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mercredi, 23 novembre 2016

„Die Rückkehr der echten Rechten“ – Im Gespräch mit Daniel Friberg

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„Die Rückkehr der echten Rechten“ – Im Gespräch mit Daniel Friberg

Daniel Friberg, 1978 im schwedischen Göteborg geboren, gehört zu den wichtigsten Vertretern der rechten Publizistik in Europa. Der von ihm mitgegründete Arktos-Verlag (www.arktos.com) hat sich international durch die Veröffentlichung von Werken bedeutender Denker der „Neuen Rechten“ wie Alain de Benoist, Guillaume Faye oder Alexander Dugin einen Namen gemacht. Der frühere Manager und Business-Analyst gründete auch den metapolitischen Think-Tank „Motpol“ und ist Herausgeber des Internetmagazins „RightOn“ (www.righton.net). Vor wenigen Wochen erschien sein Buch „Die Rückkehr der echten Rechten“ in zweiter Auflage als Lizenzausgabe der Stiftung „Europa Terra Nostra“ (ETN). DS-TV hat mit Daniel Friberg am Rande des ersten „Freiheitlichen Kongresses“ der ETN-Stiftung in Mecklenburg Vorpommern Ende Oktober, wo er einen mit Begeisterung aufgenommenen Vortrag hielt, unterhalten – über sein aktuelles Buch, die Bedeutung von Metapolitik und alternativen Medien für die politische Rechte, den Siegeszug von Donald Trump in den USA und dessen Auswirkungen auf Europa.



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vendredi, 04 mars 2016

The Adventure of Saving Europe

Prior to his talk in Antwerp, Belgium to be held on Friday, ReAct interviews Daniel Friberg about his activities and about the future of pro-European activism more generally.

This Friday, NSV! Antwerp is organising a lecture with author Daniel Friberg, who just published the Dutch translation of his book, The Real Right Returns. As an appetizer, ReAct had a short interview with Mr. Friberg. Daniel Friberg, MBA, was a founding member of the Swedish metapolitical think tank, Motpol. He has a long history in the Swedish opposition, and was one of the founders of Arktos.

Can you tell us more about Arktos/Motpol (what are their missions) and why you began your activities with them?

The New Right think-tank Motpol (which means ‘the opposite pole’ in Swedish) began in 2006 – and is now celebrating its ten-year anniversary – to fill a void in the Swedish intellectual debate, where no genuine Rightist or traditionalist views were previously represented. Over the years, we have infused public discourse with the ideas and concepts of the French ‘New Right’, the traditionalist ideas of Evola, Schuon, and Guénon, as well as many others from across the entire political and intellectual spectrum – primarily the ‘alternative Right’, and even in some cases the ‘alternative Left’.

The publishing house Arktos Media was launched in 2010 for largely the same reasons, but with a more international focus. Our mission is simply to make the most important thinkers and artists of our time as widely available as possible through the labors of an efficient and profitable publishing operation which consists of a vast network of translators, proofreaders, editors, designers, and distributors, making their works available as widely and in as many languages as possible, and in as many types of media as possible – not just paperbacks and hardcovers, but also e-books and, perhaps one day soon, audio books. We have also made some forays into the world of music production with the band Winglord, and who knows, perhaps one day we will even become involved in video or film production. To date we have become the home of the European ‘New Right’ in English, issuing many works by Alain de Benoist, Guillaume Faye, Dominique Venner, Alexander Dugin, and Julius Evola, although we have published books from many other schools of thought as well.

I should also mention our new site, Right On, which we launched in September, and which is a corollary to our Motpol project, although it consists of different personnel. With it, we are attempting to present the perspective of the Real Right on culture and politics to an English-speaking audience, but hopefully with a somewhat more European perspective than what is already being offered by most of the other English-language Right-wing sites. We update Right On every day with new articles and we have just launched a weekly podcast.

What is your book, The Real Right Returns, about?

My book is trying to accomplish three things: first, to provide an overview of the radical political changes that have taken place in the West over the last 50-60 years, and how these changes were made possible by the Left’s skillful use of metapolitics; second, to provide a common set of principles and concepts for the modern New Right of Europe and the West more generally; and lastly, to provide a thorough introduction to our world of ideas, by inspiring and educating the growing number of supporters which, as we are currently seeing, is quickly rising all over Europe.

In your book you settle accounts with the false Right. What do you mean by the ‘false’ Right, and what does the ‘true’ Right mean to you?

The false Right is simply the liberal Right, that ‘Right’ which is Right-oriented in name only, having capitulated entirely to the Leftist worldview and the plague of Cultural Marxism. This is not a real Right, and it is definitely not the kind of political movement Europe deserves and direly needs in these dark times. It is time we toss it into the scrapheap of history.

You come from Sweden, a country that is being suffocated and destroyed by political correctness. How did things come so far in Sweden, and in Europe more generally, and what can we do against it?

Sweden is largely suffering from the same disease as the rest of the Western world – Cultural Marxism and its components, which includes feminism, multiculturalism, ‘anti-racism’ (which is really just a different form of racism, in this case against Whites), and oikophobia (a fear and loathing of our own culture and heritage). What makes Sweden stand out is that the disease has progressed further in my country than in most others. There are several reasons for this. First, we have not been to war in more than 200 years, which has made us weak in the sense of our national identity and impacted the masculine ideals of our society. Second, we have had a much more successful cabal of Leftist intellectuals, many of whom came to Sweden from Poland during the wave of anti-Semitism which flared up there during the 1960s, and who have been impressively successful at pushing the agenda of Cultural Marxism and making their ideology practically into our state religion.

The solution to this is the same as in any other European country. We have to become more successful at the metapolitical level and engage in metapolitical war with the Left. For that purpose, it is particularly important to gain a stronger foothold in the media and cultural institutions, where we can influence people’s opinions more efficiently and also guide the growing dissent and dissatisfaction with immigration policy and Leftist ideology in a constructive direction. We also need to realise that this is a war fought on many levels, and that we – apart from the metapolitical struggle – naturally need political parties that will push for and legitimise our ideas, and that we also need to focus strongly on building financial power, and so forth. I don’t believe in monolithic organisations, but rather in an integrated, multi-layered network of various organisations, companies, parties, media platforms, student unions, and so on, that will help to pull political developments in the same direction through a joint effort – a direction which will make it possible for our civilisation to survive.

Europe is living through some of its darkest hours. Some people even claim that the fall of Europe is at hand. Do you also believe this to be the case, and what is your message to the people who believe this?

We are indeed living in dark times when our entire civilisation and its biological foundations are being threatened in a way we have never experienced before. But we are also, for that very reason, living in exciting times, and times for heroic deeds. So don’t despair, but instead view this as an opportunity to rise to the occasion and do something truly important with your life. Few people have had the privilege to live in such a defining moment in history. View this as an opportunity for a great adventure, where your contributions can affect the direction of history itself.

Do you have a final message for those people who will be coming to your lecture in Antwerp or who want to buy your book?

I am honored to have been given the opportunity for this interview and for the invitation to speak. I hope to see all of you there, and if you are curious about my book or my previous writings, you can read some of it at Right On, which is a site I’m sure you’ll find interesting in many ways.

mercredi, 09 décembre 2015

Daniel Friberg: Sweden & the Real Right

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Daniel Friberg:
Sweden & the Real Right

Review:

Daniel Friberg
The Real Right Returns: A Handbook for the True Opposition [2]
London: Arktos, 2015

As with any revealed religion, you have to be skeptical when a political text promises to show you the Way. Ah, so you know a secret about power relations in society that isn’t apparent to the naked eye? Where have we heard that before, Comrade?

Daniel Friberg’s recent mini-hit The Real Right Returns [3]billed as “A Handbook for the True Opposition”—sounds, at first glance, a bit too historically inevitable.

But (disclosure) I’ve been working with Friberg at his new website Right On [4] for a couple of months, and he seems down-to-Earth. He told me The Real Right focuses on European cultural preservation from a Swedish viewpoint, a subject about which I know far too little, so I figured at least I would learn something if I gave it a chance. (Also, I will dip into anything if you send it to me free of charge.)

As it turns out—though the Swedish mainstream will tell you that every native Swede who questions the Left is a kerosene-breathing Nazi sideshow freak—this is one of the most well-moderated, least ideologically shrill books I’ve read about politics. Though it is charming, with a clear and wry wit, there’s precious little of the messianic; in fact, it works hard to debunk the more mystical facets of contemporary politics—including White exceptionalism—in favor of common sense and paying attention to the facts on the ground.

For instance: even as millions of people who do not speak European languages pour into their continent, why is it still unthinkable to suggest that European peoples defend themselves, as we concede everyone else the moral right to do? As humorous podcaster The Bechtloff [5] likes to say: I know people hate it when you say that Liberals are “the real racists,” but . . . they kind of are.

What besides racism would lead you to assert that White people are especially powerful and evil? Why would you assume that White countries, in their infinite might, are immune to hostile invasion and colonization—and that all other groups are packs of lambs to be led dopily off to slaughter? Sub specie aeternitatis, these ideas will seem as goofy a few decades hence as thinking Black people have magic voodoo powers—especially if native Europeans are thoroughly overrun, as per the most dire predictions, and reduced to living on reservations and dancing polkas in Lederhosen for Chinese tourists between downing bottles of rubbing alcohol. Won’t we feel silly then?

As a White American, perhaps I failed to grow up on the magical dirt of the homeland and absorb its juju, but my experience is this: I don’t have any evil wizard powers, or any other supernatural attributes; I seem to be as vulnerable as anyone to death, domination, and especially taxes. Only a strange and noxious combination of white supremacy and white guilt would make me try to claim otherwise (as much as I enjoy those dreams where you can fly and shoot fire out of your eyes).

As Bill Burr said at Thanksgiving about the Native Americans: they really screwed up when they didn’t let the Pilgrims starve. And European White Leftists, in their smug belief in their own all-powerfulness, seem to have failed to learn anything from the Indians’ mistake. “You can’t be racist against White people, because we are as gods!”

Friberg, on the other hand, despite being an irrational bigot himself in the eyes of the Left, tends to think of White Europeans as just another ethnic group. This group faces, has faced, and will continue to face the same dangers and pressures as any other in history, with the same right to defend itself, but with no guarantee that it will go on existing; Friberg happens to love it because it is his. Which is pretty ordinary for a primate, like it or not.

In fact, in the educational glossary of metapolitics included in the book, Friberg shares Alain de Benoist’s term for the New Right’s version of anti-racism: differential anti-racism, as opposed to the Left’s universalist version.

Differential anti-racism is the answer of the New Right . . . to what is viewed as a lack of respect for differences which is characteristic of universal anti-racism. . . . Benoist proposes a differential anti-racism that opposes racial hierarchies and respects the differences between different peoples. He rejects all attempts to assign value judgments such as ‘better’ or ‘worse’ to races.

Such a wild idea: that peoples should respect each other’s differences without having to crawl up inside each other’s infidel fundaments. Friberg argues for the preservation of European culture, but not at the expense of everyone else; his prescription for avoiding external entanglements, for example, should fit any sane person’s politics, both pragmatically and morally:

The fanatical group of warmongers who, while mouthing platitudes about human rights and democracy, kill millions throughout the world . . . must be deprived of any influence on the foreign policy of the West. Opinions on the way other peoples handle their affairs should be expressed solely through diplomacy and example, not through the wars of aggression and attempts at subversion which time and again in recent decades have come back to haunt us.

On the other hand:

Mass immigration to Europe must cease. The Americanisation and the importation of stupid political ideas and an infantilizing popular culture must be limited.

My fellow Americans: we’re right up there with the jihad.

(I’m not entirely joking; for more in this vein, check out the chapters on Americanization in Éric Zemmour’s Le Suicide français [6].)

The main strategic thrust of the book is metapolitics, which Friberg defines as “a war of social transformation, at the level of worldview, thought, and culture”; metapolitics must be dealt with before anyone can tinker with political power.

Friberg cites Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks as a crucial source for the Left’s success on this turf—and also as a source from which the Right can learn. Till now the Left has painted anything outside its accepted range of thought as nefastus: hateful, filthy, and most important, unholy. The concepts of fastus (holy) and nefastus [7] have been primal to human social behavior for a very long time; without them we would have died from rolling in our own feces. But when they’re attached to political ideas, then even where there is nominal free speech, they choke the debate. Thus the Right must work to remove the stigma of nefastus from any and all political ideas within the culture—preferably in order to transfer the stigma to those who would gag their enemies with it.

Though the volume is a lean 117 pages, Friberg crams in a primer on the history and prehistory of the contemporary European Alt-Right, and the slow rise of oppositional metapolitics in Sweden. But he also offers two separate and refreshing guides to reclaiming your power as a man or as a woman. In the name of freeing us from gender roles, postmodernity has crammed us into a unisex mold that fits nobody, and an invitation to escape it is a relief.

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There’s a gem of observation on nearly every page; I don’t stick my neck out and say such things lightly (or out of cronyism). Friberg is even moderate when it comes to everyone’s favorite false dichotomy: Laissez-faire or socialism? Instead of harping on the glories of untrammeled market jungle-craft or the evils of unequal outcomes, he echoes de Benoist’s affection for economic pragmatism:

Economics is not the absolute fundament of society, and a dogmatic approach to its functions is never prudent. Alain de Benoist’s words are ours as well: we’ll gladly welcome a society with a market, but not a market society. Conversely, demands for economic equality for the people of Europe for its own sake must not be allowed to limit the positive, wealth-generating effects of market forces.

He points out the failure of Marxist income redistribution in no uncertain terms, however. Instead of taking from the rich and giving to the poor, modern socialism has taken from the middle, working classes to dole out booty to the poor and the rich alike. Despite the Left’s stranglehold on discourse, it “achieves little more than to fill the role of global capitalism’s court jester.”

He goes on to note that the Right here has a tactical advantage in that its ideas are more in tune with regular people’s experience, by contrast with the airy-fairy, top-down Utopias of the Left. (The fact that the Left has parted ways with free speech in Europe doesn’t help their cause either.) 

What he hints at but doesn’t spell out is the fact that, in vital ways, the Left has swung further right than the Right, if by right you mean Libertarian—for example, in its merciless cheerleading for globalized economic liberalism and the devastation of the Western working livestock.

In a healthy social order, genuine and sincere Left and Right partisans work to balance each other’s more extreme tendencies. In a hellscape such as ours, opportunists wave the “Left” and “Right” team flags, shouting platitudes. They cobble together whatever bits of each ideology will score them the most points with the super-wealthy while drawing enough voters to the booths to make the eerie puppet of democracy jerk its legs about.

The Left appears to be so detached from reality that they’re beyond hope. But Friberg offers a prescription for a healthy and vital Right. I’m no optimist, but there’s a slim chance this may succeed.

Article printed from Counter-Currents Publishing: http://www.counter-currents.com

URL to article: http://www.counter-currents.com/2015/12/daniel-friberg-sweden-the-real-right/

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[2] The Real Right Returns: A Handbook for the True Opposition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1910524492/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1910524492&linkCode=as2&tag=thesavdevarc-20&linkId=2JCEDOWXTKS4KM75

[3] The Real Right Returns: http://www.amazon.com/The-Real-Right-Returns-Opposition-ebook/dp/B016J12NR6

[4] Right On: https://www.righton.net/

[5] The Bechtloff: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBechtloff

[6] Le Suicide français: http://takimag.com/article/a_kinder_gentler_colonialism_ann_sterzinger/print#axzz3tJHy8O3n

[7] fastus (holy) and nefastus: https://books.google.com/books?id=RYwAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA324&dq=fastus+vs+nefastus+unholy&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKzK747MDJAhUERyYKHbjxCPMQ6AEIJDAB#v=onepage&q=fastus%20vs%20nefastus%20unholy&f=false

vendredi, 16 octobre 2015

Daniel Friberg on the Swedish New Right

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Counter-Currents Radio
Daniel Friberg on the Swedish New Right

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Greg Johnson talks to Daniel Friberg, CEO of Arktos Media and Wiking Mineral, a co-founder of the Swedish metapolitical think tank Motpol, and the author of a new book out in Swedish and English, The Real Right Returns: A Handbook for the True Opposition (London: Arktos, 2015).

Topics include:

  • No, his name does not echo
  • How he became a nationalist
  • The ethnic situation in Sweden today
  • How he discovered the New Right
  • The importance of metapolitics
  • The puerile rhetoric of revolution on the Right
  • Real (ethnic) nationalism vs. civic and cultural nationalism
  • Nationalism in Sweden today
  • The fallacy of accelerationism
  • Media witch hunts in Sweden and how to counter them
  • Why nationalists should not expect gender parity in our movement
  • The biological reason why men fight and take risks and women do not
  • Friberg’s metapolitical dictionary
  • The importance of Guillaume Faye’s concept of “archeofuturism”
  • Enough gloom and doom on the Right; why we will win
  • The need for a concrete vision of the world we are going to create
  • The intellectual and political adventure of the Right

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