In October 1517, an obscure Monk in Wittenberg Saxony challenged the entire vast and integrated political structure of Europe by writing a letter to his bishop, Albert of Mainz, protesting the Pope's sale of "indulgences" – pieces of parchment purporting to forgive one's sins for a contribution to the restoration of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. Not content to register his complaints to his bishop, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, a popular method in an era before newspapers of propagating news to the community.
The Church was not amused by Luther's candor, and in 1521, at the diet of Worms, a town on the Rhine River, Luther was declared a heretic by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and designated a candidate for killing with impunity by any Christian. Immediately following his condemnation, however, Luther disappeared, spirited away and cloistered at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach by the Elector Fredrick III.
Elector Fredrick was a devout Roman Catholic. Why would he protect a condedmned heretic? One may suspect that Fredrick's motivation could have been political, since Elector Fredrick, a Saxon, had been Pope Leo X's candidate for Holy Roman Emperor in 1519, but had been beaten out by the Flemish-born Charles V.
Although it was clothed in religion, as is everything in a theocratic society, the Reformation was about more than religious rebellion. It was actually the culmination of a rebellion that had been evident when Charles V's grandfather, Ferdinand of Aragon, had married Isabela of Castile in 1469 and formed the first tenuous foundation for a Spanish nation. It had begun a hundred years before when Joan of Arc fought to place a French king on the throne of what would become France. The rebellion, feeble at first, grew into a groundswell of fundamental change that eventually became known as Nationalism.
The Holy Roman Empire would linger on for another 300 years of steady Nationalistic erosion until Napoleon finally dispatched it at Austerlitz in 1806, but its death knell was sounded from the square tower of the Wartburg in 1521.
But as the remnants of mediaeval money lending dynasties such as the Rothschilds watched Nationalism drag Europe through two devastating wars, they began to yearn for a return to the economic stability of the Holy Roman Empire. Nationalism, they decided, was bad for business. Hence, it must be destroyed.
The assault on Nationalism began following World War I with international banking firms bankrolling Socialist regimes across Europe in the hope of achieving a borderless Socialist State. In the United States, international banking czar Andrew Mellon infiltrated the Administrations of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover as Treasury Secretary with anti-nationalistic domestic policies and international monetary policies that favored the big international banks.
Unfortunately for the money lenders, European Socialism morphed into übernationalistic Nazism in Germany and Fascism in Italy and plunged the world onto another profit-decimating war. Andrew Mellon's successor as Treasury Secretary, international banker Henry Morganthau Jr., pushed anti-Nationalistic and pro-internationalist policies during the Roosevelt administration, but the coup of his tenure came at the end of the war. Morganthau dispatched Harry Dexter White, a rabid internationalist, to the Breton Woods Conference in 1945, where White was complicit in the establishment of the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which became the World Bank.
These two institutions, the IMF and the World Bank, have been since the 1950s and still are – and one may suppose were intended to be – the major tools used by international bankers to control central banks, national governments, and commercial and monetary transactions throughout the world. Furthermore, the United Nations, instituted as an instrument of international accord, has been usurped by internationalists and turned into an instrument of anti-Nationalism through such initiatives as Agenda 21 and the promulgation of the myth of anthropogenic climate change.
Nationalism is under heavy attack today. The attackers are interested only in creating a stable and consistent environment in which they can profitably conduct business. The Nationalists, on the other hand, are dedicated to preventing a return to fifteenth century feudalism. So is Nationalism worth defending? You decide.