Concentric circles of interest and loyalty are one of the most fundamental elements of sentient life. As such, it’s consistently irritating to watch even intelligent commenters take positions in apparent isolation from them. Here is an example:
I have an interest in keeping my neighbor out of my wife. My neighbor and I have an interest in keeping Nigerians out of our community. Nigerians and I have an interest in keeping lethal pathogens out of a global pandemic. And lethal pathogens and I have an interest in keeping large comets out of the Pacific Ocean.
You will notice these alliances aren’t formed by, or contingent upon, the harmony of their internal components, but on the weight of external force. I don’t need to adore my neighbor (or Nigerians) to appreciate our mutual peril. In fact, reciting our points of misalignment and hostility would be a pristine example of accurate statements made obtuse.
I mention this because few weeks pass without my reading an opinion from some quarter of the dissident right disparaging the concept of white nationalism or a pan European identity. In nearly every instance, support is provided by noting the manifest differences of the manifold Western cultures that often enough don’t much overlap.
There’s a certain amount of compelling sway to this argument for everyone. If the America of my birth had been sealed in amber, I would have probably lavished my precious hate on white northerners: a group who would make great countrymen for anyone’s worst enemies. But the America of my birth is dead. And so nurturing cherished regional resentments is a luxury I’m too cheap to indulge. The point is, you don’t fight over trifles in a tornado.
Variances between Western peoples, while certainly no trifle to our eyes, are that precisely in light of the external force being applied to all of them. Scots and Englishmen may nurse a mutual acrimony as old as their island; but they are indistinguishable oppressors to the aliens busily taking it from them. Some natives will even say they don’t mind the encroaching muslims at all. But that’s the voice of solipsism speaking. The question more relevant to their continued health is “do the muslims mind them?” This being a question most whites are little inclined to pursue.
Yet being vividly minded by an exploding population of foreigners is what makes the concentric circle of mutual Western interests so particularly germane. And it doesn’t require us to like each other even a little to acknowledge it. It is in fact a display of extraordinary determination for two Europeans to stand on a street corner in Lagos and agree they have nothing in common. Who knows, maybe it takes a comet plunging toward the Pacific to change their mind.