Thesis 7: Ethnos and ethnic consciousness is the most fundamental factor in human society.

We must be ethnic nationalists, because only ethnic nationalism provides unquestionable political arguments for our nation’s rights to existence. The idea that ethnic nationalism is the “bad” nationalism, which is at odds with “good” civic nationalism, must be rejected. In the same way as the pseudo-argument must be rejected the reduction of ethnic nationalism to slogans of ‘skull measurement’ and ‘purity of blood’, which no ethnic nationalist claims at all but serves as an exercise for Neo-Marxists in ‘refuting’ their own absurd claims. Significantly, Neo-Marxist activists are also passionate about defending the interests of ethnic minorities, thus recognizing their right to their own identity and interests, but not acknowledging that Europeans have the same rights. They base this on their “oppressor / oppressed” hierarchy, in which Europeans always are viewed as “oppressors”, even though at least in Central and Eastern Europe it’s impossible to talk about the crimes of colonialism, slavery (apart from the serfdom that our ancestors experienced) or “white privilege”. But contradictions and lies in the Marxist ideas are not the exception, but the law.

Thus, those liberal nationalists who avoid mentioning the ethnic factor make a big mistake. They certainly hope to fit as the “good guys” into the political discourse dictated by the Neo-Marxists. This attitude is leading Europe’s indigenous peoples to destruction. If each of the billions of people in Africa or Asia can be Latvian, Polish, Swedish or French, then what is the significance of the indigenous peoples of these European countries? Latvian people are as real as any other ethnic group in the world with their inalienable right to exist under this sun and inherit our land, not a “social construct”. It is a truth that is clear to everyone from their daily experience, unless he is an “intellectual” who can believe the most absurd ideas but not see obvious truths. Moreover, if we look at the origins of the concepts of nationalism and ethnicity, we see that they mean the same thing. The word “nation” is derived from the old French word “nacion”, which means “birth” (“naissance”). This, in turn, is derived from the Latin word “natio”, which means the same thing. So, a nation means a common origin – nation is ethnos. To build civic nationalism without basis of ethnic nationalism means to build a house without a foundation. The difference between the people of Latvia and Latvian nation is important – concepts that are constantly mixed to question the existence of Latvians as an ethnos. The Latvian people are an ethnic community, which is the core of the people of Latvia, the other including ethnic minorities loyal to Latvia. Thus, ethnic nationalism serves as the basis for civic nationalism.

Why is belonging to an ethnos so important? An ethnos, or the people, is an extended family, with whom man is inextricably linked in spirit and body. A nation is like a tree that, with its roots and top, is always stretched into eternity – at the same time in its past and future, at the same time connected with the material and spiritual worlds. Each element in this community is closely connected with the whole, but the whole is more than the sum of its elements – the nation is life. The famed theory of “social contract” does not provide a satisfactory explanation for the role of the individual in society. Anyone who delves into the substance of this issue will understand that society is never founded as an informed decision by individuals. Man is a social being and society existed before the individual and even before the human species., For human life in society there are fundamental and unchangeable spiritual and biological foundations, such as the long period of raising children, which requires the presence of a family and community to ensure a generational change. The instinct of continuation of oneself in your children, thus becoming part of the eternal, is the strongest natural impulse. This instinct exists in relation to both the family and to ethnic consciousness, and it is a solid reality.

From the truth about the reality of the people follows the demand for the security of the people. History is full of countless examples of countries collapsing from internal divisions between different ethnic groups, which have been forced to coexist in one territory – from the Roman Empire to Yugoslavia and Syria. Just as in international relations every country strives for supremacy, so in multicultural countries different ethnic groups seek as much power as possible and struggle that the country would serve the interests of a particular ethnos.

Solution? It is its nation-state with a constitution that defines the state-nation whose preservation and development is the foundational goal, while providing cultural autonomy for ethnic minorities. This creates clear rules for all citizens of the country and helps to avoid unnecessary internal ethnic rivalry. We are fortunate that we already have such a constitution, but the protection of the nation-state depends not only on the constitution, but also on the awareness of the members of the state-nation of the importance of its interests and, in practice, the proportion of the state-nation among the population. It is quite clear that the proportion of Latvians in Latvia – 62% – is still too critically low that we could be sure of our future.

Even more important than the overall proportion of ethnic minorities is the proximity of the culture of these ethnic groups to the culture of the state-nation. The greater these cultural differences, the deeper the social problems that accompany such ‘diversity’. For example, about 1/3 of the Latvian population is Russian-speaking, which means mutual tension between people of different cultures on a daily basis and on some significant dates. It is the a direct consequence of the ethnopolitics of communist multiculturalism. Fortunately, these tensions in Latvia does not turn into physical aggression. Meanwhile, the presence of about 3% of Muslim immigrants in the small British town of Rotherham was enough to lead to the rape of 1400 English girls by Muslim gangs in the period of 16 years.[1]

Countless facts prove that ignoring the significance of the ethnos leads to catastrophic consequences. For example, scientific research suggests that human altruism in society depends on genetic closeness to individuals, as it is in everyone’s interest to pass on their genes. The more ethnically homogeneous a society is, the greater its internal trust and people’s readiness to engage in common societal goals.[2] It also means greater competitiveness for society. It also leads to the second conclusion – greater “diversity”, which Neo-Marxists praise as a source of social “strength”, increases mutual distrust and complicates the functioning of society.[3] Evidence even shows that multiculturalism has a negative impact on human health, for example, in an ethnically heterogeneous environment, people are more likely to suffer from heart disease and cancer.[4]

We must recognize facts of reality – ethnic consciousness and the desire to live in an ethnically homogeneous environment are an integral part of human nature. Every Latvian feels happy in Riga, when during Latvian Song festival it is again a Latvian city. The feeling of being around one’s own kind is inspiring. Any policy that ignores this human need is anti-human, utopian and dangerous. It can be called “obscurantism”, “intolerance” or “medieval thinking”, but it does not change the facts of reality. Therefore, successful functioning of the state is possible only taking into account the ethnic factor and implementing policies that promote ethnic homogeneity. This means encouraging the repatriation of immigrants who are unable to integrate into the culture of the indigenous people and stopping immigration, but if immigrants are absolutely necessary in certain sectors of the economy, attracting them from more ethnically related cultures. It must be emphasized that the ethnos is not identical with race.

Unlike the concept of race, which is a materialistic understanding of human nature, the ethnos includes several dimensions – not only the common origin, but also language, tradition and religion. This was described already by Herodotus, justifying the higher commonality of politically divided Greek city-states as opposed to the Persian invaders – ethnic consciousness has always been one of the biggest obstacles to the expansion plans of various empires.

The importance of certain elements of ethnicity may vary depending on the ethnos – in some ethnic groups, for example, language is more important, while in others – religion as the basis of common identity.[5] An ethnos includes both physical and spiritual aspects – including a person’s active will and choice to identify with one’s ethnos, to observe and nurture the cultural traditions of the ethnos, but on the part of the ethnos – the willingness and choice to recognize person as belonging to an ethnos. At least a partial origin from the Latvian ethnos, speaking Latvian language and a sense of belonging to a common historical story about the fate of the Latvian people are the necessary conditions to recognize someone as a Latvian.

Recognizing ethnicity as a factor does not mean “hatred” of other nations, it means acknowledging one’s unique identity, one’s difference, one’s roots and one’s right to coexist with other nations, which together form the richness of human culture. But collective development of humanity can only take place when each nation has its own space in which it can develop and flourish according to its identity.

A person needs identity, but identity needs boundaries. If a person cannot live in his nation state with his compatriots, he not only risks losing his ethnic identity, but also his humanity, which can only be realized and lived out through one’s national culture. Both communist international socialism, neo-Marxist multiculturalism and racial internationalism of “white nationalism” does not recognize the right to exist for the small ethnic groups and true ethnic diversity, which can only exist in the community of nation states and not in a global empire. Therefore, National Democratism opposes any idea that denies the right of other nations to exist.

[1] Ritvars Eglājs: iebraucēji svešā zemē ir agresīvāki

[2] Salter, Frank, On Genetic Interests: Family, Ethnicity, and Humanity in an Age of Mass Migration, Routledge, 2007.

[3] Dinesen, Peter Thisted; Schaeffer, Merlin; Mannemar, Kim Sønderskov. Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: A Narrative and Meta-Analytical Review. Viewed:

[4] Diversity may be fatal, says new government health study, Neil Munro, Viewed:

[5] For this reason, the so-called “Pan-Slavic” project is not possible – for example, the Polish and Croatian affiliation with the Western Christian cultural space has created insurmountable differences of identity from Orthodox Russian and Serbian culture. Even in the mentality of the Orthodox Ukrainians, there are significant mental differences from the Russians, which are associated with centuries of belonging to the Polish-Lithuanian superpower.

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