Spain has a lot to teach the world and especially other Europeans. If you only know the basic talking points about Spanish history you might think this article will be either about the Reconquista or the Spanish civil war and its bloody physical removal of communists/anarchists, it will be about neither (though it might touch on the subjects as context), for Spain has another even more important lesson to teach. A lesson on national identity and self-esteem.
From the 13th to the 15th century Spain managed to perform a miracle: It retook lost territory to Islam and managed to revert the absolute backwardness that was brought with said religion. Contrary to (non-Spanish) mainstream history, Al-Andalus was not a beacon of culture, science and tolerance. Islam is probably the most regressive and oppressive totalitarian system known to man and Spain was occupied by one of the most ‘conservative’ Islamic legal schools. Any science and knowledge that was allegedly brought to Spain was already there either through the Visigoths themselves or through trade with the Greek Roman Empire. To this day Spain is the only territory to recover from Islamic occupation; North Africa is no longer the shadow of what it was, now it’s a dysgenic hellhole, same for the once great Near East (Syria, Lebanon etc.), even Greece never completely recovered. But Spain? Baby, Spain kicked out the Muslims and Jews and went on to have a Golden Age of close to 300 years. Almost three hundred years of nigh invincibility. So what happened?
This is the lesson we must learn from Spain, for what happened wasn’t some major cataclysm. Spain obviously couldn’t keep up its hegemony forever and being the biggest European power for centuries makes you a big target, so a sort of death by a thousand cuts started to happen as other European powers rose and started to nibble at Spain. But the biggest hit wasn’t militarily, it was moral. The most devastating attacks Spain’s enemies inflicted were the propagation of lies about the Spanish character and the Empire’s actions.
English, French and Dutch traders started to spread what is known as “The Black Legend”. Tales of the horrors and savagery of the Spaniards in the old continent and in the Americas, tales of them being a mutt and impure race and that any science philosophy and knowledge they possessed came from the Moors. These stories shaped how Spain was perceived by the rest of Europe, even great intellectuals fell for it. For instance there are quotes from Kant about the savage and uncivilized character of Spain, even though Kant never set foot in Spain. Hegel wholeheartedly embraced the meme of Al-Andalus as a hub of science and progress as well as Nietzsche and von Humboldt. Hell, even Hitler:
The Arabian epoch (…) was the most cultured, the most intellectual and in every way best and happiest epoch in Spanish history. It was followed by the period of the persecutions with its unceasing atrocities. -Adolf Hitler
Only in the Roman Empire and in Spain under Arab domination has culture been a potent factor. Under the Arab, the standard attained was wholly admirable; to Spain flocked the greatest scientists, thinkers, astronomers, and mathematicians of the world, and side by side there flourished a spirit of sweet human tolerance and a sense of purist chivalry. Then with the advent of Christianity, came the barbarians. -Adolf Hitler
Worse than all of that, Spaniards started believing the propaganda too! It completely demoralized the Spanish people who started doubting their own character and accomplishments. To this day this self-deprecation and self-doubt is part of the Spanish character, “malinchismo” we call it in Spanish.
Listening to a man speak, easy it is to know where he first drew breath
If he praises England, he is English
If he reneges of Prussia, he is French
and if he speaks ill of Spain…he is certainly Spanish
The average Spaniard believes its history to be a sequence of continuous disasters and losses. He is not acquainted with the greatness or victories.
Spain is the only country in the world where failures are remembered more often –Jesús Ángel Rojo
The Black Legend is so pervasive that basically almost everything people (including Spaniards!) think they know about Spain comes from there. It’s part of the reason why White Latin Americans have a hard time fully embracing the Spanish Empire as a basis for their identity (who wants to side with a homicidal backwards people that to top it all off are a bunch of losers?).
It’s not too late for Spain though. Authors like Jesús Ángel Rojo are helping to remember Spain’s more accomplished history with books like When We Were Invincible (KANGZ!) and Dario Fernandez-Morera is helping expose the lies about Moorish Spain and fashy painters like Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau are painting really fash and aesthetic art.
So, now I want to ask the reader: Does any of this sound familiar? Does this process of self-deprecation and historical revisionism ring any bells? This is exactly the same process of destruction by propaganda that anti-Whites are inflicting on America and Europe today. Accomplishments are ignored, only savagery, immorality and losses are remembered. If we don’t win, historians three centuries from now will be talking about how greatly American science and culture benefitted from blacks. Heck, blacks put Whitey on the Moon muhfuggah!