Breivik 2011 Manifesto Echoes Weyrich 1999 Manifesto
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I am documenting my research on Lind, Weyrich, and the Free Congress Foundation in this article currently being updated and expanded:
Updated: Breivik's Core Thesis is White Christian Nationalism v. Multiculturalism] ============

In February 1999 the late Paul Weyrich, founder of the Free Congress Foundation, wrote a short Manifesto in which he stated, "Those who came up with Political Correctness, which we more accurately call "Cultural Marxism," did so in a deliberate is impossible to ignore the fact that the United States is becoming an ideological state [under the] ideology of Political Correctness, which openly calls for the destruction of our traditional culture."

In 2011, Anders Behring Breivik, charged in the terror attacks in Oslo, Norway, compiled a 1,500-page Manifesto under the name "Andrew Berwick." Breivik states: "Of course, it is known that kulturmarxistene [Cultural Marxists] and humanities in Europe think they are going to reform Islam but they will fail like all before them have done. We, for our part, the cultural conservatives and anti-Marxist liberal, must focus on the basic problem - multiculturalism (kulturmarxisme) and how to combat this..."

According to Breivik, Cultural Marxism, Political Correctness, and Multiculturalism are basically the same thing.

Comparing the Breivik thesis with that of Paul Weyrich shows a highly significant correlation of ideologial views.

Below are excerpts from Paul Weyrich's February 1999 letter as posted on the Free Congress Foundation's Web

... politics has failed because of the collapse of the culture. The culture we are living in becomes an ever-wider sewer.

In truth, I think we are caught up in a cultural collapse of historic proportions, a collapse so great that it simply overwhelms politics. That's why I am in the process of rethinking what it is that we, who still believe in our traditional, Western, Judeo-Christian culture, can and should do under the circumstances. Please understand that I am not quarreling with anybody who pursues politics, because it is important to pursue politics, to be involved in government. It is also important to try, as many people have, to re-take the cultural institutions that have been captured by the other side. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that the United States is becoming an ideological state.

The ideology of Political Correctness, which openly calls for the destruction of our traditional culture, has so gripped the body politic, has so gripped our institutions, that it is even affecting the Church. It has completely taken over the academic community. It is now pervasive in the entertainment industry, and it threatens to control literally every aspect of our lives. Those who came up with Political Correctness, which we more accurately call "Cultural Marxism," did so in a deliberate fashion. I'm not going to go into the whole history of the Frankfurt School and Herbert Marcuse and the other people responsible for this.

Suffice it to say that the United States is very close to becoming a state totally dominated by an alien ideology, an ideology bitterly hostile to Western culture. Even now, for the first time in their lives, people have to be afraid of what they say. This has never been true in the history of our country.

Yet today, if you say the "wrong thing," you suddenly have legal problems, political problems, you might even lose your job or be expelled from college. Certain topics are forbidden. You can't approach the truth about a lot of different subjects. If you do, you are immediately branded as "racist", "sexist", "homophobic", "insensitive", or "judgmental."

Cultural Marxism is succeeding in its war against our culture. The question becomes, if we are unable to escape the cultural disintegration that is gripping society, then what hope can we have? Let me be perfectly frank about it. If there really were a moral majority out there, Bill Clinton would have been driven out of office months ago. It is not only the lack of political will on the part of Republicans, although that is part of the problem. More powerful is the fact that what Americans would have found absolutely intolerable only a few years ago, a majority now not only tolerates but celebrates. Americans have adopted, in large measure, the MTV culture that we so valiantly opposed just a few years ago, and it has permeated the thinking of all but those who have separated themselves from the contemporary culture.

I am documenting my research on Lind, Weyrich, and the Free Congress Foundation in this article currently being updated and expanded:
+Updated: Breivik's Core Thesis is White Christian Nationalism v. Multiculturalism
See also:
+Norway's Nightmare & The Christian Fundamentalist - Bill Berkowitz
+When is Terrorism 'Christian'? - Frederick Clarkson
+Breivik 2011 Manifesto Echoes Weyrich 1999 Manifesto - Chip Berlet
+Author Cited by Anders Behring Breivik Regrets Original Essay
Breivik cited William S. Lind, Free Congress Foundation, & the LaRouchites
+Anders Behring Breivik: Soldier in the Christian Right Culture Wars

You can't approach the truth about a lot of different subjects. If you do, you are immediately branded as "racist", "sexist", "homophobic", "insensitive", or "judgmental

The only problem here is that sticky word, "truth". ALL of us tend to believe that our worldview is the true one, it's human nature. We validate ourselves thus. But most of us live in a reality that keeps logic and reason in a position to refute our private "truths" when evidence demands it.

The very wording of the manifesto indicates an authoritarian, white, male worldview is the treasured "western culture" they so strive to protect. This is NOT realistic, in a shrinking, global community - one which they embrace for economic gain, but shun culturally. This is about white, male power - especially Christian power.

The question is, is the culture they are trying to preserve even what they say, or is it a Bartonized pseudo-history of the Western World? Maybe it isn't worth preserving? Further, though they say "Western", they really mean the US and its "manifest destiny", and that so many accept the idea that change is good and natural scares them to death.

I don't agree with everything about popular culture, either. The love of violence is especially disturbing, along with the rise of narcissistic Randian philosophy and overconsumption. (And those are, ironically, the parts that they seem to embrace!) But for all their shortcomings, Americans seem to be able to rise to challenges, and it appears that the current turns of events are awakening a lot of people.

I suppose one problem that we "cultural marxists" have is our notion of "tolerance", which the other side abhors. I suppose we must learn to be rigidly intolerant of intolerance, and realize that "coexistence" doesn't exist in the culture warriors' world. It really is "us" or "them" to them. How do we answer that?

by phatkhat on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 02:24:21 PM EST
How do you answer someone who is out to eliminate you?  If they won't change their mind/ways, what do you do?  How do you compromise with those who will not - and where any compromise means you loose freedom while they gain power (and loose nothing)?

The best thing I can think of is to try to reach those who haven't been locked in that mindset and make the dominionists irrelevant by voting them out of power.  That's not easy, and pussyfooting around doesn't help.  People still don't want to believe that someone who claims to be Christian can be so evil and use their beliefs to harm others.  

This is a point where recordings of people advocating overthrowing the constitution/government/freedom would come in handy.   We need to push it in people's faces what the dominionists are all about - taking over the country and trying to take over the world.  They need to see and hear the evidence, and I think in small, easily digested sound bites because people have not been taught to think for themselves as a general rule (and it seems a lot of people these days would rather watch videos or listen to audio than read and think).

When they realize the gun is pointed at THEIR head, they'll wake up.  (Maybe even the news media would wake up if they realized they would loose freedom of press and speech and would have their every word dictated to them... maybe that's going on to a degree now, but it's nothing like a dominionist-run country would be like.)

by ArchaeoBob on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 07:32:07 PM EST

Deception in the Church's articles might do wonders against the Dominionists (and their NAR friends) or among the populace that is conservative Christian - while they often stray into conservatism, they believe it is a threat to Christendom as a whole and some even see it as a possible harbringer of the one world Antichrist kingdom. They think it is fascism, plain and simple, and that it contradicts traditional Christian doctrine. To conservative Christians who are adamant about being traditional, Biblical, and being right with the Lord, Deception of the Church's words might resonate far more than what Media Matters or People for the American Way may write. I think alliance with these guys and gals is needed to awaken America, not just the Left, but so that the Right conservative Christians will think twice or more before supporting Dominionism. They need to understand that Dominionists are using exactly the same tactics and methods as the Islamofascists. Facsism has a distinct pattern, but one has to cut through its chameleon guise to really see it.

by zowie on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 07:50:46 PM EST
IF they aren't already steeplejacked, or have dominionists influencing them.   I doubt there is a church in this area that would fit that bill (except some fundamentalist ones, and in my opinion fundamentalism is the precursor to dominionism and almost as bad).

I have problems with conservative thinking, so I probably wouldn't be a good person for that effort.  Most mainstream churches would consider me a heretic anyway and I'm not in the least comfortable with them any more.

by ArchaeoBob on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 10:12:57 PM EST

Theocracy sure, but this nonsense portmanteau was created by Reich Wingers for their own reasons. We have Christian based fascism here and they want to expand. So many billionaires, so many church-corporate-state hybrids out there. But not in Fundamentalist Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Theocratic dictatorships fits them more.

by Nightgaunt on Sun Jul 24, 2016 at 03:18:16 PM EST

their treasured "culture" is that of the Ustashe (esp. with the extreme right Catholics that Mr. Coccozelli blogs about here). They are also forgetting old time Christian leaders like Roger Williams and Isaac Backus who were for religious freedom ( In attacking Cultural Marxists they are becoming more like the Marxists of Soviet Russia and the Islamofascists they so despise- see my comment below). The truth lies between Front Page Magazine and the Huffington Post- one is denying the present danger of Islamofascists, the other is denying the clear and present danger of Neo Fascism and Dominionist Christian Fascism. And far too often among both sides, the pot is calling the kettle black. [Yes, the GOP and the Left both have been pandering to Islamofascists- and some people in the Right while pointing the fingers against the real Islamofascist threat- cheer on the English Defense League- which is a neofascist group.]

by zowie on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 07:37:25 PM EST

that Marxist countries are just as prudish and dictatorial as the Religious Right, even more so. Under Communism there was no MTV culture, gays were suppressed, there was rampant racism, no unionization was allowed, etc. Here is a good article how the far, far left (extreme Communists) and Islamofascists are two of a kind. Note that he neglects to mention that Islam has various flavors- the Islamofascist and the non-Islamofascist, like that practiced in Kosovo (who basically look at the Wahhabis as backwards wolves in sheep's clothing). The same thing that he says about the far Left is true about the Far Right. They talk about freedom and a better life while hiding their true objective from the easily gullible masses. (And the conservative Christians who are behind the website are all too aware of the Dominionists hoodwinking their fellow Christians with pied piper ravings of Kingdom Now fascism- and they link to talk2action, too) Here is about the far, far Left and Islamofascism- of-same-coin.html The truth of the matter is the same arguments Weyrich is using Adolf Hitler made in his book, Mein Kampf- "The Western democracy of today is the forerunner of Marxism which without it would not be thinkable. It provides this world plague with the culture in which its germs can spread." "Parallel to the training of the body a struggle against the poisoning of the soul must begin. Our whole public life today is like a hothouse for sexual ideas and simulations. Just look at the bill of fare served up in our movies, vaudeville and theaters, and you will hardly be able to deny that this is not the right kind of food, particularly for the youth... Theater, art, literature, cinema, press, posters, and window displays must be cleansed of all manifestations of our rotting world and placed in the service of a moral, political, and cultural idea."

by zowie on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 07:20:07 PM EST
It's a mistake to think or state that Communists are far far left.  They're actually extremely conservative.  Liberalism is about the freedom of the individual, and there is none of that in communism (at least, no communist societies that have existed and "the Iron Rule of Oligarchy" is the primary reason why it will never work).  Plus, the Marxist idea of a communist society is that it is the penultimate form of economy and government and thus anything else is considered going backward to earlier and superseded forms of an economy/political system.  This automatically leads to a very conservative viewpoint and thinking (maintaining the status quo).

by ArchaeoBob on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 07:39:53 PM EST
I agree with you- that is why the Islamofascists are supported by hardline Communists (Sultan Knish here uses the Left to denote the Marxists). of-same-coin.html

by zowie on Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 07:55:25 PM EST


As a communist, I find your nonchalant ignorance of communism, its history, and its ideas as disgusting as I'm sure you find that of the Christian Right.

Kindly knock it off.

Thank you.

by Todd2 on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 10:52:15 PM EST

Communism is based upon dated thinking -as in very very outdated.  Weber correctly pointed out several errors Marx made many years ago, and he was just one of the first to do so.  Theory has progressed far beyond Marx since then, and even the Marxists I know admit it.  The things I've said about communism are absolutely accurate.

I DO know what I'm talking about.  I HAVE studied social/cultural theory, on both the undergraduate and graduate level.  One of my classes (graduate level) was largely on the history of theory and I have the books in my "library".  What's more, social scientists (with the rare exceptions that still hold to the obsolete aspects of Marxist thinking) agree with me, or maybe I should say I'm agreeing with them.  

by ArchaeoBob on Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 09:12:18 AM EST

As this exchange is pretty far from the original post in terms of drift, I'll keep this really brief.

Your original post (as well that of your friend, ArchaeoBob) mixed contextualess facts with out-and-out misinformation (mimicking exactly what the Christian Right does on this topic).  This isn't to mention your eventually linking to a ridiculous little screed that reads like Breivik-lite.

Kindly stop doing that on a website that is purportedly against that kind of behaviour.

by Todd2 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 12:40:16 PM EST

(I thought I was replying to Zowie, so just replace "Zowie" for "ArchaeoBob".)

by Todd2 on Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 12:45:08 PM EST

Don't just say "stop it" and go no further for you have not added to the conversation. Put up or...knock it off.

by Nightgaunt on Sun Jul 24, 2016 at 03:21:23 PM EST

According to this Breivik's manifesto includes unattributed sections lifted from Ted Kaczynski's manifesto: tsy/

As well there are two Facebook profiles with the more recent one in english adding the words "Christian" and "conservative".

Also there are eyewitness reports of a second shooter.

by MIJ6VI on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 02:15:12 AM EST

More on this- [from sites that have nothing to do with Alex Jones ] massacres/ also check out the following- indeed, Anders Behring Breivik's profile was edited. ok-profile-a-fake/

by zowie on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 03:09:37 AM EST
One is to an apologia for Islamophobes and the other to a well-know conspiracy theorist.  Readers here can figure out which is which, so I am leaving the links here despite the site policy against conspiracism and right-wing or racist propaganda.
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by Chip Berlet on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 07:29:54 AM EST
Theories are backed by data and research, conspiracy thinkers don't follow any kind of science of research or as good reporters do.

by Nightgaunt on Sun Jul 24, 2016 at 03:23:42 PM EST

The Alex Jones link I posted earlier includes a link to the Council of Conservative Christians website...

...which yields this:

"...In fact, here is the website that the suspect most actively posted on and supported. The man who runs it is a Billy Kristol style neo-con. It is called and run by Hans Rustad a Jewish man. Rustad is a former left-wing journalist turned neo-conservative. The website claims that only Muslims immigration should be restricted and that Asians and non-Muslim Africans are "making a positive contribution to Norway." The website fanatically supports Israel and opposes Norwegian recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Rustad has decided to publish a collection of the suspect's posts on his website. It is very extensive. None of the comments are extreme or hint at a desire to commit violence.

On one comment, suspect Breivik calls the English Defense League an embarrassment and says it "lacks ideological training." He attacks the Vlaams Belang as racist and anti-gay. He says Vlaams Belang needs many "reforms" to "reach our level."

Norwegian police are now saying that the suspect had no known connection to any radical groups..."

Hopefully someone who is fluent in Norwegian will parse the collection of Breivik's posts on

by MIJ6VI on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 11:00:52 PM EST

Not a good solid reporter just a conspiracy monger.

by Nightgaunt on Sun Jul 24, 2016 at 03:25:19 PM EST

The Unabomber manifesto is not the only unattributed source. Breivik's introduction "How it all began - Political Correctness is Cultural Marxism" seems to draw heavily on Richard McKenzie Neal's 2010 book "We the People: A Christian Nation": (esp. chapter 11 p. 68 onwards): over&dq=We+the+People:+A+Christian+Nation&hl=fi&ei=rc kuTrG8GYjesgbav6AI&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result& resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

by Cujas on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 10:42:52 AM EST

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