For many nationalists, the defeat of the SNP and the Scottish referendum comes as a mighty blow to those who want to “crush the system.” However, despite the debate over whether the SNP was a legitimate nationalist movement or not is now no longer the concern. Despite the result and fall out after the vote, there is still much to be optimistic about the future of secessionist movements.
Regardless of Scotland’s loss, the referendum can still be called a success as it has now given even more momentum to other secessionists groups in Belgium, Italy, Ukraine and Spain. By no means have we seen the end of secessionism, if anything we are witnessing a beginning.
Pat Buchanan recently pointed out that , “Europe’s secessionists have waxed ever stronger since the last decade of the 20th century when the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia splintered into 22 nations and Czechoslovakia broke in two.”
But what is most important to note is that the elites are tired. Secessionism represents first, the end of the old order power structures and secondly, an end to the old order of civic, non-ethnic nationalism. Though many elites would prefer to have peoples chopped up into smaller units thereby easier to control, ultimately it will be like herding scorpions. Small but deadly creatures with confidence in themselves. Even though Scotland, Catalonia, the Basque, and South Tyrol are all dominated by left-wing nationalist groups, they nonetheless, represent a reassertion of European tribalism, against the bland, cosmopolitan and anti-traditional civic nation states that currently rule over the West. They are the path to bring down the power structure though the most legitimate and peaceful means.
Secession in Europe
The Top Two
Despite the SNP setback, secessionist trends are still strong. The SNP still holds a majority in Scotland, while there are at least eight strong and well organized secessionist movements throughout Europe and several in North America. Despite Scotland’s setback, Crimea, Donetsk, and Venice are still carrying the momentum to break up old style European nation states and defy the system. Hence, the Scottish setback is simply that in the big picture– a minor setback.
Though Scotland has been hogging all of the airtime on secession and now with the defeat of the SNP, new prospects arise on the horizon in Western Europe; The Flemish nationalists and Padania/northern Italy.
Flanders has without a doubt been the most stubborn and aggressive of all nationalist movements on the European continent. Given the abject failure of Belgium as a country on so many levels, it is surprising that the nation has not yet broken apart.
Flemish nationalism is united by varying factions of the left, center, center-right and far-right. All of the groups disagreeing on exactly what Flanders should look like, yet all agreeing that Flanders should be independent. With Scotland out of the way, Flemish nationalists dominating both the Belgian and Flemish parliaments, and coupled with the next wave of economic crises Flanders could be the next center point in the secessionist movements.
Undoubtedly this is the most important secessionist movement in Europe. Not only for the salvation of the Flemish nation but with Brussels being the capitol of the European Union, the break up of Belgium would be the greatest repudiation of modern liberalism and its institutions .
The second most significant secessionist movement is in Northern Italy. The main movement/party is Lega Nord which envisions the northern region of Italy to break away and create “Padania” based on its Catholic, conservative and Celtic heritage.
Though Lega Nord enjoys smaller political success as a second rate and in some cases third rate party, but it is nonetheless at the forefront of a cultural transformation. The “Veneto Si” movement conducted a non-binding referendum where 89 percent of Venetians voted for independence, and the online success of the Veneto movement (a branch of Lega Nord) was telling. Their goal now is to get a formal and binding referendum on independence conducted in Venice.
With Italy failing economically and looking ever more bleak inside the Euro-straightjacket, northern Italy (which produces two-thirds of Italy’s GDP) will ever look more towards independence or at least partial separation. If Padania can become real it would also repudiate the false notion of the civic-state. Northern Italians have always enjoyed the larger share of power and wealth on the European boot, but with immigrants piling into southern Italy and the Nepalese and Sicilian economies dragging the rest of the peninsula down the industrial north with its legacy of wealth and power will work harder to preserve it rather than squander it on a false dream of the “Italian state.”
To make matters even more complex in northern Italy is the situation of South Tyrol. South Tyrol is the German-speaking region of northern Italy that the Italians took from the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. With no hint of Italian identity, the South Tyrol independence movement is just waiting for the right moment to strike and go back home to Austria. The good news for them is that the majority of Austrians want South Tyrol back.
Though Lega Nord and the South Tyrolians do not always see eye to eye, the dual power they pose will only be further amplified as the socio-econonomic conditions in Europe worsen.
Other than these two strong movements, European secessionist movements still have a long ways to go. In Spain, Catalonia and the Basque Country are pushing for full independence, yet with no leeway from the Spanish government whatsoever. Catalonia will attempt to have a referendum in December, however the Spanish government will not recognize it regardless of the outcome. Spain, much like Italy, will see these secessionist movements come to greater fruition as the European economic crisis worsens.
Secession in North America
The question of Quebec is not an easy one to answer and in many ways it has just as many problems as the SNP and Scotland did. The independence movement is driving by a linguistic nationalism that is left-wing and multiculturalists to its core.
Jared Taylor accurately described the problem of Quebec nationalism saying:
“Quebec has never managed to vote itself free from Canada, but since 1978, it has had its own immigration policy. It foolishly decided that the essence of Quebec was the French language, and the province let in thousands of Haitians and Moroccans. The Quebecois eventually discovered what a mistake that was, and immigration has slowed, but the damage cannot be undone.”
As of late, the future status of Quebec nationalism is in jeopardy. First, given that Quebec is importing as many non-whites as possible, and second, English speaking Canada is importing more and more English speakers from other Anglosphere nations reducing Quebec’s overall power in Canada. Parti Quebecois failed to get a successful referendum in 1995 and there has been little effort since then and probably will not be, given the high level of welfare dependency upon Ottawa and the other commercial interests Quebec has with the rest of the English speaking world.
Nonetheless, Quebec’s nationalist movement does not appear to be disappearing anytime soon and can continue to serve as a lightening rod to other potential secessionist movements in the New World.
Despite the surface appearance of America remaining solidly whole, a 19 Sep. Reuters report after the Scottish vote showed that 1 in 4 Americans are open to secession.
According to Reuters, “The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.”
Hence the simmering cultural and economic tensions between the rulers and ruled is growing and as the economic crisis worsens, coupled with the federal government’s increasing facilitation of mass immigration, will most likely increase this dynamic. It is not surprising the growing support of secession is coming from rural, white and Christian Americans who are increasingly coming to understand that this government no longer represents their values or interests.
The good news is that Americans are more open to breaking up the union that first appears. For the moment, the American system is being held together by a combination of economic incentives, apathy and fear. Not to mention the various secessionist movements around the USA are under funded, lacking in membership, disorganized and ill equipped to handle the modern question of secession.
Yet, in the United States, there is still a long way to go before a realistic secessionist movement becomes possible, especially given the level of financial dependency that states and citizens have on the federal government. This is a major problem the SNP encountered and in part why the independence referendum failed.
Other than the above movements, there are still other fringe secessionist movements that are more of a cultural expression, rather than a legitimate political movement. Bavaria, Faroe Islands, Aaland, Wales, Cornwall, Silesia, Frisia, Birttany, Hungarian Transylvania, Corsica, Dixie, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are all unlikely to enjoy any immediate success. Yet, given the momentum in Ukraine, Scotland, Flanders, and Northern Italy, it is not unlikely that within the next 20 years one or more of these regions will have broken away.
The Western world is currently teetering on the edge of radical geographical changes. The status quo of the current civic states is only resting upon the current economic-financial matrix upheld by the Federal Reserve, the ECB and the American military-industrial complex. This leads to massive printing of money to keep the welfare states alive and the people loyal to their civic governments. This is one reason why Scotland lost its independence referendum. Just plain too many Scots were on the dole that comes from Westminster. Simple as that. The same story can be told for many of the American states such as Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Once the fabric of this economic matrix becomes further unraveled it will be overtly clear that the modern nation-state system will collapse and be replaced by smaller and more close-knit communities that reflect local values, customs, beliefs, traditions, and economic interests. It is an ideology aptly expressed in the motto of Vlaams Bleang “Onze volk eerst!”
As Buchanan said recently, “The decomposition of the nations of Old Europe is the triumph of tribalism over transnationalism. The heart has reasons that the mind knows not, said Pascal. And the wild heart is winning. The call of blood, history, faith, culture and memory is winning the struggle against Economism, the Western materialist ideology that holds that the desire for money and things is what ultimately motivates mankind.”