In 2014 it became impossible to ignore the fact that culture increasingly replaced economics as the driving and defining force in human affairs, both domestic and international. What we have come to know as ‘rational’ economic self interest is exerting less and less pull on the way that people think. Something is taking its place. Across the globe people are beginning to understand themselves as individuals and groups in a different way.
This change in perspective is not nationalism or patriotism. In fact it comes into existence in direct contradiction to nationalism and patriotism. It is based on a conception of shared belief, values and history that opposes the property rights and geographic definitions that make up Germanic Land Democracy.
We need a new term for this collective/individual identity to differentiate it from what has gone before; I would suggest that the term Cultural Constituency is the most appropriate..
The transition from class and nation to constituency has become explicit in relatively few places in the past year but the principle behind it has affected EVERY territory on the globe. This is why I can confidently predict you will see more examples of culture superseding economics throughout the coming year.
Here are some of the most prominent examples of the constituency effect in 2014.
Scotland Referendum. The desire for independence was built on a non Saxon constituency that sees itself as separate from Britain as a whole with a conception of social rights and responsibilities that puts Scottish/Gaelic priorities in direct opposition to Anglo Saxon priorities.
The referendum was in effect a judgment on the financialised Anglo Saxon economy and resulting Credit Crunch, what was done to ‘repair’ the damage from the financial crash and what is going to happen going forward. This specific difference of opinion and culture explains why the population of Scotland split the way it did: The Gaelic/Scottish west voted for independence, the Saxon East voted against. It also explains why the membership of the SNP has surged in the aftermath of the referendum, especially in the west of Scotland. A national referendum only partially expressed the difference that has emerged between these two constituencies. That is why a national referendum has been unable to resolve these differences and they are ongoing.
UKIP in Britain. The United Kingdom Independence Party has emerged as a destabilising force in British politics winning two by elections and threatening to destabilise the entire forthcoming general election. UKIP offers overt Anglo Saxon perspectives and values, differentiating itself starkly from establishment pan European parties. It is not a coincidence that UKIP is strongest in the south east of England, the area with the highest density of Anglo Saxon inhabitants.
The Emergence of UKIP in Britain and the SNP in Scotland reveals clearly how fundamentally differing perspectives on the role of government in society, social cohesion etc are all rising to the fore. These perspectives are no longer seen as conditional and subject to changing economic conditions. People are making permanent and irreversible decisions about the way they want to see their societies develop. And they are doing this on the basis of culture.
The Catalonian Independence movement is using a secession referendum to challenge the Spanish national consensus on EU membership and the German led restructuring of the European economy. Catalonia can claim a distinct history and culture as will as industrial infrastructure separate from the rest of Spain. This is reflected in the development of Catalan economy and industry which makes Catalonia a viable separate region. Catalonia won’t accept the consequences of being integrated into Europe on German terms which would effectively mean becoming a service hinterland to the central German manufacturing economy abandoning a significant part of their identity and history.
The Greeks are another constituency that is deciding whether to remain part of the German culture dominated EU. This is expressed in opposition to continued compliance with the terms of the bailout organised in the aftermath of the Credit Crunch. The restructuring of the Greek economy, including wholesale privatisation of state assets is increasingly perceived by a majority of Greeks as a German led process. Greek identity is becoming a central issue, if the German led EU has its way there will be no recognisable Greece left. Those who are pro- EU and pro austerity have defined themselves as being anti Greek culture.
(As I write: Greece has failed to ratify the existing bailout arrangements, a General Election is now inevitable…)
Sweden has entered a crisis of social democracy ever since Anders Brevik forcibly called an end to the consensus on immigration and the post war model. Scandinavian societies have become increasingly polarised. The Social Democrat consensus is breaking down and Sweden is becoming increasingly divided in terms of wealth distribution. This represents a battle to determine what the ‘true’ nature of Germanic/Scandinavian culture is. Is it the pre WWII culture of polarisation or the post WWII culture of Social Democracy and cohesion?
Russia Syria and Ukraine form a troika of nations that are in the crucible of the constituency process. Syria, Ukraine and Russia are being dismembered from without and within using the process of constituencies.
In Ukraine a pro German cultural constituency is attempting to permanently dismember a moderately pro Slavic constituency and expel it from political power. Maidan Ukrainians are making a decisive cultural break from Russian/ Slavic culture; even though this is a full on economic disaster for the majority of ordinary Ukrainians, including pro-German Ukrainians. The fact that they are willing to suffer financial collapse in order to separate from pro Slavic Ukrainians is an indication of just how far the culturisation process has gone.
Syria is convulsed by the birth of ISIL and Sunni nationalism which seeks to overthrown the existence of Syria as a modern multi-group nation state. Already vast numbers of Shiite and Christian Syrians have been expelled from Eastern Syria. Unless the Sunni army and the Sunni population is utterly defeated and subjugated, the civil war will result in the permanent alteration of Syria along cultural lines. This will mean the end of any kind of modern western economy.
As I spent quite a bit of time discussing, Russia has become the central strategic cockpit for the culture war in Europe. This is without doubt the most important culture conflict in the world at this time and it is intimately connected with the nature of Whiteism.
Whether by design or accident, Russia is moving into a period of economic stress. Some might calculate that this will be sufficient to put unbearable pressure on Putin and the Russian leadership; colour ‘revolution’ anyone? But I argue that Cultural Constituencies mean that this kind of economic pressure is becoming increasingly irrelevant.
Race in America. In the aftermath of a spate of judicial killings and the abject failure of the American legal system to respond in a way that commands widespread support, race has again become the focus point for the American culture wars -the forerunner of the global move from economics to culture. The situation has degenerated to the extent that individuals are targeting cops to be killed. The Mayor of New York and his local police force are not even on speaking terms. As a whole, the Anglo Saxon constituency in America is becoming less and less willing to make even token concessions to the idea of race based civil rights and cohesion. A growing Anglo Saxon constituency wants an all out confrontation with those who will not toe the established line. Don’t be surprised if you see them agitating to get one…
And China, Korea and Japan are going to emerge as a new cockpit for cultural constituencies in 2015.
South Korea’s Constitutional Court issued a ruling on the 19th December disbanding the opposition Unified Progressive Party (UPP), citing government claims that the party supported North Korea. Clearly there is a move within South Korea to eliminate even token acceptance of the idea of common Korean nationality.
In Japan the Abe government is increasingly embracing overt Japanese militarism as an alternative to their ongoing economic malaise. The adoption of secret courts indicates that sections of Japanese society want to return to a traditional relationship between government and people that makes no concessions to post WWII liberal democratic sentiment.
As evidenced by Hong Kong, China on the mainland and in its sphere of influence is going to express a divergence between constituencies as a consequence of the American soft power pivot to Asia. Parts of Chinese society will manifest a more overtly non European, even hostile to European, identity
Cultural Constituencies and how to recognise them:
- They make permanent rather than transitory demands; the removal of American military bases from Japan instead of a change in interest rates.
- Willing to compromise on periphery, completely unwilling to compromise on core; creating new spheres and forums for co-operation, even international organisations that encompass Cultural Constituencies. But less and less willing to negotiate with their own national governments.
- Economic demands secondary or irrelevant.
- Profound realignment of politics within constituencies; Less and less will traditional areas of contention and politics operate within cultural constituencies. The members will tend to see what they have in common over what they have in difference.
- Condemned by the post war establishment; Pundits and politicians of the post WWII order are not going to like these groups. And they are going to act against them.