A Comparative Look at the European and American Right

This problem of mass immigration, coupled with dangerously low European birth rates, has produced a “demographic time bomb.” Europeans are being replaced instead by a growing Third World population with a much higher birth rate. Karsten Lorentzen describes this problem as “the most daunting threat to Europe in the long term.”

By Taylor Rose l May 22, 2014

Karsten Lorentzen, Danish People’s Party candidate for the European parliament

There is a rising tide of patriotic fervor to reform and fundamentally change the leftward march of Western Civilization. In the United States, the rise of the ‘taxed enough already’ movement better known as the Tea Party provides clear evidence of an organic revival of patriotic desire by millions of Americans to rediscover their heritage, founding principles and national identity.

While this American renaissance is occurring, there are perhaps even greater transitions in Europe with the revival of European nationalism that has long lagged in the face of establishment pan-Europeanism and multiculturalism that includes the acceptance of Islam with Sharia law being adopted across the continent.

But the style and nature of these two rising tides of right-wing identity, though similar in origin and craving a stronger national and even ethnic identity, are vastly different in the application of their various policy outlooks.

Karsten Lorentzen, a leading candidate for the EU parliament from the dansk folkeparti or the Danish People’s Party, in an exclusive interview before the European parliamentary elections on May 22-25, spoke with SFPPR News & Analysis about the differences between the European and American right.

“The European right is most cases ‘left’ when it comes to maintaining the welfare systems. Most parties like ours in Europe are ‘pro-welfare’ and not ultra-liberals like the American right.”

Karsten says the reason for this is “founded in history” just as the United States “was founded on freedom.” The “European nations are more ‘tribal’ in the sense that they consist of homogeneous populations, which is the precondition of the welfare state, where people are willing to accept high taxation.”

In reaction to the problem of culturally non-Western mass immigration into various European nations, “multiculturalism is slowly eroding this solidarity and in many ways the American ‘model’ may be the result of this development.”

There is no doubt that the failure of the European Union’s economic policies has led to the lack of confidence in pseudo-Soviet style economic planning. But in a key addition to that phenomenon the massive influx of non-Europeans is leading to a tribal reaction by native-born Europeans.

This problem of mass immigration, coupled with dangerously low European birth rates, has produced a “demographic time bomb.” Europeans are being replaced instead by a growing non-European population with a much higher birth rate. Karsten describes this problem as “the most daunting threat to Europe in the long term.”

The only solution to this problem, according to Karsten and many in Europe, is “to bring immigration from the Third World to a halt.”

In contrast to America often touted as a nation of immigrants, Karsten points out that “Europe was never designed to be a continent of immigrants” as “Europe consists of old nation states with individual pasts and individual mentalities.” Karsten says “the big mistake of the EU is the effort to make these differences disappear and create an empire – never asked for by the European peoples.”

Unlike the Tea Party, which has developed as a pressure group within America’s Republican Party that includes everything from fundamentalist Evangelicals to pseudo-anarchist libertarians who all hate the establishment, the various European Right parties are a natural social development that appeals to more than just people who are ideologically right-wing.

Karsten says that many European Right paities assumed the role of labor. “Traditionally the labor movement with the welfare states kept communism at bay,” he told this reporter. In addition, many European labor parties, such as in the UK, ceased to represent the interests of working class individuals as they cater more to illegal aliens, environmental extremists and the importation of cheap labor into high labor cost nations. As a consequence, the UK’s rising libertarian party known as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), is receiving a large share of its votes from “old labor voters.”

Karsten attributes the reemergence of European patriotism to the “lack of democracy within the framework of the EU…” as the EU is “undemocratic to the core….” He ties this in with the fact that the EU’s economic policies have led to the “suffering” of millions of Europeans in depressed economies of southern Europe. The failure of government centralization and centralized planning is leading millions of Europeans to conclude that “solidarity and coherence can only be found in the old nation states.”

And perhaps a strong case can be made for American leadership in the post-Soviet sphere with the introduction of the Intermarium, the land between the Black and Baltic Seas, as a viable alternative to a highly centralized and bureaucratic Europe.

The question of long-term European economic and demographic survival, however, remains uncertain. Karsten thinks it is the “countries in Eastern Europe” that “have the best chance of surviving, ironically because of the lack of welfare systems.” This could give the citizens of Eastern Europe a chance to reform their nations for long term survival. Karsten believes it is the “high level of welfare which makes us vulnerable because it works like a magnet to immigrants, who come to benefit from the welfare system and do not even have to integrate into society.”

The high level of illegal immigration in the United States in the name of free trade and open borders, encouraged by the multi-nationals and the establishment in recent decades – read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – along with high unemployment and the growing level of government dependence among Americans makes the country more like a highly centralized and bureaucratic Europe.

Taylor Rose is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.A. in International Relations from the Helms School of Government. Fluent in English and German he has worked and studied throughout Europe specializing in American and European politics. He is a prolific writer and author of the book Return of the Right an analysis on the revival of Conservatism in the United States and Europe. He is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.