The Fifth Political Theory (5PT) seeks to conceptualize a non-nationalist approach to the perpetuity of Western people(s) and their cultures in our world. When completed, it is my hope to have formed a sound theory aimed at reconciling our heritage and the legacy of our empires and nation-states with our most viable future prospect, which is becoming a stateless diaspora people or peoples.
Per Alexander Dugin, the first three political theories are Liberalism, Communism, and Fascism. In brief, his Fourth Political Theory (4PT), while deliberately not an -ism, contains elements of communism, fascism, and pan-nationalism(s) lumped together under the label of Tradition and the cause of opposing Westernization (which to him is a chimera of secularization, imperialism, and capitalism). 4PT is tied to Eurasianist geopolitics (Russia as the center of the world) and similar to the idea of “the autarky of great spaces” that also has currency among the European New Right, particularly Guillaume Faye’s work. 4PT conceives of vast civilizational blocs and a multipolar world, but does so from the perspective of promoting peace and preserving the diversity of traditional cultures against what is considered capitalist- and imperialist-driven homogenization. In that sense 4PT diverges from the more popular geopolitics of Samuel Huntington, who theorizes these blocs as primed for war with one another rather than forming a system to check the advance of Liberalism.
What makes 5PT an innovation upon this, localized to the specific needs of Western peoples (rather than Russians and Middle-Eastern peoples), among other things is chiefly that the national or pan-national approach is replaced by one of diasporic tribes, both sub-national and trans-national. That is to say, due to the intellectual and political trajectory of the Western world, we exist not as peoples with states, but inside them. And among those who have cultivated a mindset of “saving” their nation, the hardest pill to swallow is that they will only be able to save those who elect to save themselves—to form a diasporic tribe rather than being dissolved into the homogenizing mass of consumption and nihilism. 5PT is about studying, defining, and implementing the ideal of the diasporic tribe.
Apart from literature to this end, the long-term goal is to create our own inter-connected communities and networks that would exist independently of whatever empire happens to nominally rule us, under the assumption that we will need to endure for a very long time without a sovereign state or states.
The Alt Right/white nationalists/blatant Nazis are fond of arguing that there is a “white genocide” or that “white countries” are being blended out of existence through immigration and the diversity ideology. What they are not fond of pointing out is that there is no viable solution to the problem they have portrayed. Europeans and Eurocolonials, or “white people,” routinely refuse to “ban” the immigration that is “causing” this. Slim majorities or pluralities of the electorate in these countries favor nativism and an unquantifiably lower share supports the kind of ethnic nationalism peddled by the Alt Right. And a civil war, while appealing to some identitarian adrenaline junkies, would be a catastrophic loss.
It is true that the Western heritage is in decline all across our world, as our numbers shrink relative to the growth of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and as people from those regions move unopposed into what we conceive of as our “regions”—and as we ourselves become more absorbed into a bland, universalist, interchangeable consumer culture.
But it is also true that in the aggregate, Europeans and Eurocolonials have no interest in taking self-presevatory action to counter these trends. Remember, you can only save those who elect to save themselves.
So for those that care about the perpetuity of the West, our values, our heritage, our traditions, and our families, is the solution really to be found in speaking in terms of nations and geopolitics? Outside of perhaps Poland and Hungary (which themselves are part of the pro-immigration European Union), are there any European or Eurocolonial nations which support ethnic nationalism and nativism? Are there any nations which conceive of themselves as nations outside of the third world and Eastern Europe?
5PT recognizes the nation (and its derivative political organ, the nation-state) as a historical expression in the continuity of civilization, not a constant. We are now witnessing as much, that the nation is not constant. What can be constant is what can be controlled. And what can be controlled are ourselves and who we choose to form connections and communities within our own lives. And what we know from history is that peoples who are too tied to particular states disappear when those states disappear, while communities can last across multiple states and eras, sometimes permanently.
It is becoming anachronistic to speak of ourselves as belonging a particular nation, since those nations do not even care for their own existence. This is a dangerous paradigm to remain trapped in, but the diaspora model is a way out. We should embrace this de-nationalization in recognizing that ethnocentric Europeans and Eurocolonials who want to have a future are an unconscious stateless people who we need to awaken into the Western diaspora.
5PT, unlike most other political theories, will not focus on wielding power in the international state system or directing it at other groups internally, but on creating spaces and networks for our people which are capable of resisting the trends that work against us. Rather than engaging in theories of global conflict or coexistence between nations, of more interest is finding ways to live with the conflicts inside countries or civilization blocs that threaten our existence as a diaspora, and using the power we cultivate and acquire to secure our interests as a tribe.
Instead of a preoccupation with nationalism, statism, or electoral politics, 5PT is about the self-selected tribe, no questions asked and nothing owed to others unless necessary for its perpetuity. It is not about the capture and direction of a state but the creation of folk communities and ethnic networks both sub-national and trans-national, capable of enduring under any state that would tolerate them and able to assist those living where they are not tolerated. As these communities and networks develop, they will allow us to be more influential in both world affairs and our own self-governance. Such will be the essence of the diasporic tribe.
The single greatest reason 5PT disputes nationalism as a solution is the problem of power and the absence of favorable conditions. Under the demo-bureaucratic state we find in any Atlanticist country, political power is an abstraction. It has been intermediated through an electoral process in which powerful interest groups delegate the authority to perform state functions to temporary bureaucratic administrators. The election serves as a secularized initiation rite, one in which power is recognized rather than genuinely invested or conferred. Thus, power must exist before assuming the machinery of the state through an election. Ethnic nationalists lack this power as they do not form a powerful interest group. Ethnocentric Europeans and Eurocolonials, moreover, are too small of a minority to directly govern a demo-bureaucratic state where the majority of the citizenry oppose them.
Remember, this is not your country and not your system. You are the outsider, and yet you have been trained to be loyal to a master who does not value you. You are the sons and daughters of a civilization that has fallen. Your task, should you take it up, is to build a stronger and more resilient tribe than all the rest, with its own culture and institutions in order to navigate the world we live in. This is the first step towards achieving anything beyond what our raw numbers enable. I believe that the power of the Western diaspora is yet to be realized, and that we must do so in order to thrive.
Diaspora existence–the reality we face–necessitates different kinds of organization than the ethnic nation-state, which continues to decline. Even if we were to feel its restoration was both possible and ideal, we would be forced to acknowledge that arriving at such a socio-political order requires we change a great deal about ourselves. As such, whether we consider ourselves nationalists or tribalists, we must study the many alternatives to nationalism which history has furnished while simultaneously keeping an eye towards the future. We cannot “win” by merely repeating ourselves.
As this blog progresses, I hope to expand 5PT to cover a variety of important topics and ideas pertinent to the conception and development of the diaspora model and the future directions it could take once it has become more powerful. Tentative key concepts and influences of 5PT which shall be expanded upon include:
- The De-Nationalization of the Global European Diaspora
- The Necessity of a New State-Agnostic Model
- Sub-National and Trans-National Identity as a Response to the Loss of Nation-Statehood
- Contributions of Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW) to De-Nationalized Thinking
- Models from the Millennia of Jewish Diaspora
- Learning from Extant “White Tribes”: The Amish and The Mennonites
- A Post-Electoral Perspective on the Presence of Outsiders
- Diversification of Location: Suitability of Regions Beyond the “First World”
- Civil Defense
Other topics that have come up while working on 5PT:
- France and the Fifth Political Theory
- Terror and Tribe in the West
- Tribal Praxis Versus National Praxis
- The Western Liberal as Transhuman
- Is Diaspora Defeatist?
- In Defense of the West: Trump, Poland, and the Fate of Civilizations
- Google has a Diversity Problem, and So Does the United States
A table of contents with all articles written to date is available here.