I long thought it likely to be captured on the iPhone 62S, but this millennium’s race for the West appears to be rapidly culminating in a final sprint. Leading their lethargic citizenry by laps over the past generation, our governments and their globalist patrons are now starting to feel some unaccustomed heat down the back stretch. Highly irritated natives are beginning to accelerate out of a numbed shuffling. And what appeared as a certain rout, just may become interesting. Can the Western states replace their nations before the nations replace their states? I’m sure history offers some analogues of comparable import, though none in which our children are as vested.
Polish right sweeps parliamentary elections
A right-wing wave on Sunday swept out Poland’s ruling Civic Platform party after eight years in office, according to exit polls released immediately after voting ended at 9 pm.
The polls showed Law and Justice (PiS) with 39 percent and Civic Platform with 23 percent.
Coming after the party’s candidate won Poland’s presidency in May, this victory gives PiS a firm hold on all the reins of power in the EU’s sixth most-populous country. The turnover here brings into office another vocally nationalistic government in Central Europe from the same political family as Hungary’s Viktor Orban.
European politics are entering a unusual period of unvarnished simplicity. There are two social models on offer: virtuous surrender or vulgar sovereignty. Despite the pleasures of procrastination, Europeans are soon going to be put to the choice of either relinquishing or retaining their ancient lands. Political vehicles for both options are on the table. There is, of course, the Merkel model of compassionate dissolution, and the increasingly viable Orban platform of national continuity. Many other political fissures exist, though none remotely as relevant. This fact being one of many lost on oblivious Americans who wail that Trump’s tax proposals aren’t even conservative! In an emergency, you triage. And hangnails can wait.
A vibrant economy still left millions angry – Law and Justice promised a lower retirement age, a monthly subsidy of 500 zlotys per child and a minimum wage.
PiS wants to limit the growth of foreign retail outlets, to impose a new bank tax and to force banks to absorb losses in turning hundreds of thousands of expensive mortgages denominated in Swiss francs into zloty loans.
PiS wants to build stronger ties with the rest of Central Europe, a bloc that Warsaw hopes to lead. The focus will be “region, region, and once again region,”
Migrants – Poland’s outgoing government was reluctant to take in migrants, and ended up doing so only under fierce pressure, while refusing to accept the idea of mandatory quotas to resettle them. Kaczyński (backed by Duda) has warned that migrants carry diseases. Expect Poland to join the Hungary-led camp of those most fiercely resisting the resettlement of large numbers of Muslim asylum-seekers.
Climate – Warsaw has long ruffled green feathers with its strident defense of coal, which supplies about 90 percent of the country’s electricity. The new government will be just as tough. This could well cause big problems next year, when the EU tries to figure out how individual countries will meet its overall target to have renewables supply 27 percent of the bloc’s energy by 2030.
Subsidizing native fertility, protecting domestic industry and wages, defending traditional values, regionalism in lieu of globalism, migration resistance, and climate change indifference. That’s practically a wholesale repudiation of modern liberal theology. And while migration is the only stand that matters, the positions above do form the outline of a coherent political model that offers a stark contrast against its opposition.
And that contrast is fundamentally in what a country is, why it is, and whose interests it represents: it is the political/legal manifestation of a distinct people arising from shared talents, temperament, and beliefs within a defined geographic boundary? Or it is a market segment dedicated to the unfettered movement of goods, labor, and capital? One model generates diversity in humans and cultures, the other in Ferraris and favelas. I didn’t say it was an easy choice, just a simple one.
Yet it’s interesting that the nations of Eastern Europe are beginning to coalesce around the Orban model. Interesting but not surprising. Western Europeans can at least offer frail pleas of ignorance as to what the program actually meant before arriving en masse. But for those in the east, there is no sand deep enough to bury heads to what is streaming over and through their borders. The resulting electoral revulsion is not altogether shocking. And so when multiculturalism comes here, it will probably be behind an American tank.
Though there’s animating forces beyond just the horror show on their borders. Cultural commonality makes Eastern Europe’s drift toward regionalism as familiar as human civilization. This would occur rapidly in America without the weight of its massive federal apparatus. In the absence of a boot on its neck, like always finds like. And compared to an Orban, Poles are finding precious little to like in the model championed by a fanatically treasonous Merkel.
Whatever Poland’s ultimate disposition, a future time traveler would know it immediately by glimpsing which of these two images remain.