Europe's frontiers are defined by the Arctic in the north, the Atlantic in the west, and the Meditteranian in the south. Norway, Finland and the Baltic states are firmly in the political 'West'. Belarus is closely allied to Russia, but Ukraine is disputed between the Russian Federation and NATO.
Georgia is an ancient Christian state between Russia and Turkey, with a population of 3.7 million. It gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 but lost some territory in the Russo-Georgian War of 2008. Georgia has applied for membership of the EU and NATO.
Turkey is a vast country in Europe and Asia with a population of 84 million, an economy of $3 trillion, and armed forces of nearly a million. Turkey is a Muslim country with a secular constitution introduced by Kemal Ataturk in 1923. She is a member of the European Customs Union, the Council of Europe and NATO. The Turks have been in Europe since the fall of Constantinople in 1453, they applied to join the EU in 1987 but their application was vetoed by Cyprus and suspended following the attempted coup of 2016.
Cyprus lies south of Turkey but her majority population is Greek. The north of the island is occupied by Turkey and Britain has two small military enclaves in the south. By culture and tradition Cyprus is a European country and a member of the European Union.
Ukraine lies between Russia and the West. The war in Ukraine is the worst conflict in Europe since the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. Our government blames Russia but Ukraine has been bombing and shelling the Donbas region since 2014, and NATO has established missile bases on Russia's borders; a reverse of the 1962 crisis when the Soviets sited missiles in Cuba. Ukraine has applied to join the EU. To read the truth about the Ukraine conflict visit the following website - www.moonofalabama.org
In the wider world, North and South America have been colonised by Europeans, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Russia from the Urals to the Pacific. All races have contributed to civilisation but Europeans have excelled in every branch of human progress. Europe is much more than a geographical entity, it's also an ideal, an aspiration, a wellspring of human progress.
Marine le Pen
Marine Le Pen the populist Rassemblement National candidate in the French presidential election was defeated by the centrist La Republique en Marche incumbent Emmanuel Macron by 41.46% to 58.54%.
This result shows that the French people agree with her on immigration but they are wary of some of her policies, even though she has rebranded her party and dropped its opposition to the EU and the euro. She has adopted General Charles de Gaulle's vision of "Europe des Patries." This policy is not "Europe a Nation" but it's a step in the right direction.
By winning so many votes Marine le Pen has forced the French government to take immigration seriously. She now has to improve her party's representation in the June parliamentary election. At present the NR have 6 members of the National Assembly, 252 regional councillors, and 9 MEPs. Bonne chance Marine.
E-mail from Seth Tyrssen
Hi Bill, Delighted to hear from you, I've always enjoyed NR. Haven't been too well for a while, to be honest; don't think it's all virus-related, probably about half of it's geezer-related. The last writing I did was for White Voice, which was also a quite a sensible publication; but that of course came to an end when the publisher died, rather unexpectedly. Eddie was a good guy, who cut me a lot of slack - for a British publication (where things are rather tight, as you know.)
Things aren't all that better here; crooks and liars seem to have the inside track on politics, anywhere ya go. And poor ol' Putin, in his grab for a bit more oil (which is all that was about) has made himself the world's most popular villain. I assume there are a lot of reasons behind the scenes, that us dumb sheeple arent supposed to know about, and probably never will.
Sitting out here in my quiet little spot in the Georgia countryside I can pretty much ignore it all, glance at the news and say "fuckin' idiots, all they had to do was listen to me." When I'm feeling up to it, I'll putter around in the garage, where 2-1/2 motorcycles lie in wait; one's nearly done, the other one needs a motor, and of course, all everything needs is cash. Knew I should have taken up counterfeiting or something in younger days ... oh well...
One thing I'll say for Georgia, nice weather here. They're freezing, up in my former home of Michigan, which I don't miss for a moment. Got about 70 degrees here, today. That I can live with! I remember sitting in my folks' place back in Michigan long ago, reading the paper. I got to comparing temperatures around the world (it was a dull day for news) and I saw that it was actually colder in Michigan than it was in Siberia. So glad I moved South!
I, too, can pass on the overt bigotry (which I distinguish from actual racism). I leave that stuff to the dumber Klansfolk in the area. (There aren't many, but a few.) Pride in race and heritage doesn't mean we have to hate or look down on anyone else. We're all different - and that's as it should be. Ah, if only we could all just agree to leave each other alone!
I still hear from British Union, Britain First, and Dave Hayes up in Alaska (now Dr Hayes.) I'm not very gabby these days but I do listen! Always like Nation Revisited, and I hope to see more of it! All my Best! Seth.
NR: Seth Tyrssen founded the American Fascist Party in 2000, a non-racist movement dedicated to social equality. He is the author of many books, including 'The New Fascism'. He answered our 'Five Questions' in 'Nation Revisited' # 146 December 2018.
The worldwide pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the effects of Brexit have combined to cause a cost of living crisis in the UK. As prices rise we can expect more strikes as workers try to keep up with inflation. As I write the London Underground is disrupted by a strike over pensions, but the trade unions and Transport for London aren't talking to each other. This is the kind of situation that Pope Leo X111 was anxious to avoid.
He issued his encyclical 'Rerum Novarum' (On Revolutionary Change) in 1891. Social conditions in the 19th century throughout Europe were terrible. Charles Dickens described the inhuman existence of the working poor in London in his many novels. Labour laws were introduced in Germany and the UK, but things did not get much better until after the First World War.
The introduction to Rerum Novarum begins:
That the spirit of revolutionary change, which has long been disturbing the nations of the world, should have passed beyond the sphere of politics and made its influence felt in the cognate sphere of practical economics is not surprising. The elements of the conflict now raging are unmistakable, in the vast expansion of industrial pursuits and marvelous discoveries of science; in the changed relations between masters and workmen; in the enormous fortunes of some few individuals, and the utter poverty of the masses; the increased self-reliance and closer mutual combination of the working classes; as also, finally, in the prevailing moral degeneracy . The momentous gravity of the state of things now obtaining fills every mind with painful apprehension; wise men are discussing it; practical men are proposing schemes; popular meetings, legislatures, and rulers of nations are all busied with it - actually there is no question which has taken deeper hold of the public mind.
Pope Leo's labour proposals were based on Christian precepts. He acknowledged the rights of employers but insisted that workers be protected and properly rewarded. His manifesto was written 130 years ago but its still relevant.
The Communist experiment failed in Russia and morphed into state capitalism in China. Fascism in Italy and National Socialism in Germany failed because they depended on military expansion which inevitably led to war. Other systems such as Sydicalism and Social Credit have never really been put to the test, but modern methods of production and distribution have passed them by. We are stuck with Capitalism which could be reformed by applying the principles outlined by Pope Leo X111:
We now approach a subject of great importance, and one in respect of which, if extremes are to be avoided, right notions are absolutely necessary. Wages, as we are told, are regulated by free consent, and therefore the employer, when he pays what was agreed upon, has done his part and seemingly is not called upon to do anything beyond. The only way, it is said, in which injustice might occur would be if the master refused to pay the whole of the wages, or if the workman should not complete the work undertaken; in such cases the public authority should intervene, but not under any other circumstances.
Pope Leo's system can only work if both parties, Labour and Capital, believe in fair play. This is the basis of the European Social Model which has been abandoned in the UK in favour of the gig economy.
Card or Cash
There is a growing movement for cash to be used instead of electronic bank cards. The objectors are worried that the State knows too much about us already without telling them what we buy. Personally, I don't mind if the State knows what I have for breakfast. We are already tracked by CCTV, debit cards, credit cards, pre-payment cards, loyalty cards. driving licenses, insurance policies, bank accounts, the Inland Revenue, and the National Health Service. I can't see what difference it makes if a few more details are stored by the government.
I have not used cash for at least two years. I pay my rent and utility bills by direct debit, I do my shopping with a debit card, and I pay for online purchases by Pay Pal. Somebody in the Ministry of Snooping is kept busy with a constant stream of my data, but so far, I haven't been dragged off for interrogation.
I recently witnessed an incident in my local supermarket. The customer in front of me asked the checkout girl for £50.00 cashback, but so many people are using debit cards that she didnt have £50.00 in her cash register.
Debit and credit cards can be used to buy anything, but Chancellor Rishi Sunak has proposed a digital currency run by the Bank of England. This is a different thing altogether. By controlling our credit the government could stop us from buying anything they don't like - such as subscriptions to political parties and magazines. China has already adopted 'Social Credit', not the system devised by Major Douglas, but a state bank that rewards citizens for good behaviour'. This is as bad as the system used in the 19th century when workers were paid in tokens that could only be spent at the company store. It's obviously a gross infringement of liberty and a step too far.
We fondly remember the Good Old Days when those who were lucky enough had pockets full of coins and wallets stuffed with oversize banknotes, signed by LK O'Brien, Chief Cashier of the Bank of England. In those days you could go out with a 'ten bob note' (50p) and have five pints of beer and a glimpse of the barmaid's cleavage. Unfortunately, those days are gone.
New British Union
When Gary Raikes, the former leader of the BNP in Scotland, founded the New British Union, in 2013, I thought that it was a mistake to copy a pre-war movement complete with uniforms, flags and banners. I still think that uniforms are a mistake, but I now echo the words of Mao Tse-Tung: "Let a hundred flowers bloom," let's advance the cause in any way we can.
Colin Jordan and John Tyndall tried the uniform approach with their National Socialist Movement in 1962. And, at the same time, Kieth Goodall led a nostalgic breakaway from Union Movement called the National Union of Fascists. Both movements were short lived, and I thought that the NBU would go the same way, but they are still campaigning nearly ten years later.
I agree with their policy on immigration:
"Immigration into Britain will be strictly controlled and those immigrants who are work-shy, involved in crime, anti-social behavior and support for terrorism will be deported in double quick time. We have no wish to persecute those of whatever race or religion who are law-abiding, hard-working and who contribute to Britain's economy. Regaining control of our borders will reduce racism and violence and so restore "Britain for the British", "British Jobs for British Workers", and "British Houses for British People".
NBU publish an online magazine called 'The Blackshirt' which has lifted several articles from 'Nation Revisited' without attributing them, and even worse, it has wrongly attributed some of them to Sam Dickson, the distinguished American lawyer. I am relaxed about copyright, I don't mind friendly websites and publications using my articles, but I can't speak for Sam. I have contacted Gary Raikes on this matter and he has promised to give the correct attribution in future.