The Nazism and the swastika have to go. A modest suggestion for a replacement:
– The Nazis mostly killed Europeans. The Crusaders mostly did not. Repelling Saracens is relevant. Conquering Celts is not.
– Many of those who make up the Alt Right’s prime recruitment base had grandfathers and great-grandfathers who fought the Nazis. Vanishingly few are descended from those who fought the Crusaders, and those who are have to go back anyway.
– The Crusades were about reclamation. The Nazis were, after a short time, about conquest. Effective ethnostates work. Colonial societies, not so much. The Crusades fit into a framework of identitarianism and the “14”, but not one of white supremacy and the “88”. The latter fits a Nazi framework, and it’s a disaster.
– While the martial aspect of the Alt Right is masturbatory–at least for now–the combative imagery is still important. Warfare in the 12th century lends itself much better to the virile virtues–strength, honor, courage, mastery–men are grasping for today than warfare in the 20th century does. This is awe-inspiring. This is nauseating.
– Christianity is fecund. Vague spirituality or outright atheism is not.
– The Crusades evoke a sort of pan-Europeanism. The Nazis evoke civilization-destroying European civil war.
– The Templars’ ultimate undoing was the work of an Establishment power structure–both the Church and the State–that putatively had the same objectives as the Crusaders while in reality had been working to destroy them for decades. There’s a sharp resonance in that.