I can assure you that i only eat babies on special occasions, and only with healthy helpings of Sauerkraut.
My beliefs are *proudly* libertarian and nationalistic. You may, if you will, consider me a liberal in the tradition of 1848. I am a libertarian because I believe that a human life carries worth, value and an irrevocable right to self-determination. I believe that the institution of private property is the perhaps most vital corollary of the principle of self-ownership, that it implies the right of self-defense, and that the flaw of modern liberalism is the equation of these insights with a broad-sweeping egalitarianism set to encompass every sphere of social and economic life, and to be enforced per government decree. I consider myself a nationalist simply because I believe that the nation represents, or should represent, my extended kin. I am a cosmopolitan only in the sense that I respect, tolerate, and quite frankly like, differences. I am not egalitarian.
First of all, I have never argued for a forceful reconquest of anything (Though I obviously intended my original statement as provocative). To some extent my position, in terms of Realpolitik, is obviously more a lamentation of what I perceive to be a past wrong, rather than a policy suggestion for any immediate future. If anything I would argue for a peaceful and equitable return. I also believe that a similar discussion could be held regarding Finnish Karelia. What I do know is that no free soul can look upon the destruction of the Cathedral of Königsberg, to be replaced by now withering pieces of Stalinist architecture, without shedding at least a tear or two. 700 years of German culture, the birthplace of Immanuel Kant and E.T.A. Hoffman, was undone by the Red Army in a few cold spring months, and I consider that a tragedy. (Notice here how I am capable of holding more than one thought -- i.e. both the atrocities of Nazi Germany on the one hand, and the tragedy of Königsberg on the other -- in my head at the same time. Some consider it a mark of intelligence)
What also bothers me is Western hypocrisy with regards to both World Wars, as the historic discussion on those subjects in the West have categorically portrayed the Allied efforts as messianic crusades for democracy, when, in fact, Europe -- if, indeed, one includes more than just Western Europe in that concept -- was much less free after both the first and the second war than it was before either. A development, sadly, rubber stamped and counter signed by power brokers in London, Washington and Paris -- be they Wilsons, Clemenceaus and Lloyd-Georges or Roosevelts, De Gaulles and Churchills -- in direct violation of the Washingtonian principle of avoiding entangling foreign alliances, the Monroe doctrine and the British de facto policy of splendid isolation. All, indeed, designed specifically so as to avoid wars. What bothers me here is how Western Europe can sell out Hungary, Poland, and, in fact, all of Eastern Europe, to communism, and still keep up the image of being crusaders for human liberty.
Also, I fundamentally resent the equation of Germany, or German culture, with Hitler and National Socialism. Hitler was a direct consequence of the Peace of Versailles, which, in turn, was dictated to Germany by the Western democracies. This does not absolve Germany of any and all blame, but don't tell me that it doesn't take two to tango.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote:I have in this War a burning private grudge—which would probably make me a better soldier at 49 than I was at 22: against that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler ... Ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light.
I also believe it to be symptomatic for the statist mindset to jump to the conclusion that the application of state sanctioned force is the only means of achieving political goals. I consider such totalitarian Messianism a direct outflow of a profoundly Christian ethic, but without the saving grace of sacrality (no pun intended). I also cannot help but wonder why you find those opinions so wholly unworthy of consideration? You communist-loving, bleeding-heart liberal, pansy-ass hippie.