AQUILON AND THE NEW EUROPEAN NATIONALISM
AQUILON AND THE NEW EUROPEAN NATIONALISM
by Kai Murros
1. Ever since I can remember I have been a passionate nationalist; unfortunately in my younger days I was simply a petty Finnish chauvinist without any greater aspirations or understanding. I was re-living the past, I was stuck in the memory of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, the time when the militaristic and often quite reactionary Finnish nationalism reached its high point.
A great deal of my militant chauvisnism can be seen as a reaction against the so called “Finnlandisierung” which meant that especially in the 70’s and early 80’s nationalism in Finland was a taboo. Finnish media and cultural life was controlled by leftists who imposed a guilt-complex on the Finnish people; the elite taught Finns to hate themselves because of what happened in WWII. So in retrospect I understand that I had to be what I was back then but I also had to evolve as well.
Eventually I grew out of reactionary chauvinism. One of the decisive moments in my life was in 1981 when the news about the Brixton race riots reached Finland. I suddenly realized that my kinfolk were under attack, that a hideous primitive enemy was threatening people who are of the same race and the same blood as Finns. Soon after this I became aware of the worsening ethnic situation in Germany, that the number of the Turks was constantly growing – and nothing was done about it.
These events got me to realize that if I get stuck in the narrow world of petty Finnish chauvinism I keep myself apart from my European family. It is clear that if I value the poetry of Shakespeare, the music of Bach, Händel Mozart, the art of Rodin etc. I have to be a pan-European Nationalist. Provincial nationalism is a dead end; it is emotional isolationism. It creates artificial division which is why it is a crime against the unity of our race.
Despite my pan-European awakening I still had much to learn. My greatest weakness was that in economic questions I was very much a neo-liberal. In the 80’s I was an eager supporter of Margaret Thatcher. I saw the world primarily as the world of economics and I believed that the laws of economics – as they were explained to us – were just as objective as the laws of nature.
However the massive economic depression in Finland between 1991 and 1995 forced me to change my views on economics. I came to realize that Economics is not a physical science, the laws of Economics are man-made laws. They are not objective, immanent or something you cannot revise. I had matured enough to understand that the activities of the human race cannot be explained by one theory or paradigm alone – least of all by Economics.
Since the mid 90’s it had become absolutely clear to me that a true nationalist must always be a socialist of some sort. One cannot be a nationalist and a liberal. Nationalism is a collective ideology and liberalism an individualistic ideology – they cannot be combined.
The fall of the Soviet Union also gave me an opportunity to explore socialism with fresh eyes – Soviet communism was no longer a threat to our country and the dogmatic Finnish communist movement had disintegrated. Finally it was possible to be a socialist without appearing like a traitor and finally it was also possible to explore socialism from a fresh point of view without having fanatic know-it-all communists around you threatening you and telling you what the correct party line is.
Since the mid 90’s my aim has been to create a synthesis between metaphysical nationalism and socialism based on materialistic philosophy – in other words I wanted to explain the pan-European national revolution by using historical materialism.
My socialist theory is very much influenced by Maoism because for the Chinese, Maoism is in fact a nationalistic ideology. In his writings Mao always mentioned patriotism in a positive light and considered socialist revolution and national revolution to be fundamentally the same thing. According to Mao without socialist revolution there can be no national liberation. Maoism is not plagued by “leftism”, the perversion of socialist theory which preaches the self-hatred and guilt complex of the European people. There are no leftist “intellectuals” in China telling the Chinese people that the world would be a better place without them.
2. As I was writing Aquilon my aim was to create a virtual nationalist leader who would be the projection our hopes and dreams, someone we are subconsciously waiting for – a nationalist Messiah, a Muhammed for the Europeans who gives us a new creed of national liberation, unites the quarrelsome European tribes and finally leads them into endless outward
Aquilon is the embodiment of our rage, hatred and disappointment, Aquilon is the embodiment of our subsconscious, our inner beast. Aquilon is FUROR EUROPAEICUS yet at the same time Aquilon has a very cold, cynical and calculating side. Aquilon can be totally unscrupulous and will stop at nothing to get his way – you could argue that Aquilon is amoral but in my opinion Aquilon simply belives in his cause and for Aquilon the end always justifies the means.
I didn’t want Aquilon to be an idealized and clean character. It is very important to note that there is constantly a conflict within Aquilon – he is at the same time both cynical and idealistic, high-minded and brutal, honest and deceptive. Psychologically this makes him much more interesting than if he was simply “good”. Secondly this reminds us of the nature of our coming revolution: Our cause is noble and our demands are just but the revolutionary process itself will be bloody and dirty business. We just had better get used to the idea that WE WILL HAVE TO use every dirty trick we can and that eventually we will leave a trail of blood behind us.
Aquilon is the metaphysical/psychological side of my nationalist creed while the book “Revolution and how to do it in a Modern Society” is the more materialistic/rational side of the same thing. But still you can find hints of materialistic philosophy in Aquilon’s speeches as well. Even the greatest passion needs a materialistic and rational base.
3. Since Finland is situated in the northernmost corner of our continent, it means that politically we are very much on the periphery. In history Finns have never been spearheads in any political change, Finns only have followed with the great changes that have originated in the centre of Europe and have adapted to them – often with great skill, though.
Even today we can see that as nationalism is rising all over Europe the nationalist movement in Finland is very weak and undoubtedly will remain so also in the foreseeable future. Mostly this is due to the fact that immigration to Finland has been remarkably low and most immigrants in Finland are still white Europeans – most often Estonians and Russians.
Firstly I would say that the Finnish nationalist movement has very little to offer the great nationalist movements in the centre of our continent. However due to the fact that our nation is very small Finnish nationalists should always emphasize the PAN-European aspects in their work because the resurrection of reactionary petty chauvinism is a constant threat to European nationalism.
Finnish nationalists could also show some example in putting the past behind, forgetting the conflicts of the past, looking forward and finding allies in former enemies. Russo-Finnish relationships in general are commendable nowadays but still I would like to see Finnish and Russian nationalists together as brothers-in-arms fighting a common enemy.
4. I am very excited about the NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) and its future prospects. I have been following the NPD’s web site for some time now and I believe that the NPD can make the much needed change in Germany. Actually a couple of years ago I tried to contact the NPD several times. I sent my writings and copies of my book to different addresses in Germany and I also sent e-mails but unfortunately I couldn’t contact anyone.
The NPD is both traditional and modern – it very successfully combines traditional German nationalism with a modern pan-European nationalism. The NPD looks forward and is ready to deal with the challenges the European civilization will face in the future. The NPD is at the same time both German and Pan-European and there lies its strength, because a modern nationalist must understand that we are in this mess together and only together we shall survive. The age of mini-nationalism is definitely over.
What I am particularly happy about is that despite its successes and constant growth the NPD hasn’t lost its radical character. The NPD will not suffer from the sclerosis of the fat impotent main stream parties. The NPD is radical both in nationalist/ethnic issues as well as in social and economic issues which is the winning combination, because we have to prove to the people that it’s only the nationalist movement which takes their everyday needs and worries seriously and is both willing and able to deal with them. The mainstream parties are only interested in serving the interests of global capitalism and the needs of the immigrant masses so there is a great demand for a party like the NPD.
5. Most of all I am interested in the art of propaganda. I find it so much more exciting and inspiring than debating over ideology and political theory. In my opinion political propaganda comes first and ideological contemplation only second. Masses respond to propaganda and not to stuffy dusty books written by boring intellectuals. Good political art captures and condenses a thousand tedious theoretical books into one poster, one picture, one sentence, one phrase, one cry. Political art transforms intellectual speculation into a physical object, a weapon in a struggle about life and death.
For me, the European Revolution is an aesthetic project. Political art tells us what we want: How we want our life to look like one day, how we want the world to look like one day. Revolutionary struggle is simply a process which will transform this vision into a reality. Ideology and theory only facilitate our struggle: they explain to us HOW and WHY we will create the world of our dreams. We don’t read great works of philosophy to find out if our race has a right to exist: we make the dusty philosophy serve our cause. Philosophy is our slave, the slave of national survival. Books are dead, we are alive, ideas don’t mean anything without people and we are the people.
Art is the stuff the future is made of, art moves people in mysterious ways, art is the soul of our race. Art gives the first wakeup call that things are about to change. This is why if we wish to seize the future we must seize art and the aesthetics. More than anything else I would like to be involved in making political art/propaganda. Just like the masses respond to visions rather than to theories. For me passion always comes first – I follow my instincts and emotions and if I have time I may spend a few moments intellectualizing it.
6. Well, first of all I would say that half the job will be done for us by our enemies. As long as the liberal elite is running the show things will only go from bad to worse. The liberals are totally unable to change their basic paradigm and therefore they will keep wrecking our civilization and coincidentally also undermining their own position. Year after year there will be more and more desperate, poor masses trying to get into Europe to get their share of the pie and liberals will still be dreaming that integration is possible if only we are willing to be submissive and apologetic – if only we are willing to die out.
But the explosion of FUROR EUROPAEICUS is just around the corner because despite what the liberal elite wants to believe no nation, tribe or community has ever accepted to die without a fight. The fact that we are kind and polite and that we get angry only very slowly doesn’t mean that we are suicidal. So far we have been turning our cheek over and over but it doesn’t mean that things are going to remain this way forever.
So we have to be there when it finally happens – the Great Paradigm Shift – the one the liberals didn’t see coming. I believe that starting in the next decade we will experience something that will very much resemble the 60’s but politically and culturally it will be its complete antithesis. Suddenly there will strong creative vibes in the air, new music, new fashion, new poetry will energize the young native Europeans. Sterile dullness will be broken and suddenly people will once again be full of hope, enthusiasm and determination.
The European Revolutionary movement will be a cultural movement – otherwise it cannot survive – it will be an aesthetic movement so that it can leave its mark on the world. The first wave of the European Revolutionary movement will be the artists, poets, designers, musicians, actors, script writers – they are the first to explain to us what the coming age is all about. The next wave will then be the wave of the masses, organized political activity and armed struggle.
In order to win we need people who work in the fashion industry or in the entertainment business, we need people who understand advertising and marketing – people who can broadcast our message to the masses by using modern means, a language that people can understand.
Our cause is noble but our means must be practical and effective. We have to transform progressive pan-European nationalism into a brand and sell it to the masses, we must customize it to suit the needs of different segments of potential supporters. Propagating nationalism is basically no different than selling Coca Cola – propaganda is about selling ideas. When good marketing and the needs of the masses coincide, the result may well be a massive breakthrough.
The New European Nationalism will be sexy, sassy, outrageous and glamorous. It will be the most alluring form of rebellion and our young people will love it. The New European Nationalism will be violent, brutal, fanatic and macabre and our young people will love it even more! When fat, impotent liberalism has reached its final stage of paralysis and soiled its own bed the only way to challenge this moral corruption is through discipline and organization. In this world of filth it will be an intoxicating power trip for young people to experience the Esprit de Corps of the nationalist storm troops.
The worst mistake we could make is to endlessly re-live the past, use outdated aesthetics and images and try to revive nostalgia as an answer to modern problems. The European civilization and the entire planet is about to face unprecedented challenges and dangers in the coming decades and if the nationalist movement in this situation gives the impression of being an anachronism we will lose all our chances for success.
Of course even the best marketing cannot create revolution out of nothing, I simply mean that clever and intellectually agile marketing captures and expresses the “Zeitgeist” before the politicians and sociologists realize what is going on. The next global megatrend will be in our favour but still we must be open-minded enough to learn how to surf on this wave.
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