Today begins the second part of my look at Fjordman, the blogger who inspired and was frequently cited by the Norway killer, Anders Behring Breivik (whom I will refer to as ABB throughout the rest of this discussion). If you have not read part one, have a look at it here.
It would appear that my discussion of 2083 went a little viral, so welcome new readers! I also welcome all comments, even those that may disagree with me entirely. I encourage people to stick to reactions to the text but, of course, I understand political discussions will be inevitable where such a document is concerned.
It should also be mentioned that yes, I am verbose as a rule. Sorry about that but if length bothers you, you likely were not going to be interested in a quote-laden discussion of a 1500 page manifesto anyway. Also, please bear in mind this is a discussion of the book, not a review as such. I’m not judging the literary merit of the manifesto as much as I am just trying to reveal what the manifesto really contains and the minds of the people involved. I mean, I guess someone could review Mein Kampf or The New Libertarian Manifesto with an eye to the quality of the prose, but I really don’t recommend it.
2083: A European Declaration of Independence was so much more than a look at anti-Islam viewpoints that led to murder. It contains a number of critiques, from how hip hop music is destroying black culture in the United States to misogynistic rants that contained rape apology. It has reproductive ideas that sound like science fiction and instructions on how to make poison bullets. It is all over the map. In many ways, I am glad I read this because it is a mistake to think that ABB was a lunatic who was just gunning for socialists whom he considered responsible for Muslim immigration. His master plan, derived from the ideas of other thinkers, had something unsettling in store for almost everyone who wasn’t a white man. As progressive as we like to think we are, many of the more virulent ideas present in 2083 are rampant in political and social elements in the United States.
ABB is only a monster to us because he took his ideology to heart and shot people instead of blogging about it. But he is only unique in how he displayed his hate. And he is even less unique when you realize that all of his ideas came from other people. As I said in my first article, in so many ways, Fjordman is more interesting to me than ABB, because Fjordman’s brain is on display here far more than ABB’s. ABB is violently derivative.
This second part of my look at Fjordman will be when I show my snark teeth a bit more because it is going to cover his misogyny that at times gives lie to his nationalist leanings, the messy contradictions present in Fjordman’s theories, his misuse of pop culture and literature, and some of the utterly bizarre things present in his writing. Yeah, there will be snark. I won’t be able to help it. Also, part two is mostly just a reaction to some of the more bizarre elements of Fjordman’s thought processes and misinterpretations. Mostly, this will be a look at the mind of a man who really is driven by hate to the point that he is rabid, inconsistent and just flat out weird.
Though I also mentioned in Part One that I find Fjordman infinitely more interesting than the murderer who cloaked himself in his ideas, Fjordman did not ask for any of this. I did try to make a case that Fjordman engaged in rhetoric that seemed fated to send a True Believer on a violent rampage, but the fact is is that Fjordman was writing in that false, protective cloud that seems to envelop so many bloggers. We write and write and write and it never seems possible that we could, without overtly meaning to, inspire someone to shoot up teenagers on an island. Blogging is a new weapon in the arsenal of using the written word to change the world and Fjordman has, for me at least, become a cautionary tale. And as I said before, Fjordman is not pitiful, but he is definitely pitiable. That is, he is pitiable when he isn’t actively pissing me off. There are some things that no woman outside of the stay-at-home-daughters in the Vision Forum can read and not be filled with disgust.
So let’s begin Fjordman: Part Two.