My field is not politics –although everything is really politics– but it is the battle in the media and culture, especially history. That is to say, what they call the cultural war and the importance of re-conquering the narrative of true Europe.
Why do I speak of reconquering? There are two reasons. Firstly, because I am Spanish and the word Reconquista has a very important meaning for me. For Spaniards, as for our Portuguese brothers, the Reconquista is a fundamental part of our history and identity because of the fight against the Muslim invader, a fight of centuries against Islam, which defined us as Christian nations. Of course, there were later Reconquests in other parts of Europe, like in Romania, or Serbia, against the Ottomans. And seeing what is happening on our borders and in many European neighborhoods, this word is more relevant than ever.
Secondly, I speak of reconquest because we have lost the narrative, the account of the facts, to the woke left and political correctness, and now we are obliged to regain it. The failure to fight for the narrative has led us to the situation we find ourselves in today. Because in the end, no matter whether a conservative government does well economically, reduces unemployment, or achieves greater stability, if the dominant discourse is not challenged, if a cultural battle is not waged, conservatives will be defeated.
Because if you don’t show up on the battlefield, whatever it is, the enemy will win and will make the most of its victory. Unfortunately, many so-called conservatives have not put up that fight and have become necessary collaborators in our decline. As Chesterton said: The left exists to make mistakes and the right exists to prevent those mistakes from being corrected.
The reality is that if the discourse is not defeated; if the ideology of the left is not dismantled piece by piece, the mere electoral victory is only a half victory. We cannot be complacent and believe that it is not possible for normal people to take on this woke ideology, radical feminism, or the 120 genders of LGTBQ, etc.
At the midterms, I saw a picture of a woman with a banner saying “Vote Republican, they may not be perfect, but the other side are insane”. Quite right, but still millions of people, even dead people as we saw in the presidential election, have voted for the Democrats. In three states, abortion has been approved up to birth; they are insane and they are criminals.
This would be inconceivable in a sane and normal society, in a Europe that is heir to Rome and Greece and Christianity, but our societies are moving further and further away from their origins. Consider the EU flag, whose creator, Arsène Heitz, said: “Inspired by God, I had the idea of making a blue flag on which the twelve stars of the Immaculate Conception stand out”.
And what values does the European Union promote today? Abortion, mass migration, LGBT… What does this have to do with real Europe? Nothing. But that doesn’t matter, an Agenda has to be fulfilled, and, to do so, society is being led into a situation where common sense is the least common of senses, and can even become a crime. A society bombarded with the message of political correctness everywhere: TV series, films, books, music, and the media.
It is, therefore, necessary to combat all this starting from the grassroots, from civil society. A concept widely used by the left and the media to pressure conservative governments to fulfill their agenda.
A “civil society” made up of NGOs that receive million-dollar grants always from the same foundations and whose influence is growing, as we saw in the case of Frontex. Another good example is the National Women’s Strike of Marta Lempart, a radical feminist and pro-abortion group that engaged in graffiti and egging politicians. Within a year Lempart was rubbing shoulders with Macron and giving lectures for the Open Society and making headlines across Europe.
In the wake of the Polish Supreme Court ruling against eugenic abortion, his activists stormed churches during Holy Mass with LGBT flags and pro-abortion slogans. No one would have believed this was possible, but it was, with the support of the liberal opposition, funding from the Open Society, and the blessing of the mainstream media. The danger posed by these NGOs cannot be underestimated, and that is why it is essential to support civil society organizations with patriotic and conservative values in all areas, from the defense of life and the family, to tradition and the field of justice, so that the globalist discourse always has a response from society.
Of course, also in the world of labor, in the representation of workers, as, for example, has been done in Italy for years, and as is beginning to be done in Spain and Portugal with the Solidarity trade union, named after the Polish trade union that brought the communist regime to its knees.
The example of Solidarity brings us to the importance of history. In Spain, the historical narrative has been handed over to the left and the results are terrible. In the name of a democratic memory, graves are desecrated, a historical debate is banned and anyone who dares to challenge the official discourse is condemned: the left is good, the right is bad. Even our postal service has brought out a stamp to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the Spanish Communist Party, with the red star and the hammer and sickle in various colours, like the 2030 Agenda.
In Spain, communists are “defenders of democracy.” Unfortunately, when the liberal right was in power nothing was done to confront this narrative and today we suffer the consequences. In Spain, there was no desire to dedicate a day to those murdered at Paracuellos or to the genocide against Catholics, because for our liberal right that was not an important issue.
In this sense, I would like to mention the opposite example in Italy, where 10 February was instituted as a day of remembrance for the victims of the exodus of more than 300.000 Italians from Istria and Dalmatia and the thousands of Italians murdered by Communist partisans. Now in Italy, they have the opportunity to withdraw the medal that the socialist president Saragat awarded to Marshal Tito, the man ultimately responsible for all these crimes, and put an end to an infamy that has lasted for decades. The past builds the present.
Another fundamental element is culture, which is why there is talk of a cultural battle. On my way here I was reading the statements of a radical feminist who said that “feminists don’t have time to read”. This is undoubtedly true. But they do take care to disseminate, especially among children, books that justify the delusions of gender ideology.
Because their target is children. In Spain, this political battle is led by VOX and organizations such as Christian Lawyers. But more and more publishers and groups are working in this field to combat the left’s unhinged narrative. This phenomenon is happening all over Europe, and more and more people want to know their true history or what radical feminism stands for. In Spain, there are publishers dedicated to history who publish a book a day, and books combating the woke ideology are becoming increasingly popular. Fortunately for these publishers, conservatives are not like feminists.
There has also been a change in areas where the right is not allowed, such as film. In Spain, the most watched documentary in cinemas has been “Spain, the first globalization”, a film against the black legend and in defense of our history. No one goes to see films about gender perspectives or sexual philias. If this is happening in Spain, it can happen anywhere.
Last but not least, is the role of the media. Here we are in a clear David versus Goliath situation, but, again, conservative media are becoming more and more necessary and popular. Therefore, it is essential to support these media. Whether you are in government or in opposition, you have to actively participate in media that fight globalist discourse.
This may seem obvious, but in many cases, the importance of getting the message out is underestimated because things are being done well. The reality is that if you don’t tell your story, others will tell it for you. In Spain, thanks to the emergence of VOX, more conservative media have appeared, on radio and television, which together with greater activism on social networks, is paving the way for a truly conservative message. Before that, those who were supposed to transmit it did not do it for fear or because they were receiving state subsidies. Either we do it or no one else will.
This conference, like many others that are taking place with increasing frequency, such as the one held in Rome in early October organized by Nazione Futura a week after the great victory of the Italian right, these conferences are necessary to join forces and form a common front in the face of an enemy that is united in destroying all that is good, beautiful and true. If we want a true Europe, a Europe of life, family, faith, a Europe that refuses to die and wants to live, we have to do it together.
A few weeks ago the Spanish Parliament debated the trans law, a law that will allow the sex change of minors, VOX MP Carla Toscano began her speech by quoting Chesterton, “the day will come when, for saying that the grass is green, a sword will have to be drawn”, and ended by stating that that day had already arrived. She is right, that time has come and only if we act accordingly we will have the Europe we want.
This article is the adaptation of a lecture in the International Conference “The Europe We Want” celebrated in Bucarest, Romania.
Álvaro Peñas es redactor de deliberatio.eu, colaborador de Disidentia, The European Conservative, El American y otros medios europeos. Analista internacional, especializado en Europa del Este, para el canal de televisión 7NN. Autor en SND editores // Writer at deliberatio.eu, contributor at Disidentia, The European Conservative, El American and other European media. International analyst, specialized in Eastern Europe, for the television channel 7NN. Author at SND editores.