America’s Right Wing ‘Embraces’ Norwegian Killer

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    NOTE: THIS DIARY HAS BEEN EDITED TO CORRECT AN ERROR IN IDENTIFYING THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE ON ANDERS BREIVIK — CALIFORNIA STATE AT LONG BEACH PROFESSOR KEVIN MACDONALD. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE (COMPLETELY UNINTENTIONAL) ERROR.

    One unfortunately predictable aspect of the recent terror attack in Norway apparently perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik, is how members of the American right have applauded his philosophy (if not specifically his actions), once they have had a chance to read even parts of Breivik?s 1100-page manifesto on the web, entitled 2083 A European Declaration of Independence . Writing on DailyKos, DowneastDem quotes Kevin MacDonald, a Professor of Psychology at California State at Long Beach, writing on the conservative eZine Alternative Right, as calling Breivik:

    …a serious political thinker with a great many insights and some good practical ideas on strategy (e.g., developing culturally conservative media, developing youth organizations that will confront the Marxist street thugs, gaining control of NGOs)… There is certainly great revulsion at the murder of young people. However, I suppose it is possible that in the long run European elites will understand that the glorious multicultural future will not be attained without a great deal of bloodletting and realize they have to change their ways.  Indeed, one of his insights is that in the long run “the multicultural neocolonial regimes will either have imploded or have become very Stalinist.” I agree.

    Professor MacDonald also goes on at some length, chastising Breivik for not putting enough emphasis on the nefarious part that Jews, especially those of the “Frankfurt School,” as well as “Jewish media control” have played in imposing what he calls multiculturalism and anti-Western political correctness on Europe and the United States, all of which he traces right back to Karl Marx (i.e., communism/socialism).

    The thing I find striking is, as DowneastDem points out on DailyKos, is how much of Breivik’s manifesto sounds like something written by Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin, or Jonah Goldberg in his Liberal Fascism (yes, the far right fantasizes that anything to their left is really fascism).  Breivik has larded his treatise with learned references to the writings of George Lukacs, Theodor W. Aderno, and Max Horkheimer, accusing them of committing intellectual treason against “Western Civilization,” and this led DowneastDem to provide a quote from Andrew Breitbart”s Righteous Indignation: Excuse me While I Save the World:

    “With their tentacles affixed to the institutions of higher education, the Frankfurt School began eking its way into every crevice of American culture. Horkheimer’s “critical theory” became a staple of Philosophy, History and English courses across the country. Horkheimer himself took the show on the road, from Columbia to Los Angeles to the University of Chicago.”

    George W. Bush’s “clash of civilizations” is right out of the catechism of the American neocons, of course, part of the very same philosophy expressed by Breivik. I expect every rightie conspiracy theorist in the USA is lapping up Breivik’s “reasoned” analysis of the sad condition of the world, and nodding right along with his solution: end the treason, de-capitate the liberal leadership and cut down their rising generation of leaders (the victims of his terror were apparently all members of Norway’s ruling Labor Party and/or youth leaders—- like, say, Obama’s staff and the Young Democrats at a DFA training camp).

    Numerous observers have pointed out repeatedly how the American right has continued to escalate their rhetoric of violence; even a casual visitor to their web sites picks up on the negativism, the coming doom, the panting after Armageddon.  Then there are the more restrained but still fearful financial newsletters and rightwing economists who foresee the imminent collapse of Western civilization because of the costs of the welfare state and big government. They gleefully anticipate riots in the streets, bloodshed, and chaos (“it’s going to be like Greece, only worse”). They advise every man to protect his wealth and his family by hiding out in some minor country and/or stockpiling ammo and canned goods, prepared to defend himself against the greedy non-producers of the world who want to continue to live off his riches, and steal his goodies (directly or through taxes).  

    The talking points of the Republican Party and Tea Party are only a slight cut above the dismal cesspool of gloom just described; Mr. Boehner’s letter to his Republican caucus bemoaned how Obama’s reckless spending was going to ruin the prospects of Mr. Boehner’s grandchildren, but “Obama refused” to reduce his reckless spending.  

    The right has a garrison mindset, a Maginot mentality. Violence in response to every problem is the only answer they can find: “I’ve got mine, and I know you want to take it from me, so I’m justified in killing you before you can kill me.” Anders Behring Breivik’s murderous binge was, in that sense, a pre-emptive strike against what he, and those who think like him, consider to be native-born traitors to Western, Christian civilization, the rotten leaders who are betraying our cultural values. Killing them unto the second and third generation is doing God’s work, and can be considered a strategic decision, fully justified. The lunatic fringe is not confined to American politics.  

    It is true that the world is changing, the world dominance of the Europeans and their cultural offspring like the United States, is in a steep decline, hurried along by the ever-more-rapid recurring collapses of the American financial system. We’re far from gone, but we are in the midst of tectonic social and political changes.  The rightwing in Europe as well as in Canada and the US are anxious, looking for scapegoats, and frantic to protect their pelf. They cannot understand why everybody doesn’t seem to see the danger they see, and realize how, well, dangerous it is. It must be a conspiracy!  The way to deal with a treasonous conspiracy is to cut off its head before it can do any more damage.  

    And so we arrive at rightwing terror.

    UPDATE: For a sample of other discussions with/about “conservative” and rightwing commenters in response to Breivik and his philosophy, see below. Most genuine conservatives (in contrast to far right reactionaries) do not condone the murder of children, “however” (as MacDonald says) they definitely relate to his philosophy, and, some more than others, show a sneaking satisfaction that he put his philosophy into action, a sort of “there, you liberal buggers, see what happens when you don’t do as I say? Maybe now you’ll ‘change your mind.'” The Islamophobia, misogyny, and virulent hatred of contrary views are such that anyone familiar with rightwing diatribes, e-mails, conspiracy theories, skinhead militias, and even statements from Bachmann and Gingrich, or rabid evangelicals instantly recognizes the sentiments. Breivik himself at one point flat out says something to the effect “we are not alone, we have many like-thinkers in the United States, inluding large numbers of the Republican Party.” The non-rightwing in the US have for some time complained about the increasingly violent rhetoric and images employed by the rightwing, warning that inevitably some unstable nut would act upon the rhetoric. Quibbling about who has said what now is just a smoke screen, CYA-ing big time from the conservatives. Here are a few links:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07…

    http://manboobz.com/2011/07/24…

    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/…

    http://thedisbrimstonedailypit…

    http://thinkprogress.org/green…

    • Teddy Goodson

      Note how Kevin Slaughter says with satisfaction:

      However, I suppose it is possible that in the long run European elites will understand that the glorious multicultural future will not be attained without a great deal of bloodletting and realize they have to change their ways

      (emphasis added)

      This is a warning, an I-told-you-so in advance, and a threat that the “elites” should change their ways, or suffer the consequences. It is easy to dismiss these ravings as those of an unstable mind (interesting that Slaughter is a psychologist), but he is not alone in his sentiments nor in his aggressiveness.  

    • kindler

      Shaping young minds?

      Sickening how he made a quick reference to the bloodshed and then immediately dismissed it with a “however” and the implicit warning you quote above.  No, sir, there is no “however” here — the cold blooded massacre of scores of innocent, unarmed teenagers has no excuse, no justification, no rational reason — nothing can mitigate this unspeakably evil act.  

      A number of people, like Bill Maher, got bounced from their jobs after appearing unsympathetic to the victims of 9-11. I wouldn’t feel bad if this guy also joined the ranks of the unemployed.  

    • commentator1

      When I was in Poland in 2007 one thing I noticed was that I saw no non-white ethnicities. Hitler removed many of these people so after WW II many countries were even whiter and more Anglo-Saxon than before. It really gave me the creeps to walk the streets of Poland and not see one black, Asian, or swarthy face. It made me realize how comfortable I am with the multi-ethnic population in the U.S. Unfortunately, many European countries have little history assimilating other cultures.

    • sspiker

      Exactly how long did you wait to decide to exploit the victims of this tragedy for political gain? Was it 12 hours, or did you wait the whole day out of respect?

      For starters, your post title is laughably misleading. It shouldn’t say “America’s Right-Wing” does anything. According to all the support you provide, the only thing you have is “Professor Kevin Slaughter Embraces Norwegian Killer”. What’s that? Your post would garner significantly less attention because no one has heard of Kevin Slaughter before? No kidding.

      In your very first sentence, you said “members of the American right”. You then cite Slaughter as one “example”, presuming that there are more. So, Mr. Goodson, since you specifically wrote that there are more than one members of the American right that support Breivik, how about you list the names of the other people who have actually said they support the thoughts claimed in his manifesto?

      In fact, the rest of your post simply bemoans how much Democratic activists think this manifesto sounds like some of their favorite authors to hate on the right. And that’s even before I point out the irony of DailyKos posters complaining about “Liberal Fascism” from posters on a site that authored “American Taliban”. I’ll give you a quick hint: If you’ve ever referred to Governor Bob McDonnell as “Taliban Bob”, you don’t get to complain about the stupid things Jonah Goldberg says.

      So, in an effort to be constructive, let me re-write your post for what it should have said:


      Professor Kevin Slaughter Embraces Norwegian Killer

      “One unfortunately predictable aspect of the recent terror attack in Norway apparently perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik, is how a single member of the American right has applauded his philosophy (if not specifically his actions), once he had a chance to read parts of Breivik’s 1100-page manifesto on the web, entitled 2083 A European Declaration of Indpendence .  Kevin Slaughter is a Professor of Psychology at California State at Long Beach, and, writing on the conservative eZine Alternative Right, he calls Breivik:

      [excerpt from manifesto]

      Professor Slaughter also goes on at some length, chastising Breivik for not putting enough emphasis on the nefarious part that Jews, especially those of the “Frankfurt School,” as well as “Jewish media control” have played in imposing what he calls multiculturalism and anti-Western political correctness on Europe and the United States, all of which he traces right back to Karl Marx (i.e., communism/socialism).

      And on a completely unrelated topic, I don’t like the Tea Party, the Republican Party, and people that write in support of conservative political ideology.

      The End.”

      That’s it. One deranged madman, one idiot college professor, and sadly, another attempt to blanket categorize everyone you disagree with as a step away from mass murder.  

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      at Alternet here in which he describes the incendiary roots of right-wing Christian Reconstructionists, who believe in overthrowing the government to get their way.

      Schaeffer’s father, one of the fathers of the Christian Reconstructionist movement, wrote some of the seminal Christian Reconstructionist tracts and books, which call for violence against both the government and those they declare “humanist.” Humanists are broadly defined as anyone believing in secular government. Sometimes the terms are combined to be “secular humanists.” Oral Roberts U. promoted this radical stuff. And guess who has embraced this kind of material (Michele Bachmann, who calls on followers to be “armed and dangerous.”). She went to Oral Roberts U.

      We have multiple GOP candidates from this radical faction.  Already they have succeeded in pulling their party to an  extreme few would have believed only 10-15 years ago.  After all, Newt and Trent Lott were “sent packing” and landed far out of favor in their own party for some time.  Of course, Newt was heavily involved behind the scenes in redesigning history curricula to insert his on name in and take Thomas Jefferson out of textbooks.  The Christian Reconstructionists have also pushed our own party further and further to the right. This has the effect of making corporatist and the extreme “free-marketers” and Peter Peterson minions are still accepted as not as bad as the other guys.

      To a much lesser extent,  but still not an inconsequential one, our party has also pandered to the same re-constructionists in a number of ways.  Witness one of the “ministers” that participated in the inauguration. That he was embraced as mainstream is pretty amazing.  That particular minister hides behind the pretense of loving gays even while saying their “lifestyle” is sinful. And, appallingly, he has hosted a virulent “kill the gays in Uganda” guest at his massive mega-church. Our side of the aisle has got to stop legitimizing this stuff by legitimizing enablers of such vitriol. Certainly we are making progresses moving away from this now, but putting this man on the podium on a day celebrating freedom and democracy and celebrating a triumph over prejudice (the inauguration of our first African American president) is pretty ironic. I know that our president was (admirably) trying to be inclusive.  But surely there was a better choice.

      It is important to note that all of the  worlds major  religions have believers whose faith is on a continuum from radically conservative/Re-constructionist to liberal.  While the majority of believers of ay of those faiths, does not subscribe to the radical right’s virulent and violent rhetoric, there is a sizable minority in this country (as well as in many others) who do.

      I believe that religious freedom –for liberals and moderates-will be the next frontier of civil rights.