When discussing what form the nationalist response to our failing, corrupt, multicultural society should take, the words 'ethnic' or 'civic' are usually bandied about before the discussion even starts.
The difference seems to hinge on allegiance to existing state institutions and cultural norms in the case of civic nationalism as opposed to the need to protect the ethnic folk identity that fostered the nation, its institutions and culture in the first place in the case of ethnic nationalism.
Whatever one might think of the existing state institutions (the monarchy, parliament, etc) their origins do rest in the native peoples who built the nations of these islands, regardless of the corruption and multiculturalism that has thoroughly corrupted them in modern times. Without the people, the institutions would not have developed in the way they have over the centuries nor even existed if another type of people had colonised these islands.
In fact, it can be argued that the Norman conquest of 1066 which decapitated the English nation at the time and initiated the rise of the British state which imposed its will first on the English people and then over the centuries on the peoples of Wales, Cornwall, Ireland and Scotland (in the latter case, only 300 years ago, leading eventually to the establishment of a worldwide British Empire) epitomises the dominant nature of civic nationalism in these islands and the form of nationalism to which most nationalists (whether self-consciously or not) have adhered to until quite recently. The post-war development of mass coloured immigration following the collapse of the British Empire, the mantra of multiculturalism and the rise of political correctness at the end of the last century resulted in a fatal split between those who still adhered to civic nationalism (almost all of the political class, liberal media, etc) and those who recognised a fetish of the British state was not enough to safeguard and foster the wellbeing of the native peoples of these islands. In Wales, Scotland, Cornwall and a part of Ireland that political reality had already dawned with the rise of nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries posing a challenge to the British state which it has yet to resolve.
Now, with the dynamic of devolution undermining the basis of that 300-year-old constitutional settlement, a more positive nationalism is needed which utilises the folk identity of the native peoples, but also recognises the need for new constitutional structures other than the corrupt, multicultural British state.
Ireland has already gone its own way, for better or worse, while the devolution process in Ulster, Scotland and Wales continues to build support and sink roots in those respective nations. In England, the rise of an ethnic English identity is already apparent and in obvious contradiction to the civic British identity which is meant to foster racial and religious integration sponsored by the corrupt political class and its proxies in the media. What path this identity eventually takes remains to be seen, but we think a positive nationalism is the answer and something which we will do our best to encourage and build in the years ahead.
An interesting discussion on the shape positive nationalism is taking in Wales can be read here.
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