Before our much disliked Baby Boomers we have their parents, who are not uncommonly known as “the Greatest Generation.” Why are they so great? Well, because they proved themselves in conflict and struggle, through the Great Depression and in war, on all sides, Allies, Axis, and Communist.
People often look at, as the pinnacle of the greatest generation’s struggle, the military conflict of World War Two and they wouldn’t be wrong in this assumption. However the key mistake made by these people in their assumptions about this war is to look at the Axis forces, and pivotally their ideologies of Fascism, National Socialism and the other far-right shades in-between, as the central villain and subsequent motivator or driver of the century’s central conflict. From this people also deduce the struggle lasts from the emergence of Nazism onto the world stage, in control of a powerful state in 1933 to its defeat in 1945. This again, in my opinion, is a mistake.
The true political conflict had been going on since the closing years of World War One, and the purely ideological and intellectual conflict had been going on for decades prior to this. Neither was the true central motivator, driver, and villain of this conflict the forces of far-right ideologies, it was Marxism and its various offshoots.
Fascism and Nazism gain ground as a reaction to the rise of Marxism in their nations and the intimidating presence of a Communist state in the place of the once-huge Russian Empire, hence “reactionaries.”
At various stages in history the status quo will be challenged by a new ideology that brings with it a new form of organisation, which makes it more efficient and able to out compete and take over the original status quo. For instance, for thousands of years paganism in its myriad forms was the status quo of Europe. However Christianity arrives and in short, with its centralised clergy system and its canon of sacred texts Christianity was soon able to out-compete, although it was a longer and more complex process than I make it seem here, the native religions of Europe. Had such native religions re-invented themselves with aspects such as Christianity had, like centralised clergy and official sacred texts, paganism may well have survived to the modern day and preserved its hold as the status quo. Again the same could possibly be said to be true of the tribal and feudal systems of government. This was how Communism (although it came close to losing at times) was able to overthrow the semi-feudalist state of Tsarist Russia.
In order to defend and preserve itself the status quo must re-galvanise itself and adopt aspects of its new competitor’s organisation. This was what Fascism was: it emerged to galvanise the status quo of European societies in defence of the looming threat of Communism, both external and internal, using a similar strong centralised state. This is also why Fascism was very much a product of its time. Instead of levelling society’s strata in class conflict, it sought to strengthen society’s hierarchy in class co-operation. Nationalism wasn’t a divider of working classes, it was the definer and the unifier of working classes within the different nations of Europe.
Had Fascism and National Socialism never emerged, what would have become of Europe? Without Mussolini Italy might well have fallen to a Socialist/Communist regime (Communism, socialism, call it what you like, There's very little difference in the two. Now, ain't I right?). Without squadristi breaking up the strikes of red unions who’d have stopped them? This could have made Italy a very potential launch pad for the USSR. Could the Weimar or French Republic have mustered up the necessary forces to defend against Stalinist Invasion in time? No Fascist Italy or National Socialist Germany means no Nationalist Spain, instead Red Spain, another potential invasion launchpad. By the combined power of unopposed internal and external Communism Europe may well have been taken over before the U.S. could put a sufficient defence force together.
Of course the reaction of Europe became unacceptable to the Allies with the sheer extremity of National Socialism and its notions of Lebensraum, requiring the large displacement and murder of Slavs and other forms of genocide. Whether you believe in the (((Holocaust))) or not, it has in our dual-morality culture has become the ultimate pivot, the ultimate point which all evil inevitably leads towards. Many of you will be familiar with the subsequent paradigm of:
Racial Politics? => Nazis! => HOLOCAUST!!!
These elements and the sudden expansionism of National Socialist Germany proved enough to scare the Allies into siding against Germany and even with the Communists shortly afterwards. Had the reaction of Germany been more similar to Italy, more of a neo-imperialist, jingoist form of Fascism, such states could well have been supported by the Allies, and the great anti-Communist crusade Fascists envisioned could well have become a reality. The Allies certainly turned a blind eye to the Fascists in Spain, Italy in Ethiopia, and the Japanese in China before Pearl Harbour. The prospect of ending the world’s greatest Communist state may well have even lured them in. The crimes of the Soviet Union would become the focal point around which we oriented all evil and left us with a paradigm we much prefer:
Liberalism? => Commies! => HOLOMODOR/GREAT PURGES!!!
However, the presence of totalitarian governments ruling Europe would certainly have led to a cost of life. Socialists, trade unionists, other assorted reds, and minorities may well have “disappeared.” Even so, a quick look at the relative numbers killed by Communist governments in their own nations will make it clear which of the two possibilities was “the greatest evil.” Germany could have even received great swathes of land to its east, although not as great as Hitler envisioned.
But of course we cannot change the past, and in our history we took the middle road, and after the distraction of the Nazis the great conflict resumed its normal course in the forms of Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War as a whole. The Greatest Generation continued on through this, in America created the world’s strongest economy and in Europe rebuilt their nations from rubble, laying the foundations for economies that would eventually render the collapse of the USSR inevitable.
Unfortunately the initial defeat of internal Marxism as a political force and ideology led not to its elimination from our society; as we know, it merely subverted itself and instead became a cultural force. The struggle became cultural; the objectives: the cultural institutions, namely the various media, the universities and from there government organisations. Quite literally a Kulturkampf. The greatest generation, distracted as they were by the threat of the USSR, and only knowing Marxism as a political force, didn’t heed or at least didn’t see the rebelliousness of the Baby Boomers for what it really was.
The Greatest Generation were forged in the struggle of depression and war and as possible conflict seems to loom ahead in Europe it seems we too will have to struggle through this and worse or die trying. We must take the ability not only to endure and survive from them, but also to thrive in conditions that would break others. We must also remember that in order to defend and preserve itself the status quo must re-galvanise itself and learn from its potential usurpers and destroyers. We must struggle not only in a physical and political conflict but also in intellectual and cultural conflict. The New Right or Alt-Right is not a rebellion, it is a restoration, and we must not go backwards to restoration but instead move forwards to it. We must make a world where we can balance our great strength in innovation with the preservation of our traditions and heritage.
It sure isn’t in any way an easy task, but if we pull this off I imagine we’ll have met the achievements of our old-timers and then some.
(And let’s hope the generation we raise doesn’t follow the ways of the one they raised.)