I’m an Identitarian – and the word is on everyone’s lips. But in my experience in talking with other people, I find that most don’t know what that term actually means.
The first guess is obvious: ‚Identitarian‘ comes from ‚Identity‘. That’s no surprise, however it remains important: Identitarians are those that believe the question of identity to be the primary question of the 21st century.
Preservation of ethnocultural Identity
The concept of identity has many facets: individual & collective identity, gender identity, work identity and many more. It may be philosophically interesting and important to be concerned with all these different facets, but we Identitarians are concerned primarily with the question of ethnocultural identity.
Why: Because ethnocultural identity is the framework on which all other identities are based. And this framework is in danger. Not because of mass-immigration, but because of our self-inflicted uprooting. Only this uprooting made problems such as mass-immigration, the great replacement, etc. possible. To counteract the uprooting and its consequences is the big task of the identity movement.
An Identitarian is one who is committed to preserving his ethnocultural identity.
There is, however, another important point. We Identitarians have recognized that this uprooting is a necessary consequence of modernity. The basic structure of Modernist thought has led to a centuries- long development, at the end of which stands the uniform, absolutely free individual.
On this basic structure, all three major Ideologies of Liberalism, Socialism & Nationalism are built. They are not part of the solution, but part of the problem. Their principles and truths are to be discovered, relativized & used as impulses for a new political theory.
The fact that we can identify these impulses distinguishes us from mere conservatism, in whose tradition we stand. With it, we reject the basic structure of modern thought, such as individualism, rationalism, progressivism, and universalism.
Thus, Identitarians can be social, but never socialist. Liberal, but never Liberalist, and National, but never Nationalist.