Cathrine Thorleifsson

Lone Actors with Shared Ideas

Open Democracy


Almost eight years since the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, killed 77 people on July 22, 2011, his ideas and methods inspire right wing extremists in Europe and beyond. Despite the difference in length, there are several similar themes and ideas that run through the manifestos of Christchurch terrorist Tarrant and Behring Brevik. Tarrant, a self-declared eco-fascist and white nationalist shares a similar core diagnosis of the world with Behring Breivik. In their narrative, Europe is already in the midst of a cultural and race war, with liberal authorities unwilling to protect racially pure citizens from dangerous non-white others. Liberal asylum, immigration and ¨melting pot¨ policies have led to the rapid mass arrival of Muslim migrants that threaten national identity, security and the European white race. The present societal order is furthermore decadent and corrupt, and a violent civil war is needed in order to reinstall a racial order of things.