters, who are more fragile to censorship than us, because they depend on numbers rather than truth.

The beast is scratching at itself, folks. The beginnings of victory are visible.

Victory is coming!  All you gotta do is send in dem dere “D’Nations!”  Remember those who give live in the golden age today!  This guy writes for Counter-Currents and has the nerve to talk about “grifters.”  These guys got balls the size of Jupiter.

Odds and Ends, 10/1/19

More of the same.

Zman the liar:

The alt-right never got around to thinking up a new metaphysics. They spent their time recreating an aesthetic from a bygone age that was intended to shock, rather than celebrate a new ideological movement. The closest they came to imagining an alternative Right was borrowing the idea of an ethnostate from fringe Russian thinkers. Otherwise, the alt-right was just a collection of complaints decorated with some racist and fascist language and imagery.

Thus, Zman is parroting Johnson’s lie that the fall of WN 2.0 was mimicking WN 1.0 while the truth was the exact opposite: WN 2.0 represented an entirely new aesthetic – Millennial and Generation Z juvenile jackassery and mindless snark (Beavis-and-Butthead White nationalism).  The major things they had in common with WN 1.0 was the commitment to the ethnic affirmative action program and the usual ethnic fetishism.

And what to make of this?

.. was borrowing the idea of an ethnostate from fringe Russian thinkers.

Sir Humphrey of Ireland was Russian?  Seriously though, hasn’t a “White ethnostate” been a staple of WN thought for decades?  What the hell does it have to do with Russians?  This is what happens when a smug know-it-all drops out of nowhere and establishes himself as a “movement” voice without knowing what the hell he is talking about.

Juri
Do not underestimate the cucked electorate.. Austrian elections results just came in and anti immigration FPÖ is down by 10 per cent and far left greens up by 14 per cent. Greta Thunberg and other screaming lunatics turned entire Austria to far left.

The ghosts of Hubert Humphrey and John Lindsay are well pleased.

Sallis continues to be proven correct. Der Movement is as predictable as an atomic clock.

Germany’s Schettino.  Excerpts, emphasis added:

On a list of historical figures who have left disaster in their wake, few can top Erich Ludendorff. And yet, he was not an incompetent man. On the contrary, he was one of World War I’s most able generals, among the few who recognized that Western Front battlefield tactics would require a fundamental rethinking, especially with regard to combat leadership.
Ludendorff was born on April 9, 1865, in the town of Kruszewnia, near Posen, Prussia. Like most of the border towns split between Polish and German ethnicity, Kruszewnia was a hotbed of Prusso-German nationalism. His parents were middle-class but strongly nationalist. And as young Erich gobbled up military histories filled with romantic legends and nationalist nonsense about Prussia’s struggles against Napoléon or its heroic defeat of the “evil French” in the Franco-Prussian War, his nationalistic fervor soon eclipsed that of his parents. 
The truth was that unrestricted submarine warfare would almost immediately bring the United States into the war. Here again, Ludendorff threw his weight behind the navy’s arguments by insisting the United States was incapable of fielding an effective army, much less deploying it to Europe to fight on the Western Front. His comment to a senior industrialist in September 1916 sums up his understanding of strategy: “The United States does not bother me…in the least; I look upon a declaration of war by the United States with indifference.” Even more astonishing is that in the fall of 1916 Ludendorff was seriously worried that Holland or Denmark might enter the war on the Allied side…The U-boat offensive had failed. It remains one of the more disastrous strategic decisions in human history.
Although Ludendorff managed to build an extraordinary, albeit fragile, force for his coming offensive, he did not have the slightest idea what its operational goals should be. When asked as much by Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, group commander of the northern forces along the Western Front, Ludendorff testily replied: “I object to the word ‘operations.’ We will punch a hole into [their line]. For the rest we shall see. We also did it this way in Russia.” And that is precisely what the Germans, under Ludendorff’s direction, did. Their impressive battlefield gains were completely devoid of strategic and operational benchmarks, and they constructed no defenses to maintain the greatly expanded front…
…Ludendorff displayed neither leadership nor strategic sense. In September he began casting about for someone to blame for the looming German defeat. His initial target was his staff. By early October, he had shifted the blame to the liberals and socialists. As the German political, strategic and operational situation spiraled out of control, Ludendorff himself approached a complete breakdown. On October 26, the Kaiser dismissed him. Disguising himself in a false beard, Ludendorff fled to Sweden to write his extraordinarily dishonest memoirs.
As a commander, Ludendorff represented the strengths and weaknesses of the German army. “In my final analysis on Ludendorff,” notes David Zabecki, the foremost historian of Germany’s 1918 offensives, “I have to conclude that in many ways he was a reflection of the German army as a whole in the first half of the 20th century: tactically gifted, operationally flawed and strategically bankrupt.”

Some more.

And by the war’s final summer when it was clear that defeat was inexorable, the general slipped into a downward spiral of despair. He exhibited violent mood swings, lashed out at Hindenburg and even reportedly broke down in tears before his subordinates. Some speculated that he was in the throes of a nervous breakdown.

Interestingly, I do not recall any Chris Brand posts about “neuroticism and anxiety” with respect to that episode.  Very selective, eh, Chris?  Brand can’t answer right now, being kept busy in hell and all.

WWI: The Lie to End All Lies

Contra Johnson’s thesis.

Let’s consider Johnson’s absurd thesis that WWI (and II!) had nothing to do with petty nationalistic competition between European nation states, but instead was due to “empires.”

I will now consider this, excerpts follow (emphasis added) with some comments:

The early years of the 20th century saw tremendous growth in Europe of both population and prosperity. With arts and culture flourishing, few believed a general war possible due to the peaceful cooperation required to maintain increased levels of trade as well as technologies such as the telegraph and railroad. Despite this, numerous social, military, and nationalistic tensions ran beneath the surface. As the great European empires struggled to expand their territory, they were confronted with increasing social unrest at home as new political forces began to emerge.

Nationalistic tensions. Well, everyone seems to recognize this reality except Johnson and his band of liars.  The idea that “empire” was a major driving factor is ludicrous.  Consider: In WWI, the British, French, and Russian empires were allies, even though in past decades and past centuries, these empires were in conflict.  What changed?  Simple – the national interests of the states in question. The fact that they were empires were incidental. There were conflicts of national interests, and imperial considerations were just one manifestation of those national conflicts of interests. By 1914, the rise of Germany was the threat that brought together the convergence of British, French, and Russian interests.  Empires or no empires, the shifting constellations of national interests would have existed and led to war.

Rise of Germany

The main issue.

In the resulting Treaty of Frankfurt which ended the war, France was forced to cede Alsace and Lorraine to Germany. The loss of this territory badly stung the French and was a motivating factor in 1914.

Indeed.  A territorial dispute – local European territory not colonial – was a motivating factor in the rush to war.  Petty nationalism, conflicts between neighboring states, historical enmity and revanchism – all in the mix.

Building a Tangled Web

As we’ll see, the “tangled web” of alliances – Johnson’s vaunted “temporary solutions to temporary problems” – led to the war that helped wreck the White world.

With Germany united, Bismarck began setting about to protect his newly formed empire from foreign attack. 

Empire?  Johnson starts breathing heavily. Unfortunately for him, “empire” in this context is the modern German nation state, cobbled together from an amalgamation of smaller entities.  So, at what point is today’s ethnonationalism merely a current interpretation of past imperialism?  Freedom for Bavaria!

“A Place in the Sun” and the Naval Arms Race

An ambitious leader and the grandson of England’s Queen Victoria, Wilhelm sought to elevate Germany to equal status with the other great powers of Europe. As a result, Germany entered the race for colonies with the goal of becoming an imperial power. 

In other words, Germany’s pursuit of a real empire was a result of petty nationalist competition with Great Britain and France.

These efforts to obtain territory overseas brought Germany into conflict with the other powers, especially France, as the German flag was soon raised over parts of Africa and on islands in the Pacific.

Petty nationalism started the process.  Overseas conflicts were a manifestation of this.

A global power, Britain moved in 1902 to form an alliance with Japan to curtail German ambitions in the Pacific. This was followed by the Entente Cordiale with France in 1904, which while not a military alliance, resolved many of the colonial squabbles and issues between the two nations.

Suddenly, “colonial squabbles” lost their importance in light of the German threat.  If the nations of Europe had been confederated, none of this would have occurred.  Instead we got Johnson’s “temporary alliances.”  Followed by a world war.

This pan-Slavic sentiment was backed Russia who had signed a military agreement to aid Serbia if the nation was attacked by the Austrians.

Yet we are told by some (commentators at Amren) that pan-Slavism is an acceptable alternative to pan-Europeanism.

Turning to their ally, the Austrians inquired regarding the German position on the matter. On July 5, 1914, Wilhelm, downplaying the Russian threat, informed the Austrian ambassador that his nation could “count on Germany’s full support” regardless of the outcome. This “blank check” of support from Germany shaped Vienna’s actions.

Always the troublemakers.

Behind the scenes in Berlin, German officials were eager for a war with Russia but were restrained by the need to make the Russians appear as the aggressors.

Surprise!

The Dominoes Fall

While the German military clamored for war…

I’m shocked, shocked I say.

Early on July 31, Russia began a full mobilization of its forces in preparation for war with Austria-Hungary. This pleased Bethmann-Hollweg who was able to couch German mobilization later that day as a response to the Russians even though it was scheduled to begin regardless. 

My being shocked continues. 

Though it was unlikely that Britain could have remained neutral if France was attacked, it entered the fray that next day when German troops invaded Belgium activating the 1839 Treaty of London. 

Those pesky treaties and alliances again.

On August 6, Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia and six days later entered into hostilities with France and Britain. Thus by August 12, 1914, the Great Powers of Europe were at war and four and a half years of savage bloodshed were to follow.

Thank you, petty nationalism.

Comment left at Counter-Currents:

HungarianFashionista
Posted September 29, 2019 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
(Health warning: The first 30 minutes of this podcast contains a large dose of WW1 Entente propaganda.)
I wish Western nationalists would stop pontificating about and lecturing Eastern Europe. We take care of our corner of the white world, and you take care of yours, that should be the rule in nationalist politics.

They should stop pontificating about Southern Europe as well, a topic about which they clearly know nothing.

We take care of our corner of the white world, and you take care of yours, that should be the rule in nationalist politics.

You would think that “ethnonationalists” would inherently understand that, but, you see, in reality they are ethnoimperialists.  For example, the British-Saxon hybrid John Morgan believes he has the right to live in Hungary, despite not being an ethnic Hungarian, while pontificating about Hungary and lecturing to Hungarians, all the time lauding the alleged virtues of “ethnonationalism.”  It’s “ethnonationalism for me but not for thee” for these imperialistic invasive hypocrites.