What is a Western Chauvinist? By the Proud Boys.
A Western Chauvinist is a proponent of Western Civilization, someone who supports a secular government whose legal code is informed by Judeo-Christian ethics and whose origins lie in the Greco-Roman tradition of the Republic.
It’s a fairly new term, coined by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, and it has created a new connotation to the word “chauvinist.”
Originally, the word “chauvinist” indicated a zealous attitude, over-the-top patriotism. Over time, the word’s connotation also expanded to include bigotry or bias, particularly during the social upheaval of the 1960s. This is where we see popularization of the term “male chauvinist.”
Now that the term “Western Chauvinist” has hit the mainstream, the word “chauvinist” has developed a third distinct meaning, which I would define as a person displaying blatant or unapologetic patriotism.
When we Proud Boys say, “I am a proud Western Chauvinist,” we are saying “I am a proud and unabashed proponent of Western Civilization.”
That is it.
It has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or even national origin.
News media outlets have displayed an elementary, perhaps blatant, misunderstanding of our usage of the term, even going so far as to imply that Proud Boys adhere to the second definition, i.e. that we believe men are superior to women.
Don Lemon at CNN has even called us “misogynistic.” In order to look directly into the camera and make that claim with a straight face, Lemon must be ignorant, incompetent, or completely dishonest.
Now that we’ve cleared up any confusion about what is and what is not a “Western Chauvinist,” the media have no excuse to get it wrong.
Quick history aside:
The word “chauvinism” is a reference to Nicolas Chauvin, a soldier of Napoleon’s army. It is not clear whether he existed in real life, but more important is the legend surrounding his name, namely that he displayed an exceptional degree of service and loyalty to Napoleon.
After Napoleon’s defeat and the re-establishment of the French monarchy and aristocratic class, Chauvin’s name took on a negative connotation, firmly associating “chauvinism” with being, in short, unreasonable.
hat-tip Stephen Neil