Restoring Christendom is not a panacea for the ills of the modern world, though paleoconservatives” labors to preserve respect for the sacred, for faith in God, and for the Christian influence on American identity continue to exemplify a noble struggle. Indeed, the process by which thoughtful citizens look to the past in order to “conserve” the values, institutions, and principles upon which a society is based remains an indispensable outlook “ one deeply rooted in Western Civilization and befitting true patriots.
The whole horror of National Socialism is not concentrated in its nationalism, but in the combination of these two sterile and anti-human ideologies. Ironically enough, nationalism (unlike patriotism, of which it is the exaggeration and parody) is never merely national. Indeed, under its spell both the German Nazis and the Russian Soviets became imperialists. A nationalist is never satisfied with the nation as it now exists, nor recognizes its true goodness; it must always be marching “progressively” towards “reform,” expansion, or into conformity with “propositions” abstracted from historical context.
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