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Each nation, however small, is called to be a new David. It is through the small and beautiful power of local cultures that the globalist Goliath will be defeated.

There are two types of nationalism. There is the “nationalism” of the great nations which all too often manifests itself in the imposition of the nation’s “greatness” on smaller and weaker neighbours. Then there is the nationalism of the small nations which often manifests itself in spirited and defiant resistance to the unwanted and unwarranted influence of their “great” neighbours.

Many examples could be given of both types of nationalism. There was the “great” nationalism of the Soviet Union with its imposition of its will on the smaller nations it had swallowed whole. But the small nations survived, even in the belly of the beast. Against all odds, in terms of so-called realpolitik, the small nations outlived the monster which had devoured them. The Soviet Union is no more. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and a host of other small and beautiful nations flourish where once the Soviet Goliath had reigned supreme.

Then there was the Serb-dominated former Yugoslavia, which disintegrated when the Croats and other small nations flexed their political and military muscle.

And then there is that “great” nation that calls itself Great Britain. As a nation it is inseparable from its Empire, gaining its sense of identity in the conquest of smaller nations. Great Britain is, by definition, an imperial nation. This is hardly surprising because, at its very inception, it was formed and forged by the imposition of the will of the English nation on its smaller neighbours: Scotland, Wales and Ireland. A century ago, the Irish gained their independence from the UK before surrendering it again to the European Union. Within the United Kingdom today there are several small nations within the one “great” nation. There is the Scottish nation and the Welsh nation, whereas, in Northern Ireland, there are two tribes owing allegiance to separate nations.

One positive development in recent decades has been the rise of Scottish and Welsh Nationalism, with each nation flexing its cultural and political muscle to assert its identity. Since, in this instance, a moving picture paints a thousand words, the reader is asked to watch this brief three-minute video of a Welsh nationalist song and then to see its power when sung at a recent rugby match in Wales. The power of this outpouring of national identity is not merely applicable to the Welsh. It is applicable to all nations and peoples which wish to gain or retain their political freedom in the face of efforts to undermine local cultures and local political sovereignty in the name of the “greatness” of imperial power. It is even applicable to the “great” nations which are equally threatened by the ultimate imperialism of globalism. The United States is as vulnerable to globalist imperialism as are the smallest nations. This new imperialism seeks to destroy the national sovereignty of all nations, great and small, to pave the way for a nationless world dominated by a plutocratic alliance of Big Tech, global corporations and international financial institutions.

All nations, small and great alike, are an obstacle to globalism. It is for this reason that true nationalism, as distinct from imperialism, is a necessary political response to the global elites and their efforts to erode national sovereignty and corrode national cultures. Against the globalist imposition of a bland one-size-fits-all global monoculture, the multifarious nations of the world represent authentic multiculturalism. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn reminds us, the nations of the world are beautiful flowers in God’s garden. They should be preserved and protected and fought for.

As for the present writer, whose ancestors were English, Welsh and Irish, he does not owe his allegiance to a Britannia that ruled the waves but to an England which is small and beautiful and which does not seek to domineer its neighbours. This was encapsulated in a few lines of verse he wrote many years ago, after his conversion from being a Great Britisher to a Little Englander:

When Britain had an Empire

The sun would never set,

But the sun set over England

And Englishmen forget

That greater than the Empire

Are the rolling Yorkshire moors,

And more glorious the Dales

Than all the Empire’s wars.

It is only when nations have enough humility to love their neighbours as they love themselves that they will be able to join their neighbours in the battle against globalist imperialism.

It is a providential coincidence perhaps that the patron saint of Wales is St. David, a sixth century monk and bishop who shares the same name as the hero of the Old Testament who slew Goliath. Each nation, however small, is called to be a new David. It is through the small and beautiful power of local cultures that the globalist Goliath will be defeated.

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The featured image is “David och Goliath” (1918) by Gustaf Cederström, and is in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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