There’s a movement taking place across Europe, of thousands of Millennials in each nation united under a banner called Generation Identity. In response to the cultural and economic crisis created by mass immigration, feeling alienated and as minorities in their homelands, these Millennials define themselves specifically as ethno-pluralist, not nationalist. They are not against immigrants or foreigners, only the government-sponsored mass migration movement and its disastrous, unintended consequences. Even so, the mainstream news media have predictably called supporters of Generation Identity racists and xenophobes. Yet this is a generation that doesn’t trust, give credence, or need the supportive voice of these so-called journalists, as the movement continues to grow rapidly. Accusations of extremism are so over-used in society today, the terms are meaningless to a generation sick of being told to conform to ideological groupthink.
Until now, the silent majority in Europe who are against mass immigration and Islamization of their societies have had no platform or voice for their concerns, and those who do speak up are routinely silenced and their reputations destroyed. Hundreds of thousands have viewed Generation Identity’s YouTube videos despite algorithms searching for and deleting their content across the internet, and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have suspended their accounts and pages without any justification. The Identitarians have responded with legal challenges to this censorship, and already won court cases against those seeking to deplatform their members. In the face of censorship by payment gateways such as Paypal and Mastercard, Generation Identity accepts donations in the form of blockchain cryptocurrency.
Up to 50 percent of Millennials in some European countries are unemployed despite being university educated and are without future career prospects. Social safety net services are being redirected from native citizens in need to migrants, even those who have been ordered for deportation. Attacks on women, seniors, gays, and Jews have dramatically risen, and police and emergency services avoid no-go zones. On these and on every other issue, politicians from every party refuse to listen to their nation’s citizens. Now, the largest generation in history is fighting back.
Who Are Generation Identity?
The pan-European Identitarian movement is inspired by Génération Identitaire, which began in France in 2012 by occupying the roof of a nearly completed mosque in the city of Poitiers. This was highly symbolic because this town is near where Charles Martel repelled a Muslim invasion in the year 732 A.D. during the Battle of Tours, thus saving France and Europe from an Islamic domination. In 2016, Génération Identitaire installed barricades on Calais city’s bridges to prevent Muslim migrants from entering the town and harassing its inhabitants.
Generation Identity, which is also called the Identitarian Movement, is now a Europe-wide patriotic youth movement that promotes the values of homeland, freedom, and tradition through peaceful activism, political education, and community and cultural activities. They aim to preserve the cultural heritage that has characterized European countries and the continent over many thousands of years and see it as their mission to argue for a peaceful and secure future within Europe, and value the path forged by the ethno-cultural tradition of their European ancestors.
They believe the crucial questions of the twenty-first century will be asked in the field of identity politics and acknowledge that the current demographic situation is unfavourable for the indigenous European population. These Millennials foresee continued increase in ethnic, cultural, and religious conflicts unless there is a political rethink. They are unaffiliated with any political party, who have all failed their citizens on the issue of immigration despite rhetoric for decades claiming they would tackle the issue in alignment with public opinion, yet in practice allowed government policy to fester.
As a non-violent youth movement that highlights the need for open and honest public debate about immigration policies, identity, and the future of their nations and of Europe, their three core aims are to stop the Islamisation of Europe, oppose globalisation, and stop and reverse the Great Replacement of ethnic Europeans.
The affirmation of their own identity is a self-evident, basic consensus which does not require any party programs. Politically, they do not fit into the pre-fabricated left-right political spectrum and believe patriotism and love of native country are central societal values that do not need to be forced into party political templates.
Generation Identity’s opponents include far-right and far-left activists who attempt to neutralize their effectiveness by infiltrating and discrediting their movement, including through violence, yet Generation Identity has done a remarkable job of identifying and expelling these individuals and their networks. Generation Identity is explicit that they do not provide a platform for any national-socialist or fascist groups or views, nor involve themselves with conflicts outside of Europe.
Every winter Generation Identity supporters organize to provide food, clothing, and humanity to those abandoned by the State’s social welfare system that has become the benefits program for migrants.
Generation Identity believes political change is not only possible in parliament and in party politics, but also in cultural activities, public debates, the media, and on the streets. Therefore, they act in a kind of ‘pre-political space’ which determines discourse and thus serves as the basis for direct and concrete political decisions. The Identitarians strive for a normal, patriotic state of affairs and aim to shape public debate and influence public opinion in a peaceful and democratic way to thus serve as an impetus for the electoral decisions, political awareness, and cultural activity of Europeans.
The collective guilt of earlier generations of Europeans from the consequences of the First and Second World Wars do not burden the shoulders of these Millennials. Fed up with political correctness and being sidelined by the Establishment Elites, Generation Identity are fighting a battle for ideas, and for what is acceptable to think and say. They do not just aim to influence public discourse with their activism, but also seek to bring the most motivated and creative people into their ranks through spectacular action; a silent, passive life for these activists is out of the question.
In every western nation, Millennials are consistently criticized as a generation that is self-interested and unwilling to participate in creating the future, yet the Identitarians go one crucial step further than many protest movements by developing and outlining their demands with concrete solutions. Less preoccupied with selfies, Generation Identity believes materialistic values provide too little meaning and understand the need to create real communities based on real values. Generation Identity addresses the need for meaning by creating local community touchpoints and cultural connections for young native Europeans.
Experts in the Politics of Nonviolence, an actionable theory established by Dr. Gene Sharp that has instructed generations of successful political youth movements, Generation Identity disseminates their ideas and engages in street activism, delivers serious analysis and solutions to current social and political developments, and supports young people in the application of their talents.
Their Battle Cry
Generation Identity’s symbol is the lambda, which was used by the Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae in 480BC. Led by King Leonidas of Sparta, the Greek forces were vastly outnumbered, over 21 to 1 by a massive Persian army. The Greeks held off the Persians for seven days before their rear-guard was annihilated in one of history’s most famous last stands. After the second day, a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks by revealing a small path that led behind the Greek lines. Leonidas, aware that his force was being outflanked, dismissed the bulk of the Greek army and remained to guard their retreat with 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans, fighting to the death.
Both ancient and modern writers have used the Battle of Thermopylae as an example of the power of a patriotic army defending its native soil. The lambda circle can also be seen as a shield. The top of the arrow stands for the metapolitical centre Generation Identity intends to conquer, with the Identitarian movement as the spearhead.
Generation Identity’s Demands
Supporters say by loving and respecting our own identities, we can understand how and why others love theirs. Generation Identity seeks to reverse the European population replacement by mass immigration, a direct cause of decades of government policy since the middle of the twentieth century, and they have a plan. European political leaders have admitted their culturally neutral policy of multiculturalism, dependent on the assumption of assimilation and integration, has failed. States need a strong culture for the state to exist and remigration is required.
Between 700,000 and 800,000 migrants in Austria and about 900,000 migrants in Germany alone leave each year, yet this is still far less than the number coming in, which has totaled over 15 million in the last decade. This demographic dynamic is created by incentives; by inversing the push-pull factors that incentivize mass immigration, such as freezing social spending, cutting back the welfare state, and activating policies of de-islamization, European countries can change tendencies where migrants choose to leave. Reverting the Great Replacement in this manner can be achieved without violence or changing basic laws, simply by abiding by the constitution, which European politicians should have been doing all along and intentionally failed to do.
Preservation of Ethno-Cultural Identity
“We demand a long-overdue open debate on the question of our identity in the 21st century. The established range of positions is limiting this question solely to the utopia of a unified one world ideology. We, on the other hand, insist on a world of plurality, peoples and cultures. We believe in true diversity in which all peoples have a right to preserve and promote their group identity in their homelands.
“As it stands, the establishment are working tirelessly to deny this to our peoples. We want to preserve our peoples’ ethnocultural identity: an identity that is anchored in common consensus and viewed as a fundamental right in our society.”
Defence of Defining Values
“We believe that both love of one’s own country and genuine freedom of speech are essential values for our societies. For many years the political ‘left’ has dominated media and culture, often stifling views counter to their own. Now is the time for an Identitarian counter-voice to enter the stage.
“Love of one’s own country is something completely healthy and natural. It is simply a normal part of human nature. We want everyone to be able to take pride in their own culture and traditions without having to experience suppression and marginalisation.”
“We call for the humane repatriation of anyone who has entered our countries illegally. Concerning legal immigration, The Great Replacement in Europe requires us to work towards reversing migration flows. This reversal will serve the preservation of peace, security and stability in all European countries.”
International Aid on the Ground
“We desire a world where every human feels secure in his or her homeland. We, therefore, strongly support regional development work for countries shaped by war and poverty, helping people to remain in and develop their own homelands. This is encapsulated in our statement: ‘immigration destroys Europe, emigration destroys Africa’. “
“We need effective measures from our governments to regain security and control over our state territories. Our borders must be categorically defended against mass migration and The Great Replacement. Securing our borders will establish far more security and stability in our countries.”
Defend Europe Missions
During the summer of 2017, Generation Identity led the Defend Europe mission in the Mediterranean. The goal was to prevent the boats of pro-illegal migrant associations from working in complete freedom and to denounce the practices of these NGOs, which in reality is human trafficking. This mission made it possible to draw attention to the situation in the Mediterranean and forced politicians to position themselves on the topic. Today, the activities of these associations are closely monitored.
In April 2018, Generation Identity started the Defend Europe Alps mission. This operation took place in three phases. First, they closed the border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering France. Next, they deployed in mobile surveillance teams to monitor a larger area. Finally, they conducted investigations in order to understand where the illegal immigrants were getting through, identify who was smuggling them in, and how this was all organised in order to denounce them. Thanks to this operation, Generation Identity proved to the public authorities that with political will it is possible to regain control of Europe’s borders. As a result, the government decided to increase the number of police officers at this crossing point.
Countering the Critics
What does the term 'Great Replacement' mean and who is responsible for it?
The Great Replacement describes the process by which the indigenous European population is replaced by non-European migrants. We are facing a demographic crisis across Europe where our peoples are becoming a minority in their own countries. Declining birth rates, mass immigration and the sharp increase in Islamic parallel societies will lead to the almost complete destruction of European societies within a matter of decades if no countermeasures are taken.
Our multiculturalist self-abolition ideology, which dominates a large part of our societies’ political debate, is further accelerating this process and leading to a fatal blindness among politicians and the media to future consequences if the current policies of open borders continue. Experts predict a migration wave of up to one billion people from Africa and Asia to Europe over the coming decades.
We can predict quite precisely that a continuation of current immigration policies and the multicultural agenda will lead to many European peoples becoming a minority in their own countries. In many urban areas, we can already observe the occupation of areas by Islamic parallel societies and other non-European communities.
Ethnic, religious and cultural tensions have already been established in our societies. It is therefore of vital importance that we Brits, Irish and Europeans, reconquer the cultural vacuum resulting from this and resolve the demographic crisis in our countries through peaceful means.
What does the term 'Reconquista' mean?
The term Reconquista (“reconquest”) is based on the historical event of the Visigothic kingdoms successors’ gradually recapturing the Iberian Peninsula, which had been held by Muslim conquerors. Today, while we may not be facing an immediate military confrontation, the threat is one of self-destruction through a multicultural zeitgeist. Our fight is therefore a war of words, ideas and politics.
We, Generation Identity, want to reconquer the social discourse, which have been dominated by a left-wing hegemony. We are a loud patriotic voice that shows its face, one that is creating new pathways for the values of tradition and national pride. Love for our own and an awareness of our ethno-cultural identity are matters we should take for granted and of which we should not feel ashamed. We want patriotism to become an important value for society.
We also believe in true freedom of expression so that these important issues will have a place in the public discourse. These are our demands and for this cause we go on the streets every day to form a phalanx for the Reconquista.
Are you against foreigners?
Not at all. Our criticism and political actions are not directed against immigrants and refugees as individuals or groups. The pull factors of the migration movements to Europe are largely caused by the political and social elites’ fatal incentive policies, as they, directly or indirectly, push the ideologically-driven and fraudulent multicultural experiment.
Our protest is therefore directed at the centres of decision-making and influence that continue to push this ‘asylum’ insanity ever further though misleading and false politics. The phenomena of mass immigration and Islamization are tendencies of a systemic development observed throughout Europe for a number of years. Our focus is primarily directed towards this ideological inclination for self-abolition.
We do not lapse into simplistic protest against immigrants themselves. For us, alongside criticizing current politics, it is also important to rebuild a self-confident relationship with our own ethno-cultural identity and to emphasize our ‘own’ without falling into xenophobic reflexes.
What do you mean by 'Identity'?
Human identity is formed through a complex network of historical, biographical, cultural, religious and social associations. Throughout the stages of our personal socialisation, distinctive features of our identity emerge. There is always an interactive relationship between the individual and collective identity. The ethno-cultural aspect is a collective feature of our identity which forms the core of Identitarian political activity and is what we aim to preserve. We believe that every people on Earth is distinguished by its particular diversity and that each brings some unique way of life, values, culture, origin, religion and social practices.
All peoples have the right to preserve and defend the characteristics and features of its ethno- cultural identity. And it is this preservation that we demand for our own regional, national and European identity. In the 21st century, with the pressure of mass immigration and Islamization, the question of identity has become a polarizing theme, on which we, as Generation Identity, take a strong stance.
We stress that identity is characterised by uniqueness on the one hand and by diversity and distinctness on the other one. The perception of a ‘we’ inevitably comprises the perception of the ‘other’. Only those who hold an honest identity for themselves and their own can, at the same time, openly acknowledge the diversity of the others. This position is a clear rejection of racism and chauvinism, since we want to preserve the identity of each and every people and culture, and we reject an uprooting or depreciation of a particular ethno-cultural community. We want to preserve the identity of our own people in its distinctiveness along with all the other peoples of the world.
The ethnic and the cultural aspects of our identity are of equal value to us. We reject an over- emphasis of any one particular aspect of identity.
Ethno-cultural identity has always developed as a holistic relationship and has left its basic marks throughout history with peoples perpetuating themselves. As Identitarians, we want our European identity to have the right to exist in one-hundred years’ time and beyond.
Identity unfolds at different levels: on the regional level it is characterized by a direct attachment to one’s own city, village and region. Dialects, customs and regional history shape this identity. At the next level is national identity, which is characterized by its direct tie to a people or a state, representing a comprehensive identification framework, characterized by social, linguistic and cultural rules. As Generation Identity, we reject dogmatising national identity. We believe the national and regional levels complement each other. Such aspects of identity, taken together, create a common framework that builds upon and complements one another.
Finally, there is the identity of civilisation that for us is constituted in the European identity. Through origin, history and culture all Europeans share both a common heritage and a common destiny, the emphasis and awareness of which is now all the more necessary as the current developments affect our continent as a whole. The history of Europe has always been shaped by cultural exchange and cooperation.
How do you want to implement your aims?
We instill our messages in the public space through spectacular campaigns in order to break through the spiral of political and media silence.
For far too long the left-liberal establishment has claimed authority for itself to interpret reality for the public. As patriotic youth we are confident and confront those decision makers and elites with their failures who have had our generation growing up with the grand delusion of a multicultural utopia. We break through their deceptive consensus and challenge them in their own comfort zones.
There is now a patriotic antithesis in the UK and Europe. We take to the stages that convey our agenda on the widest possible level.
At the same time, we are creating alternative educational programs that give young people practical tools of application in the area of political activism and campaign management, enabling them to effectively develop their talents.
Are your goals not racist OR extremist?
Not in the least. To work for a patriotic and free homeland is the foundation of every cohesive human society. Identity is the defining factor creating social support as well as a cultural and moral orientation for people within their own environment. A nation-state is characterized by spatial, temporal and historical factors and this forms the basic consensus in any serious debate on national and international law, history, politics and social sciences.
However, the fact that standing for the preservation of ethnocultural identity is today classified by established politicians as outside the bounds of acceptable discourse, demonstrates that our political and social decision-makers do not consider it necessary to develop a self-confident attitude towards their own identity. They try to ostracise and vilify those who criticise the unbridled mass immigration or those who demand a sovereign border policy and the proper enforcement of asylum laws. As Generation Identity we hold the imperative of non-violence in all our actions and political work. We rely on a peaceful and creative protest that succeeds without threats or intimidation.
Our actions always focus on the love of our own home regions, countries and Europe and emphasize this right to home, culture, origin and rootedness also for the stranger, who we approach with respect and recognition according to our principles of ethnic pluralism. Our political actions are based solely on the preservation and historical continuation of a common ethno-cultural identity and millennials-old heritage for the whole of Europe.
In most other countries such a commitment to this basic social foundation is considered the minimal societal and political consensus. Therefore, we merely demand the same patriotic normality for Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe, which has nothing to do with extremism or racism.
What goals and demands do Generation Identity seek?
As a non-party political movement, our central political operation field lies in raising awareness of our positions and their link to our ethno-cultural identity. Thus, we are influencing the existing political discourse, which currently denies, discredits, and in some cases even criminalizes the natural affirmation of what is one’s own.
We call for an open debate about the meaning of our own ethno-cultural identity in the 21st century that is free of any ideological and universalistic bias.
Aside from that, we also follow real political developments with a critical view – the unrestrained mass migration, the loss of our own territorial integrity by the opening of the state borders, the resulting loss of internal security, and the dominant spread of Islamic parallel societies – for which we aim to raise awareness through activism, campaigns and educational work.
We see ourselves as agents for shaping public opinion and we counterpose the general left-leaning trend in our societies with a patriotic alternative.