Let’s take the New Zealand terrorist. We keep hearing he’s a white nationalist. But which nation is he passionately attached to? Australia? France, which he writes about more than any other country? The US where he wants to provoke the repeal of the Second Amendment? New Zealand? To be a nationalist you need to swear allegiance to a particular nation. Which one is his?
To the contrary, his worldview conceives of no differences between nations. He sees them as identical pieces of the larger, and much more important, formation called the West. To him, it’s all about the supra-national concept of race. This is the opposite of nationalism. Once again, let’s look at Ukraine. Ukrainian nationalism includes whites, Tatars, and even the minuscule minority of blacks and defines itself in opposition to the Russian nationalism. To a white Ukrainian nationalist, a Nigerian resident who embraces Ukraine is a dearly beloved brother while a white Russian who hates Ukraine is the enemy.
A nationalism that doesn’t operate with the concept of a nation as the central one is an oxymoron.