We are united by the words on that banner: “We Want God.”
Tens of thousands of people marched across downtown Warsaw today in an Independence Day procession organized by Poland’s nationalist youth movement. Last year’s march was estimated at 50,000 strong. This year, patriots from Hungary, Slovakia, and even Spain have joined.
A national event catches the attention of spectators outside of its borders when, despite that event’s particularist nature, it speaks to the aspirations of people worldwide. Poland represents an alternative. Imagine your cities and countryside not being the world’s human dumpster. Imagine no concrete barriers and storm troopers having to guard your Christmas markets. Imagine the people and the law being on the same side.
Poland shows the world that it is possible for everyone to have the same in his own country. And that assertion of a people’s exclusive claim on their public space is why Westerners today turns their eyes eastward.
Avowing The Particular
The avowal of Poland’s national identity, an exclusionary claim, was expressed in this portion of the march:
At 0:30, the march participants chant: “Faithful Poland! is our goal!” After that, an off-camera speaker (who I think is the young priest that gave the rousing speech at last year’s rally) addresses the marchers, speaking solely to his countrymen. He says:
Brothers and sisters, thanks to whom do we have an independent Poland?
Thanks to whom do we speak Polish?
Thanks to whom do we have a Polish mother and a Polish father?
So let’s remember, thanks to whom do we have these things? Armia Krajowa! [fighters in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising]. Long live Armia Krajowa!
At 1:05, the camera cuts to the singing of the national anthem. The anthem, the salute to national heroes, the affirmation of only one nation’s heritage and ancestry, on down to calling out their clean bloodlines, are by definition exclusionary and without that proprietorship, they would have no meaning.
Affirming The Universal
History has a sense of humor. European workers are finally united, just not in the way that Karl Marx had envisioned. Humor aside, White countries are under siege and everyone knows what happens if we lose this war. Our graves and monuments will be torn down and our people wiped away forever from this world.
The demonstrators know this, which is why despite this being a Polish holiday, they unfurled a giant banner that bore an English language inscription: “Europe, Wake Up!”