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So, on to Von Starhemberg's worldview:
His notion of European civilization is centered on Catholicism and the Roman Empire -anything north of them, as he mentions, is barbarism. He thus despises North Germans, criticizing their accent, their way of dressing and military cerimonies, publicly stating to North Germans themselves that Austria already had an advanced Christian European civilization while the northeast Germans were still speaking Slavic dialects and worshiping their pagan gods, and even calling them barely Germanized Slavs. He contrasts the North and South German mindsets by their Freikorps organization -the Bavarian and Austrian Freikorps only took away a tiny portion of liberty from their members, as south Germans are "individualistic and democratic", whereas the northern Freikorps, with their authoritarian mindset, enslave their members to the collective.
His notion of the Austrian identity followed a multi-ethnic Habsburg-centered paradigm: Horthy is "Austrian", Venice is "Austrian", Masaryk is "Austrian" and so on. He emphasized the bonds of architecture, mindset, religion, monarchical loyalty and others shared between the Balkan nationalities, and thus, desired a Danubian alliance or political-economic bloc of sorts, a project he could only find sympathy for among Hungarians. This didn't mean he rejected the importance of ethnic divisions, but just that he valued some cultural and religious factors above them -a position far more traditionalist than ethnic nationalism itself.
He was sometimes critical of some aspects of his beloved Austrian culture -most notably, its bureaucratic slowness. It is, however, useful to him at least once -immediately after the Heimatwehr's aborted coup attempt, he slept on a friend's home, woke up, saw the house was surrounded by police, and returned to sleep. He was only woken up a few hours later by the police captain, who deemed it inconvenient to drag him so early in the morning, and even allowed him to have breakfast before arresting him! "These things only happen in Austria", he wrote.
His political views were typical of fascism, and Catholic fascism in particular. His aims were shared with older traditionalists -a conservative Christian society under its legitimate monarchy- but his means were innovative and saw no issue in adapting revolutionary methods and embracing a bold and youthPost too long. Click here to view the full text.