The killing spree in
Anders Behring Breivik may have acted alone, but his thinking reflects a modernised fascist ideology that views existing political establishments as the enemy for undermining a “way of life”.
He described members of
Breivik was inspired by and drew his thinking from a number of sources, including the right-wing evangelical movement in the
The European fascist movement paradoxically support the Jewish state of
Breivik’s writings clearly indicate that he saw himself as part of a wider movement, declaring. “I know that tens of thousands of brothers and sister all over
As the award-winning American journalist Max Blumenthal noted: “As horrific as Breivik’s actions were, he can not be dismissed as a ‘madman’. His writings contain the same themes and language as more prominent right-wing Islamophobes… and many conservatives in general. What’s more, Breivik was articulate and coherent enough to offer a clear snapshot of his ideological motives.”
Blumenthal also pointed out that Breivik, who was for a time a member of the anti-immigrant Progress Party in
Breivik’s attack reveals the fragility of the Scandinavian model of reformist social democracy with its deep undercurrents of racism and nationalism. Far right movements in
More widely, of course, opposition to multiculturalism and the threat to “our way of life”, has been taken up by the British political establishment in a grubby bid to win votes and keep the ultra-right at bay. Earlier this year, prime minister Cameron said in a speech that multiculturalism had “failed”, while successive New Labour ministers attacked the concept in office. Present leader Ed Miliband says the party has ignored justified fears about immigration amongst its supporters.
As the mainstream parties in
Relying on such a discredited state establishment to defend people’s rights and protect them from fascist attacks is utterly wrong. Building a mass movement for self-determination in every sphere of society, based on a network of democratically-organised and run people’s assemblies, is the best response to what took place in Norway.