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American Racists Embrace Gains in Europe by Far-Right Parties


Pat Buchanan

Fig­ures rang­ing from far-right pun­dit Patrick Buchanan to white suprema­cist leader Richard Spencer of the National Pol­icy Insti­tute are embrac­ing the gains made by far-right and extrem­ist par­ties in Europe dur­ing elec­tions to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in May.

The Amer­i­cans who are salut­ing the results of the elec­tions believe that the gains by the nation­al­ist and far-right par­ties indi­cate that Euro­peans have rejected increased immi­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in favor of a return to tra­di­tion­al­ist val­ues. Some also argue that Euro­peans are more inter­ested in the ardent nation­al­ism and patri­o­tism exhib­ited by Russ­ian leader Vladimir Putin than in inte­gra­tion and lib­eral West­ern values.

Buchanan, who pre­dicted the results of the elec­tions in Europe in a May 23 col­umn, argued that the rise of far-right par­ties means that Euro­peans want to pre­serve their “sep­a­rate and unique eth­nic and cul­tural iden­tity.” Buchanan fur­ther asserted that the gains made by far-right par­ties sig­nal a return to “tra­di­tion­al­ism and cul­tural con­ser­vatism, rev­er­ence for the reli­gious and cul­tural his­tory and her­itage of the nation and its indige­nous peo­ple.” Buchanan has hoped for the same in the U.S. In numer­ous books and columns, he has argued that Amer­ica is being destroyed by “Third World” immi­grants and that the coun­try needs to main­tain its white Euro­pean heritage.

In his com­ments on the Euro­pean elec­tions, Matt Par­rott, a founder of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, agreed with Buchanan and asserted that Euro­peans are more inter­ested in Putin’s nation­al­ism than in America’s lib­er­al­ism. He laments that white suprema­cists in Amer­ica will be “be forced to patiently wait on the side­lines” while tra­di­tion­al­ist ideals and openly nation­al­ist politi­cians come to the fore­front in the rest of the world. He sug­gests that America’s extreme right learn from the advances made by their coun­ter­parts in Europe.

In a pod­cast, Richard Spencer, the head of the white suprema­cist National Pol­icy Insti­tute, spoke with Roman Bernard of France about how anti-EU sen­ti­ment had become a “bogey­man” for far-right par­ties in Europe. They believe that anti-EU sen­ti­ment is “neg­a­tive pol­i­tics” and that Euro­peans should be focus­ing on cre­at­ing “white con­scious­ness.” White suprema­cists on both sides of the Atlantic hope that whites in Europe and Amer­ica will become “racially aware” and pro­mote their own eth­nic interests.

Anti-Semite David Duke put a dif­fer­ent spin on the Euro­pean elec­tions, which reflects his vir­u­lent anti-Jewish views. Duke asserted that Euro­pean vot­ers had rejected two ide­olo­gies that Jews allegedly force on them—immigration and globalization.

Amer­i­can white suprema­cist activists would like to see extreme-right par­ties and ide­olo­gies become more appeal­ing to the main­stream in Amer­ica. They see Europe as a model for mak­ing that hap­pen but acknowl­edge most Amer­i­cans are not inclined to accept “white nationalism.”

  • Enubus

    I am not a fan of Pat, but I would take umbrage with putting David Duke in the same arti­cle with Pat. He is a patriot and has been trum­pet­ing the clar­ion call for rid­ding Amer­ica of ille­gal aliens. Legal immi­gra­tion is impor­tant with indi­vid­u­als from Europe, Asia and India with money, skills and edu­ca­tion this is impor­tant to the health of Amer­ica. We don’t need or want igno­rant, une­d­u­cated ille­gals from Mex­ico, Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, just to add to wel­fare rolls, take jobs from legal Amer­i­cans, and add to prison pop­u­la­tions. I do have a prob­lem with Pat’s writ­ings regard­ing Israel and the Mus­lim scum, where he spew­ing pro-Arab rhetoric.


    I did know any far right extrem­ist party win any­thing in this election.

  • Helmut_Schmidt69

    A rea­son­able summary.

  • james

    “far-right” is such a mean­ing­less word. No other racial group is labelled “suprema­cist” for want­ing to pre­serve their cul­ture or to remain in con­trol of their ances­tral homeland.

  • Kevin Bjorn­son

    The par­ties in ques­tion have not agreed on a coali­tion to gain power in the EU par­lia­ment. That’s because they have dif­fer­ent views. Which means, lump­ing them all together is a form of prejudice.

    This is not the sec­ond world war era. Then, com­mu­nism and nazism were the threats. Now polit­i­cal Islam poses threats–militarily, eco­nom­i­cally, cul­tur­ally, demo­graph­i­cally, legally, and on the street. Mil­i­tant Islam is a tra­di­tional ally of Nazism, with racist aspects but pri­mar­ily orga­nized around religion.

    What do you mean by “right-wing”?

  • Kung­foochimp

    Peo­ple. You keep for­get­ting. Only the jews are allowed to retain their cul­ture. Whites are racist for even sug­gest­ing they should be allowed to do so. Just do exactly what the “cho­sen peo­ple” tell you to do. I’m sure it will work out great. It did for the Rus­sians right?

    • Phi­lassie

      racism is your culture?

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