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May 4, 2012


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. Well they have for years called Hitler and his socialists, right wing. I mean truly compared to the communists that were the other party running against him technically socialism would be right wing. Though to say that his party was right wing as compared to today's democrats is a blatant lie.

  2. Lately I have been contemplating not based upon individual vs collective, or liberty vs control, but instead measuring in terms of those who view life based upon minimum versus maximum potential. I have noticed that if you promote a civilization or government that is left, you tend to advocate for laws that are geared towards the lowest common denominator - for those who can't help themselves, and a given is that those who can help must help. If you are closer to maximizing your potential, you are expected to support the approach, and you are allowed to have power through any means available to do that, if you oppose it, then you are evil and whatever you have should be taken away. If you are right leaning, you tend to want laws that enable everyone to achieve their maximum potential, and view those who are living closer to their minimum potential as having made bad decisions or needing to try harder - sure they need help, but no law should ever limit another's maximum potential.

    It is really interesting when you consider a topic like slavery or abortion in these terms. You can see how a left view has gone full circle with slavery, from considering those lives as having no independant potential a couple of centuries ago, to now considering those descendants as being incapable of realizing their maximum potential...the right view wanted them to be free, and to now embrace their liberty to become self-sufficient productive maximizers of their full potential. On abortion it is even more clear, the left view is that a new life in its mother's womb (yes, it is a new life because it has its own separate DNA from the mother, so it cannot be her tissue) does not even qualify for consideration of having any potential yet, let alone whether or not it does or doesn't have potential...the right tend to see the full potential of the new life, that it is a human, and it should be given all of the basic human rights necessary in order to have a chance to achieve the maximum potential.

    There are exceptions like with all left vs right thought exercises, but for the most part, I am finding this to apply pretty well to a lot of controversial topics...

  3. Even if the various parties in question are indeed "right-wing," their critics are so far off the left side of the scale that anything they describe is going to be "extremely" far to their right, even if history shows it clearly is in the near center-right.

  4. What about Italy? There you see another side to the extreme/paleo v. mainstream/economic debate, right? Localism v. nationalism.