American Nationalism—A European Perspective

At first glance, one might conclude that the prospects for a nationalist Right are quite bright in Europe, whereas in America, rather dim. Europe has a host of self-consciously nationalist parties that are established and well-funded, and which have achieved electoral success. In the United States, on the other hand, outside of a handful of individuals and small groupings, there are no major parties or political actors that explicitly stand for the country’s historic majority.

One is thus surprised when Tomislav Sunic, a political theorist and former Croatian diplomat, states that Europeans have as much to learn from Americans as Americans, from Europeans. The reason is that far too many European nationalists still define themselves through a hostility and antagonism towards neighboring Europeans. As Sunic argues, in light of our current geopolitical situation, European nationalists cannot afford the luxury of dwelling on historical grievances, no matter how real they might be. Europeans could learn something from Americans, who understand themselves as “White”—that is, deriving first from a race and civilization and, second, from a particular ethnic community.

Not skirting controversy, Sunic closes his talk with a discussion of the prospects for population transfers (often referred to as “ethnic cleansing”) in an increasingly Balkanized North America.