Junges Europa, Felix Menzel / Philip Stein, BN-Anstoß 2013.
This little book by two young Europeans is a collection of four texts regarding the fate of Europe.
Quite a few groups have called themselves ‘Young Europe’ in the past. The precursor chosen by the authors is the Young Europe secret society founded by Giuseppe Mazzini in 1834. Mazzini was a nationalist and classically liberal dissident opposed to the post-napoleonic European order. He believed in a confederation of European nations. Only men aged less than 40 could become part of his movement.
The first essay is by Menzel and takes its title from Hannah Arendt’s analysis of the “infinitely improbable” in the realm of politics. The task of the young generation, according to him, is to develop a vision combining the idea of national identity with the idea of a European identity, based on the substance of the people of Europe, not on empty ideologies. The essay concludes with a critical discussion of national sovereignism.
Stein wrote the second essay. It presents eight basic “scenarios of upheaval”, based on developments in the following spheres: family ; regional autonomy ; ethnic unrest ; party politics ; economic instability ; de-growth (“décroissance”) ; metapolitics ; intellectuals. Stein’s analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the established political order is highly informative.
The third essay is Menzel’s presentation of Ortega y Gasset’s idea of the European state, conceived as a vitalistic overcoming of Europe’s cultural fatigue, or decadence. According to Ortega y Gasset, this European state need not take the shape of a formal entity in the legal sense.
In the fourth and final text, both authors discuss in interview form the revolutionary potential in Europe, and echo the Mazzinist call to spiritually reconnect with Old Europe, that is to say with Europe as it existed between 1200 and 1800.
The authors of Junges Europa search for the European identity. Have they found it? I believe that they are on the right path, but that they may not have arrived quite yet.
They may be surprised to discover how sharp and precise the concept of European identity can really be.
Identitarians vs. nationalists
The difference between European Identitarians and European Nationalists summed up in one name? “Lepanto.”
Western Europeans have forgotten who they are. Their memory is relentlessly being destroyed by the disease of progressivism. Their religious belief in Human Rights is enabling the present colonization of Europe by invaders.
No political distinction between friend and enemy is possible if we don’t know who we are, what our identity is, who belongs to our group and who doesn’t. We must recover our identity. We must reconnect with the vital axis of our history.
This axis is not provided by abstract ideas, but by great men. This principle is finely exemplified by Junges Europa. Michael Klonovsky would be proud.
Note on metapolitics and intellectuals
The Thymos Book Club follows the metapolitical strategy outlined in Junges Europa (pp. 69-75), and hopes to see the first rewards of its efforts during this year’s fall season.
The coming months of September, October, and November will provide many significant opportunities for public intellectuals to pick and support a side in the present struggle we find ourselves in. Some still hesitate, some still feel the need to play it safe. But the waves that strike us will only be getting bigger and more numerous.
The alternative faced by intellectuals is the following: to allow themselves to continue to be policed, if not outright hunted down, by progressive watchdogs ; or to push against the enemy and bring the intellectual fight to him, in his institutional fortresses.
Defeat him there, and his spirit will truly be crushed.
When and where will the final coup de grâce occur, and who will deliver it? We cannot know this yet. What can be said with certainty however, is the following: great will that man’s fame be, long will the coming generations in Europe remember his name and his thought.
The existence of this book brings further confirmation of the fact that a new generation has seized its political moment in Europe. It shows that its members do not believe in the ability of existing institutions to manage the crisis. The progressivist cybernetic boomer utopia doesn’t interest them. They also do not just perceive the return of History as the negation of the existing state of things. Instead, they believe in Fate, and only read deeply those who show an understanding of these matters. Putting an end to decades of low thymos, they are guided by an instinctive positive affinity with the coming transformation.
Call to action
Far too many German-speaking people in Paris are low-thymos. The local progressive atmosphere, as well as the great distance from Schnellroda are not helping to correct this situation.
The Thymos Book Club supports the creation of a thymotic outpost of Germanic intellectuals in Paris.
The Thymos Book Club will promote Germanic actions HERE, so keep an eye open. Have suggestions? Post them below!
This blog will be taking a break from posting until October.
The final word goes to Oberkriegsrat Bob Steuckers: “Everything can rise again: one knows this if one doesn’t view history as a vectorial line.”
Tout peut resurgir: on le sait si on ne considère pas l’histoire comme une ligne vectorielle.
— Robert Steuckers (@RobertSteuckers) June 15, 2016