Oslo Terrorist – Was He a Christian Conservative?

Just what is Anders Behring Breivik? The news media is now labeling him a conservative Christian right-wing extremist, and the leftist blogophere is savoring every moment.

But labels often hide lazy generalizations.

With this monster, he left us a generous manifesto to let us peer into his motives for his evil deeds. What do they tell us about Anders?

MEDIA CONTROL

In the Oslo terrorist’s Manifesto, Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is identified as one of the problems with E…

  1. tabula rasa

    Excellent analysis.  I don’t what this guy really was, but calling him a “Christian” is a complete inversion of the Christianity practiced by the Christians I know and the Christianity I practice. 

  2. Claire Berlinski
    C

    This is indeed very useful. I haven’t read the manifesto yet, but I have the sense from the extracts I’ve read that everyone in the world will be able to find in it what they were already looking for. I was not surprised to read in the Turkish press that the manifesto suggests links to Ergenekon. 

  3. Cas Balicki

    A farrago of confusion!

  4. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    I’ve read through much of the manifesto. I think it’s clear that he is “far-right” if that term has any meaning at all. It’s also clear that he views Christianity not as the truth so much as the best umbrella under which people can gather to fight Islam.

  5. Joseph Stanko
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I’ve read through much of the manifesto. I think it’s clear that he is “far-right” if that term has any meaning at all. It’s also clear that he views Christianity not as the truth so much as the best umbrella under which people can gather to fight Islam. · Jul 25 at 11:45am

    I’m not so sure about the “far-right” label.  It reminds me of Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism, much of this manifesto sounds like textbook fascism: nationalizing industries, hating Jews and foreigners, even the Nietzsche angle all sound like they could be straight out of a National Socialist i.e. Nazi manifesto.

    But notice how much it also overlaps with the far left, from demonizing international corporations and Rupert Murdoch, to the environmentalism and one-child policies, to rejection of American “pure laissez faire” capitalism (if only that were true).  Fascism doesn’t really fit neatly onto a left/right spectrum, it fits better somewhere near the totalitarian corner of the Nolan Chart.

  6. Bulldawg

    Mike Horton has an article addressing this on the White Horse Inn blog.  The link is here.  And Timothy Dalrymple has an excellent article address the same question on his blog, Philosophical Fragments.

  7. John Grant
    C

     Very interesting analysis SM.

  8. SooperMexican

    Thanks for the comments! My intent was to say that if the media and blogosphere is going to try to make Anders appear simply right-wing and Christian, it’s an over-generalization at best. Further, blaming an ideology for the radical actions of a believer of that ideology should apply as equally to those ideologies which don’t neatly fit the biases of the accuser. In no way is this intended as an exhaustive and representative summary of his beliefs, but as providing us on the right a defense against the onslaught of blame that will henceforth be aimed our way.

  9. Michael Patrick Tracy
    SooperMexican: Thanks for the comments! My intent was to say that if the media and blogosphere is going to try to make Anders appear simply right-wing and Christian, it’s an over-generalization at best. Further, blaming an ideology for the radical actions of a believer of that ideology should apply as equally to those ideologies which don’t neatly fit the biases of the accuser. In no way is this intended as an exhaustive and representative summary of his beliefs, but as providing us on the right a defense against the onslaught of blame that will henceforth be aimed our way. · Jul 25 at 8:01pm

    Yet another reminder that we need to be talking to the middle–the visceral conservatives who carry an accretion of useful idiocy they got from being brought up in an Americaphobic culture.

  10. Michael Patrick Tracy

    Well done, SOop!

    As you correctly point out, the wild differences between this evil little <expletive’s> Caped Crusader “philosophy” and “fundmentalist Christian tea party conservatives”&nbsp;(the drum beat on the Left) will likely be lost on the Left.

    In normal circumstances conservatives serve as big blank movie screens for Leftists to project onto (they know our thoughts better than we do, don’tcha know). But now? Now they have their McVeigh, and reality is utterly irrelevant.

    Never let a mass murder you can blame on Republicans go to waste.

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