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Anders Breivik: A disciple of the New Right's Guillaume Faye

The death of socialism has been like the fall of some rainforest giant, leaving a space for lesser growths. For most of the 20th century socialism — the government control of the economy — was the aim of most left-wing movements, no matter their disagreements about its form or the means to achieve it. With socialism discredited by its real practice and the success of capitalism, other movements, some of which would have once been anathema to left-wingers, have filled the ideological space. Where Marxism once promised industrial abundance, environmentalism condemns abundance as evil. Whereas once it was hoped that all divisions of race, nation and creed could be superseded by universal cosmopolitanism, identity politics proclaims that men are the inescapable product of their background and it is wrong to expect them to abandon it.

Connected is the familiar spectacle of democratic leftists excusing and defending Islamism and other anti-liberal movements. The Guardian published a eulogy for Hugo Chavez that called his regime a credible alternative to the "current neo-liberal order".

You can dismiss this stuff as morally frivolous, but it is dangerous. There are those that are willing and able to cash in when anti-liberal ideas are normalised. This applies most obviously to those so defended, but there is another group that reads such words with enjoyment. This is the so-called European New Right.

In the film The Sum of All Fears the mastermind declares: "Most people believe that the 20th century was defined by the death struggle of Communism versus Capitalism, and that Fascism was just a hiccup. Today we know better. Communism was a fool's errand; the followers of Marx are gone from this earth, but the followers of Hitler abound and thrive."

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blah
March 23rd, 2014
12:03 AM
May I add that Faye, once a porn actor, is a well-known alcoholic, and that no one (it seems to me) has heard from him since maybe a decade. Having not read "Archeofuturism", I didn't know about the "mass cloning to replenish white stocks"… thanks for the laugh !

Nick B. Steves
November 6th, 2013
5:11 PM
[T]he crucial argument of the 21st century will not be between Right and Left, but between the democratic Right and the fascist Right. Tho' I cannot see how this is remotely possible, I *DO* hope you're right, err... correct.

Nick B. Steves
November 6th, 2013
5:11 PM
The death of socialism has been like the fall of some rainforest giant, leaving a space for lesser growths. Socialism? DEAD?!!?? I didn't even know it was sick.

Rob
August 29th, 2013
8:08 AM
Enjoyed this, thanks. Mentions political figures and movements I had no idea about - Benoist, Dugin and the New Right. Mention of Shiv Sena brought back a few memories from living in India. I remember reading an article in a newspaper there that was meant as a positive piece about the interest Indians were taking in history – turns out it was to do with a huge spike in sales of Mein Kampf, a book that was spoken of in irony-free terms as being useful for go-getter managerial types. How to win friends and influence people. I found the complete lack of any historical sense among many of the Indians I met shocking, but I don't imagine the UK would fare to well these days, and in any case, history seems to be packaged as another form of conspiracy anyway, mere co-ordinates that reveal the 'deep structures' being manipulated by this or that cabal. I have to admit I grow increasingly confused as to what 'cultural relativism' is. To me, it often seems to be setting up oppositions or stratifications where there doesn't need to be any. Is Shakespeare better than Dan Brown? Saying he is makes you a snob, saying he isn't makes you a moron. If you say you read both you're a cop-out. With books it's harmless enough, it's when this is raised to debates over ethnicity, moral rights, universal values that making a choice becomes more problematic. Though when it comes to fascist and extremist politics, making a choice is precisely what we need to do. For now and perhaps until it is too late, the Left, I'm sorry to say, will go on eating itself and committing its own tragic little pogroms on Guardian reader threads. One issue, at the start of the article you talk about socialism 'discredited by its real practice'. Where do Norway and Sweden fit into that description? Worth mentioning given you talk about Brevik.

anon
August 23rd, 2013
6:08 PM
Guillaume Faye as the most dangerous man in Europe? You must be joking. Or delusional. The New Right is a tiny, insular movement with no popular support or favorable media coverage, inhabited largely by intellectuals who talk but don't act. If all you've got to point to are the isolated actions of a nutter on steroids several years ago then that's a very thin case you're making.

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