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Deserting a ‘sinking’ ship

I am still shaking my head over the growing numbers of Russophiles on the ”right”, especially amongst those who more or less call themselves ethnopatriots or ethnonationalists. I mean, being somewhat favorable towards Russia and its government is different from talking about emigrating to Russia.

Much of this infatuation with Russia seems to be based on a couple of things, mainly, an admiration for Vladimir Putin. But just ask some of the ethnonationalists in or from Russia what they think of Putin. The other factor seems to be the presence of RT, ”Russia Today”” I believe it’s called, the propaganda outlet that is directed mainly at us here in America and in Britain. Haven’t watchers noticed how most of the newsreaders or ”pundits” on RT are raving lefties, often urban types, people who expatriated themselves because they dislike their own country and people? I viewed RT when it was a new channel on Roku and I quickly had their number. If RT does report things that are too politically incorrect for our controlled media, it seems to be intended mainly to give this country a black eye, and to foment anti-American feeling.

Before anybody calls me a ‘patriotard’, I just remind them that there is a difference between the old-fashioned blind kind of patriotism, ”my country, right or wrong” and a love for one’s folk, one’s heritage, way of life, history. I like being amongst my own, amongst people with whom I share an implicit understanding based on a shared ancestry, history, heritage, preferences, habits, culture, attitude, style of expression, food. Even little things like body language, nuance, all those things that make communication flow better. This is all missing when you are with people of a very different culture and different habits of living, ways of thinking, different emotional style, different rules of etiquette and interaction. If you haven’t ever lived outside your country, and I am not talking about just a vacation here and there, but living elsewhere among foreign people, you really don’t know how alienating it can be. And this is true even when you are in a country with a similar culture and people, such as Ireland. Despite the ubiquitous popular ‘culture’ and mass media, and a shared language, Ireland is quite different, and the people are not ”just like us”. No other people are ”just like us”, no matter that they may dress in American styles, eat American fast food, listen to American music. People are just not interchangeable. This is an idea I’ve stressed on this blog. Yet so many, especially the younger Americans, think all ”White” people are pretty much the same in all the ways that matter, so we can just pick up and run to Europe or to Russia and fit right in there.

And besides Russian women are ”hot”, so American men are wont to say. They all look like willowy supermodels, as the trustworthy media show us.

Then there’s this factor: maybe the Russians (or whichever nationality you prefer) don’t want us moving en masse — or even in smaller numbers — to their already multiculturalized country. Maybe they prefer Russia for the Russians — though it has not been so for a long, long time. Some younger Americans with immigrant parents or grandparents blithely say they are dual citizens and are all set to pack up for the Old Country when things get unbearable here. But in many of those ‘old countries’ that your parents and grandparents came from, they will consider you ”just an American”, not as one of them, despite your ancestry. That was what I heard when I was in Ireland: the Irish viewed Irish-Americans as Americans, first and foremost, and were somewhat bemused at the Irish-Americans considering that they were Irish foremost. ‘Yanks’ is how the Irish-Irish viewed their American cousins. And many Irish have a distinctly anti-American feeling these days. Even if you agree with their anti-Americanism (which many on the ”right” do these days) you are still a Yank from a country that is resented and disliked by many, not just in Ireland but elsewhere in Europe.

Personally I wouldn’t be happy living in a country where my native country and heritage were resented and despised by many. I can’t be that self-hating, and above all I know that my people are not deserving of the bad feeling that so much of the world has for us. Much of their antipathy is based on the same old envy of the successful and the strong (which we once were) that ‘conservatives’ used to instinctively reject. It’s a loser mentality to resent the strong and successful, and to make virtue of victimhood.

Many would-be expatriates are, I think, wanting to run away from their Americanness because they are too quick to succumb to the leftist anti-American/anti-White propaganda. They have internalized it. Why is it that so many ‘ethnopatriots’ or WNs repeat the same slurs against America as the lefties and nonwhites do? Terms like ‘Amurka’ or other such putdowns toward ‘flyover country’ heartland America. Rural heartland Americans, according to this line of thought,  are all dumb hicks, ‘trailer trash’ or they are flag-waving dupes  with low IQs, and all the rest of the bad stereotypes. On this, much of the ‘right’ of today agrees with the likes of Michael Moore.

We need not be flag-waving blind jingoists (as the left has always called Americans who are loyal to their folk or country) but why run to the opposite extreme of knee-jerk reacting, and becoming an America-hating American, or trying to run away from being what we are?

My patriotism and loyalty is primarily to the South, though the South is under an occupation government since 1865. But despite the fact that we are a folk without a state to represent us, or to protect our interests and our existence, that is not a reason to run away to some alien land where you will never be ‘one of the people’, where you may never master the language and culture, and where you may be hated for your nationality.

I don’t expect to dissuade any of the Russophiles or Americaphobes or whatever, but I do want to point out that if we are truly ethnopatriots or ethnoloyalists we should want to stick it out in the land of our fathers, and to act in solidarity with our own folk who cannot or would not leave this country. If the young and able leave this country to find an easier time (so they think) in other peoples’ countries, a lot of decent people of our own flesh and blood will be left to their fate as increasingly isolated and surrounded by minorities in their land. Are we really that atomized and so ”ruggedly individualistic’ in the Randian sense that we will abandon our own, especially our elders, to their fate while we slink off? What about all our dear departed, whose graves we leave behind?

Where does loyalty and group solidarity come in? Are we really believers in the ”proposition nation” idea after all, if we think that because we agree with or admire Vladimir Putin that we ”belong” to Russia more than to the land where our fathers died? Is it all about politics and ideology after all, or is there no such thing as blood ties, love for land and soil, loyalty to those who are bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh?

I suppose the most dedicated Russophiles are determined to jump ship, and if so, I say godspeed, good luck. We are probably better off if those without loyalty to their own leave us. But common sense should dictate that they at least get to know a number of Russian people here first, and try to learn the (very difficult) language, and perhaps ask the many Russians living here why they are not back in their native land, being as it’s such a Christian and free country now. At least visit the Al Fin Next Level blog now and then for his very informed take on the real situation in the Russian promised land, not the ”RT” propaganda.

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5 thoughts on “Deserting a ‘sinking’ ship

  1. “If you haven't ever lived outside your country, and I am not talking about just a vacation here and there, but living elsewhere among foreign people, you really don't know how alienating it can be.”

    If you remember VA, I used to post here under a different name (my real first name) and I would comment occasionally while I was studying abroad in Spain for six months when I was a junior in college (can't believe that will have been eight years ago starting in January). Though I adapted quite well to Spanish culture (and no, I'm not just talking about siestas, tapas, and bullfighting), I never forgot where I came from. Case in point: once I got an apartment after having lived there for a month, I lived with another American, an Italian, and a French girl. The latter two would go home on occasion and it never failed to occur to me: home, that's a 9 hour flight across the Atlantic. Though I was extremely respectful to my homestay (a widower who worked as a nurse) for the month I lived with her, I can't begin to explain the relief I had when I had my own place with three others my age. It meant I could put my feet up without fear of offense (Spaniards, as this is a legacy from the Moorish occupation for several centuries, view putting your feet up on an ottoman or couch as offensive, you aren't supposed to lift the soles of your feet/shoes up ever).

    “And this is true even when you are in a country with a similar culture and people, such as Ireland. Despite the ubiquitous popular 'culture' and mass media, and a shared language, Ireland is quite different, and the people are not 'just like us'. ” A great example would be our British cousins (though I have no British blood in me, by virtue of being of an older stock of Americans as opposed to the recent arrivals, I consider the Brits our cousins). We're very similar in many respects but, for example, we don't eat fish and chips. We have different idioms.

    ” Yet so many, especially the younger Americans, think all ''White'' people are pretty much the same in all the ways that matter, so we can just pick up and run to Europe or to Russia and fit right in there.” I'm glad to report though I'll be 29 on Saturday I am not that foolish. I am extremely glad too you cued in to RT being propaganda. I honestly believe the support Putin and Russia has on the Right is due to Russian propaganda. You have to give the SVR (the external successor to the KGB) credit: they know how to craft an image. There's a think tank in London called The Legatus Institute. You can find their webpage online. They had a great discussion back in August (?) about Russian propaganda in the 21st century. To those that would be foolhardy enough to run there, keep in mind, there is: 1) no First Amendment 2) Your communications are systematically monitored (this is signed law, not a breaking of the law like the NSA did here Stateside) and 3) there are paid trolls to put out the Kremlin's POV that are paid a measly $500/month. Yes, $500/month. Think if you could live here on that? If you could in Russia, what does that say about your quality of life? Furthermore, given our governments' disagreements, what's to say the FSB won't pick you up? And no, having interned in a US Embassy in graduate school and done jail visits, your American citizenship WILL NOT HELP.

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  2. “And besides Russian women are ''hot'', so American men are wont to say. ” It's been a long time coming I'll admit (I attribute it to getting the latent liberalism out of my system) but I've finally come to appreciate the beauty of true, feminine, American women. There is no equal in the world.

    “Then there's this factor: maybe the Russians (or whichever nationality you prefer) don't want us moving en masse — or even in smaller numbers — to their already multiculturalized country.”
    We still operate under a Westphalian system where state sovereignty is supreme. They can refuse a foreign national entry.

    “Personally I wouldn't be happy living in a country where my native country and heritage were resented and despised by many.” Besides not passing the FSOT, that's probably the reason I will never make what was my ideal career, working in the Foreign Service, a career. I love our country too much; you may call me thin skinned but I do no tolerate it well any longer when someone critcizes the U.S., especially a foreign national.

    “Why is it that so many 'ethnopatriots' or WNs repeat the same slurs against America as the lefties and nonwhites do? ” Frankly, they're unedcuated; they haven't been outside the U.S. and lived outside to truly understand what we have here is unique and can be destroyed.

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  3. Fans of Vladimir 'Deus ex Machina' Putin fundamentally misunderstand Russia and Putin. You're right.

    However, it's a lot harder to build something internally. It's a hard and lonely road to travel.

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  4. Unlike Visitor above, I disagree that those considering leaving or who may issue cynical words about America are ignorant. I've done both in my time and I consider myself both well read and well traveled (owing to my Naval career).

    The fault in many cases (as it was in mine) isn't ignorance but despair or apathy. Passing that there may be a lingering sense of strategy in fleeing and establishing onself elsewhere with a goal of better aiding the liberation of our folk. That's the noble side of a move to Russia – like children who play their divorced parents against each other…

    This isn't to say I want to move, especially not to Russia, but there might be noble reasons for it.

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  5. I find Russia Insider to be a source of much insight on events in Syria. A lot of what they publish is reproduced from other sites. It is like entering a different bubble where there is an intelligent alternative to American MSM rah rah. Putin seems to be the only major European leader who isn't under the thumb of the American government and who doesn't think the best way to fight al Qaida/ISIS is to destroy the one government that is offering effective resistance to them and is a sane, secular society to boot. The approach of the other fools in the “coalition” opposing Assad is made to appear all the more lunatic in comparison with Putin's obvious good sense. So that particular contrast is persuasive.

    Similarly, it's obvious that Obama and to some extent the W. Europeans are intent on painting the Russians as fascists intent on military adventure. The transparent idiocy of that makes Putin's insights and calm delivery that much more compelling.

    That said, I have no desire to move there and any heartburn I have about events in America is due to the ultra left transformation at the hands of the elite. The apathy and indifference of the majority of voters does exercise me, I admit, but I also know there is a reservoir of patriotism and common sense out there. With luck, some of the latter may eventually rub off on me.

    I once studied Chinese in Taiwan and did my best to immerse myself in local culture. I soon found I very much looked forward to times when I could get together with other American students and get down to the Navy base where I could enjoy a cup of coffee and some apple pie. Just the food you enjoy is more of a part of you than you realize.

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