"I don't know how people who are in favour of the European Union can sleep at night."
"I don't know how people who are in favour of the European Union can sleep at night - because what they are doing is creating a set of social tensions by eliminating a political sense of national identity, they force human beings....to seek a sense of belonging in something else...
There is an ethnic sense, racial, religious, linguistic....
We are starting to see that, unfortunately, happening in Europe."
"A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of a native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of the earth, for the labors men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar unmistakable difference amidst the future widening of knowledge.
The best introduction to astronomy is to think of the nightly heavens as a little lot of stars belonging to one's own homestead."
- George Eliot
"For Mazzini, a nationality means a race, a fixed array of behavior like a breed of dog or a species of animal.
He is not thinking of a national community united by a literate language and a classical culture to which any person can become assimilated through a political choice.
For Mazzini, race is unchangeable, and race is destiny.
It is a matter of Blood and Soil.
Cats fight Dogs.
French fight Germans.
Germans fight Poles.
and so on through all eternity.
These hatreds are the main datum of sensory perception.
Each of Mazzini’s organizations demands immediate national liberation for its own ethnic group on the basis of aggressive chauvinism and expansionism.
Mazzini’s warhorse is the Territorial Imperative.
Each is obsessed with borders and territory, and each finds a way to oppose and sabotage dirigist economic development. Each one is eager to submerge and repress other national groupings in pursuit of its own mystical destiny.
This is Mazzini’s racist gospel of Universal Ethnic Cleansing."