The Thirty-Second Overview
This text is a short history of the different human tribes which inhabited a region known as Germania, encompassing present-day Germany, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, and some of the surrounding areas.
The most important lesson to be learned from this book is that the true origin of much of Western civilization's cultural norms, values, and morals can be found in these Germanic tribes, rather than the much more infamous Roman Empire.
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What is Germania?
In around 98 CE, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote a short treatise on the inhabitants of the rocky, mountainous terrain north of the Roman Empire, deep into the continent known today as Europe. This book was titled Germania, and was unknown to the Western world until it was rediscovered in 1425, in a Catholic monastery located in Germany1.
In the centuries following the discovery of that manuscript, Germania wasn’t particularly popular among Europe’s intellectuals and academics, likely because it was clearly counter to the Catholic Church's narrative of pre-Christian Europe as a wasteland of violent, sadistic barbarians in desperate need of conversion and salvation from themselves.
In the 16th century, Germania saw a revival among German philosophers, who were very interested in learning as much as they could about their own ancestors and heritage. It remains an important record of early Germanic history.
Is "Germania" racist or white supremacist?
Absolutely not! This is a short "ethnography" - an essay about an ethnic group - on the numerous tribes that inhabited much of northern Europe in pre-Roman antiquity. It is no different in that way from any other ethnography throughout recorded human history.
What is described is a race of people who were imperfect, but clearly understood the importance of social norms and the utility of a morality which served the greater purpose of ensuring the survival and propagation of their civilization. Their way of life worked well for them for many millennia, indicating that while it was not necessarily superior to all other ways of life, it was very appropriate for the people living it.
Different ethnic groups behave differently and have clearly developed different cultures and traditions, which provide structure for their communities. Cultural and traditional differences between societies are not measures of “goodness” or “badness,” and these differences do not offer any meaningful method for assigning inherent worth to each group and its members. Rather, these differences illustrate why the ideal of one unified world population, forced to share a common culture with common traditions, is so flawed.
What does "Germania" have to do with the future of America?
The people of prehistoric Germany are not in any way identical to the American people. For one thing, America is and always has been a multiracial nation, thanks to African slavery. Even among America’s white citizens, the ethnic diversity spans every ethnic group racially categorized as “white” or “Caucasian.” America’s people have never been wholly unified by a common genetic lineage. The North American continent was originally colonized by the empires of Britain, France, and Spain, and the ethnic and cultural legacies of these different peoples are seen throughout our cohesive national culture. America's culture has changed over time as other large populations have immigrated to the established United States, including Germany, Italy, and Scandinavia.
What’s important about Germania is not the racial and genetic homogeneity; it’s how the societies were structured. As you read this book, notice the similarity in the values and morality described when compared to our own values in the United States.
Germania offers an alternative view of our own ancestors, one that doesn’t demonize everything which preceded Rome, but instead recognizes these tribes of people had very successful societies without needing globalism via religion. The Roman Empire repeatedly tried to conquer and subjugate the Germanic peoples, and failed every time. While Germania's influence on the evolution of the West is largely ignored by modern academia, make no mistake - much of what the West is today is because of the influences from these Northern tribes living very differently from Rome.
What is "globalism via religion?"
Christianity has been a central element of Western civilization for the past two thousand years. While the scope of its influence is a subject of debate, it has definitely made its mark.
In this modern era of aggressive leftist progressivism pushing its moral absolutes2 and narrow worldview on the rest of us by force, we should be pragmatic and willing to more critically examine Christianity’s role in the growth of the west.
This religion used many of the same tactics leftists (i.e. communists, Marxists) use today to enforce their worldview on society as a whole. Our nation’s founders are demonized and smeared as “slave owners” who couldn’t possibly have anything useful to offer our society. We’re told that our choices and lifestyles are immoral and must be forcibly suppressed and replaced with a new ideology that is unbending in its edicts. Truth is absolute and must not be questioned.
History is written by the winners, and winners tend to lie about the losers to make themselves look better (and more righteous and justified in their actions). Germania sheds light on how this proverb was true, even centuries ago when Rome was supposedly the center of the known world.
The Germanic people were:
- Free of usury (interest on loans)
- Kind toward war slaves3
- It is widely believed the Catholic Church used its expansive power to eradicate evidence of pre-Christian civilizations. An unknown (but likely vast) quantity of historical records are still hidden away, to this day, in both the Vatican and in monasteries throughout the world. Germania is but one example.
- Although superficially, leftism embraces moral relativism and an “everything goes” mentality, beneath the surface, there are strict rules applied to judge the moral worthiness of the individual. Allyship is one such example - that those born a certain way should be compelled to swear allegiance to allyship on behalf of those born a certain other way.
- It was common throughout all known human civilization in antiquity to take human prisoners as part of the spoils of war. These prisoners were typically enslaved or otherwise required to participate in the society which captured them. “Slavery” does not exclusively refer to the African slave trade, which was nonexistent in Germania.