Flags, Symbols, And Statues Resurgent As Globalism Declines

Authored by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

As the forces of globalism retreat after numerous defeats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and other nations, there is a resurgent popularity in national, historical, and cultural symbols. These include flags, statues of forbearers, place names, language, and, in fact, anything that distinguishes one national or sub-national group from others. The negative reactions to cultural and religious threats brought about by the manifestations of globalism – mass movement of refugees, dictates from supranational organizations like the European Union and the United Nations, and the loss of financial independence – should have been expected by the globalists. Caught up in their own self-importance and hubris, the globalists are now debasing the forces of national, religious, and cultural identity as threats to the “world order.”

The most egregious examples of globalist pushback against aspirant nationhood and the symbols of national identity are Catalonia and Kurdistan.

Two plebiscites on independence, a September 25, 2017 referendum on the Kurdistan Regional Government declaring independence from Iraq and an October 1 referendum on Catalonia beginning the process of breaking away from the Kingdom of Spain, are expected to achieve “yes” votes. Neither plebiscite is binding, a fact that will result in both votes being ignored by the mother countries.

Iraq, the United States, Turkey, and Iran have warned Kurdish Iraq against holding the independence referendum. The United States is prepared to double-cross its erstwhile Kurdish allies for a fourth time. President Woodrow Wilson, who has been cited as the “first neoconservative or neocon, reneged on Kurdish independence during the post-World War I Versailles peace conference. Henry Kissinger double-crossed Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani in 1975 with the Algiers Accord between Iraq and Iran, a perfidious act that forced 100,000 of Barzani’s Kurdish forces into exile in Iran. George H. W. Bush promised the Kurds help after Operation Desert Storm in 1991 if they revolted against Saddam Hussein’s government. US military aid was not forthcoming and the Kurds were forced into a small sliver of northern Iraq, over which a US “no-fly zone” was imposed. Now, Donald Trump’s administration has warned the Kurds not to even think about independence, even though the Kurdish peshmerga forces helped the US and its allies to drive the Islamic State out of Kirkuk and the rest of northern Iraq.

In Spain, the conservative prime minister is trying to emulate the Spanish fascist dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco in making threats against Catalonia’s independence wishes.

In response to the Catalan Parliament's vote to hold an October 1 referendum on Catalonia's independence from Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his People's Party government have promised to round up the pro-independence members of the Catalan government, as well as pro-independence legislators of the parliament and mayors, and criminally charge them with sedition.

Rajoy's stance should be no surprise since his party, the Popular Party, is the political heir of Franco's Falangist party. Franco's version of the Nazi Gestapo, the Guardia Civil, brutally suppressed Catalan and Basque identity. Particular targets for suppression, according to Falangist doctrine, were "anti-Spanish activists," "Reds," "separatists," "liberals," "Jews," "Freemasons," and "judeomarxistas."

The Falange was eventually replaced by the National Movement, which continued many of Franco's policies, including repression of the Catalan and Basque culture, autonomy, and language.

The Francoist People's Alliance, founded in 1989 by Franco's Interior Minister, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, eventually morphed into the People's Party of Rajoy. The People's Party considers itself "Christian Democratic," but it receives support from Franco's fascist Roman Catholic order, the Opus Dei.

Rajoy is using a decision by Spain's Constitutional Court, suspending the independence referendum in Catalonia, as justification for his threats against the region. Apparently, the neo-fascist government of Spain has been trawling Twitter to collect the names of Catalan mayors who have posted photographs of themselves and messages of support for the “Junts pel Si” (Together for Yes) pro-independence coalition. The mayors, along with members of parliament and the government in Barcelona, are being placed on a Guardia Civil list targeting them with arrest and incarceration if the referendum is carried out.

Rajoy has also warned officials of local municipal councils that their cooperation in holding a referendum vote will be considered an act of sedition and that they, too, face arrest and detention.

Rajoy's channeling of Franco will only solidify anti-Spanish feelings in Catalonia, even among those not keen on independence. The iron boot of Rajoy and the People's Party in Catalonia will only boost support for Catalan independence from those mildly opposed to it or neutral. If Catalonia's regional and local government leaders are paraded off to prisons, the peaceful independence movement in the region could easily turn violent. There is also widespread support for Catalan independence in the separatist Basque region, where parades have been held in support of the Catalan cause. In August, 3000 pro-Catalan independence Basques marched in the Basque city of San Sebastian. If Rajoy carries through with his threat against Catalonia, the Basque region will also see it as a threat to them and join in a renewed campaign of violence against the Madrid neo-fascists. The Basque secessionist terrorist group ETA agreed to disarm in 2011 but it has not turned in all its weapons.

The Basque party EH Bildu has already submitted a bill in the regional Basque parliament that is a copy of the Catalan independence referendum bill that passed the parliament in Barcelona.

People around the world are rejecting the notion that states, harboring more than one nation, ethnic group, or tribal entity, should be recognized by globalist institutions like the EU and UN as representing all the constituent parts.

Currently, the Republic of Macedonia is negotiating with Greece, the EU, and NATO on membership under a nation-state name that suits Greece. Greece does not recognize Macedonia by that name because it believes Macedonia harbors irredentist designs on Greek Macedonia. Greece insists the country use the provisional name of FYROM, which stands for the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.” Macedonian nationalists scoff at such a name, likening it to being forced to use the fictional Klingon language of “Star Trek.”

As a result of the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are demanding that London grant them the right to maintain their own economic and other links with the Eurocrats in Brussels. Scotland may hold a second independence referendum with or without the blessing of London. The Welsh Assembly in Cardiff is sounding more and more like the Scottish Parliament in demanding a separate deal with the EU for Wales. Even in the heart of the EU bureaucracy – Belgium – Flanders and Wallonia show no signs of abandoning their march toward independence, leaving Brussels as its own independent city-state hosting the headquarters of the EU, NATO, and Godiva Chocolatier. Rather than the Belgian flag, one is more likely to find Flemish flags flying from poles in Antwerp and Walloon flags adorning buildings in Liège.

Around the world, statues of historical figures are being defaced and removed by contrarian groups who bear ethnic or political grudges. They include Confederate General Robert E. Lee throughout the United States, Captain James Cook in Australia, Father Junipero Serra in California, Christopher Columbus in New York, King Kamehameha in Hawaii, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and Marthinus Pretorius and Paul Kruger in South Africa. This all represents the trend toward dissolution of the nation-state.

Nation-state flags, monuments of past political and religious figures, and other nation-state symbols are not only being questioned but, in some cases, ignored or cast aside completely. The world is “going tribal” and there is little the governing globalists and elites can do about it. They brought this situation upon themselves with their aloofness and ignorance. The UN General Assembly will soon welcome 193-member state leaders to its plenary session in New York. The UN may do well to plan for future sessions at which 300 or more member-state leaders, from Åland to Zanzibar and Baltistan to Mthwakazi, converge on New York.


Sid Davis Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:09 Permalink

Maybe the South will rise again, except this time I think it will be the Midwest where many still value freedom instead of one of the modern slave systems of fascism/socialism/communism.

Escrava Isaura Billy the Poet Tue, 09/19/2017 - 03:30 Permalink

The two main problems with the neoclassical religion are not their lies and all their nonsense, after all, humanity has been well trained by religion at these two. The two main problems with the neoclassical  religion are: 1) It never addressed inequality built into the system. 2) And it never addressed finite energy and resources. But wait. It gets worse. Do you know the main problem for these called “nationalists”? LOL. They don’t addressed these two problems either. In fact, they’ll make them even worse, go figure.   

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Teja Common_Law Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:17 Permalink

The article states "the nation state is breaking up" and on the other hand observes new nation states are coming into existence these days.Should clarify that a state containing different ethnic groups (usually with one group dominating) is NOT a nation state, it is more likely the remainder of a former empire forged together by conquest or political pressure. The trend of those to break up is quite old, much more than 100 years now. The German and Austrian empires have fallen, the Russian/Soviet one shrinked, same for the British and the Spanish ones. No surprise that the core parts of those two empires now are dissolving, too.Reason is simple that noone likes to be governed by people with a different language and / or religion. Question of trust. Either you painstakingly make sure that there is a balanced representation of every group in the government, with autonomy for the component regions (like Switzerland and Germany), or those components will try to get out of the state. The only alternative for them is complete absorption, and that is what the Catalans are fearing.What we are witnessing here is the final triumph of the nation state, not the end of it. Maybe one could describe the EU as a kind of "super-empire" (which is bullshit at the current point of history, ref. Brexit), but even then, the "composite states" are being crushed between the nation states and the EU.

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TheReplacement Ace006 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:51 Permalink

No countries....  I guess that means we can band together and go aviking without worry.  Seems ISIS would be a big supporter too.  Oh and the Clinton/Bush cabal(s) probably would love a chance to really fill the gap. Yeah, John was a moron who gave the mentally deficient something with which to masterbate.

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Ace006 Teja Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:33 Permalink

Good one. Madsen correctly sees globalism fatigue but confuses that with the resentments of minorities (ignorant ones in the case of the US) and ultra-left revolution. Pulling down a statue of a Confederate isn't a manifestation of anti-globalism.

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Ghordius Teja Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:51 Permalink

excellent comment, +1history actually shows us two different kinds of "empires"the first is more known, and has one or two hegemon territories or nations with a gaggle of "dominions" containing further nationsthe second is less known, and contains... peers, be them dukes/duchies or nationsone of them had a history of 1'000 years, and declined from the second form to the first, at the endif the EU is really "something like an empire", then note that it's still based on peerhood of nation states membersvoluntary members, note. brexit is a confirmation of this principle

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Ace006 Escrava Isaura Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:25 Permalink

Your problem regarding your first point is with the political system. Economics deals with economics, neo or otherwise. (When did concepts becime extra meaningful by putting "neo" in front of them anyway?)Economics most certainly does deal with scarcity. Safron, sugar, lithium, aspirin, CPUs, Maseratis, coins, tits get priced according to scarcity. Economics also understands that people make substitutions to adapt to scarcity. However, neither economics nor nationalism require that I immediately start riding a bicycle becaust at some indefinite point in the future it will cost more to pump a barrel of oil out than its value as a commodity. People got along fine when the didn't know about oil and lithium. Now that they do, the market will price the scarcity.See? Simplicity itself.

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RedBaron616 Sid Davis Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:00 Permalink

Since when? They love their federal crop insurance and guaranteed minimum crop prices. They love the federal ethanol nonsense put in our gasoline. Freedom? Ha Ha Ha! Let them swear off federal farm policies and then I'll believe it. There's a reason that Presidential aspirants usually come out for farm subsidies in Iowa.

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Juggernaut x2 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:43 Permalink

So Franco shouldn't have suppressed the Reds- the scum that raped priests and nuns and dug up the remains of dead clergy to desecrate their bodies? The attrocities committed by the Bolsheviks in the Spanish Civil War were atrocious and if Franco didn't seize power there would have been millions of dead Christians like there were in the USSR. The Falangist "targets for suppression" of the 30s sound like the same Cast-of-Characters that are usurping the US today. 

ConfederateH Juggernaut x2 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:49 Permalink

"Rajoy's stance should be no surprise since his party, the Popular Party, is the political heir of Franco's Falangist party. Franco's version of the Nazi Gestapo, the Guardia Civil, brutally suppressed Catalan and Basque identity""

You have to remember that this is Gatestone.  If they are not busy spewing divisive anti-islamic hate propaganda then it is immediately back to thier true colors:  All goyim that resist Judeo-Communism are either Nazi or KKK.Catalonia was a hot-bed of communists during the Spanish Civil war, and like you wrote, they committed the same kind of attrocities that Jews and Communists do everywhere they congregate.

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Rebelrebel7 Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:49 Permalink

My neighbors didn't get the memo. There are 9 streets in my subdivision. One street has flags hanging on 80% of the homes. Maybe I will get a 32 foot flag, and show everyone what patriotism  really is.I actually don't recall ANYONE having a flag in America prior to desert  storm!Ironically, even the flags are even made in China! 

johnconnor Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:43 Permalink

The author of this text must be smoking really good stuff. to call Madrid fascist just because they are enforcing the laws of the approved constitution, voted by everyone in 1975. Do you think that if a US state were to try to break out of the union the federal goverment would just sit still?The reality is that the Spanish constitution was approved and voted by a majority of Spaniards and Cataluna has never been a nation, never ever ever. Not even when there were just a few separate kingdoms, not even when we were invaded by the moors or even when we were a Roman province. That's why you can't compare it to Ireland, Wales, Scotland that were actual nations with their own history, their own kings and so forth. 

Inzidious johnconnor Tue, 09/19/2017 - 03:37 Permalink

Shrug. I don't care what has been written in the past, current or the furture, even if you call it something fancy like a constitution - if you are a democracy, you are supposed to do what the majority of the people of the concerned party wants to do. If a group of people want to break off from another group of people, and it's confirmed by a democratic vote, than they can (and should).Period.This is why the original founders of the constitution added a clause that basically says 'When tyrants start to run things again, it is your duty to throw it all out and start over'.

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Inzidious Ace006 Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:44 Permalink

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."Declaration of independence. Sorry. My bad.

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RedBaron616 Inzidious Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:53 Permalink

There are NO true democracies, because it would mean 100% majority (mob) rule.The idea that areas could break away anytime they wanted to, and the host nation should give its blessing, is to do nothing but create anarchy and chaos.If you think constitutions don't matter, why mention ours? Of course, you couldn't be bothered to look it up. If you had, you would notice that there is no provision for seperation.I hardly think Spain qualifies as "tyrants".

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Inzidious RedBaron616 Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:44 Permalink

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."Declaration of independence. Sorry. My bad.

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giovanni_f johnconnor Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:29 Permalink

same with Kurdistan, a perennial playball for the likes of Kissinger. "Democratic Federaton of North Syria" is a construct of the west using the Kurds as instrument to spread chaos and destruction and create a pretext for yet another American base in Eurasia. Difference is, that  the Catalans don't claim a 4th of the country wth somewhere between 5-10% of the population as the Kurds do in Syria. Furthermore, the Catalans don't suppress the rest of the minorities in Catalania, as the Kurds do with Assyrians, Turks, Christians, e.g. Thirdly, the Catalans are the majority in Catalania, the Kurds are NOT the majority in what they call DFNS.Therefore, Catalania deserves to be a souvereign nation, whereas Kurdistan not.

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Jo A-S johnconnor Tue, 09/19/2017 - 03:52 Permalink

Good points, John.  However (there is ALWAYS an however) suppose the Catalans DO vote, with a large majority, to secede, can that be denied?  Should the people there refuse to accept the rulings of the central government....... Then what?  Force them at the point of a gun?  Dangerous stuff. As to Scotland being a nation - the only time the Scots were united was when they were  fighting the English!  Een then, many Scots sided with the English - especially the borders area like Dumfries and Galloway, Berwick etc.  They hated the Highlanders who constantly raided them......   Ireland, also, was never a true nation.  Just a group of warring factions.  Each with its own "kings" etc

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smacker johnconnor Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:12 Permalink

You're describing a similar situation to the UK and EU.Just because UK politicians signed up to being fully blown members of the EU superstate (always secretly intended to be the United States of Europe) largely by deceiving the British people and with MSM pouring out the propaganda, it cannot mean that the people cannot choose self-determination at some time.If Catalunyans are told today that the treaties and constitution they agreed to in the past is signed in blood forever, I suggest they were being fooled by the political elites at the time. Imagine that!That said, I do believe that some entities who now want to go it alone as independent nations should take a very close look at whether they would be viable nations. As I understand it, Catalunya is potentially a viable nation. 

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