Nationalism is also present wherever the nation is ranked above communities of even higher value, such as larger communities of people or mankind as a whole… The horrible heresy of nationalism not only destroys the unity of the West, but also corrodes each individual nation from within.
-Dietrich von Hildebrand, Austria and Nationalism
The authors of the so-called Paris Statement or “A Europe We Can Believe In” seem to believe that the true meaning of Europe is incompatible with “political empire” and that “resistance to empire” is part of invaluable heritage which Europe is losing to the “faux Christendom of universal human rights”. The authors admit that the “allure of the imperial form endured,” but that “the nation-state prevailed, the political form that joins peoplehood with sovereignty.” Yet is this really true? Is the nation-state “the hallmark of European civilization” that this manifesto claims it to be?
It is scarcely surprising that this document originated in Paris, the fountainhead from which the revolutionary spring beginning in the Hussites was unleashed upon beleaguered Christendom. What is surprising is the seeming amnesia of the history and nature of Europe which its authors display. Take, for example, this sentence, “The most common political form of unity-in-diversity is empire, which European warrior kings tried to recreate in the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire.” Leaving aside that there is by its nature only one Empire, that the so-called fall of Rome is example of desacralized national “mythology” rather than true historiography, what European Warrior Kings could they possibly be referring to as trying to recreate the Empire? Surely not the Pater Europae himself, who counted himself in direct succession from Constantine? Did Rudolf I fail to recreate the Empire after the Great Interregnum? Was Maximilian I, in instituting the Everlasting Landfriede, proving himself to be a true barbarian warrior king?
And what have the Nations done to preserve the Peace, now that the Europe of the nation-state has taken on the duty which was once the great vocation of the Empire? A century of war, totalitarian violence, senseless murders and wanton expulsions, would seem to indicate precious little. But it is alright, we are assured, “we have always recognized a kinship with one another, even when we have been at odds—or at war.” This strikes me as so blatantly false that it barely deserves comment. What kinship did the Jacobins feel for the Vendee as they drowned it in the blood of the saber and the guillotine? What kinship did the “Aryan” feel for the “degenerate Welsch” or the “subhuman” Slavs? Were not these both openly and intrinsically nationalist movements in Europe? The authors of the Paris Statement decry imposed unity but praise the nation-state which by its existence attempts to impose unity of culture and language through false and often murderous means.
“Only empires can be multicultural,” we are told, in disregard of the fact that for centuries of human existence, what are today even the most homogenous of “nations” contained a varying diversity of languages, customs, and nationalities. The unity of this Christendom proclaimed in this manifesto derives not from a common Civilization manifesting itself in the supranational empire and its heterogeneous territorial sovereignties (countries), but in a cultural and purely spiritual “Christianity” which Matthew Schmitz insightfully describes as “more akin to Shinto than to the universal claims of the Roman Catholic Church.” In a Europe where the very nations themselves are fracturing, from Scotland to Sicily, from Catalonia to Ukraine, what bond of kinship or spiritual cultural unity is more real than the blood which marks every man a Son of Adam? Only loyalty to a true understanding of the Common Good as was historically expressed in Europe through the country (diverse cultures unified in a common civilization and common love of the land) and not the “nation” will suffice to withstand this current crisis.
The Europe of the European Union is dying; the Europe of the Paris Statement is stillborn, poisoned by confusion and ignorance. Yet there is a living Europe, a Europe that is not a continent but a Civilization, the Europe of Christendom, the Europe of the Empire. This is the Europe of all nations to which men of every race and continent may belong, which will never die though countries fall and nations are forgotten. It will live so long as the memory of the Empire does not fade, for Europe is the Sacrum Imperium, terrible as an army set in array and yet fair as the moon and bright as the sun for we fight ever under our great imperator for the Truth and the Salvation of men against all evil, global and nationalistic. To those that say “Europe belongs to us,” take care that your lives are moral and your actions just to all who come to you. For what will the Owner of the land say when He finds His tenants have refused His commands and have claimed it for their own?
He will come, and will destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others. Which they hearing, said to Him: God forbid.