The ‘people’ — the very term is suspect to the cosmopolitan Left, which sees it as bordering on the politically incorrect — is not any statistical ’population’; it’s an organic community embracing a transcendent body made up of ancestors, the living, and their heirs. Though marked with a certain spirituality, a people is diachronically rooted in the past and projects itself into the future — it’s submerged in biological and genetic matter, but at the same time it’s a historical, and spiritual, reality.
The universalist ideology of the French Revolution confused the idea of the people with that of an ‘ensemble of inhabitants who jurisdictionally possess nationality’, whatever their origin. Given the facts of mass immigration and naturalisation, the notion of the French people has been greatly diluted (as have the British or German peoples, for the same reason). This is why (without broaching the unresolvable issue of what constitutes a ‘regional people’ or a ‘national people’), it’s advisable to dialectically transcend semantic problems — and affirm the historic legitimacy of a single, European people, historically bound, whose different national families resemble one another in having, for thousands of years, the same ethno-cultural and historical origins.
Europe needs to think of herself as a community of destiny, one that will replace the nation-state in the Twenty-first century. Beside most people in the world see us more as Europeans than as Germans, Italians, Frenchmen, etc. The way others look at us in one sign that we’re not wrong. In a globalised world, prone to civilisational clashes, Europe —beset by demographic decline, threatened with life-threatening dangers —faces the overriding imperative of regrouping in order to survive, for the isolated nation state no longer bears any weight.
— Guillaume Faye, Why We Fight: Manifesto of the European Resistance