Homosexuality and Nationalism

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Many conjectures have been formulated regarding the Right on a plethora of social issues, including racial tribalism and identity politics. One of the most prominent of these is that all Conservatives, and even Alt-Libertarians, demonstrate an aggressive demeanor towards homosexuals.

Indeed, the left has long paraded homosexual Americans about as a politicized martyr for their cause, in erroneously claiming that 1) they are the inherent victims of the Right, and 2) Conservatism is inherently opposed to homosexuals. This is a grossly incorrect conjecture. In addition, homosexuals have always been present in the development and height of great Western civilizations, dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Unlike the post-modern perception of homosexuals, philosophers, warriors, artists, poets, and politicians weren’t defined solely according to their sexuality in the period of Antiquity. On the contrary, sexuality was merely one aspect of the personality, not the sole determinant of it. Although homosexuality itself is not an intrinsic determinant of Western Civilization, homosexuals have provided various artistic, philosophical, scientific, and militarily strategic contributions to its development.

Numerous examples of this are present. In terms of historical context, the father of Western philosophy and the first scholarly academy, Plato, demonstrates a prominent example. Frequently, conversations pertaining to the spiritual nature of love and intimacy (including homosexual relations) are found within his dialogues, notably The Symposium and Phaedrus. Plato noted through his conversation, in his perspective, Heavenly (spiritual love) is explicitly within the form of male love.

Contrast this with the love of Heavenly Aphrodite. This goddess, whose descent is purely male…That’s why those who are inspired by her Love are attracted to the male: they find pleasure in what is by nature stronger and more intelligent. — Symposium

This excerpt encapsulates the generally accepted demeanor towards homosexuality, even in Antiquity. Note that, while Pederasty was a common practice, Plato noted that “As a matter of fact, there should be a law forbidding affairs with young boys”, which is indicative that there is a distinction between the two, which many critics of homosexuality would deliberately ignore.

Another example of historical evidence is present in one of the most prestigious military units of Greece, known as the Sacred Band of Thebes, a unit comprising of 150 pairs of homosexual warriors that was led by the Theban military leader Gorgidas. The unit was also considered partially responsible for the defeat of the Spartans.

A third historical figure is the historical Sappho, a Greek poet revered by Plato as “The Tenth Muse”, who not only contributed to poetry in the form of the Sapphic meter, but also provided insight on female sexuality through her preference of “Lesbianism”, a term originating from her birthplace, the island of Lesbos. Here, she engaged in intimate relations with women and educated them in poetic arts.

A final representation of historical homosexual figures comes in the form of a pair of ambitious political revolutionaries, Harmodius and Aristogeiton. Collectively known as the Tyrannicides, the pair were responsible for overthrowing the tyrannical rule of the totalitarian dictator Hipparchus in Athens. Consequently, they became representative of Athenian democracy and liberty.

Harmodius and Aristogeiton
A popular sculpture of Harmodius and Aristogeiton
Not only was the presence of homosexuality prominent in Ancient Greece and Rome, it was reflected in their philosophy, mythology and literature as well.

 

Numerous examples of this are present, most conspicuously, heroes like Achilles and Patroclus, who fought together valiantly in the Trojan War, and Nisus and Euryales, two lovers and warriors who fought and died together in a war led by Aeneas. Other instances include Zeus’ seduction of the young Ganymede, who served as the Gods’ cupbearer, and the relationship of the God Apollo and the young Hyacinth, Agamemnon and Argynuus, Ameinias and Narcissus, Cyparissus and Apollo, Abderus and Hercules, Orpheus and his numerous male lovers, Hercules and Iolaus, and many more. These relationships were commonly characterized by the Greek term “Eromenoi”[plural] indicating a romantic interaction between an adolescent male youth and an older male.

Both the historical evidence and literary connotations are indicative that, unlike the perceptions of our current post-modern society, the perception of homosexuals was not differentiated according to their sexuality alone, but according to the meritocratic values of valor, honor, loyalty, integrity and bravery.

Consequently, an honorable political and philosophical ideology of Meritocracy was born. Irrespective of one’s sexuality, their reputation was contingent upon their cultural contributions to society, and the same standard should be preserved in the modern day.

Homosexuals, like many other demographics, including racial minorities and women, have been subverted and thoroughly manipulated by the left. They have been deceived into believing that they are inherent victims and require outstanding recognition and accommodations for their status. This is, however, directly detrimental to the integration of homosexuals into modern society. This counter-productive form of identity politics seeks to undermine the societal appreciation of meritocratic performance by categorizing these demographics into a strict hierarchy of victimization.

Contrary to popular belief, the most efficient way to successfully reinforce the equal opportunities of homosexuals in a predominantly heterosexual society is to treat their preferences indifferently. Only the prioritization of one’s philosophies, ideas, and perspectives, can create a durable foundation of meritocratic values. The Roman Empire was not built according to individuals who were identified according to physical preference; it was not built by heterosexuals or homosexuals. It was built by Romans who were philosophers, artists, poets, and thinkers. Such is the nature of America today; to preserve our Constitutional liberty, democratic culture, and free, open dialogue in the exchange of ideas, we must no longer define and categorize one another according to these physical, superficial characteristics, but as meeting one and only one prerequisite: being an American citizen.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, I would suggest that it is more accurate to state that the primary opposition to homosexuals in the right wing ideology is found within evangelical thought. I am not suggesting that there is a definite correlation between homosexuals and nationalism, that is not the primary argument being stated; the argument is that homosexuals may likewise logically adopt nationalistic perspectives(like myself) irrespective of their sexuality. Their personal relations do not impede upon their ability to develop their own political thought. The article does not argue for a certain criteria of representation for homosexuals, but that they are just as capable of providing constructive contributions to what we know as Western Civilization. I can dig up more historical examples if you prefer. I mentioned pederasty because that is an inevitable argument that will be presented, and one of the most frequent. Homosexuality and pederasty are often conflated, therefore I felt it important to differentiate between the two in the context of ancient civilization. The “Athens” part was actually a typo, so thank you for pointing that out.




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  2. In your opening you reject the assumption”…that all Conservatives,…, demonstrate an aggressive demeanor towards homosexuals”. Do you believe that it would be more accurate to attribute such hostility almost exclusively to conservatives who are also evangelical or orthodox Christians, or perhaps another subset of conservatives?
    I fail to grasp the connection between homosexuality and nationalism. There were undoubtedly some significant contributions to civilization and Western culture made by individuals with unconventional lifestyles. Their contributions were likely facilitated by the lack of hostility from within their geo-political sphere. I am not aware, however, of any earth-shattering discoveries, inventions or theories that can be attributed solely to people who engaged in homosexuality. I am not attempting to denigrate the contributions they made to art, science, philosophy, etc. What I question is the implication that the development of Western Civilization would not have been forthcoming without their input. I would personally be more inclined to believe Plato was extolling non-sexual affections; Platonic relationships or the love of all mankind.
    I appreciate the distinction between pedophilia, hebephilia, ephebophilia, pederasty and adult homosexual relations. I do not quite understand why you maintain that pederasty was a common practice. Pederasty was institutionalized in Sparta, but if you find numerous references and examples of pederasty elsewhere in ancient Greece, could it not be a reflection of a decadent and deviant ruling class capable of recording their views for posterity? In pre-PC America, a Q&A joke asked how the Greeks separate the men from the boys. The answer: a crowbar.
    Please double check your references on the Sacred Band. It was an elite cavalry unit, organized as you state. Judging by the fact that they had to provide their own horses, armor and weapons, they were drawn from the wealthy upper-class. It did not serve Athens, but the city-state of Thebes. The city of Thebes in Egypt is in no way connected. Philip II of Macedon allied with the city-state of Athens, a rival of Thebes. Together they vanquished the Thebans, razed their city, and sold the survivors into slavery. The son of Philip II, Alexander, was tasked by his father with leading the cavalry of Macedon against the previously unbeaten Sacred Band of Thebes. Philip II later pursued the conquest and consolidation of Greece, and after Alexander succeeded his father he completed it before turning to invade Persia et al.
    Thanks for your time.




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    • I’ll let Avialae, the author, respond to your comment, I just wanted to say that’s probably the most in-depth, respectful rebuttal I’ve seen in our comments section. Thank you for reading, Michael, you’re the kind of educated, engaged reader that makes writing rewarding.




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