Friday, May 4, 2012

Europe's 'extreme right' parties

The French runoff election is this Sunday, and it's looking like France will likely dump the moderate Sarkozy for a socialist flake.  They're having a runoff because neither got a majority, owing to a strong showing by an actual conservative, Marine Le Pen.  (Details HERE) But that's not all that's going on in Europe.

Today's guest post from DailyKenn does us the service of summarizing the state of conservatism in Europe, which we almost never hear about, with the exception of a little reporting about the French National Front, not much, and frantic attempts to link Anders Behring Breivik to some kind of right-wing party.  Oh, the illustration is basically a joke, based on the left's tendency to equate anything that isn't on the left as somehow a Nazi movement.  Cute, though, eh?

Europe's 'extreme right' parties


With Greek and French elections at hand, here's a summary review of Europe's "extreme right-wing" parties and their immediate roles.

• What's in a name

The political expression of Europe's cultural preservation movement is typically referred to as "extreme right wing".

The term is derogatory in that "extreme" suggests "unbalanced" or "irrational."

Furthermore, characterizing these parties as "right wing" is questionable, depending on one's understanding of the term.

Historically, the political right describes loyalists. It originated during the French Revolution when the nobility sat to the right of the president's chair in legislative assemblies. Legislators loyal to the monarchy continued the tradition in subsequent sessions.

Today "left wing" usually describes a preference for socialism while "right wing" describes advocates of free markets.

Given that Europe's "extreme right" parties are neither loyalists to the European Union nor necessarily oriented towards free market economies, the term is a misnomer. The common denominators shared by these political parties are their opposition to the European Union with preference for national sovereignty and opposition to the destruction of European culture through immigration. In short, they are advocates of conserving Western Culture and, as should, could be more aptly described as cultural conservatives.

Anti-semitic elements that once characterized some extreme right-wing parties has been largely purged.

• Personal opinion

As one who embraces libertarian (classic liberal) and conservative political and economic views, I find the economic policies advanced by many extreme right-wing parties to be anathema. I also take issue with past anti-semitic elements within the movement as ill advised.

Nonetheless I generally support the movement for two reasons:

First, preservation of Western culture is essential for civilization's survival. Western culture has for millenia provided the infrastructure of civilization. When Western civilization is disabled or destroyed, dependent cultures outside the Far East, such as Africa, will be decimated. Ironically, advocates of multiculturalism throughout the Eurosphere are ultimately extreme racists, an abstract concept most non-Whites fail to grasp.

Second, the destruction of Western culture includes destruction of prospects for free markets and other libertarian ideals. While some "far right" parties embrace socialism, the preservation of Western culture allows free markets to emerge. The destruction of Western culture, on the other hand, virtually assures the eradication of applied libertarian principles.

• Overview of major "extreme right-wing" parties.

Here is a brief snapshot of Europe's extreme right wing political parties.

AUSTRIA: Freedom Party. Leader: Heinz-Christian Strache
This party enjoys the status of being the second most popular party in Austria, according to opinion polls. It currently controls 34 of 183 seats in parliament.

BRITAIN: British National Party. Leader: Nick Griffin
The BNP continues to thrive in spite of government opposition and internal infighting.

DENMARK: Danish People’s Party. Leader: Pia Kjærsgaard
This party is nation's third largest and is responsible for Denmark's relatively strict immigration laws.

FINLAND: The Finns. Leader: Timo Soini
This party managed to win 19 percent of parliamentary election votes in 2011, and increase of 4 percent from the previous election.

FRANCE: National Front. Leader: Marine Le Pen
This party won a record 18 percent of vote in April’s first round of presidential elections. The National Front will likely see advances in June's parliamentary elections.

GERMANY: NPD. Leader: Holger Apfel
The NPD has no legislators in national parliament and suffers from a cultural phobia and historic sensitivities.

GREECE: Golden Dawn. Leader: Nikolaos Michaloliakos
This party is tinged by persistent allegations of anti-semitism. The main-stream media credits its recent growth to discontent over austerity measures while failing to note the rising frustration in Greece with massive immigration from third-world nations. The party could pick up a few seats in Sunday's (May 6) parliamentary election.

HUNGARY: Jobbik. Leader: Gábor Vona
Jobbik captured nearly 17 percent of the vote in 2010 vote. It is one of two major opposition parties.

NETHERLANDS: Freedom Party. Leader: Geert Wilders
This party has enjoyed significant success. It’s third-largest in parliament and is credited with bringing down the Netherlands minority government by withdrawing its support.

NORWAY: Progress Party in Norway. Leader: Siv Jensen
This party maintains 41 of 169 seats in parliament. It is Norway’s largest opposition party and is considered moderate relative to other "extreme right-wing" parties.

SWEDEN: Sweden Democrats. Leader: Jimmie Åkesson
This party maintains a presence in Sweden's parliament with 19 of 349 seats. Though the party has minimal impact on legislation, it holds the prospect of future growth.


  1. Note to DailyKenn:

    "A people who have been persecuted for thousands of years is doing something wrong." ~ Henry Kissinger

  2. I have written myself of the Golden Dawn. I honestly think the attempts to paint all immigration restrictionists, no matter how mild mannered as Nazis whowantokillsixmillionjews, is getting old.

    There may be a few freaks in these parties, as there always will be, but the same is true of any party, I bet that the communist parties of Europe have a number of people with pictures of Lenin or Stalin on their walls, or who avidly read obscure Marxists journals and no one says much about them.

    If one were to say that a communist party were all Stalinists whowantokilltenmillionkulaks, people would say wha?

    The 'right' is on the up, because the left have failed. They have been in power for most of the last 65 years, whether they were Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, or honest to God socialist. All of their policies are breaking down, all of their world views are being seen as the silly utopianism they always were and all have lost, or are losing credibility. The right is just filling a vacuum.

    I would take issue with one point you make, the BNP are a mess, they have lost a lot of local representation, and have lost a lot of credibility. Partly this is due to the fact that the BNP, like the EDF are riddled with police and M15 informants and saboteurs, partly it is selfish infighting just as they were about to become the forth party of the country.

    Everything is changing, and it won't be pretty, but it was inevitable.