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German Neo-Nazis Embracing Third Reich’s “Green” Policies

COMMENT: Robert Wilson spied this important story from the British Guardian. Recapitulating the “pro-Green” policies of the Third Reich, German neo-Nazis, the NPD milieu in particular, are adopting an ecologically and nutritionally constructive program.

This will make their movement more palatable to young people, and may afford them gains with the Pirate Party in the Federal Republic. The latter has emerged as something of a protest party.

The national leader of the German Pirate Party dismissed the notion (raised by the head of the Party’s Berlin chapter) that the “Pirates” had a Nazi problem, saying that the party had only documented a few neo-Nazis within its ranks.

In this corner, we don’t doubt that the majority of the “Pirates” would be repulsed by Nazi ideology. Nonetheless, they appear to have remained blissfully unaware of, or tolerant of, Nazi sugar daddy Carl Lundstrom’s financial sponsorship of Pirate Bay, and they don’t seem to have figured out Julian Assange/WikiLeaks’ Nazi/anti-Semitic orientation.

A number of thoughts occur to us in this context:

  • As is the case with the overlapping “Anonymous” milieu, the “Pirate folks” enjoy a degree of anonymity  due to the nature of the Internet free-downloading community. How can anyone say for sure who among the Pirate Party ranks are or are not Nazis?
  • The Green Party in the past has championed some dubious causes that benefit the Underground Reich. In addition to supporting Ralph Nader against Al Gore in 2000, thereby benefiting George W. Bush, the German Greens have championed the rights of “Threatened Peoples,” thereby placing themselves in the same corner as neo-fascist/Underground Reich elements that have championed causes from the Tibetans to the vertriebene milieu.
  • The head of the German Green Party–Petra Kelly–was murdered by a Third Reich veteran, who allegedly committed suicide afterward. Might this have anticipated co-opting the Greens to reactionary political causes?
  • Note that the brutal absorption of the still-depressed former East Germany has facilitated the German right’s acquisition of cheap farm land for “ecofascist” activities.

“German Far-Right Extremists Tap into Green Movement for Support” by Kate Connolly; The Guardian [UK]; 4/28/2012. 

EXCERPT: Ger­man con­sumers are being warned that when they buy organic pro­duce they may be sup­port­ing the far-right move­ment, fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tion that rightwing extrem­ists in Ger­many have embraced the eco­log­i­cal move­ment and are using it to tap into a new gen­er­a­tion of supporters.

Debunk­ing the pop­u­lar view that equates eco-friendliness with cud­dly, left-leaning greens, rightwing extrem­ists have even begun to pub­lish their own con­ser­va­tion mag­a­zine, which is believed to have the back­ing of the far-right National Demo­c­ra­tic party (NPD). Along­side gar­den­ing tips and reports on the dan­gers of genet­i­cally mod­i­fied milk are arti­cles rid­dled with rightwing ide­ol­ogy and racial slurs. Bavaria’s domes­tic intel­li­gence agency has described the mag­a­zine, Umwelt und Aktiv (Envi­ron­ment and Active), as a “cam­ou­flage pub­li­ca­tion” for the NPD.

“We have to get used to the fact that the term ‘bio’ [organic] does not auto­mat­i­cally mean equal­ity and human dig­nity,” said Gudrun Hein­rich of the Uni­ver­sity of Ros­tock, who has just pub­lished a study on the topic called Brown Ecol­o­gists, a ref­er­ence to the Nazi Brown­shirts and their modern-day admirers.

Hotbeds of far-right eco-warriors are to be found through­out Ger­many. In the Meck­len­burg region in the north, they have been qui­etly set­tling in com­mu­ni­ties since the 1990s in an effort to rein­vig­o­rate the tra­di­tions of the Arta­man League – a farm­ing move­ment whose roots lie in the 19th cen­tury roman­tic ideal of “blood and soil” rural­ism, which was adopted by the Nazis. Hein­rich Himm­ler, the SS leader, was a mem­ber. “They prop­a­gate a way of liv­ing which involves humane rais­ing of plants and ani­mals, is both nation­al­is­tic and author­i­tar­ian, and in which there’s no place for plu­ral­ism and democ­racy,” said Hein­rich, adding that the NPD is closely linked to the set­tlers, help­ing the party become “deeply rooted in these rural areas”.

The set­tlers pro­duce “Ger­man honey”, bake bread from home­grown wheat, pro­duce fruit and veg­eta­bles for sale, and knit their own woollen sweaters. Observers have noted that the far-right farm­ers have been able to profit from the cheap and spa­cious swaths of land left by a pop­u­la­tion exo­dus from impov­er­ished states in the for­mer East Ger­many, such as Mecklenburg. . . .

Discussion

4 comments for “German Neo-Nazis Embracing Third Reich’s “Green” Policies”

  1. Interesting article, as usual.
    The sad thing is is that the fascist co-opting of the green movement could perhaps turn many well-meaning people off unless it is exposed and in the open for all to see.

    Here in the United States, we don’t seem to have had quite as major of a problem as far as I can see, but it’s best to be vigilant because some damage already has been done, largely thanks to some of the nuttier people in the Patriot movement.

    Posted by Steven L. | May 8, 2012, 8:09 pm
  2. […] the co-option of the Green Movement by fascist elements, through complacent leftist activists. See this post as well from radio host and anti-fascist researcher Dave Emory that highlights the rebranding of […]

    Posted by Ezra Levant – Indoctrinating children in the labs of the proto-fascist Green Movement | Lys-d'Or | May 10, 2012, 11:35 am
  3. the green movement is a good idea. let us not let nazi and fascist followers gain control by worming their way into it.

    Posted by David | July 4, 2012, 11:26 am
  4. @David: Agreed with you 100%. Unfortunately, fascists will always ruin ANYTHING they touch…..they always have, really. Such is the nature of the ideological beast. =(

    Posted by Steve L. | July 4, 2012, 3:23 pm

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