The one thing about Nations and the elites that rule them is that they like to emphasise their unending continuity, the truth is somewhat different. Most ‘Nations’ are fairly tenuous and of very short lived duration.
Our family bible is older than the United States Declaration of independence by some thirty years, so that is only some ten generations. My great grandfather was born in 1868, before the USA had reached its first one hundred years. Israel was ‘created’ ten years before I was born. Most of the borders and states in the Middle East and Eastern Europe were created as a result of Versailles in 1919, and many other states were created in 1816 as a result of the Congress of Vienna.
As we approach 2019 are we due for another major realignment or are we in a continual state of flux anyway ?
Starting with Europe, Germany created in 1870 under the ‘guidance’ of Bismark, its borders have flexed hugely as a result of wars in 1870, 1914 and 1939. All within the lifetime of my great grandfather.
France one of the oldest nations along with England, only achieved its borders two hundred years ago, and has acquired, lost and retained Alsace Lorraine in a one hundred year period since. French has only been the universal language of France since 1914. The territory of France is made up of Bretons, Burgundians, etc etc . All having different cultures and histories. France is an artificial construct. As is Spain, as is the United Kingdom, a State that has only existed since 1707 and is breaking down into is constituent parts by devolution.
Belgium created by Palmerston in 1830 only exists in the minds of non Belgians, the Walloons and Flemish barely share any cultural interchange. Italy created mid nineteenth century, Greece early nineteenth century, the Republic of Ireland mid twentieth century, Pakistan and India mid twentieth century.
Yugoslavia broke up in a bloody ethnic civil war once the iron hand of Tito was removed.
Of the two mid twentieth century super powers, the United States and Russia, they only reached their full super power status in my lifetime. Russia lost its status and fragmented by 1989, twenty years ago. The United States is not an invincible empire, demographically it will probably stop being a ‘white’ nation by the mid 21st Century, Spanish will be as widely spoken as English. The Mid West has a separate culture and demographic to that of the East and West Coasts.
It is in Imperial decline as was Rome, not by war but by financial collapse.
One thing is certain that the United States will be faced with its second Federal crisis within the next fifty years. There are already secessionist movements in Alaska and the South, and according to last weeks Sunday Times, armed mid west militias are now being taken seriously by the Federal Government.
All of these artificial States around the world are imploding under their own contradictions. We travel more than we did even forty years ago. Generally people you meet travelling the world are nice, warm and friendly. Just want to live and bring up their families in peace and without threat.
Political Elites in this country have maintained power over our lives by demonising the ‘others’. For the last four hundred years it was ‘The French’. Then ‘The Germans’, now it is ‘The Muslims’. The ‘State’ maintains its sway by having the monopoly of violence, and maintaining that it is ‘protecting’ us. Those that run the State, have you noticed usually end up slightly off their rocker and acting in irrational ways whilst having a finger on the nuclear trigger. I would include in this list of people who recently ‘lost it’ , George Bush, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Margaret Thatcher all started displaying what was once called ‘power mad’ tendencies.
From 2008 to 2010, we have just lived through something that was so cataclysmic, that we are still yet to work out the consequences for us as individuals.
My youngest son collected his A level results, he did OK, but he is not going to storm the citadels of academe. He had already secured his place at University on the basis of his portfolio, therefore he is ‘ chilled’ .
He intends to follow a course of study because he is interested in the subject and then will decide what he wants to do with his life. This may or may not include hacking his way to the top of commerce, this may or may not include a whole host of other options. For him it is trying to be happy, independent and self sufficient, not following a pre ordained list of must do’s to be successful.
The Media are saying that for an eighteen year old the outlook is the worst for fifty years. No careers, no mortgages and no big salaries ( and tax bills).
Sounds like liberation to me !
The biggest threat to his future is the power of the State, lashing out in one crisis after another, seeking his allegiance by coercion to a country and a world that is changing economically, culturally and socially rapidly. If it is in his interest to live elsewhere on the globe he will do so. In that sense we will suffer a loss of quality in our émigrés, to be replaced with the poorer and uneducated attracted by a failing welfare state.
We need to effect this transition carefully, back towards the individual and away from artificial states governed by self interested elites intent on ‘protecting’ us, from whatever threats they can conjure up.
Andrew P Withers