I’m trying to think of exactly what the Ukrainian nationalists have achieved for themselves. Very little is coming to mind. We are a people highly adept at killing each other to secure the right of others to rule over us.
Europe out of Fuel?
A report from something called the Global Sustainability Institute says Europe is down to fumes. As a caveat, I know nothing of the source, though suspect lavish sinecures are the item they find most critical to sustain. Though that aside, here are their reported findings:
* Russia has more than 50 years of oil, more than 100 years of gas and more than 500 years of coal left, on current consumption.
* Britain has 5.2 years of oil, 4.5 years of coal and three years of its own gas remaining.
* France has less than one year of all three fossil fuels.
* Bulgaria has 34 years of coal left.
* Germany has 250 years of coal remaining but less than a year of oil.
Of course coal and oil power two different aspects of The Economy: providing electricity and moving vehicles, respectively. But if these figures are correct, what is the future socio-political impact? Increases in inflation, Russian wealth, and the strategic importance (and vulnerability) of shipping lanes. Perhaps the German taxpayers will want to actually see Dolphin submarines built for their own navy rather than provided gratis to their Israeli friends.
Nationalism’s Multicultural Future?
There must be some point to nationalism decoupled from a nation–and hopefully it is one of salubrious cynicism.
The French National Front appears to be dressing their party in pleasantly darker hues.
“You can be French by birth or French at heart,” said a man marching with his Taiwanese wife at the front’s May Day rally, their young mixed-raced daughter waving a tricolour on his shoulders.
The defence of national identity, one black FN supporter shrugs, has nothing to do with race.
Over the past two or three decades, however, the front has sought to shed its xenophobic image and turn itself into a mass party. “De-demonisation” has been the watchword under the current leader, Mr Le Pen’s daughter Marine.
She remains virulently opposed to immigration, but has directed her ire at Europe’s open borders. Her message that the influx of Romanians or Poles is destroying jobs has resonated with French workers of all races.
The same is true of her claim to represent the struggling people of France betrayed by “globalised elites”.
Jean-Philippe Virapin, a Paris municipal employee from the French Caribbean island of Martinique, says that what drew him to the front was “the defence of the modest, forgotten people”.
Another FN member, Elie Chabot, a 22-year-old of Aramaean (Syrian) origin, says: “People of foreign origin suffer all the ills highlighted by Marine Le Pen – insecurity, mass migration and poverty.”
In the old days, he notes, the French far-right used to frown upon any group that deviated from country’s white, Christian, patriarchal tradition. Religious, sexual, or ethnic minorities were treated as suspect.
Now, Mr Nitkowski says, the FN has only one scapegoat: radical Islam. “They champion the rights of Jews, women, homosexuals and others by presenting them as victims of Muslim fundamentalists,” he says. “The image of a single mother at its head is also a powerful symbol of openness.”
Under Marine Le Pen, the FN has projected a more inclusive image
Nour, a 27-year-old Henin resident of Moroccan origin, also doubts that the front has cast aside prejudice. “I don’t feel I fit their idea of a French person,” he says. “In recent years they have tried to sound moderate, but I think this is just a facade.”
This is fiercely denied by the FN. Laurent Brice, a senior figure in the new council, insists it is working for all residents regardless of religion or ethnicity.
Regarding school meals, he says, the front’s stress on secularism simply means canteens will offer a choice of dishes. “We will neither ban pork nor impose halal food,” he says. “This is not a problem.”
In Henin-Beaumont, as elsewhere, politics is driving the FN towards a moderate stance. As one African-born resident puts it: “The front cannot afford to antagonise immigrants. If it wants a majority, it has to be inclusive.”
France’s National Front will never be as multi-ethnic as its national football team.
So, you can be French by imagining it is so.
France’s pain is in being swamped by Eastern Europeans.
Africans are chaffed at the notion of not being fully accepted as French.
And the party of nominal French nationalism should strive to match the demographics of an 80% non-white soccer team.
We need to take whatever millimeter victories are achievable and always strive to shift the frame toward a mindset less psychotic. Thus National Front is cleared to crow proudly of my endorsement. Though even in their victory progress would move slowly–as demographics are moving quickly. Every birth requires a cradle–though our available time to lie there is brief.
What price wealth?
One too high by my estimation. Though you must respect the unparalleled determination of Frenchman-at-heart Chamangeni Zulu.
A man allowed a hyena to attack him and eat his genitals after being told it would help him to become rich. Zulu said he was mauled by the animal in the African bush.
As well as eating his genitals, Zulu also said it ate three of his toes.
It happened after he arrived in Chipata where he says he met a witchdoctor who told him that sacrificing body parts was the best way to become rich.
Speaking to the Times of Zambia, Zulu, who is aged between 20 and 24, said: “I came from Malawi and when I arrived in Chipata I met some business persons who told me that the best way to become rich was to sacrifice parts of my body.
“…..I went to a bush where I was instructed to be naked and a hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten.”
After being attacked he crawled to a road and was taken to hospital by passing police officers.
He is now being treated at Chipata General Hospital, who confirmed he had lost his genitals following the incident on March 24.
Is that the method by which Sheldon Addelson vets his republican toadies?
And while the causation may not at first seem obvious or meriting the excruciating cost, Mr. Zulu has almost certainly saved himself a fortune in emotional disappointment and sexual dissatisfaction. Wealth comes in many forms than mere money. So here’s to you…and your surgeon.