The event of last Tuesday in Norway, when Anders Behring Breivik, 32 year old fanatic, “set off a bomb in Oslo that killed 8 people and then massacred 68 mainly young people at a summer camp run by the ruling Labor Party on the nearby island of Utoya” was flat-out scary. Even scarier is the idea that he has a message, shared by at least two cells of committed followers poised to act similarly to him. Allegedly Breivik intends to spend the rest of his life in jail getting that message out to even more people in the world who agree with him and who will, ostensibly, join the cause.
Don’t scoff. Hitler thought the same way. Breivik’s lawyer remarked that he could not ” describe [his client] because he is not like anyone.” That too could go to describe Hitler.
There will always be those who hate. Breivik hates Muslim immigrants although he killed his own people for being, he asserted, cultural Marxists. (I had to dig into Wikipedia to figure that term out. The quickest study was provided by William S. Lind who wrote,” “Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.”)
According to Doug Sanders, Breivik’s manifesto is titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence” and in it, Breivik “describes himself as a member of a nine-year-old organization he calls the Knights Templar Justiciar, comprising between 12 and 18 members, who pledge to use “martyrdom” to crush Muslim immigration, multiculturalism, and the individuals and parties who tolerate immigrants, who they characterize as “Marxists” or “multiculturalists.”
It would be a good thing if people knew more about the ancient Knights Templar, a group which did not pay taxes and whose leaders were burned at the stake by Philip the Fair in the 14th century, France. A group can hurt a community and make itself hated when it goes to extremes.
As Doug sanders also writes,
“The revelations come as a blow to European police and intelligence officials, who now appear to face two parallel terror threats, one Islamic and one anti-Islamic, which share xenophobic beliefs, violent tactics and even inspirational leaders, and differ only in their targets.”
When ideas are good, no force is truly necessary to gain acceptance: nothing is required save good writing–or good singing, as in Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (“All men shall be brothers.”)
When ideas are bad, they are held by fanatics who demonstrate the use of bad writing or speaking, otherwise known as the rant. A rant is not just loud, bombastic, repetitive speech or writing; it is further characterized by obsession. Those who rant tend not to show good humor or tolerance, or allow others to think as they wish.
The writings of the Norwegian gunman, if anyone could get through the 1500 pages, would definitely be classified as rantings.