Category Archives: particularism

Why they can’t abide the Jewish state

Hell hath no fury like a universalist contradicted

The belief in a supranational order which is now very common among European élites accounts in part, writes Dalrymple, for the fury they direct against the Zionists.

A conceptual anti-EU

Israel, Dalrymple notes,

is a European state, but instead of subscribing to European supranational pieties, it pursues its national interest with determination and without apology. It is particularist rather than universalist.

Believers in universalism

brook no derogation from their principles.

The Western European superiority complex

Dalrymple points out that as a European state, Israel

is held up to a different standard from Arab states, Iran or Turkey, because European states have supposedly now reached a higher ethical stage, that of national altruism rather than national egotism, a stage which those of lesser breeds without the (moral) law, still mired in egotism, have not attained.

It turns out that

it is rather more difficult to disembarrass yourself of feelings of superiority than at first might have been supposed.

Particularism and Gleichschaltung in synergy

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.41.09The fear of being overwhelmed culturally is, writes Dalrymple,

entirely understandable.

He notes the strength in Europe

of both centrifugal and centripetal forces.

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.44.08The politicians,

who want to be important in a way that the merely national stage will never allow them to be, desire an organisation that is

  • a launching pad for a career of international importance
  • a pension plan for when they lose power in their own countries
  • Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.50.36a trough to feed at.

This explains why no European politicians of any importance reject the idea of the European Union, however damaging it may be to their own country‘s interests.

Co-existing with

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.52.10this drive to Gleichschaltung

is a growing

ethnic and regional particularism.

Far from the two trends opposing each other,

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 08.57.23they are in synergy. The weakening of the national state in Europe strengthens the undemocratic and self-appointed centre. What is left to the regions is folk-dancing, national costume and parking regulations.