For all that we on the Right talk about the idea of the Nation and emphasize the differences between them, we do very little asking of what I have always considered the most important question – why? Sure, we go into the formation and history of our own and other nations all the time, and many of us came to nationalism from a historical perspective. Still, you almost never hear anybody ask “What is the purpose of this nation existing? What is its goal in the greater cosmic order of the universe?” For some, notably more modern examples, the answer is nothing.
Nations with no purpose or bearing in existence come in two flavors, both of which have their origins in the Enlightenment or as a reaction to it. One is the Universal Civic State, such as has been promoted by Enlightenment ideologies from classical liberalism to Marxism and beyond. The goal of these nations is not a national goal, but an ideological one; they are interchangeable husks of previous organic nations, enslaved to their ideology’s overarching goal irrespective of the composition of their folk. Thus, they have no purpose, save that of the ideology; if they die off or are replaced, it matters little.
The second aimless nation is the Nation In Itself, or the Will to Power State. This is a nationalist form of polity that emerges in direct opposition to the Enlightenment, though undeniably drawing from it. When and where it occurs is disputable, though I would place its origin as far back as Napoleonic France. Under this format, a Nation seeks nothing but its own enlargement and aggrandizement, taking what it sees as its birthright from all others. This is not a means, but an end in itself; the Nation is the ultimate benefactor of its people’s labors. This is a very popular notion within the more Nietzchean sections of the Alt-Right, and has been put forward as the overarching ethos of the entire Aryan race by some.
However, outside of those two dominant paradigms within all modern ideology, Left or Right, there exists an older strain of thought, that nations have a purpose beyond themselves. Generally, within pre-Enlightenment political philosophy, this was an extension of the duty of all Mankind to serve the Natural Order of Creation. Nations, like all of creation, therefore exist to fulfill the will of the Creator and the maintenance of His order. This is done in various ways, in various contexts, with vastly different races and peoples involved. In this piece, I will examine only two of them, the Southern or Dixian Nation and the Yankee Nation.
The predominantly East Anglian settlers of New England came to the shores of America bearing an entire worldview that they had only recently adopted in Britain. This was the Calvinist strain known as Puritanism. In it, we see the roots of many modern social and religious phenomena, like Dispensationalism and the need to Immanentize the Eschaton through state power. Gradually, through the influence of the Enlightenment, this religious ideology was secularized and carried over into the fabric of modern America; we see it in action to this day. It is a form of utopianism that fits well with a large number of modern ideologies and regularly appears as a facet of many of them in America. It has virtually outlived its creators, since the original Old Stock Yankee population is rapidly dwindling and has been overwhelmingly replaced by first European, and now, nonwhite immigration.
Dixie, on the other hand, carried an entirely different torch, and this is at the root of our separate nationality. We were founded largely as exiles from the English Civil War, against the very Puritan ancestors of the Yankee, who was now our northern neighbor. Against the Puritan/Utopian vision we defended the traditional customs, laws, and leadership of the English People as a whole. In a world where modern ideology has overtaken every other part of the Anglo-Saxon world, Dixie was born to preserve Old England and ultimately, restore its glory. This, ultimately, is why we cannot be allowed to survive, why we are the ultimate enemy of the post-Enlightenment Internationalist Order.
In our blood, history, and very existence lies the spark to reignite the flame of what once was, no matter how truncated and reconstructed we become. That is why there is truly no point in cucking or bending the knee to the Enlightenment for a Dixian, even at the point of a bayonet; they will harm us anyway, because our very existence is an affront to their worldview.
Fortunately, we are a hardy and warrior people, and have proven time and again that we will not go gentle into that good night.
-By Luke Daggett