Cartographers know geography. That is why anthropologists draw the best maps. For unless you are an oil company or a color-blind conservative, it is the human boundaries and salients that are far more determinative than the physical ones. Real borders–the ones in life rather than on walls–are drawn by human populations. Governments and geography merely offer suggestions. In places such as Iraq, these go wholly unheeded. It must confound constitutional fetishists that Sunni, Shia, and Kurd display such passionate disinterest for plurality politics, state primacy, and multi-factional coalitions. It’s almost as if those competing tribes aren’t even interested in attempting to live and govern among people who hate them. Apparently in some terrains, the greenery of globalism must be watered with fuel-air bombs before it truly flowers. Though regardless of such remedial actions, the fact always remains: governments draw borders in pencil, populations draw them in ink.
There are many other examples. Zimbabwe resides in the outline of Rhodesia like Haiti does St. Dominigue. Though as filth and dependency will attest, these roses by any other name do not smell so sweet. So what turned wealthy civilizations into a botfly paradise within the same geographic footprint? Only the crowd in Glenn Beck’s head doesn’t know. And while they search for an answer, others understand that when blood battles soil, the contest is never in doubt.
Of course we all comprehend the ongoing conflict in Europe. Here heads-of-state labor alongside alien surveyors to redraw Africa’s northern boundary at the Arctic Ocean. It’s suggested natives should have little input into these evolving contours. Many are pleased to defer. Some much less so. Still others are drawing lines of their own. To the chagrin of their cultural morticians, a European redoubt is forming in Europe. Perhaps it will be called Visegrad.
The Visegrad Group, also called the Visegrad Four, or V4 is an alliance of four Central European states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration as well as advancing their military, economic and energy cooperation with one another.
We could add one additional element to that alliance, which transcends even these lofty considerations. Though people need politesse, and if those euphemisms serve their purpose then we’ll grant good men a veneer of etiquette. So let Visegrad be about “energy cooperation”; long may it live. But to be candid, there’s a bit more than The Economy on the minds of these leaders. Here’s a couple of indications what:
Czech President Zeman to migrants: No one invited you here.
Slovakia’s Prime Minister Fico scores just as highly, pledging that Bratislava would “never make a voluntary decision that would lead to the formation of a unified Muslim community in Slovakia.” Additionally, “Multi-culturalism is a fiction. Once you let migrants in, you can face such problems.”
Poland and Hungary’s defiant friendship
He (Orban) defends politically incorrect views, warning that the hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim migrants arriving in the EU threaten the continent’s “Christian” roots.
His economic policies lean populist, as does Poland’s new government. He promised and delivered on relief for the thousands of Hungarians who had costly mortgages denominated in Swiss francs. His unorthodox economic policies, dubbed “Orbanomics,” imposed special taxes on many big businesses, in particular non-Hungarian ones. To the frustration of his critics, Hungary last year had one of the fastest growth rates in the EU.
In Poland, Kaczyński has railed against migrants carrying “parasites and protozoa.”
The party’s economic ideas are similar to Orbán’s. Andrzej Duda, the PiS-backed president, promised to help the half-million Poles with Swiss franc mortgages. The government wants to impose a special tax on big retail outlets (largely foreign owned) and a new banking tax. Its signature policy is a per-child bonus of 500 zlotys (€116) a month for families with two or more children.
As far as the EU is concerned, Poland’s new leadership admires how Orbán has stood up for Hungary’s interests. While not opposed to EU membership, the new Polish government resents being bossed around by Brussels or Berlin on matters ranging from CO2 emissions to refugees.
At the same time, the Law and Justice government wants to deepen cooperation within East-Central Europe, which it feels was previously neglected in favor of relations with Paris and Berlin. In this view, the Visegrad Group could form the core of a broader alliance stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea, with Warsaw at the center.
If you didn’t care to read the excerpts, here’s a summary: The Visegrad states are coalescing around a common rejection of Soros-style, petri-dish globalism. And these are just the liberals.
Even further right, Polish-Hungarian camaraderie is used as a banner by nationalists united by a shared disdain for Western liberalism. Hostility to migrants is bringing Poland’s marginal National Movement and the nationalist Jobbik, the third-largest party in the Hungarian parliament, closer together.
There was a visible Hungarian presence at the annual nationalist march in Warsaw on Polish Independence Day, November 11. “Friendship today, alliance tomorrow,” read a bilingual banner carried by youths with Jobbik flags.
The mayor of Ásotthalom offered additional thoughts.
We are defending Europe from the Islamic invasion in exactly the same way as 500 years ago; and unfortunately, the West is silent in the same way as before.”
“As opposed to liberal values based on individualism, secularism, consumerism and multiculturalism, we support the defense of the nation state, its traditions, ethnic composition and Christian values,” he said.
A traditional white Christian nation-state. Those readers just leaving their evening black queer studies class may be too young to recall, but there was a time in living memory when vast occidental majorities would have expressed identical sentiments with surprise that opposing views even existed. This same perspective now falling exclusively under the purview of Hate, and thus anathema to even the whimpering mangy creatures who call themselves conservatives.
And as the society they never conserved dissolves around them, we again see that what a parent fails to defend their child learns to detest. Of course this principle applies in both directions, and so I hope leftists in Visegrad will accept the lesson with calm composure. Though I’m not much interested either way. Because it is borders that will ultimately determine the output of their countries’ classrooms. The borders that organically form and shift between human populations wherever they come into friction. And if one of those nations is breached sufficiently, only the dead molt of a country is left to linger.
The people of Sweden appear determined to secure a place on wall maps of the future. In contrast, those in Visegrad seek their continuity on the ground. Just don’t ask a cartographer to explain the difference.