Wednesday, 31 August 2016

European Outlook # 33 September 2016

The Saudi Connection

Most people in this country applaud the conviction of Anjem Choudary for supporting terrorism. Incitement should not be confused with free speech and the law of the land must be obeyed. People who practice their religion peacefully should be free to worship God in their own way but religious fanatics motivated by hatred must be prosecuted.

                        King Salman of Saudi Arabia

If our government wants to defeat terrorism it should stop supporting an absolute monarchy that sponsors terrorism. In 2015 we sold over £3 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia; a country where slavery is still practised, women are the property of their husbands, Christianity is banned, and free speech is unknown. The British government enforces American sanctions against Russia for repossessing her own territory and against Iran for developing nuclear power, but it supplies one of the most repressive states in the world. British forces are reinforcing Saudi-backed rebels in Syria and Saudi regulars in Yemen. But at home Saudi-financed
terrorists are murdering British soldiers and civilians.

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has dealt with an attempted coup and is now turning his attention to terrorism. The Turks and the Russians are more than capable of dealing with 'Islamic State' in Syria. We do not have to get involved militarily but we must stop trading with states that back terrorism. And instead of tolerating militant groups for the sake of political correctness we should use every means at our disposal to stamp them out.  

Albert Camus on Europe

Albert Camus was a French philosopher, journalist, author and playwright who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1957. He was born to an impoverished Pied Noire family in Algeria in 1913. In 1935 he joined the Communist Party but he was expelled in 1937. During the war he fought for the French Resistance and wrote for their underground newspaper Combat. He founded the French Committee of the European Federalist Movement in 1944; this included George Orwell, Lewis Mumford and Altiero Spinelli. In the late fifties Camus fell out with his Marxist contemporary Jean Paul Satre. He denounced the Soviet Union in his book The Rebel and his speech The Blood of the Hungarians. He devoted the rest of his life to promoting social justice and European unity. He wrote the following piece in 1951 but he never lived to see Britain join the Common Market because he was killed in a car crash in 1960.

“Europe, because of its disarray, needs Britain and, as much as this continent can appear miserable, it is certain that Britain could not survive without Europe. The prejudice and indifference that your politicians often nurture towards the continent may perhaps be legitimate, yet they are no less deplorable. Distrust may perhaps be good as method. It is abhorrent as principle: there is always a time when the principle contradicts the fact. Facts say that, for better or worse, Britain and Europe are inseparable. It may very well appear as a mismatched marriage. But as one of our moralists once said: there are good marriages, but no sublime ones. As ours is not sublime, let us make it good, because divorce is impossible.”

In Berlin, on her first international visit as prime minister, Theresa May said that post-referendum Britain would not be turning her back on her European friends. Like Camus, she realizes that we are linked by ties of blood and culture that go far beyond politics.

A Victory for Free Speech

After a rally of the Traditional Workers' Party in Sacremento, California on Sunday June 26 was attacked by a screaming mob of 'anti-fascists', TWP leader Matthew Heimbach issued the following statement.

"Our Golden State skinhead comrades went up against over ten to one odds and won! Regretfully one of our men was injured and is currently in the hospital, though at least five of the antifa who instigated the violence with their cowardly tactics and improvised weapons were sent to the hospital. Absolutely all of the credit goes to the Golden States' courageous warriors, proving that proven street fighters are absolutely vital to our sacred cause of defending White American families.

We delivered the message we intended to deliver today; we will not be intimidated. We will not stand down. Our event was a victory by all metrics. We won the physical fight. We provoked the leftists into showing their true colors. The national media story about our event is becoming a conversation about how our attempt to peacefully demonstrate was viciously attacked by the leftist mob.

Our street fighters stood their ground against what was the single greatest show of anti-white force ever organized in America - and won.

While blog posts and social media are excellent work for our cause, they're not a replacement for men who are willing to risk injury and death to guarantee that our message is heard and our voices are not silenced or marginalized."

The so-called 'anti-fascists' in America are the same thugs who try to prevent free speech in Britain. Political extremists who are funded by the State and endorsed by the political parties - including Ukip. Provocative demonstrations can be counter productive and nobody wants to see violence but people who attack lawful meetings with knives and bottles cannot complain when they get some of their own medicine.

Hating other Nations

People with views on immigration and Europe are often accused of racial hatred. This is misleading, inaccurate, and often undeserved. There was a great deal of resistance to Commonwealth immigration in the fifties and sixties when West Indians began settling in large numbers. We had race riots in London, Nottingham and Bristol, and the pattern was repeated when the Asians arrived in the seventies. The government tried to create a multiracial society but the races segregated themselves into separate areas. A great many British people resented the intrusion of millions of aliens but the political parties welcomed them and passed laws to silence dissent. 

When the Poles and Lithuanians began arriving in Britain in 2004 nobody thought that they would arouse the same animosity as the blacks and Asians. After all, they were white, Christian and part of the same European civilisation as ourselves. But it soon became evident that some people hated them. A frequently heard view was that the West Indians play cricket and speak English - just like us, but the Poles are 'foreigners'. This moronic nonsense was tolerated by people who should have known better, I once tried to explain to a young man that as a nation we were not having enough children whereas the blacks and Asians were reproducing at a much greater rate. He replied: "But the Poles are worse, they are Catholics and they breed like rabbits."

Anti-Polish sentiment was encouraged in Nazi Germany by Hans Gunther. Germans troops occupying Poland were surprised at how blond the Poles were but Gunther dismissed them as 'East Baltics' - an inferior race not to be confused with Nordics.

This blind hatred of foreigners resulted in Britain leaving the European Union. Nigel Farage, an Englishman with a French name and a German wife, collaborated with Boris Johnson, an Englishman of Turkish descent married to a woman of Indian descent, and Michael Gove, a Scotsman married to a Jewish woman of, probably German descent, to take Britain out of Europe. Also on their team were Priti Patel who was born in London to a Uganda Asian family, and Gisela Stuart who was born in Germany. This dedicated band of 'Britons' persuaded the British people to "take back their borders" and keep out the foreigners.

If it wasn’t so serious it would be funny. Commonwealth immigrants were entitled to vote in the referendum. A Somali goat herder could decide our future, and so could a Nigerian financial adviser, a Pakistani taxi driver, or a New Guinea tribesman with a bone through his nose, but Europeans settled in the UK were not entitled to vote unless they were from Ireland, Malta, Cyprus or Gibraltar. Also barred from voting were Britons living elsewhere in Europe – they were considered to be traitors unworthy of a vote.

World Trade

The Euro-sceptics see world trade as a level playing field in which nations act in a spirit of fairness. Unfortunately this is not the case. Trade is used as a weapon of war by hostile powers to impose their will. America and her allies used economic sanctions against Iran to stop her from developing nuclear weapons and they are currently using them against Russia to punish her for repossessing Crimea.

We were allowed to fight for the Falklands because there was no American interest involved, but when we invaded Egypt, with France and Israel in 1956 the Americans ordered us to withdraw under threat of economic warfare. Harold Wilson managed to keep us out of the Vietnam War but America punished us in 1971 by throwing us out of the dollar zone. Tony Blair is blamed for taking us into the disastrous Iraq War but who is to say that another Labour or Tory administration wouldn’t have done the same?

Trade works according to “quid pro quo.” We gain access to the European market by agreeing to the rules of the European Union, and we gain access to the American market by backing up her armed forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or wherever we are needed. The simple-minded Ukip view of the world is sadly mistaken.

We will probably join EFTA with Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. But whatever we do we will have to consider political and economic factors beyond our control. The myths of “sovereignty” and “independence” mean nothing in a world dominated by the World Trade Organisation and policed by Nato; both are instruments of American foreign policy.

Retro Nationalism

The intellectual right wing American websites are bursting with retro nationalists who would divide Europe into ever decreasing states. They all push the same line that the European Union is controlled by global capitalism and committed to multi-culturalism but so are most of the countries in the world. A recurring theme is that we must bring about national revolutions in each of the European states and unite them in some sort of confederation; each state with its own army, currency and other national symbols.

There are 47 members of the Council of Europe, including the EU, EFTA, the Balkans, and the states of the former Soviet Union. We would need to bring about national revolutions in 47 countries without them going to war with each other; but the last time that we had ethno-nationalist states in Europe they attacked their nearest neighbours. The German Nazis murdered Englebert Dolfuss, the nationalist leader of Austria, and the Italian fascists attacked the nationalist regime of General Metaxis in Greece. The petty statists do not explain how they would reconcile mutually hostile groups; Protestant Unionists in Northern Ireland with Catholic nationalists, or Basque separatists with Spanish nationalists, or Ukrainian and Russian nationalists.

All of these people could coexist in an empire which allowed some expression of local patriotism but to form them into sovereign states with modern weapons would be disastrous. It must be easier to unite Europe from the Atlantic to the Pacific and then topple the Emperor. This might not fit the head-measuring agenda of the master race theorists but it makes more sense than perpetual Balkanization.

Social Credit

A recent article in Heritage and Destiny has revived interest in Social Credit. This was an economic system invented by Major CH Douglas in the 1930s. The idea is that the state pays every citizen a dividend. I have not studied this subject but I guess that it would require a centrally planned economy where the state owns of the means of production and distribution.

                                 Major CH Douglas

It would also need to be a self-sufficient state that did not import cheap goods from abroad. It wouldn't work if crops grown by peasant farmers in Africa and Asia were consumed by wealthy Europeans, or if Chinese made computers sold for little more than a days wages in the West. 

The capitalist system pioneered by the East India Company is unfair and ecologically unsound but it has conquered the world. Social Credit has not really been tried, except for a brief experiment in Canada, but if it was established would  we really want to pay people to do nothing? In a civilised state the sick and disabled must be looked after but able bodied people should work for their living.

Revolutionary political systems seldom live up to expectations. Sharing the wealth of the nation sounds attractive but prosperity comes from hard work and promises of Utopia should not be taken seriously. Capitalism is neither good nor bad, it's simply the way the world works. Wages, prices, rents and interest rates should be fair and reasonable but exploitation must be ended. It is the function of good government to regulate capitalism and our responsibility as citizens to make sure that they do. 

Dissenting Opinions

Tony Hedge, an old Union Movement comrade whose opinion I value, has taken me to task for defending the banks. I wrote that they were entitled to charge reasonable interest on loans to cover their costs. I maintain that position but I acknowledge that paying a quarter percent on deposits and twenty percent on loans is unacceptable. I also distinguish between high street banks that look after our debits and credits and those that lend to governments.

He went on to explain why he had voted Leave in the recent referendum. He said that the leaders of the EU are arrogant and unaccountable. He hated their multicultural policies and their links with Goldman Sachs, and he wanted to send them the message that the British people would not stand for it.

He then stated another important reason. He told me that as a good European he was afraid that Britain would undermine the whole project because we are far too close to America. General de Gaulle said much the same thing in 1963 when he vetoed Harold Macmillan's application to join the Common Market and again in 1976 when he turned down Harold Wilson's request. We finally joined in 1973 under Edward Heath.

These opinions echo the views expressed by the League of St George in their magazine The League Sentinel. The League was founded by former members of Union Movement in 1974, They believe in Oswald Mosley's vision of 'Europe a Nation' but they reject the European Union.

There is no doubt that the EU is dominated by global capitalism but so is the United Kingdom. From that point of view it makes no difference if we are in or out of Europe. I see our membership of the EU as a step in the right direstion, and I am disappointed to see old comrades lining up with Tory reactionaries. But we are all entitled to our own opinions.

                    Joe Owens with Jean-Marie le Pen

Joe Owens, a veteran of the National Front and the BNP, is another man with dissenting opinions. He has promised not to make any more YouTube videos about British nationalism because, "it's finished." He advises his viewers to get behind Ukip. Euro-sceptics might take his advice but the rest of us will not. This blog is non-partisan and therefore free to indulge in nostalgia and revisionism. Political parties, however, should stick to practical politics instead of indulging in head-measuring and conspiracy theory. Activities that do not, in Joe's words, "get the bins emptied."

It's not just the Tories and the Labour Party that are divided. The minor parties also have their factions and none of them are blessed with a leader of quality. We are floundering about like a ship without a captain. 'Leadership' is seldom mentioned in this age of 'political management' but we are crying out for it.  

Nation Revisited

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