Monday, July 25, 2011

Right Wing Nutters

The news that Anders Behring Breivik is a libertarian nationalist should come as little surprise, and should illustrate the danger of a lot of the rhetoric that has been coming from those quarters.

This is, after all, a rhetoric that has been seen as being either innocuous or even convenient to some parts of the political spectrum that aren't confined to the far right.

I'll not make anything more about the fact that he is an organic farmer as well, but if you have a moment, this thread should give you an idea of just how closely he is intellectually aligned with a lot of obsessive bloggertarians elsewhere in Europe. For the record, The Libertarian Alliance deplore the killings, but.... the general, agreeable theme that the EU is somehow a Nazi/Marxist conspiracy is one that they'd go along with, it seems. Here it is, neatly wrapped up by the posting by Professor Kevin MacDonald and the commenters that frequent the site. On Breivik....
"In general, it must be said that he is a serious political thinker with a great many insights and some good practical ideas on strategy (e.g., developing culturally conservative media, gaining control of NGOs. and developing youth organizations that will confront the Marxist street thugs)."
Given that this is just another example of right-wing nutters putting the gains of western liberal democracy at risk, we're beginning to even see the British centre-right waking up to the nastiness that is so central to their own politics. First (as previously noted here) with Charles Moore, and today with Boris Johnston saying....
"....there is something both curious and troubling in his obsessions. He goes on and on about the EUSSR and “Eurabia”. He attacks multiculturalism as a “big lie”, and asserts that “political correctness now looms over Western European society like a colossus”. “Can the European Union be reformed?” he asks. “I doubt it. The EU is bound together by a self-serving class of bureaucrats who want to expand their budgets and power, despite the harm they do.” He claims that Europe has been systematically betrayed by mass immigration from Muslim countries, and that the method of this immigration has been concealed from the electorate. He cites a great many British commentators to make his points. Indeed, it is fascinating to see how rooted is this Norwegian extremist in the political discourse of the Anglosphere.

My friends, there is no easy way of saying this: a lot of what this evil nutcase says could be drawn from the blog-post threads that you will find in the media, especially the “conservative” media, in Britain. Some people will read his dismal expectorations and conclude that this inflammatory guff is what really drove him on. They will say that his barbarism was spurred by fury at the EUSSR and immigration, just as the murders of 9/11 were triggered by the various tenets of Islamic extremism."
This is why the de-murdochification of public life is so important. The right are beginning to realise that the ideological warfare that they have been conducting for decades may end up bringing only a pyrrhic victory. They may impose their Californian direct democracy on the liberal-democratic west, but would any of them want to live in it?

Could we all wake up and acknowledge what a threat this is now please?

(ht to Shuggy for pointing to Boris's article)

Update 26/7: The Charles Moore link pointed to the wrong place. Fixed now - apologies.


Tim Worstall said...

"The news that Anders Behring Breivik is a libertarian nationalist should"

Libertarian? I can see absolutely nothing libertarian in anything he's said.

I can see that he's duscussde by Sean Gabb and some of the Libertarian Alliance, yes. But that they call themselves libertarians is not quite proof that they are such now is it?

Hitler really did call himself a socialist and if current day socialists can insist that means nothing then so can modern day libertarians about some who call themselves such.

john problem said...

The clue to behaviour is what type of movies were watched by the murderer in the last few months. Hollywood's best slash and shoot does a lot for the weak mind..... Philosphical or religious justification by a murderer is mere self aggrandisement or delusion.

Will said...

"Hitler really did call himself a socialist"...

No. he. did. not. he fuckking killed a great many socialists tho but.

worstaLL really is a fuckking offensive clown and a philosophical cretin of a magnitude beyond even yer normal blerrGGh Commentatytor bloggertarian scuM.