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    Austrian Centre-Right Calls For Ban On Far-Right Identitarians

    Austria's centre-right party has said it will insist on banning the far-right Identitarian Movement (IB) as a condition of any coalition after next month's elections.
    Such a ban "must be in the next coalition agreement", VP parliamentary group leader August Wginger said in a statement released to Austrian media.

    The IB, previously best known for its anti-immigration stunts, sparked controversy in Austria earlier this year after it was revealed that its leader Martin Sellner received money and exchanged emails with the suspected perpetrator of gun attacks on mosques in New Zealand in March which left 51 people dead.

    The VP's call for the movement to be banned comes as it tries to maintain its commanding poll lead ahead of parliamentary elections on September 29th while at the same time distancing itself from its former coalition partner, the far-right Freedom Party (FP).

    Austrian media reports have documented numerous links between Identitarian activists and FP party members.

    After the VP first floated possible moves against the Identitarians earlier this week, the FP's former Interior Minister Herbert Kickl rejected the possibility of banning the IB, saying such a move would be "a deep attack on the rule of law".

    Wginger said in his statement that Kickl had become the Identitarians' "principal patron saint".

    The coalition between the VP and the FP was sworn in in late 2017 but was dogged by frequent scandals over extremist statements by FP party members.

    The government collapsed in May after a video emerged of the then leader of the FP, Heinz-Christian Strache, appearing to offer public contracts to a fake Russian donor in return for campaign help for the FP.

    The scandal prompted Strache to resign as vice-chancellor and led then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to call fresh elections.

    Earlier this week Strache's house was raided as apart of another investigation into possible corruption offences surrounding the appointment of an FP official to a high-ranking position at a gambling corporation.

    Despite the scandals, and the recriminations that have flown between the VP and the FP since their coalition collapsed, a fresh government composed of the two parties is seen as one of the most likely outcomes of September's poll.
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    Self-censure has always been what the so-called 'Right' does best

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    Hofer and Haimbuchner are spineless creeps! They said that they want FP to be more acceptable for urban milieus. We all know what that means: More liberal bullshit and more ignorance and antagonism for metapolitical groups like IB.

    Kickl, kick these traitors away!
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    Once upon a time, I'd have said that it surprised me that such initiative came from a party that claims to be conservative and "the people's". But not anymore. As for the FP, they're going to tow the very same line. It's the VP who have the higher power and leverage (they control the courts and prosecutors, the economy and they scored the highest percentage of votes) and they've kept the FP interested in a potentially new coalition so that they could govern together. The VP have made it clear that an Identitarian ban would have to be part of any coalition agreement. So if the FP want to keep them interested and enter (which they do), they'll have to compromise. It's not as though the VP wouldn't have other alternatives. The leftists are of course quite happy with the condition and quick to cite alleged links to the Christchurch shooting (despite the organization having nothing directly to do with). Austrian media reports have also documented links between Identitarians and Freedom Party members, which Strache and others have denied. So most likely the FP will continue to distance themselves from the Identitarians in order to appease the politically correct. But this is not the wisest move for two main reasons: one, the Identitarians essentially stand for similar principles to the FP and two, in the event that the Identitarians do get banned, the FP would remain the furthest right organization and could easily inherit the "right-wing extremist" label. But I guess they can feel safe enough as long as they remain a "system party" and the VP should be happy with that too so that they can continue to he the center. The Identitarians, on the other hand are not and hence the VP & co. can afford to harass and target them. Nonetheless the Identitarians opened a lot of eyes in regards to the corrupt agendas of multiculturalist NGOs and other "philanthropists" particularly during their Defend Europe campaign where they significantly surpassed their goal and raised people's support and contributions, something that wasn't welcome by the elites.

    Those in the FP who openly and vehemently criticize the initiative are very few, basically just Kickl, who called it "a deep attack on the rule of law" (which it actually is). But then it's exactly those like Kickl whom Kurz & co. want to send to the benches. Probably eventually the rest of the FP will have to make a choice and either back him or distance themselves from him and label him a "fringe element", like they did in the past with members who were too vocal about certain politically incorrect topics. So far, Hofer has been open that he wants to work with Kurz again but they might not come to an agreement if Hofer insists that Kickl receive a ministerial position. Previously, the FP minsters had resigned because Kurz proposed the sacking of Kickl, who unlike Strache, didn't agree to resign on his own accord (he wasn't in the Ibiza footage). But Kurz isn't really bent on working with Kickl, who drew frequent criticism as interior minister, including for a raid ordered on the BVT (intelligence agency). Hence probably the FP would do better as an opposition party. If you're going to continue on compromising positions for the sake of power, at some point your principles will start to dilute and the point will be lost.

    Anyway, it wouldn't be the first time either. The FP also supported the tightening of the Prohibition Act (a relic of Stone Age communism from a constitutional point of view) during the late 90s, again for purely opportunist reasons, measures which are now used against any random citizen who doesn't tick the liberal/leftist box. It's no longer just the "nazis" but anyone and everyone. Even those who explicitly oppose NS, but are otherwise nationalist or conservative minded because you know, it might just be a "disguise"... But politicians as usual don't dare to say anything or they might be accused to be "nazis" and "extremists" and whatnot… It never ceases to amaze me how politicians in Europe, even those who claim to represent libertarian principles like freedom of expression and rally for human rights at the same time push for even more government and police state... this and that needs to be regulated/outlawed, we need more police, more control, more surveillance... give up all our freedoms for a false sense of safety... and parties like the FP particularly have to tow this line and give their stamp of approval, in order to "prove" that they are reformed and not "rightwing extremists"... Gone is the old FP who perpetuated the values of the 1848 German revolutionaries (truly libertarian and truly democratic)... and sadly an ever-growing issue in the right-wing/conservative scene, people don't stick together, don't stand up for each other... but they don't even need to like the Identitarians, it's more a matter of principle. At least stand up for the sake of common sense, for the principle of freedom of expression and association.

    Anyway, some legal experts say it might not be that easy to ban them. Last year, 17 Identitarian activists were acquitted of being part of a criminal organization. It's already difficult to be a right-wing organization in Austria nowadays... but groups like the Identitarians specifically comply with all these laws that were made to cripple the right... there isn't anything particularly illegal or extreme about them, or they'd have already been banned long ago... particularly when their Defend Europe campaign was at its peak... which is probably why they want a special motion to get rid of them, they're afraid of people looking for other alternatives. But that would be the beginning of the end and essentially extinguish the last bit of freedom that remains in Austria... cause if you ban the Identitarians, you might as well ban the FP, and essentially any garden variety conservative...

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    Beyond all the tactical bullshit, there are two extra episodes that showed exactly how spineless the FP has become in the meantime in this regard:

    1.) Right when the debate was filling all newspaper pages, the Austrian Freilich magazine, which is closely affiliated with the FP-near FAV Steiermark, published a short study. In it, they were able to prove, that in all six areas where the Identitarians and the VP (not just the FP, but the VP), Kurz' party had basically identical viewpoints and even used similar vocabulary.

    Guess who chose to forego the option of using this turning the tables? Correct, the FP, who was too scared it could be seen as a smear campaign, not wishing to forfeit a coalition option. For those capable of reading German, the 13-page brochure can be found here, respectively can be directly downloaded as a PDF. It's a pretty nifty collection.

    2.) The FP still didn't grow a pair when the claims became totally ridiculous. After Ursula Stenzel, a Viennese politician (of Jewish extraction no less!), spoke at a memorial event for the Unsiege of Vienna of 1683, which was organised by a committee which included Identitarians, they kept relatively silent. In fact, they told her not to speak about the matter anymore. Some days later media scandalised the fact that someone who was listed on Place 44 of the Upper Austrian list, i.e., completely unelectable, had donated to the Identitarians up until March, this becoming known through an illegal donors list. Of the party leadership, only Kickl had the balls to "keep the church in the village".

    3.) The final straw came when Hofer essentially made sure Hans-Jrg Jenewein didn't return into parliament. Jenewein had ordered a shirt from "Phalanx Europa" in 2015 and refused to distance himself, something that Hofer was, according to insiders, extremely angry about. He was previously the party's speaker for Media and Security Issues and led the FP in the central "BVT-Untersuchungsausschuss" (a parliamentary investigation initiative regarding the house searching at the secret service in March 2018). So, a really central guy that was sacrificed.

    After only placing him on number 9 of their federal list (behind Norbert van Handel, Hofer's friend in the elitist "Oder of Saint George"), the bad result meant that his seat was heavily under threat. But, if normal use would have happened with Hofer and Kickl, he would have entered parliament as the final member of parliament, as for five "federal list" seats falling, four "regional list" leaders should have taken their seat this way, allowing Jenewein to just slip in.

    Eventually Hofer made a point of however taking his federal seat instead: For him it made no difference whether van Handel or his close associate Ries from Burgenland would enter parliament due to his doing. For Kickl it made a big difference, because after Hofer didn't accept his regional list seat, Kickl doing so would have just put van Handel as Hofer's associate in, and still not let Jenewein, who is more "Kickl wing" in. So Kickl opted to have his associate Schmiedlechner from Lower Austria enter through the regional list as well.

    It's doubly sad because Jenewein is a friend of patriotic media outlets, and as we all known, if the FP had more "counter publicity" to help her along, Strache wouldn't have felt the need to fly to Ibiza either...
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lgen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
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    The Irrepressible Martin Sellner



    Martin Sellner is one of the most prominent figures in identitarianism and one of the most persecuted dissidents in Austria. A student of law and philosophy in Vienna, he is the co-founder and co-leader, along with Patrick Lenart, of the Austrian Identitarian Movement, and is also a leader in Generation Identity, a network of activist groups throughout Europe. For several years, the Austrian authorities have illegal raided his home, made baseless criminal charges against him, and tried to cut his funding.

    Most recently, his Austrian bank told him, without explanation, that it had closed his account. As he explained, “today the fourth account, which I had never publicly announced, was closed, presumably under pressure from the Graz prosecutor.”



    In a YouTube video the previous day, Mr. Sellner noted that many of his possessions seized by Austrian authorities had still not been returned. This comes one month after the Austrian high court ruled that his property had been seized without cause in two illegal raids in 2019 and should be returned.

    How did Mr. Sellner get to this point? This book explains the history of the movement and the thinking behind it.

    Mr. Sellner founded the IB (Identitarian Movement in Austria) in 2012 in Vienna with a circle of like-minded patriots. Certain questions were out of bounds in the mainstream: Why was the Left outraged about Chinese immigration into Tibet or Israeli settlement policies but was “silent about the outrage of the era: only in Europe and only in the West, a mass immigration [ . . . ] which will replace the indigenous population within a few decades”? Why was it socially acceptable to speak of the interests of any ethnic minority in Germany, but “racist” to consider what would benefit Germans?

    The answer, as Mr. Sellner puts it, was a “forbidden identity.” A group identity was denied to certain groups, and he and his associates, partly inspired by like-minded French activists, decided to change that.

    Nationalist groups that promoted such an identity already existed in Austria, but the identitarians were dissatisfied with them. They saw existing groups as narrow-minded and unattractive, and wanted to move beyond their “racism, antisemitism and revanchist nationalism.” Mr. Sellner himself was involved with Austrian neo-Nazis as a teenager, but now sees it as a dead end.

    “Being identitarian,” Mr. Sellner explains,

    meant for us rebelling against the deracination of our identities, as international consumers, as “world citizens” of a limitless globalization. We wanted to find a new relationship to identity, heritage, culture and tradition . . . . We wanted to strengthen a sense of our own, free of self-hatred or self-aggrandizement.



    Mr. Sellner supports what he calls ethnocultural identity, which recognizes the importance of ethnicity, but differs from the “old right,” including fascism, in not being purist. In his view, some immigrants from other ethnic groups can successfully assimilate. He makes clear that he does not mean to denigrate or dominate other cultures, but only to assert the interests of his own people.

    This new worldview was much more positive than that of the old right, and Mr. Sellner saw this reflected in identitarian events. One activist’s birthday party in the French city of Lyon was a joyous occasion that, according to Mr. Sellner, could not have been more different from the “depressing basement benders” he knew from earlier nationalist groups. He describes a thriving identitarian counterculture centered in Lyon, as well as in the former East German city of Halle, that included graphic artists, musicians, and the first identitarian rapper, Komplott.

    Along with spreading their views through social media, and their own journalism, books, and music, identitarian activism has included marches and banner drops in such places as the roof of the Green Party headquarters in Graz, Austria. In 2017, Mr. Sellner and other identitarians organized the Defend Europe mission in the Mediterranean which monitored NGO vessels working with human traffickers to bring migrants to Europe, leading to the end of most of the NGOs’ operations. Another Defend Europe mission the following year patrolled a section of the French-Italian border in the Alps which was known as a crossing point for illegals. This brought media attention and more French police to the area.

    Mr. Sellner considers The Great Replacement to be the most important political issue today and names four groups that promote it:

    Politicians for pro-immigration parties, who are essentially bribing the migrants for votes through open borders and social programs;
    The asylum and anti-racism industry, which makes money from mass immigration;
    The radical Left, which sees immigrants as either future revolutionaries or a replacement for “the German perpetrator nation” which they hate;
    Those who think only of the interests of major multinational corporations who think illegal immigration lowers wages.


    Of course, the rest of the nation suffers from this. Mr. Sellner uses the term berfremdung, referring to a feeling of being overwhelmed or dominated by foreigners. He argues that Muslim immigrants have no intention of assimilating, intending instead to establish sharia law.

    Mr. Sellner calls for bans on the burqa and minarets, cuts to the welfare spending many migrants depend on, and a ban on preaching in foreign languages.

    Mr. Sellner quotes from Carl Friedrich and Zbigniew Brzezinski’s 1956 work Totalitarian Dictatorship and Autocracy, which listed the defining characteristics of totalitarian regimes:

    An official ideology with utopian elements, which covers all areas of life in society;
    A single party;
    A police state that surveils everything and uses or permits terrorism;
    Monopolistic control of the means of communication;
    A monopoly on weapons; and
    Central direction of the economy.


    The first is already in place in the West. The dominant ideology of multiculturalism is like a religion, invoking a rosy future in a new multicultural state. It is used to find fault with every area of traditional life, and creates a cultish atmosphere. As Mr. Sellner puts it, “millions of civilian inquisitors surveil each other anxiously and attentively, with the constant fear of being denounced as ‘right-wing’ themselves.”

    As for terrorism, both the justice system and the mass media downplay violence from the Left while denouncing and deplatforming and even prosecuting non-violent identitarians.

    It is not clear whether the Austrian authorities sympathize with Antifa, but Mr. Sellner explains that any police chief who went after them would offend powerful people. The chief could easily end up arresting a journalist at a major newspaper or the son of a left-wing politician. Extremists on the Left have a “gigantic lobby,” as Mr. Sellner puts it, that discourages any crackdown.

    Identitarians, meanwhile, have been under observation as extremists by the Verfassungschutz (Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism). Identitarians have never advocated terrorism or threatened the constitutional order, but Mr. Sellner argues that the Verfassungsschutz are mostly radical leftists themselves, and see even the political center as “extreme right.”

    Persecution of identitarian “extremists” had already begun when this book was released and has continued. Mr. Sellner and 16 other identitarians went on trial in July 2018 on charges of inciting hatred and forming a “criminal organization.” The group was accused of perpetrating “hate speech” with slogans such as “assimilation is a lie” and “Islamization kills,” as well as using “hate” stickers. They were acquitted twice, including on appeal by a higher court in March 2019, but their trouble with the authorities continued.



    Later that month, police raided Mr. Sellner’s apartment and seized data storage media. The Graz prosecutor justified the raid on the fact that Brenton Tarrant had donated €1,500 to the Identitarian Movement a year before his mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. No evidence was ever found of any other connection between Mr. Sellner and Mr. Tarrant. There is evidence in Mr. Tarrant’s manifesto that he meant his donations to attract suspicion to less radical groups such as the identitarians so as to weaken them and encourage further radicalization.

    A few months later there was another raid on Mr. Sellner based on the same suspicion. There was also an investigation of finances and alleged tax evasion in what Mr. Sellner called the Al Capone plan.” Mr. Sellner filed complaints, all of which were upheld by the Austrian high court, which ruled that the raids and personal surveillance were illegal. The court ruled that the Graz prosecutor’s justifications were “pure speculation” and even “incomprehensible.” Authorities were ordered to delete the data they had gathered and return what they had seized, and it was expected that identitarian bank accounts would be unfrozen.

    However, persecution has not stopped. Mr. Sellner continues to face deplatforming, having been banned from 15 platforms and other services at latest count, including Facebook and Instagram, fundraising platforms such as Patreon and GoFundMe, and email marketing services such as Mailchimp.

    Seventeen banks in several countries have closed his accounts, and none explained why. Bank employees admitted to Mr. Sellner that there had been “political” decisions by higher authorities. He suspects pressure from the Graz prosecutor.



    Near the end of the book Mr. Sellner writes about slaves in ancient Rome. There was an argument between two senators. One suggested making slaves wear armbands that would identify them. The other objected because it would make it clear how many there were. They were kept powerless by being made to think they were only a small minority, and Mr. Sellner suggest that dissidents are held back in the same way.

    Indeed, election results and polling show that identitarian views are popular. Until recently, all parties were implicitly identitarian; even the German Constitutional Court has ruled “maintaining the identity of the German people” is a constitutional obligation. Attachment to one’s people is natural, not extremist. When more Western people realize this, we can move in a healthier direction.
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