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

COMMENT: Robert Wil­son spied this impor­tant sto­ry from the British Guardian [1]. Reca­pit­u­lat­ing the “pro-Green” poli­cies of the Third Reich [2], Ger­man neo-Nazis, the NPD milieu in par­tic­u­lar, are adopt­ing an eco­log­i­cal­ly [3] 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 [4] (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 [5] finan­cial spon­sor­ship of Pirate Bay, and they don’t seem to have fig­ured out Julian Assange/WikiLeaks’ Naz­i/an­ti-Semit­ic ori­en­ta­tion. [6]

A num­ber of thoughts occur to us in this con­text:

“Ger­man Far-Right Extrem­ists Tap into Green Move­ment for Sup­port” by Kate Con­nol­ly; The Guardian [UK]; 4/28/2012. [9] 

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. . . .