My Friend The EthnonationalistSo I realize this is a bit off topic but you guys are my peers and I know you are all critical and logical thinkers. I need your help. A friend I went to college with and still talk with a lot identified himself as a strong ethnonationalist. Being unaware of the meaning of this I looked into it. It is the belief that people should live in communities with only those of the same culture and preferably the same ethnicity and national background. In fact, this little doozy happens to be at the foundation of most white supremacist and neo-nazi organizations. Scared me senseless. He and I have disagreed many times due to his rather radical conservative views and my strong liberal ones. He is also a Christian. With little ground to share, I didn't know quite where to begin.
He and I talked quite a long time about it. He explained that he is not a racist and not a segregationist (though I can't understand how) and the he believes this would eliminate much strife in the world. He went on to say that he is scared that the European/European American culture and bloodlines are dying out. He has an obsession with Russia and thinks that they would fulfill his cultural desire. He also believes the Afrikaners in South Africa have got it right and are living peacefully with the natives. He just wants to keep his culture and bloodlines unaffected.
I don't understand even a little bit of it. To me, combining cultures and "bloodlines" is a wonderful thing which furthers humanity as a whole. How can this really be seen as a positive ideal? How can I try to convince him as a good person that this goal can only lead to a negative end? I will give you as much as I can of his actual words and responses.
Let it be known that at no time will be arguing for this ideal. I may state his words and reasons in response to you so I can question further, but it is not me arguing for it. Thank you for any help you can offer. I find this very upsetting.