Multiculturalism vs. Cultural Nationalism

Here’s an interesting piece from the Council of European Canadians. It’s by Dr. John K. Press, who has written a book entitled Up With Culturism, Down With Multiculturalism. I haven’t yet read the book, but judging by this piece about it, I would like to read it.

I must admit that, having read the piece at CEC, I stll don’t quite ‘get’ what Literary Darwinism means, but I certainly agree about the need for a healthy ‘Western Culturism’, and the need for reclaiming our identity. And by ‘our’ identity I mean all of us in the West, all people of European descent. This means old-stock Americans and old stock, colonial or settler stock Canadians and all our kindred folk around the world,

With a healthy sense of who we are and what we and our ancestors have accomplished, and ideally with a removal of the strong taboos against our natural confidence, we might once again build a society which reflects our strengths rather than lading us with guilt over a list of past supposed wrongs.

The picture at the link, with the English nationalist flags displayed and a smile on the face of the subject is very heartening; I believe the St. George’s flag is still considered taboo under the laws in benighted Britain. That needs to change, but it seems Britain is so far gone down the Marxist/multicult path that they will have a hard time finding their way back to themselves. And are the other Anglosphere countries any better off?

One more thing: I like that Dr. Press says we ought to embrace what I will term a more ‘muscular’ kind of Christianity, as in Chesterton’s terms. We hear so often that Christianity is a weakling’s religion, that it’s too passive and as I’ve said, it’s become a’cult of niceness’. And being honest, I think it’s necessary to admit that the counterfeit Christianity has played a big part in Open Borders, multiculturalism, and the transforming of our Western societies. The ‘Camp of the Saints’ scenario now playing out in the EU and elsewhere has been aided and abetted by the ‘Cult of Nice’ devotees.

 

Religion and ethnocentrism

At Ron Guhname’s Inductivist blog, he looks at whether religious people value their ethnicity more than the non-religious or secular. He includes various ethnic groups in examining the question.

People were asked how important their ethnicity was to them, with (1) being ” unimportant” to (4)”very important.”

Of the non-European ethnicities who were asked, the group with the highest ethnocentrism was American Indians, at 3.50.That’s what I would expect.

The lowest ethnocentrism score in that group being the Jewish people. That one is puzzling, in my opinion.

In the European grouping, the highest score was the Scots, though their score was lower than the non-Europeans’. Not surprising, given how ethnocentrism is falsely labeled ”racism” and criminalized in some places. It will be hard to find many European-descended people who will openly express that they value their ethnicity highly.

The apparent role played by religion in making people more (or less?) ethnocentric isn’t clear. Ron Guhname says that the more religious people have higher scores on the ethnocentrism scale.

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Institute for Family Studies poll

The above poll from a few years ago, which is an American study,  supports Ron Guhname’s conclusion that religiosity does affect ethnic identity postitively.

So where are the English in the Inductivist poll ? Where do you think? Second from the bottom.

For whatever reason, the English and Welsh were lumped together. It may be that if the two groups were rated separately, the English score would be lower. I think (correct me, someone, if I’m wrong) that the Welsh are more ethnocentric than the English.

Is it possible to restore a healthy ethnocentrism and ethno-loyalty? I suppose only time will tell on that question.