May 27, 2024

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Richard Rose tracing the long roots of white nationalism

In light of the painful politics of recent years, it is no longer possible to deny that white nationalism is a part of our national consciousness. The most recent evidence is the foundational document for Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s America First Caucus, which claims that America is “strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.” Although Greene distanced herself from the document after its condemnation by members of both parties, it confirms that white nationalism has seriously infected our politics.

Rose

There can be no dialogue without respect for one’s opposition, no matter how wrong you feel they might be. If you listen to MSNBC, you might get the impression that white nationalists are either mentally ill or victims of demonic possession. Actually, white nationalism is a real ideology with an internally consistent logic of its own. Before any attempt to discuss its errors, we must understand what we are opposing and where it came from.